My dad loves EPCOT, so the chance to spend two days there was a great thing, and part of the reason we tacked an extra day onto the trip this year. Thursday morning was dad’s last day at the conference, so we met for lunch at Beaches and Cream and headed to EPCOT at 2, per our tickets. 🙂
Now, EPCOT Day was much warmer than MK day had been–in the low 90s, and humid. That made for a little bit less of get up and go for us, but we still go quite a bit done. Our hotel entrance led us right into the World Showcase, which is my favorite part anyway. 🙂 After scanning our Magic Bands, we headed toward the UK pavilion, where we were also planning on eating dinner that night, at the Rose and Crown.
*This was a bit of a change in plan. Originally, we were going to eat at Le Cellier, in the Canadian pavilion. However, I checked the menu before we left for the park, and found that the prices were crazy high (even by Disney Park standards), and there was little on the menu that sounded good. The menus change seasonally at some of the restaurants, and this one had changed a lot in the six months since I’d booked. So, I changed us to Rose and Crown and cancelled our Le Cellier reservation at the concierge desk. It just didn’t seem worth going to when my dad isn’t a big steak guy, and the only seafood dish is Flounder, which he’ll eat, but I didn’t want us to spend a TON of money on food we only sort of liked. *
In the UK pavilion there were street performers, who were really funny, as well as Alice and Mary Poppins making appearances.
There was also….Mary Poppins’ Penguin.
From the UK, we went to Canada, where there was some Canadian/Celtic Rock, totem polls, and beautiful gardens.
Then we headed to France, to take in our favorite EPCOT movie, Impressions de France.
After seeing the movie (and this guy)
We headed to the Rose and Crown for dinner.
Our waiter was a Welshman named William Charles Edward (he was from Cardiff) and I made him very happy by ordering a Scotch egg as my appetizer (a Scotch egg is a hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage and either deep fried or baked) and Bakewell Tart for dessert. 🙂 He also told us he approved of the Fish and Chips; he had been worried about what recipe they’d use “in the States”, but considered this one authentic. Good to know!
After dinner, we headed to Future World to ride Spaceship Earth and The Seas With Nemo and Friends.
I loved this ride (much more than my Dad did, that’s OK) because I love the movie. 🙂 Also, you’re seeing a real aquarium while Nemo and friends are projected onto the glass. Amazing.
After Nemo, we were about done for the day, so we headed back to the pool for some swimming and found out it’s a great place to watch the EPCOT fireworks–no crowds! 🙂