First, before this blog goes anywhere, I went to post a HUGE THANK YOU to my father-in-law’s friend Richard. We can’t tell him how grateful we are to him for gaining our admission to EPCOT. We all had a great time, got a big dose of the Christmas spirit, and truly appreciate you going out of your way for us. Thank you so much!
So, I am determined to get this gang up and out the door at oh dark something this morning, to make sure we are at the park in time. We are meeting Jim’s parents and their friend Richard at 9 AM, and I want to make sure we are there with time to spare. YAY – we get there at 8:35!! We get a great parking spot, and I find Richard right away. He is such a pleasure to talk to, and we all had a nice conversation when I wasn’t chasing my youngest daughter.
Dot and Russ got there a few minutes before 9, and we spent another couple of minutes talking before we headed into EPCOT for the day. Our first stop – The Land, where we ride the boat ride. This is one of my favorite things at EPCOT, although I am disappointed to see that they no longer have a guide on the boat – it’s all recorded. I guess this is just another way to save Disney money, but it does take a little away from the ride. It’s still fascinating to me, though, to see the garden part of the tour. Not being able to grow anything in the traditional fashion makes me all the more interested in how they grow things the way they do!
We leave the boat ride, and Jim, Russ and Eilis head to Soarin’. The wait is 20 minutes, which for this ride is really good, so they stay while I go up to the top of the building to wait with Dot. During the wait, a lady comments to me about how very good and patient Granuaile is. Well isn’t that a beaming mommy moment!! I want to tell her that this is unusual for her, and it might be that she was drugged with a Triaminic strip for a cough this morning and we kept her awake until the wee hours of the morning, so she is probably sleeping with her eyes open, but I thank the very nice lady and appreciate for a few minutes that the terrible twos aren’t always so terrible.
We are closing in on lunch time, so we decide to head over to the World Showcase and the Amercian Adventure area, where we see the giant and smelling oh so good Gingerbread house. They will be selling the delicious gingerbread here later on, but right now, it’s closed. And so is the restaurant. They don’t start serving until 11:30 and it’s only 11:05. We just hang out, meet a nice lady in line with us who went to Boston College and discouraged us from letting Brighid consider Northeastern. Finally, we purchase our enjoyable lunch, and just as we are finishing, Granuaile hears the fife and drum corps and runs to hear it. She loves them! She’s so musical.
The afternoon goes well, bouncing from ride to show to shop, and we soon find it time to eat again. Dinner is at Le Cellier, and it’s an early meal so that we can go to the 6:45 Candlelight Processional. I’ll review the restaurant later, but we eat, and we are on our way. It’s pretty much time to go wait in line for the Candlelight Processional, which tonight is being narrated by Chita Rivera. Jim loved her from Kiss of the Spider Woman. I think that’s the show that turned him on to the theatre, because up until then, he had shown very little interest. Anyway…
Midway through the show, Eilis has to go to the bathroom. I figure I will wait until the Hallelujah chorus is being sung so I can slip out without really disturbing anyone. Granuaile, however, decides to whisper in that OH SO LOUD baby whisper that Eilis has to go Baf-room!! Now! Mommy! Eilis has to go baf-room! UGH. We do manage to make it to the Hallelujah Chorus, and we run to the bathroom.
We had a few pictures taken during this trip, and the one photographer helped me with my camera by teaching me how great night mode is. He was great.
I hate to see the day come to an end, but the kids are tired, and it’s getting late, and we really have done a lot today. The Candlelight Processional is my favorite Christmas moment, and I leave EPCOT feeling really good. Back at the hotel, the girls get a snack and climb into bed, and it’s just been a terrific day.