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Sat May 21: Jill and I slept in, since we'd had a late night. Then, Jill's brother met us and we headed off to Epcot for the day. We took the bus this time, since we knew we would want to have some drinks around the World! We arrived around 11AM and took a shortcut through Innoventions to get to The Land. We got fastpasses for Soarin, with a return time of 3:30. Then we went over to The Seas and rode the Nemo ride. I would have liked to stop and look at the fish, but we wanted to do lots of things, so I skipped it. We were all hungry for lunch, so we headed to World Showcase. First stop, Margarita stand in Mexico! I got my usual frozen mango margarita. Jill and her brother got the Fiesta mix. Then we had lunch in China at Lotus Blossom Cafe. I love the orange chicken!
It was another hot hot day! I have gotten so used to California's cooler weather that the heat sure wore me down! After lunch, we backtracked to Norway and rode Maelstrom. It was about a ten minute wait. I love that ride! Jill and I like to quote the opening line, "You are not the first to pass this way." After the ride, we browsed in the shops and Jill started a day long event of taking pictures of her brother wearing hats in each country. Of course, it was the Viking helmet with horns in Norway! I love the Norway shops, but I didn't buy anything.
Then we continued our trek around the world. Next stop, Germany! I was amazed that all the shops had been completely switched around and changed! The old Hummel store now was a bakery and Werther's candy shop! The old candy store now had t shirts and other stuff. The toy store was still in the same place, but they did not have the big section of dolls anymore. I was sad about that because I loved those dolls. I also noted that at the Kidcot stops, they no longer have the mask to color, but a Duffy bear on a stick. There was also Duffy merchandise, with outfits from each country. And they added the German candy bars to the toy store. I got a couple, because I always like to try chocolate from other countries. Also in one store, I saw a Mickey ear hat themed to Germany. The main hat had the German outfit with suspenders and the ears had the German flag on one and a pretzel on the other. One other thing, when I bought my chocolate, I saw that they had the park maps in German at the checkout line. I thought that was clever, so I got one!
Continuing on our way, we passed Italy and stopped in America. We all love the American Adventure show, so we stopped in to see it. We had about half an hour before the next show, so we took advantage of the cool AC inside the building and sat on a bench. Then the Voices of Liberty came out and performed, they are always so good! Then it was showtime. We always sit in the very front and watch for the no touch handshake at the end! This came about many years ago. We had sat in the front row once and from that angle could see that when Ben Franklin and Mark Twain shake hands at the end, their hands don't actually touch! After that, we would often imitate the no touch handshake for a joke, so now we always sit in front and laugh at it! But besides that, we love the show and it always makes us cry!
By the time that show was over, it was time to go back to Soarin to use our fastpasses, so we headed around. Ah, love Soarin! I call it my aromatherapy ride, it's so relaxing. After that, we rode Living with the Land, one of my favorites! I love the whole thing, the rainforest, desert and farm, and then the greenhouses. Love it!
Then we went over to Spaceship Earth for a ride. Although I do not like the new version as much as the old, I still enjoy it, and Jill and I do have fun with the computer ending. But I still miss the old narration and the lights at the end.
It was close to 5PM and we were thinking of dinner. I wanted to eat at the Rose and Crown, so we headed over there to see if we could get in. Somewhere along the way, we passed a group of college age boys who were all talking about drinking as much as possible, and then one said, "But can we get a pretzel first? I really want a pretzel." This made us all laugh, and for the rest of the day, whenever anyone said, let's go here or do this, one of us would say, But can we get a pretzel first?
We arrived at Rose and Crown and signed in. We had about a 15-20 minute wait, so we browsed the UK shops. They have been changed around too! The toy shop has been greatly downgraded, which is too bad. I always liked their selection of toys before.
Dinner was very good. I got a Scotch Egg for an appetizer and had Bangers and Mash for dinner. It was way too much sausage, so I only had a little of the bangers, but the mash and cabbage were good. Then we walked over to France and looked around in the shops. I always enjoy the one big shop there. Then we saw the movie, Impresions de France. Jill and I both love this movie, and it was nice to sit in the cool theater. Then we browsed through Morocco a bit then to Japan.
We always love looking around the big store in Japan, so we were in there for quite awhile. Jill and I used to like the Hello Kitty section, but it is mostly clothes now and boring. And they don't have Chococat stuff, which is what I liked. I enjoyed looking at the books and some wooden dolls, and we always like the Japanese foods and snacks. I got some chocolates to try.
Then we walked on and stopped in Norway for a snack. I decided to run over and get another mango margarita, which I did. I had wanted to go into Mexico and do the ride, but decided not to in the end. I miss the old ride and anyway, I get plenty of Mexico here in San Diego! Although I do like the inside of the pavilion.
It was getting late and we wanted to get out before Illuminations, so we headed out. We briefly shopped in Mouse Gears, where I found some cool retro Epcot shirts, then we went to the bus. We actually saw the fireworks from the bus!