Disney Flower & Garden (and food!) – Saturday

Saturday we headed to Hollywood Studios in the morning since when we were here for the Princess we weren’t able to get on Tower of Terror. We fast-passed it this time and then headed over to Star Tours. We went on twice in a row with little wait and got two scenarios we hadn’t gotten before (Hoth and Coruscant) and it’s still not making me motion sick even though we were in the last row the second time. Win! The Tower of Terror waits were unfortunately long so we only got on it the once. But it was really fun. We also did the backlot tour, which ended up being good because they had new costumes on display that I hadn’t seen before, including the marionettes (and Maria’s travel outfit) from Sound of Music, some Titanic props (Rose’s comb!), and some Oz Great and Powerful costumes.

Here are the pics from the morning:

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Love these Toy Story soldier characters:
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More costume photos: http://www.costumersguide.com/imagearchive/index.php?/category/499

The fountain from Splash:
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Then we headed over to Epcot for lunch. And we found Peter Pan!
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We split another salmon tartare biscuit (because they were SO good) and then headed to Japan, which ended up being another one of our favorites. Frushi (Fresh Strawberries, Pineapple and Cantaloupe, rolled with Coconut Rice, atop a Raspberry Sauce sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream), Chirashi Hanazushi (Grilled Salmon, cooked Shrimp and Crab Stick, over a bed of fragrant Ginger Rice with Volcano and Dynamite Sauce), YakiSoba Pan (Fresh grilled Carrots, Onions and Cabbage with Japanese Noodles and Teriyaki Sauce served on a bun with Mayonnaise and Beni Shoga), Green Tea Flan (Silky custard with macha green tea and caramel glaze).

The frushi was especially good, and I think we really liked the Chirashi Hanazushi a lot – but everything here was excellent.

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Mm…frushi:
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Then it was over to Italy for: Asparagi con Aragosta all’Ortolana (Green asparagus, lobster, garden cocktail sauce), Lasagna Primavera (Spinach Lasagna, green peas, zucchini, mushrooms, broccolini, bechamel and fresh tomatoes, with garlic and basil leaves), Panna Cotta al Limoncello (Limoncello flavored Panna Cotta, wild berries)

The Asparagus was very good and the chunks of lobster were good – but there was too much sauce. And this dish was kind of expensive (because of the lobster) for what it was. The Lasagna was great, and panna cotta was one of our fav desserts:
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I had to get a photo of me in my Karen Hallion Who/Mulan shirt in front of Epcot China:
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And this is an old joke from a few years ago. Janine told us that at the Pentagon, people will purposefully carry stuff so their hands are full, otherwise they’ll be saluting all the time. And then at breakfast at Ohana, they were giving out maracas, and Rogue was holding two of them and said something like “I can’t salute, I’m holding maracas” – which I assure you was hilarious. So we joke about it now and then. Doug and I found ourselves near Epcot Mexico while looking for some shade and I turned around and these were there..

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More topiaries:
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A bunny – some kid was all upset because their parent wouldn’t let them hop over the fence to pet the rabbit. The rabbit was pretty unconcerned.
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Phineas and Ferb:
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Elephant!
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Lion King:
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The butterfly tent had little fairy topiaries:
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The Woody topiary:
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I think at this point we took a break because we were super tired and hit the pool for a while.

And then dinner!

Germany had Savory Bread Pudding with Spring Peas and Wild Mushroom Ragout, German Meatloaf Sandwich with Sweet Mustard and Fried Shallots, Potato Pancake with house made Apple Sauce.

The bread pudding was good, but I’m not a fan of mushrooms. The meatloaf sandwich was one of fav things at the festival. So good. The potato pancake was also good:
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And China, which had: Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries, Spring Pancake with Grilled Chicken and Green Apple, Pan-Fried Vegetable Bun.

The vegetable bun was ok. Neither of us are a big fan of that sort of bun. I liked the candied strawberries better than Doug did. They had too much sugar for him, but I liked the burst of flavor and crunch of sugar when you bit into them. The spring pancake was one of our fav things. It was really good.
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And the last few topiaries that we missed. Cars:
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And Buzz Lightyear:
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Monsters U at night:
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Illuminations from our way out:
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Another food collage. I don’t think I mentioned the Trio of Trifles from the UK booth, all of which were delicious (green tea, chocolate, and berry):

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And that was Saturday!

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