Wednesday, February 24, 2010

02/02/10 Day 6: Epcot-tastic!

Yaaawn! We had been playing hard so when today rolled around we just slept in, watched cartoons and snuggled. When we were finally ready to get moving we skipped breakfast and headed straight for Epcot. Our most favorite park of all! We headed straight for Ellen's Energy Adventure since it had been closed by the time we made it over there on our first day at Epcot. I think this is such a cute ride. Steevin enjoyed how Disney seemed to use so many different attractions to tell the story. He also thinks that on top of all the other guest stars in the attraction that Toby McGuire also makes an appearance. LOL!

Excited to be back at Epcot!

EPCOT Center!

We went to the World Showcase to the Mexican Pavilion because we had seen some rings there on our first day and we wanted to check them out. They were awesome rings that could be engraved. We decided we wanted them but we weren't sure exactly what we wanted on them. Our names? Each others names? Mable's name? (okay that wasn't really ever one of our thoughts) We told the guy working the booth that we'd be back but we had to decide what we wanted. We turned around, walked about 10 steps and then figured it out and ran back to get them. LOL! We decided to buy each other sterling silver rings with "BE(heart)ST" engraved in them. (Its a portmanteau of our names... BEth and STeevin). We placed our orders and paid for them. Woo hoo! Cool! We were told to return later in the day to pick them up. While we were in Mexico we decided to start our tradition of getting candy from each country. I found these wafer thingies with dulce de leche called Obleas that made Steevin very excited because it reminded him of a Colombian dessert very similar. Only Colombians call dulce de leche "arequipe". And now you've learned something for the day. We purchased that treats and stashed them away in the backpack for later.

"You and me, bird!"

I'm in there... somewhere

"Look over there!"

Catch me!

We decided to get lunch, since we'd missed breakfast, while we were waiting for our rings. We skipped on over to Morocco where we ran into Aladdin and Jasmine. They both loved our sunglasses so much that they wore them for a picture with us. It was super cute! After we said goodbye to our new friends, Al and Jazz, we went to the Tangerine Cafe. I got the Lamb Wrap and Steevin had the Falafel wrap. Both were delish. After food we explored the area and looked for candy but there was none to be had. So we headed back to Mexico and picked up our rings that were done. Wheeee! They looked awesome! They turned out super cute (or manly in Steevin's case). Money well spent.

Jazz and Al are SO hip in our shades!

On a magic carpet...

We made our way to France. I stopped and got a Kir Royal in honor of my pop's because he loves them so much. Its champagne with kir liqueur drizzled into it. It makes the champagne all yummy and sweet. So I forked over $13 for a pink glass of champagne and then Steevin tasted mine and decided he wanted his own. We toasted to our awesomeness. Steevin thought mine tasted better but they tasted the same to me. I think he just likes what I have. After our $26 with of fancy booze we searched France for candies and they had plenty! Of course! We picked out some that looked like they'd pleasure our palate and stashed them for later.

Paris in the distance

The city of looooove

Kir Royal is supurb

Steev Royal

"Aaaaay, I'm in France!"

American in Paris!
Colombian in Paris!

Steevin and I needed a little snack so we stopped at a little stand between countries and got empinadas and tostones (which are smash, fried plantains). It reminded Steevin of Colombia and he said it was like his comfort food. It was really good and very cheap! We just sat, relaxed and people watched for about an hour. There were seagulls everywhere. There was a family with a little girl that walked by. The little girl was holding a giant box of popcorn. The seagulls started following here and swooping around her. She started to shriek and run, but as she ran she dropped more and more popcorn so it was whipping the birds into a frenzy around her which caused her to run more and spill more. Oh my word, it was one of the funniest things we'd ever seen. We both laughed so hard.

Spy Cam: Steev throwing away our trash.

Once we were all rested up we went to Norway for School Bread and some other dessert called... something with a V and the word maiden. Velvet? Venetian?  Voluptuous? I'm going with Voluptuous Maiden. It had some apple and stuff. It was good but nothing beats School Bread and coffee. As we sat enjoying our treat, the sun finally burst through the clouds. It was gorgeous. Sure it was getting close to sunset but it was SO beautiful. We left the seating area to go stand by the water and soak up the sun.

France aglow.

Soaking up the rays!


Epcot in the sun.

Pure genuine laughter

Black and White sun

Black and White sun 2

I felt recharged with uv rays so we headed to Canada where I was super disappointed to discover they no longer sold the delicious maple sugar candy I love so much. Screw you Canada Pavilion! (Though your  Cast Members were very nice) We didn't get any candy there because the only other candy they had there was the exact same candy they had in the UK Pavilion and we already had that.

That's not a waterfall behind me... its my tears because Canada didn't have my candy.

Handsome guy


Not too sure why Steevin looks like he's going to punch Tigger...
We visit the Pooh Bear and Friends

So we left the World Showcase to ride Nemo again. "In the big blue wooooorld!" We had an awesome time looking at the rest of the sea life after the ride. We learned that seahorses mate for life and that the males carry the babies. I tried to convince Steevin that we should try things that way but he wasn't having it. Pft... doesn't want to be pregnant himself. What a wimp! Steev was especially excited by the sea urchin sitting on top of a giant hermit crab with other smaller hermit crabs on top of the urchin. He talked about it for days. LOL! We got our pictures taken with Bruce the Shark but Steevs had to be a showoff and put himself in a precarious position. And then I couldn't get the stupid camera to focus. And there was a line building. Finally I got a picture and Steevin got a bruise. LOL! At least we entertained the lady next to me who also took a picture of Steevin because she liked our antics so much.

Steev's urchin sandwich


Steev is too manly to be scared

Shark face!

Billy Idle face? 

Save me!

Those shark teeth really do hurt... Just ask Steevin. LOL!

We rode the weird ride I call Figment and the Creepy Eric Idle Moon. Steevin enjoyed conducting the music at the "Kodak area" after the ride. It was just about the only thing that worked in that whole area. The gift shop had some super cute Figment t-shirts but none of them seemed just right for me. Steev said he'd create me one that was perfect so YAY!
Steev conducts Figment

It was night time and Steev wanted to get a panoramic photo of the Showcase so we headed back to a spot he saw earlier and commenced picture taking. We met a family there that asked Steevin to take their picture. Steevin took their picture and realized he could read the buttons on the camera even though they weren't in English. LOL! So he asked where they were from and they were Argentinian. So Steevin shared secrets with them in their secret language... Spanish. They could have all been ploting to take over the world together for all I know. This is why I've started taking Spanish. No more secrets from me! LOL



We left Epcot after that and headed to Downtown Disney for one last meal at Earl of Sandwich. Steevin was very excited to learn that he could as Pineapple to ANY sandwich there so he got an Italian with pinapple. (eeeew.... warm pinapple!) and I got a caprese sans any pineapple. After we had sandwiches in our tummies we went souvineer shopping before calling it a night and heading back to the Pop.

What a great day!

We always have so much fun!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

02/01/10 Day 5: Rainy Day at the Studios

After three days of go go go, our bodies were ready for a break. We slept in, and it felt good. Since we had early lunch plans we decided to skip breakfast this morning. Instead we shared a Curly Wurly we had purchased at Epcot on our first day. Breakfast of champions! Our morning sugar rush well under way we headed for MGM... er... Disney's Hollywood Studios. I called it MGM so many times on this trip, that Steevin started calling it that too.

As soon as we stepped off the bus, the clouds just began to dump rain. Oh well, what's a little rain. Our first ride of the day was Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. We waited no time at all. Soon Steven Tyler was inviting us to see their show. We went oot the door and through the "rock-n-roll tough" alley. We stepped into our Stretch Cadillac Limo. Is it just me or is this the MOST uncomfortable roller coaster seat ever? And the most awkward to get out of. Anyway... ZOOOOOM! We were off! Steevin gracelessly climbs out of the ride and proclaims it his "most favorite ride ever"!

Just because its raining doesn't  mean we can't wear sunglasses

Waiting for a taxi to take me to Rock 'N' Roller Coaster

That look on Steev's face is called "Pure Enjoyment"

We shopped for a bit at the exit gift shop and Steevin got me a pair of super-cool Mickey Dice for Goldie Hyundai (my car). As we left the store, the rains had stopped and there was a little speck of blue peeping from behind the clouds. YES!!! I took off my sweatshirt and stuffed it in the backpack. We posed for a Photopass guy, walked two steps and then it promptly began raining again. UGH! I fumbled around for my sweatshirt again and put it back on. We headed to The Great Movie Ride. Wheee! When we got off, Steevin looked at me like I was crazy for loving it. Psh... he was just mad because I didn't warn him about the Wizard of Oz part and he despises that movie. Well its his fault for refusing to know anything about the rides before going on them. LOL!
Rock on!

As we left the Chinese Theater the "rain" we experienced earlier had turned into a downright monsoon. We darted from shop to shop like everyone else in the whole park to stay dry and mostly just managed to get annoyed by the overcrowding of the stores and rubbing up against other wet tourists. Thankfully it was time for our reservations at the 50's Prime Time cafe. We swam over there and checked in. We sat in the awesome 50's themed living room until "Mom" called us to lunch. I think this place would be SO much fun with a large group... like my noisy family. I'm sure the waitstaff would have an awesome time. Apparently I was very thirsty because I downed my diet coke and our waiter brought me three glasses more at once. We got onion rings for an appetizer. They came with this horseradish sauce that was amazing. I asked for more of it for my pot roast and Steevs had fried chicken that was honestly about half a chicken. It was WAY more food than one person needed.
Steev watched TV while waiting to be called to lunchers

We walked off our lunch by strolling and wading through the rain all the way to Lights, Motors, Action! THe theater wasn't full but everyone gravitated to the drier seats in the middle. The show was loud and awesome even though they had to drive slower than usual due the the extra slick conditions. Nothing says Disney fun like a man on fire! Am I right?! Yay, fire!! We headed over to the Backlot Tour. I have to say that I think this is one of Disney's weakest attractions. Maybe it was better, you know, when it used to actually be USED as a STUDIO. They need to find a way to keep Catastrophe Canyon and use it for something else because that is prime land that could be used for something a lot more exciting that looking at a costuming warehouse that isn't being used and the old spaceship Max from "Flight of the Navigator". (And I am saying that as someone who loves that movie.) Still, Catastrophe Canyon was as catastrophic as always and again, I do love the fire! The crazy thing was that it was raining so hard it was really difficult to tell when they turned on the "rain" for the set.

Earful Towers

Goggle Cat and the fountain from Splash which was one of my favorite movies as a kid

Goggle Steev?

Woo hoo! Coke!

Hot Set for sure! Check me out. LOL!

Steevin is more fun than a Barrel of Monkeys

Giant Speak and Spell. How fitting because Steev can't speak and I can't spell.

We canoed our way to the Beauty and the Beast stage show. Steevin's favorite Disney Princess ever is Belle. And who doesn't love themselves some Gaston? Steevin and I do, that's for sure. Steevin and Gaston both love to look at themselves in the mirror. If I lose Steev at the Mall, I just go back to the last mirror I remember passing and I usually find Steev there, checking himself out. LOL! The show was cute. You have to adjust from being used to seeing the HUGE productions they put on at Anaheim (like Aladdin) and get used to the smaller scale they do their shows at in Florida but once you do that its enjoyable.

How our home life looks...

Since we were in the are we hit up Rock 'n' Roller Coaster again and then headed over to Indy. It was a shorter show than usual. Because of the rain they had to cut out the "airplane" scene. As we exited the show, we realized that it had stopped raining again. We spent the next 2 hours on the Streets of America taking pictures of ourselves because we hadn't really gotten to take the camera out much with all the rain. We had the best time just being goofy and hanging out together. There was almost no one there. The rain scared a lot of people away and it was almost closing time (though there was Extra Magic Hours) so it was like we had the whole area to ourselves. When we finally finished, we walked past a Cast Member working at "Youse Guys Moychundice" (my most favorite name for a shop ever!) who asked if we had a good time taking all the pictures. LOL! So we had Cast Member Brandon in a picture with us too.

Ewoks ahead!!

"Look! I'm a Jedi!"

Thumbs up!

Chillaxin' on the stoop

I think Steev is biting my butt here... or I'm farting on him. I'm not sure what's going on.
Sad Steev

Happy Steev!

Love across a fence



"Carry me!"

"Oof, you're heavy!"

Awesome in the air shot!

Sappy but super-cute heart shot

Awesome Cast Member Shot

On our way out of the park we took a picture of the Big Ass Hat and then rode the Great Movie Ride one more time. We were hungry and it was begining to rain again so we smooshed our wet selves onto the bus to the Pop and ate dinner at the Everything Pop before calling it a night.

 A magical day!