Florida Trip Report – Sunday (half marthon, Hollywood Studios, Epcot)

Sunday morning started early for everyone (though earlier for some). Doug, Betsy, Christina, and I were trying to meet up with Raj and Jen at the Polynesian – but every road we tried into Disney was blocked for the race. We had a back route planned but they foiled even that. It took us 40 minutes to work our way over to the Polynesian, and so we just met them at Mile 8, having missed our friends at Mile 4. Lame. But oh well, we really did try.

We saw Janine and Caitlin come through first, in their Leia costumes – they ran on off the race course to give us sweaty hugs and drop off some socks:
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We nearly miss Ron, I mean, Mr. Fluffers (he was dressed as a Flamingo, for Fiver’s Flamingos, and Betsy had dubbed the Flamingo Mr. Fluffers, or alternatively Señor Fluffers), but caught him as he ran by. We caught Rogue too, despite not knowing what he’d be wearing and then managed to miss Conley entirely. :-( But we did catch Michelle!

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After we rounded up the troops at the finish line, we headed back to the hotels to change and rest for a bit. We went past the big globe thing again. A bunch of us headed next door to IHOP for brunch, which took a while, but was really fun.

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We dropped Michelle off at Animal Kingdom where she joined the half of our group that were there and then the rest of us headed to Hollywood Studios. Annoyingly, we tried to take the tram from the parking lot, but it sat there for 20 minutes, because the guy insisted on loading the whole thing totally full. And then when we finally got to the park, we learned our parking spot hadn’t been that far away and it would have been faster to walk. Grr.

Lotta balloons:
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We weren’t able to Fast Pass anything because it was too late in the day, so we just waited on lines. Tower of Terror wasn’t bad. And I’d never been on it before because I’m a chicken who hates free fall rides.

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Loved the lobby decor:
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Then we got on the Rockin Rollercoaster ride. The line was really long.
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A Les Paul:
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The marble door:
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I didn’t really enjoy the ride – it was kind of rough and I felt kind of battered around by it. Meh.

We didn’t have a lot of time after that, so we headed back to Epcot.
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We saw Captain Eo, which was very 1986. Michelle in particular was very excited. (I’m not really a Michael Jackson fan myself, but I’m glad she got to see it!)

We got fast passes for Soaring, hoping to go on it after dinner (we didn’t end up going though) and since we had a little time, but not much for our 5pm dinner, we went on the Vegetable Cruise (that may not be the ride’s name) near Soaring, which shows you all the hydroponics and plants they are growing and that provide food for the restaurant there. We were way too hyped up for the ride (Party Boat!) and I may have asked the attendant if this was like Splash Mountain, with a big hill at the end. He probably though we were nuts. It was fun though, and actually interesting.

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And then we just had enough time to get to Norway for dinner. Dinner was good, and many of the princesses were there.

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After dinner, we broke up into groups again, and some of us strolled the rest of the way around the countries in Epcot.

Here’s China again:
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They had a mini version of the Terra Cotta warriors:
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In Germany, there was a pickle Xmas tree!
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Japan:
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In Morocco, I tried to summon a genie.
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It didn’t work, though.

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Doug and Raj did try on some nice fezzes though:
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Paris, which I need to explore another time for sure!
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England had a Beatle band! With a righty Paul (lame!). Actually, they sounded quite good and they played non-Beatles British Invasion stuff too.
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We found Tigger and Pooh hanging out in England:
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There was also an awesome gift shop with lots of Beatles stuff!
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Then we hung out in the homeland of Jen and Raj, Canada!
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Raj did very well on the quiz about Canada that was in the gift shop, and taught us some Canadian history.

Then we found a place to hang out to watch the fireworks display!
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We hung out a little while longer waiting for the crowds to die down, and then we piled 6 of us in Jen and Raj’s tiny rental car – and then couldn’t find our lot over at Hollywood Studios! After a lot of driving around, we finally found it, though. It was really funny – Michelle, Jen, and I had Christina draped over our laps in the back!

We were all exhausted but we stayed up to watch the rest of the Oscars and pack, since we were leaving the next day, though most of us were flying out later. Poor Christina had to get up at like 5am again, since we had to work that day. :-/

MOre pics here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/maggie42/sets/72157627741668936/with/6178482644/