We went to Disney World!
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I cannot believe what just happened: this damned computer just ate my entire entry! I am too tired to do this now ... Tomorrow!
I began working on this entry when we returned from Epcot. I was totally exhausted, then the computer ate the entry. When my head hit the pillow, I was fast asleep. It is now October 3rd and I will try to complete it.
If you have been reading this blog, you will remember I complained about what I thought was a case of poison ivy. Then I thought it was caused by a somewhat rough fabric rubbing against my legs. Now I think it is because of the humidity here in the South causing even the lightest fabric to bring on the angry-looking red marks. It had happened two more times, but walking around Epcot has caused the worst case yet. I'd show you a picture, but I don't want you to hurl!
We left the hotel on a shuttle bus at 7:45 AM. The drive to Disney took about 20 minutes, including stops at three other hotels. It is a free service and very much appreciated. We were let off at the Magic Kingdom, then took the free Monorail to Epcot.
Our first visit was to the inside of the Geosphere. the exhibits are interesting and there is a pleasant ride through human history from the stone age to present-day electronics. From there our path led past a gorgeous fountain to the "Land Pavilion". Here we boarded the ride called Soarin'. It is wonderful, simulating flying in a hang glider or helicopter. It all takes place over California, so Jag and I felt right at home. It is a very popular ride and would normally have a very long line of people waiting impatiently. Today, a Thursday during the school day: no wait! Very nice. It turned out that all of the most popular attractions had short lines for the reasons stated or our timing during the lunch and dinner periods.
After Soarin' we watched a delightful film called "The Circle of Life", featuring the cartoon characters from Disney's "The Lion King". It stressed environmental concerns, a much-needed message.
The World Villages came next, beginning with Canada. They had several tall totem poles and a replica of one of the beautiful buildings in Quebec City. The movie they showed was in "Circlevision": 360 degrees of synchronized screens. Canada is scenically so gorgeous and the film was wonderful.
We continued on to France, complete with a small-scale Eiffel Tower. They, too, show a film about their beautiful country called “Impressions de France”. This time, it was in an elegant sit-down theater with a screen that went all the way around to one’s peripheral vision. The “village” was complete with restaurants and, of course, gift shops. Outside, we enjoyed the performance of a juggler and his side-kick, a remarkable acrobat balancing on about 4 or 5 stacked up chairs.
We had a light lunch in Morocco with some of the most stunning architecture in the park. I felt as if I was in Marrakech. Jag and I shared a mixed shawerma plate, which included some terrific humus and taboulleh. The young people working at the various shops and restaurants had only just arrived from their homes in Morocco about a week or two ago. All are very personable and attractive. Most will be in the USA for one year, working at Disney World.
We attended a cooking demonstration by a Louisiana chef.
From Japan we went to the American Adventure Pavilion. Almost as soon as we arrived, a fife-and-drum corps marched to the front of the attraction and played the required “Yankee Doodle” and other similar pieces.
Italy came next.
Norway displayed a remarkable stave church which is built of wood and has fanciful decorations on the roof. They have a short ride called “Maelstrom”. There is a short chute the boat slides down, but nobody got wet.
Our last pavilion to visit was that of Mexico. We thought we might consider having dinner there, but the prices were ludicrous: $26 for tacos (or something like that) and one still had to order beans, rice, etc.
We still hadn’t found a place to have dinner, but we took the Test Track ride, advertised as being the longest and fastest of any ride at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. It lived up to its hype. It was so much fun and left me breathless and laughing with delight. I wanted to go again, but old stick-in-the-mud Jag refused. Pooh!
Our last ride was “Mission Space”, a simulation of a journey to Mars.
We grabbed some light food for dinner and practically ran to catch our shuttle bus at 8:30 for a ride back to our hotel.