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and of course -
ya cant have a stop over at the French pavilion without picking up these two -
Booze and carbs ... my two fav words while at Epcot .... yes .. one bottle is a blend while the other is a Chardonnay
Now I do say while I checked out Epcot, I did develop
quite an art form of walking , texting and drinking red wine —- while not spilling one drop of wine ....- and loving every minute of it -
Had fun basically getting in my steps
and soon 6pm was upon me
IMO, the Skyliner is quite fun to experience during the day but at night?????
Its pitch black in those things as you cant see where you are going !!
but to me once was enough at night time -
dinner was very nice -
although I do say me thinks the wine was beginning to speak as I found myself
ordering dessert ....
IN FRENCH -
FB friend didnt show -
DONCHA like that ---
Ah well -
but atleast the wine along with the margaritas back at the Hippidy Dippity Pool back at Pop
made up for her standing me up like that -
made it in very late back to the Hotel room......
IMO, Pop Century's renovation project from 1-2 yrs ago ish has really left me feeling underwhelmed -
I mean, their grounds looks excellent.......
their Front Desk theming area also looks excellent ....
their Guest rooms.....
IMO looks like a renovation project done with products from the .99 cent store -
and to boot....
where was the "Disney feel" once you are in those rooms??
I MEAN FOR REAL -
Yes, look for me to pursue going back to the Caribbean Beach side of Disney cuz Pop STINKS!!
enough of that......
With my mind focosed now on the last letter of the alphabet and less on those Vanilla Pop Century themed rooms.......
I caught just enough ZZZZZZZssssssssssss
for a very busy DAY 2 for me
COMING UP NEXT:
Get on yer flak jacket cuz its gonna b quite a day out of Animal Kingdom
(our "group" picture - just in front of the Hippos)
By now, I was really getting into the spirit of things and was totally forgetting where I was in relation to the front entrance of Animal Kingdom. I mean, it was like you were really on a Safari -
(and yeeeessss, there were lots of times you had to literally do the splits just to get to the next board - WELL WORTH THE EXPERIENCE -)
(now we weren't that High off the ground but.... enough to catch you attention)
And speaking of catching your attention - heres one for ya about Hippos -
"Douglass McCauley says the dung is also used as a communication device. He says a more powerful male hippo will throw dung from its tail to a less powerful male. "
Later on, I found out monkeys do the same thing!!
In short, ya DONT wanna get caught up in a "SH*&" throwing contest between Hippos or Monkeys!!
But...from lionesses yelling at one another, seeing rhinos , giraffes, to you literally name it, it was sooooo much fun learning about what they eat , how they communicate to how Animal Kingdom hosts hold down the animal population (originally thru trial and error) -
I was having a blast !!
Soon it was time for our lunch out at the Savannah area -
(our view from the Savannah)
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DAY THREE -
OCTOBER 19th -
enjoying a lot of ah ha moments while out and about at KSC
and yes, I still have my
from when I visited JSC a a kid -
back to the story .....
5am came with a vengeance but I was ready -
First timed Uber-ed it over to the Swan Hotel -
Dude tried to drop me off at the Dolphin!!
IN THE FREAKIN RAIN!!!!!!
gave that Dude all zeros on his review and took great delight in explaining why to his Supervisors.....
pickup time came for out tour and i chilled out over listening to the Space Mission (Apollo 8 & 11 Astronauts and Apollo 13: The Real Mission tapes on my iphone -
fyi - you can also get it from ITUNES -
Some of the places we are a gonna check out today -
Of course I felt like a twit because I didn't know
1) KSC and Cape Canaveral are two different places.
2) the Space Shuttle can get from Australia to the USA in one hour and that coming back and landing -
3) the Shuttle would descend at 2,000 feet per second ...
In we hopped into a motorcoach on a VIP Tour of the place and we went up and close to see the various places that help get things into Space -
So.....imagine getting stuck behind this critter in traffic......
(takes special kind of rock up underneath her to handle her weight....as shes traveling along with various payloads like the Space Shuttle at a whopping 2 miles per hour)
Now here is something taller than the Statue of Liberty....
(check out the bay doors)....and that flag on the side of the building??? ** READ ON FOR MORE INFO**
from the "I did not know" files:
and the flag on the side of the building???
look how hhuugge it is....
(video shot near the building as a visual to demonstrate just how big the flag is; fri - the 4 wheeler behind the flag is an escape pod of sorts if the astronauts get in a jam on the launch pad.... if I remember tha right.... so much info to digest)
Soon we were dropped off at the Visitors Center to check out the Saturn 5 -
why in the World I CHOOSE to be up at 4am.....
doing of all things -
the ever dreaded
Silly me was at it doing that for a while
until the Heavens mysta taken pity on me
as I originally had planned on doing laundry around 9am ish -
For some strange reason -
I just felt like making this a day I would always remember -
literally the moment the cleaned clothes were back in my suitcase and I was all ready for the day day
** DCL EMBARKATION DAY**
I was off as quick as a wink to
(ok..... who tuned off the SUN??) -
I think what did it
(kept me awake and psyched)
was I was playing "Star Wars" music on my Iphone as I was doing laundry -
there I got an idea -
Why not "Plus it"
experience out at SWGE and listen to JOHN WILLIAMS
STAR WARS MUSIC?? (on low on one earbud)
IMO, my overall experience visiting SWGE area
was really enhanced by bringing this element into a land that
really all I wanted to see or experience was the Falcon
NOW..... here is where it gets crazy cuz while inside the Cantina, I had one earbud in one ear while listening to the Imperial march...
Motioned for the Barkeep -
pointed out to her as to what Im listening to .....
She in turn quickly tuned and motioned to that guy you see pictured as both of them tuned white as Ghosts
as i was motioning to the two of them
as I motion with two fingers down my eyes and down the bridge of my nose ....
as If to say , 'Im watching this joint"
lets just say their reaction was priceless!
and I was at that moment that my whole attitude about SWGE changed -
if you do a little bit of homework here -
engage the 'locals' a wee bit....
your overall experience will be second to none
and one you will never forget -
So.... what better way to test your Constitution ...after eating popcorn than by checking this attraction out for the very first time -
very cute -
From there, I scurried off to then see
While walking around the Fantasy land area, I ran into this -
this sign made it all worthwhile -
I was having fun using my additional FPs that i was blessed with from my earlier issue with Pop Century's
and literally traversed back and forth checking out the NON HALLOWEEN over layed attractions
Soon 4pm hit
and I was still awake -
Can you say Coca Cola??
Decided to head n over to City Hal for a while, then back to the attractions.....
My first attempt at a 'selfie"
MISSED OUT ON ICE CREAM AT THIS PLACE
I rrereeeeaaaalllyyyy wanted a milkshake!! but they were only taking ressies at this time forward
ah well -
But didn’t miss out on Peter Pans flight and at least a walk by the Beasts castle......
soon was upon me as I boogied on over to scare up some halloween treats at the various MK treat sights
and seeing some of the costumes really made my day -
seeing Tweedle Dee and Dum for the very first time also made my day -
- (hhhmmmmm... ya think I was getting some SUN while at WDW??) -
And I tell ya what , Space Mtn ... in the dark ?
The Halloween overlay on POC hit the spot as well .
UP NEXT -
Having fun at the MNSSHP parades - OH MY!
(by now I'm jacked up on soda and Halloween candy)