Joined: 15 Aug 2002
Location: Colorado, Colorado Springs
|Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:21 pm Post subject: (Almost) Live from the World
|Ok, we're home , but we woke up this morning at the Poly! To wrap up our visit: we had a great day on Sunday at Epcot with smaller than expected crowds carrying through. The line for Test Track was about 40 minutes, so we got Fast Passes and took in Energy while we waited them out. Love the Energy show . Then it was off to ride TT, with about a 10 minute wait. Had a great time, and Kasey managed to pick out 'her' car from the showroom as we were leaving. (I kind of liked the H3 they had on the floor....hmmmm ) We checked for a FP at Soarin' but the return time was going to be right in the middle of our ADR for LeCellier, so we passed on it this trip. We have ridden on it a number of times at both CA and Epcot, so not a big deal for us. We wandered the World Showcase, shopping in the lands, took a ride on Malestrom and saw the American Adventure. Both were great as always. Had lunch at American Adventure then wandered back through some of the other countries and shops. Had to make a stop at Mouse Gear to see if they had anything special. We did find out about a new pin trading thing they do at Mouse Gear; it's called Pincentration. They do it at 5:00 in the afternoon in the area by the breezway, but inside the store. Two CMs bring out a board, that is covered, they pull the cover back for one person at a time, for 15 seconds. In that 15 seconds, you can trade them for any, up to two, pins on the board. There were some really good ones there, but not the one that I am looking for (the Grumpy Dwarf head CM pin - been looking for that one for two years... ) After that little experience, it was time for our ADR at LeCellier. All I can say is WOW, what a great dinner! Yes, we had the cheese soup, and steak. Couldn't do dessert there, so we packaged chocolate cake to go. It was all great.
Yesterday was spent at Disney Studios, again, no crowds. We literally walked onto both Tower of Terror and Rock-n-Roller Coaster twice each. One cool thing, ToT broke down just as we got to the off load area. The lights came on and we got to talk to Mike, the maintenance guy, until they got us up and moving again. It took longer to get off the ride than it took us to get on it in the first place. When they got everything clear, they took us back up in the elevator and put us right back on the next car. At least those of us that wanted to ride again, which most of us did. We did Millionare, with the smallest crowd I have ever seen; only filled the two big sections about 1/3 of the way. We did see that they are getting ready for the Osborne lights, they are all over the buildings and streets on the NY set. It looks like it is going to be super, someday! We closed the day with Fantasmic, always a must do for us. Then it was back to the Poly to pack and get ready to leave in the morning.
This morning we were up bright and early to be ready for Quicksilver and the ride to the airport. Again, they were great! (Thanks Gregory!) On time, and brought the Escalade, a wise move for us coming home from WDW We always have more bags going home than when we arrived! Our flights were on time and no problem at all.
One thing we did learn: we were using the dining plan to eat, and had used up all of our Counter Service Meals and Snacks by yesterday afternoon. I found out from a CM that they can ring up a Counter Service Meal as a Table Service Meal if you want them to. This is typically not a prudent thing to do, but we had extra Table Service Meals that were not going to be used otherwise. You do have to tell the person at the counter you want to do this before they total the order out. All in all, we had a great time and the Dining Plan was very good for the way we typically dine at the World.
So, we're home and I'll see you 'round the rooms!
Don't cry because it's over;
Smile because it happened.