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Unread 13 Apr 13, 04:24 PM  
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The Race Is On - WDW Marathon Weekend With A Baby: Day 6 - Showcase to Market Place

Day 6 was going to be spent at our favourite park - Epcot.

Isabella had a bad nights sleep and ended up sleeping in till 8, it wasnt going to be an early start!

We had a quick breakfast in the room, porridge for the baby, toast and peanut butter for us, and then headed to Epcot. Jo had already let Janet and Ivor know we were running late so we arranged to meet them there but had neglected to arrange a time or location, we were going to rely on Well text you when we get there and hope they remembered to check their phone.

Unbelievably, as we entered the park we saw them walking past the fountain, Jo ran after them (as if she hadnt run 13 miles two days ago) and three became five once more.

As it was another hot day, we headed to Club Cool for free drinks of questionable taste. My iPhones autocorrect changed the name of this place to Club Colon - perhaps its got a point!

The flavours on offer are:
  • Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique
  • Fanta Kolita from Costa Rica
  • Beverly from Italy
  • Vegeta Beta from Japan
  • Kinley Lemon from Israel
  • Lift Apple from Mexico
  • Smart Watermelon from China
  • Mezzo Mix from Germany

After wed had our fill of exotic flavours of the (Coca-Cola) world (including the interesting Beverly from Italy) we headed to Test Track to get a fastpass.


"Do you mind dad, I'm on the phone"

By this time Isabella was ready for a nap. I found a nice quiet area by the start of the World Showcase between Mexico and Canada and walked her around until she fell asleep. Jo and I then had churritos from Cantina de San Angel as we walked around the world. I love this part of Epcot early in the day before the crowds get there, its really peaceful and relaxing.

By the time wed walked round it was time to head back to Test Track to use our fastpasses. Isabella was still asleep so Janet stayed with her while Ivor, Jo and I tried out the new and improved ride.

I must confess it was massive disappointment and I preferred the old version of the ride to the reimagined one. Also, considering it was new there was a lot of stuff that wasn't working in the pre- and post-ride area including my RFID card and at least half of the interactive touch screen.

It was now time for lunch and we headed for Sunshine Seasons. Isabella was STILL asleep and as you're not allowed strollers inside the Land Pavillion we almost went somewhere else - Morocco was our probable choice. However, we decided to wait for Isabella to wake up as we were convinced she would be awake very shortly. Janet and Ivor were starving so they headed in and Isabella woke up about 2 minutes later so we caught up with them in the queue.

We'd never been to Sunshine Seasons and we were really impressed.

We had the following:
  • Me - Turkey and Monterrey Jack on Ciabatta with Chipotle Mayonnaise and Potato Salad / Carrot Cake Cupcake
  • Jo - Caesar Salad with Oak Fired Chicken / Strawberry Shortcake
  • Janet - Spicy Cashew Chicken with Vegetable Stir Fried Noodles / Danish Pastry
  • Ivor - Spicy Cashew Chicken with Vegetable Stir Fried Noodles / Danish Pastry

The food was really good and Isabella enjoyed it a lot.


Isabella enjoying her lunch

After a lovely lunch we went on Living with the Land. Jo and I love this ride and have been on the Behind the Seeds tour twice before. Isabella enjoyed looking at the plants and the exotic fruit and vegetables.


Isabella explaining hydroponics to Jo

After this it was time for Jo's favourite ride in the whole of Epcot, Disney, Orlando, America and indeed the World - Journey into Imagination with Figment!

All together now... "...iiiimaaaag-i-nation ...iiiimaaaag-i-nation"

After the pure adrenaline ride through Figment's house (!) we decided to slow things down and visit The Three Cabelleros in Mexico.

Janet and Ivor decided they'd had enough for the day and headed back to the resort on the bus.

After a lovely little boat ride through Mexico it was also time for us to leave Epcot.

When we got back to the room Isabella fell asleep feeding and Jo and I relaxed in the room.

Dinner was at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney, so after Isabella woke up we all got ready and walked over there.

Downtown Disney was very busy as was Raglan Road. Isabella was very restless and I took her for a little walk. We all ordered beers, I had the perennial Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Jo had the Samuel Adams Winter Lager, Ivor had Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat and Janet had Orange Blossom Pilsner. They were all very tasty.
  • Me: Beefy Murray / Bakewell Beauty
  • Jo: Serious Steak / Gers Bread & Butter Pudding
  • Janet: Lambo Italiano / Moore Street Market
  • Ivor: Kevins Heavenly Ham / No dessert

My Beefy Murray was too hot (its a curry pie) so Jo very kindly swapped with me about half way through (as I have the spice tolerance of a child). I didnt enjoy eating there this time around as much as last time. Of course, it didnt help that I chose the wrong thing and that Isabella was in a difficult mood.


Our little family

After dinner we headed back to the Marketplace and had a look around the World of Disney shop. We had wanted to buy Isabella a pillow with a character on it, but she couldnt decide on which one she liked, so we decided to leave it. We did buy her a Mickey Mouse sippy cup though.


I took this photo because I work at a digital agency called Chameleon

Janet and Ivor had decided to spend some more time at Downtown Disney having a drink and wandering around, so Jo and I took Isabella home on the boat which goes to Saratoga Springs every 30 minutes in the evening (hourly during the day) and drops you off at the back of The Turf Club restaurant which is part of the Carriage House, where the reception and Artists Palette quick service restaurant are.

We got in and went straight to bed, tomorrow was supposed to be a shopping day - more on that next time!


The Market Place at night
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Just read through all of your days up until now. Great report, can't believe I've missed it. Your family is lovely and I'm looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip. My Isabella is 4 today so it's lovely to see the photos of your beautiful DD enjoying the magic.
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Just read through all of your days up until now. Great report, can't believe I've missed it. Your family is lovely and I'm looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip. My Isabella is 4 today so it's lovely to see the photos of your beautiful DD enjoying the magic.
Thank you for your comments, glad you've enjoyed reading
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Great report - Epcot is one of our firm favourites too !
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We love Epcot, there's so much space and it never feels too crowded.
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My Isabella is 4 today so it's lovely to see the photos of your beautiful DD enjoying the magic.
I hope your Isabella had a lovely birthday
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This trip report is now complete. If you're interested in the next day it's here
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Wholeheartedly agree on world showcase being lovely and relaxing when its quiet! its fab!

Your pic of DTD at night is really pretty.

Thanks for sharing!
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