I am in a sorting, tidying, throwing sort of mood at the moment and Nigel knows to catch it whilst the going is good. It doesn't happen often!
Today was the turn of the video cupboards and we threw out our film library - which was very extensive - on VHS. We have an even bigger library on DVD and blue ray but these were pre-recorded and recorded off the TV videos that date back years. They took up an incredible amount of room, we were never going to watch them again as they were now poor quality compared to what we are used to these days so the whole lot went. I now have a massive and I mean massive empty cupboard. mmmm - scrapping stash I feel!
Consequently I have done no new scrapping today - but I plan on doing some later this afternoon.
On to the next holiday installment.
Sunday 19th July
Today was a full on theme park day. In fairness we don’t do many of those days … we are lucky to go so often that we don’t need to do many whole days. However, the occasional one is good so we were at Epcot for 9am. And we walked – solidly – all day until 7.00 pm. WOW!
When we arrived it was so quiet and so we whizzed round and did a mess of things with no lines at all. We started off with spaceship earth again – which was fun.
We went on Living with the Land which I always enjoy. It is a nice boat ride, I love seeing the greenhouses and we just enjoy the simplicity of it. Look at how massive the lines were! Yup ... just us then!
We then saw what I think is the best film in Disney World – The Circle of Life at the Harvest Theatre. It used to house a film called Symbiosis and when they changed it I hated it at first but now I concede they just made it better. They kept a lot of the footage and all of the sentiments of Symbiosis but updated it with the Lion King theme and it is beautiful and I always feel so passionate about the environment when I leave the theatre. I believe it is a message everyone should be forced to watch, annually, to appreciate what we all need to do. We need to start in our own backyard!
Now, talk about a change of pace – we went from there to Test Track! From protecting the environment to creating supercars that, let’s face it, can’t be good for it. Usually you both get to design a car and then on the test track they compete. Sadly only one of us did – I didn’t appreciate that – and so it was me. I felt awful. Had I known only one of us would get to design it would without question, have been Nigel. Plus, he would have designed something that would win instead of my design which was cute and pretty and very environmentally friendly but pants at speed! Anyway – design aside – the ride was fabulous. Very smooth, incredibly fast and great fun.
From there we headed to Fountain View – now a Starbucks. I love that they have starbucks in every park and that a vente frap at £6 counts as a free snack. Can’t get better at that now can you!
Nigel was sporting one of the customised shirts he made too.
We ambled around World Showcase seeing the film in Canada (love the score to the song at the end)
The pictures are random on this clip (though many are places we have been in Canada) but the score is lovely.
and then we spent time wandering around the UK. I wonder if the people from the other countries represented are as disappointed about their pavilions as we are with the UK. With some examples of luxury terraced houses from London, a mini Hampton Court type building, a thatched cottage and the ubiquitous Rose and Crown it is an odd mix and not terribly representative. The goods in the stores are interesting too – apparently we are represented by Manchester United, the Beatles, Dr Who and tea! Ah well.
From there on to France, which I think is a beautiful pavilion. We watched the film – which was beautifully shot but didn’t seem to capture France for us – and then had a chocolate crepe because that is what we always do when we are in Paris! Real Paris that is.
We stopped for a while at Morocco, another beautiful pavilion,
passed through Japan briefly
and stayed a while – of course – in America. The American pavilion is gorgeous, though I guess as representative of real America as the UK pavilion is of here. We sat in the cool and waited for the Liberty Singers, who were as good as ever,
and then we went and watched The American Adventure which always moves us.
The second video has the song that we love to much – the first doesn’t have the complete song but has the rest of the show. We were especially pleased when we did the Backstage Magic tour a few years ago that we went underneath the American Adventure to see how it all works.
We came out and it looked like it was threatening rain and the wind had picked up. We felt a few heavy spots so we whizzed through the other countries and on to China where we planned a late lunch early supper. We knew we wanted the sticky orange chicken and ginger ice cream at the Lotus Blossom café.
We sat for a good three quarters of an hour, enjoying the meal and people watching. We also bought a gorgeous lacquered mini screen as a souvenir using the last of our free Disney gift card.
The rain never did come – other than a few spots of drizzle – and so we headed back out, through Italy and to America again as there was a show we wanted to see.
As it happened we saw the show before the one we wanted too. It was called Music Maker and was a group of 5 youngsters who did amazing a Capella singers who made amazing music. They were very good. Sadly they were much better than the group we had gone to see – Hotel California – A Tribute to the Eagles. I am not sure if it was because it was their first show or because they were not very good, but they were very average and we were kind of disappointed.
However, it whiles away an hour. When we came out I saw – after my 15000 steps so far – I had the start of pavement rash which I have always been prone to. I often get quite bad prickly heat too and it had been an exceptionally hot day so we decided to call it a day. After another few thousand steps we were back at the car and headed back to the resort early evening again. A wonderful day but over 18000 steps was probably a few too far!