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Never Mind Epricot, I want to ride Splash Mtn again Day 2

17th October 2011

We were up at 7.30am today and after breakfast, Chris and the kids got in the pool. There was no great rush to leave... We were going to Walmart this morning to pick up the 2 Net 10 phones I had ordered to use for our trip.

Look at the view that we had the pleasure of every day... the lake was lovely and still this morning
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And before I forget, last night once the kids had gone to bed, I started to open all the parcels that Carrie had delivered for me so I could see some of my online purchases, some were to be Christmas presents for the kids, I took a photo of some
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and then covered the other couch with stuff and took another pic
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And then I looked at all the other unopened boxes and began to feel a bit queasy at the thought of getting all that stuff home... so I did what any other compulsive shopper does, I put everything including the unopened parcels in the spare bedroom and decided to forget about that little problem for now... more on that later in the hol...

Okkkkaaayy, Walmart...oh no...is all I'll say. In my defence I typed in our zipcode on the walmart site and it gave me the address to our closest walmart so I duly ordered the phones to be sent there. When Chris put said address in the Sat Nav (who by the way is now known as Emmie Lou..) Chris found it hilarious that I was referring to the sat nav as a she now so he went one further and named her, I had nothing to do with the choice... really I didn't.

And it was saying the Walmart is 45 mins away...? What? noooo... we had tried other searches on the sat nav..I am not calling her Emmie Lou every single time... and nothing else was coming up so after another debate that I knew I was losing off we went

The Car and the calm before the storm...

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So there we are travelling along as we whizz past a Walmart (which we now know is Cagans crossing) surely thats nearer than 45mins away...so we continue on our merry way although I am beginning to feel a tad sick and Chris asks me to say if I see any signs for Walmart which I really don't want to do as I normally almost cause a crash if I shout things out ramdomly...

Kids have been silenced, theres no radio on and you can cut the atmosphere with a knife and there's still no walmart according to Emmie Lou and we are 45 mins in now..

And then she tells us to turn left which was stressful in itself, we were by signs for Haines City here... so left turn...you have reached your destination...errrmmm no Emmie Lou we haven't...not even a little bit, instead were we are is in a maze of residential houses, some of them boarded up and a Sheriffs Car was pulled over at the side talking to someone...

I told Chris to forget the phones and Walmart, we have already wasted valuable park time and our safety is more important than a couple of phones and we should just get back on the main road. That went down like a lead balloon, apparently I wasn't helping the situation..

Anyway...we turned round, forgot walmart and the net 10 phones and made our way to Epcot. In silence.

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oooh look its the happy happy magic sign! As usual all bad moods melt away and we are all disnyfied again yay! It's 11.30am now, in 09 we only spent 1 day here but we had 2 days planned so we decided to leave the world showcase for a full day later on and we concentrated on Future world today.

As we went through bag check, I met a Dibber! I had my trusty Lanyard on she popped over to say hello, we didn't have time to chat but LisaM it was lovely to meet you and thanks for saying Hi!

We went straight for FP for Soarin, Brandon & I have been on this in 09 but Chris and Jess hadn't so it was something we could all do together, return time was from 16.45 which was fine as we had an ADR @ 6.30pm at Coral Reef.

as Nemo was a walk on we gave it a go, Jess loves this
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By now it was lunch and I wanted to go to Sunshine Seasons as I had decided to try and not eat all hotdogs and burgers at counter service restaurants this year...didn't go terribly well, Jess, who will eat anything wouldn't entertain anything, she had 2 bowls of cereal, and Brandon and a mini meltdown and started crying about his food which is so so not like him..he ended up with a tiny tuna salad and some grapes, to be fair it had't been the best morning and the kids were probably feeling it..

this was my offering - Chicken and Mash - it was okay
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Chris had a Reuben
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I've always wanted to try a Reuben so I pleased Chris ordered it, but I tasted it and hated it! wasn't for me - bleugh! But Chris loved it which is the main thing!

Characters up next - both our kids love the whole auograph thing and these were fun today!
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We have now collected FP's for test track and mission space had barely any wait so we headed over and queued for the green ride. Jessica's turn to have a melt down, whats with today? we all enjoyed this ride except poor Jess, she hated it...cried all the way through..It was so hard to judge with Jess what she may love or hate, it was more a case of lets just have a go and see..and this time it did not go well..

To help with the tears we took them for Ice cream at the fountain view. Certainly cheered Jess up
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Chris Sundae
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And I had a Coke Float
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I have exceeded photos again so continued in next post for the afternoon and Dinner at Coral Reef!
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next up was Spaceship Earth, was a walk on as it had opened again after techinal difficulties, always re-assuring hhmm. Jess nearly blew a gaskett when she realised how dark it was but she was sat next to Chris and he managed to talk her round (I sat next to her for mission space so needed a break on this on)
By then end, she was pleased to have been on it and we all loved the quiz and postcards, lots of fun...
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Note Chris Tinkerbell tote bag - one of my online purchases, it was a bargain at $1!
Yet again I had tried to pretend that a small kipling bag would be enough to take round the parks but for us it's not, we always end up with a tote bag filled with all kinds for the kids. I told Chris I thought he was carrying the Tink bag so all the girls would talk to him (as they did!) but he assured me all the boys talked to him to!
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Innoventions up next, I'm really not a fan of this but the kids love it so it's a must. The boys went to watch some storm show so I took Jess to learn how to be storm safe apparently..
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more pics
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Our FP for test trak were ready so we all went on this together. whilst Queuing Jessica was surverying the surroundings quietly then at the top of her voice went " eeeww don't they ever clean these pipes?" I wouldn't mind but she is the messiest so and so at home!
we were in the car with an older couple who where lovely and chatted to us all, they thought I was Australian which is quite a common thing as far as I can gather..
Test track was a massive hit, Jess and I have not been on it before and both loved it - all (yes I say all) the TT photos are on our photopass CD which I am waiting for..
We went straight to Soarin, the boys loved it, Jess hated it, I wanted tea, I don't care
much for Soarin. I don't hate it but I don't understand the hype round it either, but I am in the minority.
Last ride before tea was living with the land which was a surprising hit with all of us! glad it was a walk on so decided to go for it..
Dinner next!
Brandon walked in and said "WOW! " which is exactly what I wanted, as this place gets mixed reviews food wise but I went just as much for the setting.
We weren't right by the fish tank which was a shame but still was a good experience!
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Here's my fabulous glowtini, I was determined to have one of these!
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Chris and I had the starter to share which was lovely, Jess had some too
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for my main I had the Mahi Mahi, I liked it but the sauce was a tad sweet for me
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Chris had the lobster Ravioli

and somehow we both managed to fit a dessert in, I had the no added sugar cheesecake but as expected it fell short of a full fat cheesecake, the base was naff, for want of a better phrase
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Chris had the Jack Daniels mousse, he loved this
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Chris had been trying all night to take a photo of the shark in the tank, so we have tons of photos of another family, tho they are oblivious, so chris took this one but me and Jess were just props really, he really wanted a shot of the shark
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when that didn't work, he finally got this
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I know I haven't mentioned him yet but our server was good here, and at the end he asked us if we knew about hidden mickeys (which of course I do, am sure have told Chris but lets not go there now...)
Chris is amazed and wants to know all about them so our server shows us the ones in coral reef but when I say shows us what I mean is, he took us round the (full) restaurant and stood us by diners and waited for us to find them. The poor people who were eating must have wondered what these brits were all staring at... and due to pressure I couldn't see them! finally Brandon spotted them, Chris was thrillled and we were on our way but hidden Mickeys became Chris mission later on in the holiday -joy..!
Its dark now, so what? I hear you ask but it's a big deal for me, we have never been in a park when its dark and indulge me now but my camera can actually take piccies in the dark yay! I always had one that was rubbish and couldn't pick a thing up in the dark so I was in my element and had Chris not steered me away I fear we would have at least 10 piccies of the golf ball and not 2! (and they're not even the best, I know! )
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We were in the car for 8.30pm and as I uttered the words, well another day without rain, guess what, epic downpour..I was banned from talking about rain for the rest of the hols!
And we are home!
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tomorrow is a rest day and MNSSHP at night, and the obsession with Splash Mountain is born
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Great day at Epricot Colette! Love the photo's and I think Chris needs to bring his 'tink' bag to the next get together it's different to his normal look ... not a Fosters in sight although there was the JD mousse.
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