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10th February 2018 (Day 2)-One World Observatory and Natural History Museum

Our first morning in New York and Rosemary decided the view from the window was better than putting the TV on.

Taking in the view

After unpacking a bit more we headed out to get some breakfast and after asking at the front desk were recommended John’s Coffee Shop, which was just a short walk from the hotel.

Pancakes for breakfast

I’d prebooked some of our trips during our stay and this morning was the first one with a visit to the One World Observatory at the top of the Freedom Tower. To get there we took the short walk to 42nd Street and headed to Grand Central Station to get the subway. There is a short link from there to Times Square which proved really handy for us as it just goes between the two.

Grand Central Station

And we then got the subway for the first time heading downtown.

One the subway

Don’t recall now which station we got the subway to but we had a short walk through the back streets to the Freedom Tower and got our first sight of it on the way. For something so large you’d think it would be hard to miss but it was hidden behind the tall buildings.

Freedom Tower

We had an entry time booked and we were allowed up the tower, ears popping on the way.

One World Observatory

The views from the observatory were pretty amazing even though the weather wasn’t ideal with some low cloud and a little bit of rain.

Brooklyn Bridge
Looking towards Liberty Island
Looking Uptown

The glassfloor is a bit of a cheat as it’s actually TV screens (as there isn’t a part which overhangs) but still makes you feel super dizzy and gives the sensation of vertigo.

Don’t look down!
Compulsory Selfie

After a couple of hours the weather started to turn and the clouds rolled in along with the rain. So we decided to head out and get some lunch. We went down the lift and into the Occulus, which is the shopping centre located underneath the tower. It’s a pretty amazing place in it’s own right.

The Occulus

We had some sushi and then a Starbucks while deciding what to do for the afternoon. As the weather wasn’t so great and there was actually a little bit of snow falling we decided to go the Natural History Museum.

Welcome to Jurassic Park

There was a massive queue to get in as clearly a lot of other people had the same idea as we did, but eventually we got in and headed to see the dinosaurs (along with everyone else). It is one of the most impressive collections though.

T-Rex
Shock and awe
Not a dinosaur but a very impressive fossil regardless

We spent a good few hours in the museum before wanting to get some food. Just time to see some more skeletons.

We took the subway to Times Square, where we could link up to the shuttle to Grand Central station, but got out to get some food.

Subway to Times Square
Times Square

An amazing first day in New York.

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9th February 2018 (Day 1)-A Surprise Trip

This isn’t a Disney adventure but it is a big trip, and certainly an adventure.

So, about 9 months previously I booked a surprise trip for Julia’s birthday. Neither she nor Rosemary knew where we were going to but had convinced themselves that we were going to Disneyland Paris.

So we arrived at Heathrow in the very early morning, packed for weather similar to the UK in February (their only clue) and got the bus from the long term parking.

Bus to the airport

I had already checked in online so just needed to print luggage tags, which I went off and did myself before dropping the luggage and we went and got some breakfast and then headed to the gate.

Heading to the gate

And it was there that the secret was finally revealed that we were going to New York and we boarded what was a much longer flight than they thought they would have.

On board and ready to fly.

We had a nice smooth flight and after 7 hours (or so) we could see the coast and then the skyline of Manhattan.

Nearly there
Manhattan from the air

I’d prebooked a airport drop off in Manhattan at our hotel and we picked that up and headed off through Queens and Brooklyn and eventually across the river.

On the way from the airport

Our driver unfortunately thought we were going to a different hotel and drove us all round, at least we got a free tour, before eventually we got to our hotel, the One UN just by the United Nations.

Our room was a long way up the tower and looking into the island so we had an amazing view.

View from our hotel

But it had been a long day and an early start, and it had taken much longer to get from the airport than I had thought. So we just decided to grab something to eat (a burger from Five Guys) and head to bed so we could get an early start tomorrow.

Posted in Florida 2016

1st January 2017 (Day 15)-Seaworld and Home

SeaWorld

The end of our trip.

We packed up our bags and loaded the car and had decided to spend a few hours at SeaWorld before going to the airport.

We first headed the Wild Arctic and took the motion simulator (as there was no queue today) to gain entrance to the rest of the Arctic area.

Beluga

The Beluga Whales were particularly active and swam past several times.

While in that area of the park we had some snacks (making sure we had used up everything we had bought in Walmart) and Rosemary had a Shamu ice cream.

Shamu Bar

And a ride on the Shamu Express as well.

Shamu Express

After 14 days I was pretty burnt out taking photos so there wasn’t photos of everything and we just wanted a nice relaxing few hours before the long flight home.  But were looked around some the aquariums and spent time just watching the animals.

We did get to ride the Empire of the Penguin ride and see the penguins at the end of it.

Penguins

Penguins

And a last visit to see the stingrays as well.

Stingrays

And then unfortunately it was back to the car to head to the airport.  A smooth drop off for the car at the terminal and then a straightforward check-in followed (once we found the right set of desk, having gone in completely the wrong direction to start with).  And then an overnight flight back to London.

So….until the next time!

Posted in Florida 2016

31st December 2016 (Day 14)-Magic Kingdom

Our last full day and it is New Year’s Eve.  Our original plan before arriving in Florida was to spend the day at Hollywood Studios.  But with so much closed there we decided that we had done all we wanted to do there and wouldn’t visit it again this trip.  So we changed plans to and decided to go to Magic Kingdom instead.  In hindsight this may have been a mistake.  The queues to get into the park were massive and we spent probably over an hour in a traffic jam.  As a result we lost our first FastPass reservation as I couldn’t access the app to change anything.

But on arriving and eventually making it into the park (getting the bus as the quickest option by a mile from the Ticket and Transportation hub) we went straight to the Tomorrowland Speedway.

TomorrowLand Speedway

It wasn’t the most comfortable drive for the passenger but Rosemary enjoyed it even if she did crash into the middle rail quite a lot.

We then decided to get some family photos with the Cinderella coach which was done up for New Year.  The queue was quite long but wasn’t too bad and we did get a nice photo of us for the New Year.

2017

We decided to take it easy for the day after the terrible start and needing some snacks we headed to Gaston’s Tavern for some cinnamon rolls.

Gaston’s Tavern

We decided to avoid the TERRIBLE coffee they serve there and actually seem to be quite proud about being so bad. So we tried the Le Fou’s Brew, which we’d not had before.

Gaston’s Tavern

After chilling and having something to eat Rosemary went to play in Circus, dodging the water sprays.

Circus

We also got some candy apples from the Big Top Souvenirs shop, which is never very busy it seems and has a really good selection of stuff, including a whole counter of candy apples, cakes and handmade stuff.

Candy Apples

As we still had to fully pack we didn’t want to be out too late so unfortunately had to think about heading back to the hotel.  So just a chance for 1 more picture before leaving for the last time (this trip).

Goodbye Magic Kingdom

We went to dinner that night at Red Lobster and Rosemary had her favourite Lobster, Spinach and Gruyere dip.

Red Lobster

And while packing up there were was quite a lot of purchases to find space for in the case…..

A lot of swag

Posted in Florida 2016

30th December 2016 (Day 13)-Epcot

Another day at Epcot today and it was a little on the chill side.  Bit of a shock after so many days of hot, sunny weather!

In the entrance area we got some lovely shots with the PhotoPass photographer of the 3 of us and they dropped in an extra visitors as well.

Epcot
Epcot

We had some FastPasses reserved and these were around the entrance area rather than in the World Showcase, although we were going to venture there later in the day.  First one we had was for Soarin’ which was great as ever.

Soarin’

Immediately after that we made use of our second FastPass, for Spaceship Earth.  I’m always slightly reluctant to use a FastPass for this ride as it’s not normally got a very long queue.  But  there aren’t that many FastPass rides in Epcot and I figured I might as well.

Spaceship Earth

We had a little time before our final FastPass, so went to Club Cool to try the different flavours of Coke products.  Rosemary to tried the Beverly and was NOT a fan of it.

Beverly at Club Cool

Our final FastPass was for Journey into Imagination with Figment, which must say was definitely not worth a FastPass, as straight in regardless.  We’d not done this classic attraction previously.  It’s a bit odd to be honest…

Journey into Imagination

For the rest of the day we had no real plan beyond going into the World Showcase and seeing what happened.  But first we got some snacks from the pop-up Christmas booths.  This was a very good pecan pie.

Christmas Treat

We met Pluto just at the entrance area of the World Showcase and there was almost no queue to see him.  Pluto is definitely Rosemary’s favourite so it’s always good to meet him.

Pluto

We also met Princess Jasmine at the meet-and-greet in Morocco.

Princess Jasmine

And that fairy also got into our pictures from the PhotoPass Photographer again while we were there.

Tinkerbell

While in the France area we got to see Sleeping Beauty and got a great interaction with her.  She was very complimentary about Rosemary’s manners, and said she was going to speak to Mary Poppins about it.

Princess Aurora

We also met Pere Noel as he was passing.  He seemed a bit grumpy though.  Maybe he was cross that he was still working several days after Christmas!

Pere Noel

While making our way around the area we were taking a short break in the quiet area at the International Gateway when some characters came out.  So we got to see King Louie and Pooh.  There weren’t many people there so Rosemary got some really nice interactions with them and got to dance with them as well.

King Louie

Winnie the Pooh

Around this time we were into late afternoon and we were going to head to Disney Springs for dinner that night.  But as we were heading out of the park Daisy Duck was meeting her fans at the front of the park.

Daisy Duck

Posted in Florida 2016

29th December 2016 (Day 12)-Aquatica

Another day and another trip to a water park.  This time to Aquatica, the entry for which was included with our Discovery Cove ticket.  So we are managing to squeeze quite good value from that with a trip to Seaworld as well.

 

Aquatica
Aquatica

We started off with a little float down Loggerhead Lane in our rings.  I find this lazy river to be a bit shallow and usually end up walking along the bottom.  But it’s nice as you go through the big aquarium and also get to see the Commerson Dolphins in the tank where people come shooting down the tubes (down Dolphin Plunge).

Loggerhead Lane
Loggerhead Lane

Loggerhead Lane
Loggerhead Lane

Loggerhead Lane
Loggerhead Lane

After going around a few times we thought we would try out Roa’s Rapids, which we’d never been into before, and turned out to be huge fun.  The water pulls you round so fast that it’s actually difficult to stop and get out.  After a very short time in the water we decided that the easiest thing was to grab lifejackets and let them do the work so we could just float and whizz around.

Roa's Rapid
Roa’s Rapid

Literally had to pull Rosemary out, partially as she wanted to carry on going around it and partially because she nearly got carried away by the water at the exit point.  Very cool though and as close as you can get to flying in water.

After getting out we had a look around the shops.

Aquatica
Aquatica

We spent a bit longer at the park and played around Cutback Cove, which is the beach area at Aquatica and has a wave machine which comes on periodically.  But after a while we decided to get dried off and changed.

Before we went we did go and watch the Comerson Dolphin’s for a little while.

Comerson Dolphins
Commerson Dolphins

Comerson Dolphins
Commerson Dolphins

As there was still some time that evening we visited the outlets, eventually managing to park up as it was so busy, and did spend about $2 buying a Space Slug hand puppet at the Disney outlet….I mean why wouldn’t you.

Space Slug
Space Slug

As as we hadn’t done quite enough swimming for the day, Rosemary decided to take a night time swim at the hotel.  The water was way too cold for anyone else but she didn’t seem to mind!

Night Swimming
Night Swimming

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28th December 2016 (Day 11)-Seaworld

SeaWorldOff to SeaWorld today.  Having been to Discovery Cove we have our lanyards and this entitles us to access to SeaWorld and Aquatica for 7 days after visiting Discovery Cove.  So at least we didn’t have to pay for our tickets.  We did pre-purchase the all-day-dining tickets though so we headed there for opening time to get breakfast and then see how much we could actually eat by the end of the day.  We assumed that it was a challenge!!!

SeaWorld
SeaWorld

We went to breakfast and got standard type food (eggs, bacon, pastries etc) at Seafire Grill.

Never eat anything bigger than your head
Never eat anything bigger than your head

After that we wandered through the park and first went to the dolphin nursery.  There were a couple of small ones in there and the mums were starting to teach them to jump. There was one quite small one but couldn’t get a photo unfortunately.

Dolphin Nursery
Dolphin Nursery

We wandered round a little more with the plan to catch the next performance of the Blue Horizons show, which was the next thing we wanted to see.  Also wanted to make sure we saw an early show because we wanted to have time for both the Clyde and Seamore show and the Christmas night time Shamu show.  Show was good as usual, although felt a little cut short so not sure if the dolphins weren’t co-operating fully and they had to shorten it (which I know has been the case in the past).

Blue Horizons
Blue Horizons

Blue Horizons
Blue Horizons

After the show we thought we’d hit our all-day-dining option again and this time went to get lunch at the Expedition Café in the Antarctic.

Antarctica
Antarctica

Antarctica
Antarctica

Lunch at Expedition Cafe
Lunch at Expedition Cafe

We then went to see the manatees, which are a favourite animal as they’re so gentle and get a really hard time from inconsiderate boat owners.  Like they haven’t go enough to worry about without being hit by a speed boat!

It was lunchtime when we got there (although it’s probably always eating time for them) and they were chowing down on some lettuce.

Manatees
Manatees

Manatees
Manatees

As you go underground to see the manatees this is also the turtle show, Turtle Trek, and as you wait to go into this there are the underwater viewing areas.  Next to the manatees are the sea turtles and fish, and Rosemary got badly photobombed by a particularly inquisitive fish.

Photobombed!
Photobombed!

Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle

We walked over the Shark Encounter, where there are lots of really good aquarium exhibits, but Rosemary got eaten!

Shark!
Shark!

Unfortunately they had removed a shark which used to hang from the ceiling and we had taken a similar picture each time we had visited.  So were quite disappointed not to get one this time as it was a nice record of the different visits.  The previous ones are shown below.

Shark

Scary Shark
Scary Shark

SHARK!

We never really go to Seaworld for the rides but did go a few in Shamu’s Happy Harbour. Rosemary did insist on getting the manatee on the carousel.

Manatee Carousel
Manatee Carousel

Forgot the name of this ride...
Forgot the name of this ride…

We really wanted to get the shows in but had to head back across the park to the Sealion Theatre to see the Seamore and Clyde Christmas Show.  Very good show and as always the mime was extremely funny.

Seamore and Clyde
Seamore and Clyde

It was completely dark this time and we spent a while in the Christmas Village area looking at the decorations and Christmassy stuff that was for sale, although we didn’t buy anything.  Rudolph was there meeting and greeting but the queues were very long.

Christmas Village
Christmas Village

I seem to remember having dinner at Mango Joes using our wristbands and then went to see the Shamu night time show, Shamu’s Christmas Miracle. This was also probably the last time we would see a show like this as (quite rightly) they are stopping the Orca shows and by the time we come back they wont be going on anymore.  It’s sort of disappointing to know we’d never see this again but at the same time it’s good to know that the animals will be able to behave more “naturally”.

Shamu's Christmas Miracle
Shamu’s Christmas Miracle

Shamu's Christmas Miracle
Shamu’s Christmas Miracle

And that was pretty much the end of our day at Seaworld.  We did spend some time watching the Christmas Trees and the Sea of Trees show where the lights all go in sync to the music.

Sea of Trees
Sea of Trees

Sea of Trees
Sea of Trees

Sea of Trees
Sea of Trees

We made one last use of our all-you-can-eat wristbands at the Seafire Grill and then it was time to leave.

Posted in Florida 2016

27th December (Day 10)-Blizzard Beach

Rosemary’s favourite thing today, a visit to a waterpark!

Seems strange to be going to an outdoor water park just a couple of days after Christmas! But it was a beautiful day with bright blue skies, so it seemed like a really good idea and out first water park of our trip.

Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach

We whizzed into the park really quick with our Magicbands.

Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach

We got changed and went to find a locker for our stuff.  The system for lockers had changed since our last visit and it is now done on a touchscreen.  Bit confusing and took us a couple of goes to get it right but got sorted in the end.  So grabbed the GoPro and we headed for to the beach area.  Blizzard Beach allows inflatable rings into the main beach, Melt Away Bay, and there is a wave machine running quite a bit of the time.

Melt Away Bay
Melt Away Bay

Melt Away Bay
Melt Away Bay

After bobbing around for a bit on the rafts Rosemary decided to grab a life jacket and do some swimming about.  We headed into the deeper area closer to the cliffs so we could really get hit by the wave machine.

Melt Away Bay
Melt Away Bay

After a good while swimming about we went exploring around the park and spent a little time in Tikes Peak, where there are some kid friendly stuff and Rosemary tested out some of the rides.

Tikes Peak
Tikes Peak

The ring ride was quite popular with her and she had a good few goes on that, but the waterslide was a complete failure and apparently the slowest, most boring slide she’d ever been on.  She had to shuffle off the end of it just to make it all the way down….

Tikes Peak
Tikes Peak

There was also some cargo nets which you use to cross over some “ice bergs” which was quite challenging.

Tikes Peak
Tikes Peak

The lazy river at Blizzard Beach is called the Cross Country Creek and we spent some time in that as well.  As the theme of the park is that it snowed in Florida and melted quickly there are water falls round the river, which are really cold.  Rosemary did find a way of avoiding them though.

Cross Country Creek
Cross Country Creek

We had a very chilled (no pun intended) day although unfortunately towards the end of the day we had got changed and were just getting some drinks and doughnuts when I checked my phone only to see that Carrie Fisher had died.  Rosemary was very upset by this as she had dressed as Princess Leia at a recent Star Wars show.  Took the shine off our day a bit.

Princess Leia
Princess Leia

We had dinner at Perkin’s Diner that night and treated ourselves to deserts.

Dinner
Dinner

 

 

 

Posted in Florida 2016

26th December 2016 (Day 9)-Hollywood Studios

Boxing Day and not such an early start, but breakfast at the hotel and then heading out to Hollywood Studios for our first visit there of this trip.  There was lots of work going on there and a lot of parts were closed off so we were only  doing 1 trip there this holiday and we were going to do everything we wanted on that day.

We started off with a visit  to Goofy, who was still in his Santa outfit.

Santa Goofy
Santa Goofy

We then headed to the Star Wars Launch Bay.  Hadn’t been in here before and there were a lot of props and a couple of meet-and-greets.

First we met Chewie who was very pleased to see Rosemary wearing her Star Wars dress and I was wearing a Chewie t-shirt which made him laugh.

Chewie
Chewie

After seeing Chewie we went to see Kylo Ren.  Slightly different attitude shall we say!  He was being particularly moody that day apparently and wasn’t please to see my shirt.  He posed for 1 photo and then sent us on our way as he didn’t want to conspire with filthy rebels.

Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren

We then had a look round at some of the props and the little scenes you can have your photograph taken in.  I don’t think any of the models or props were screen used ones and were most likely recreations for the area.

BB8 and Rey's Speeder
BB8 and Rey’s Speeder

Blockade Runner
Blockade Runner

Falcon
Falcon

Rosemary played a bit of holochess, and she did let the Wookie win.

Holochess
Holochess

At the bar
At the bar

As we were leaving we got accosted by a Jawa, but we sent him on his way and didn’t look like he stole anything.

Jawa
Jawa

We had booked a few Fastpasses for the day and first one was the Great Movie Ride.  We’d never done it before and glad we did (especially as now writing this ages later the ride has now closed and is gone forever).  Don’t think Rosemary was that bothered by it but we both liked it.

Great Movie Ride
Great Movie Ride

Great Movie Ride
Great Movie Ride

Great Movie Ride
Great Movie Ride

We then caught the Star Wars show which runs on the stage with all the characters.  Very good and managed to get in quite near the front.

Star Wars Show
Star Wars Show

Star Wars Show
Star Wars Show

Star Wars Show
Star Wars Show

In what was turning into quite a Star Wars day we then used our second FastPass to go on Star Tours.

Star Tours
Star Tours

The ride was quite different from last time we were on it and the sequences we got were all different. And included the section on Jakku with the shuttle following the Falcon through the wrecked Star Destroyers. Coming out the ride we squeezed onto the Speeder Bike (despite it being really crowded there due to closed walkways and lots of people just milling about).

Speeder Bike
Speeder Bike

And our final FastPass was for Toy Story Midway Mania.  Lots of fun as usual but no ride photos as the 3D means nothing comes out in any case.

Midway Mania
Midway Mania

We did some shopping after this, had some snacks/food and just took it easy for a bit.  There were 2 fireworks shows that evening and we wanted to see both.  The first was the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks show.  We thought we wouldn’t get to see this as it had been stopped to make way for the Christmas themed show.  But that had been getting some bad reviews and they fortunately reinstated the Star Wars show a few weeks before we came.  Was really good and the projections onto the Chinese Theatre worked amazingly.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks

I managed to get the whole show on video and will upload that eventually onto YouTube.

At the end of the show we decided to visit the Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream display, which is something we’d never been into before.  We actually didn’t even realise that Moana was in there doing a meet-and-greet.  So took the opportunity and the very short queues to see her.

Moana
Moana

The second fireworks show was due to start by this time and we headed back onto Hollywood Boulevard.  We were quite a way back this time though. The show (Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!) was OK but I can see why they brought back the Star Wars fireworks as it wasn’t nearly as good.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Snow in Florida
Snow in Florida

And that pretty much brought our day to a close.  We got everything we wanted to do achieved but look forward to all the closed off areas reopening so that the park is back to it’s old self.

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25th December 2016 (Day 8)-Epcot

Yeah, Christmas Day and we are spending it at Epcot.  After a lot of research we concluded that Epcot would be the least busy of the parks and also provide the most stuff to do which might not have long wait times.  Magic Kingdom is meant to be packed and they often close access to the park within a few hours of opening because of the crowd levels.

We had some breakfast at the hotel and then headed down.  Crowd levels weren’t too bad and we parked up quite close to the entrance, so no need to wait for the tram and just walked to the entrance.  We had a few FastPasses booked for the day just in case lines were long but first we discovered that we could see some of the Pixar characters (quite hidden away really) and there was virtually no queue.

So first up we met Baymax.

Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6

Then we met Sadness and Joy in the control room.

Sadness and Joy
Sadness and Joy

Our first Fastpass was to meet the Disney Pals, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. We were hoping they might be in Christmas clothes but they were just in their normal outfits.

Mickey
Mickey

Goofy
Goofy

Minnie
Minnie

Our second Fastpass was for The Seas, so we headed over to there as it was just next door anyway.  Great ride and we got straight onto it.  After going to the ride we went round the aquarium areas and met Bruce and Chum.

Bruce
Bruce

Chum
Chum

After going on the ride and looking round the aquarium we started to head out round the World Pavilion.  Lots of photos but will only post a few below.

Norway
Norway

China
China

As we were walking round and it was sometime until lunch we decided it was snack time and got a caramel apple (I think from the shop in Germany).

Snack Time
Snack Time

Italy
Italy

When we got to the American pavilion we got some family photos done by the Photopass photographer.

Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree

And as Santa had finished his duties for the year, his chair was free and we could use his chairs for a photo.

Santa's space
Santa’s Chair

For our Christmas Day lunch we had fully tradition and had booked Tepan Edo in the Japan pavilion.  Was absolutely delicious and cooked in front of us.  We shared a table with 2 other families (a couple and a 3) which was nice and we had a great lunch.  Rosemary thoroughly enjoyed it and loved having it cooked in front of us and the tricks the chef did, making a volcano out of onions.

Tepan Edo
Tepan Edo

Tepan Edo
Tepan Edo

Japan Pavilion
Japan Pavilion

The lunch I booked was a package so we could get seats for the Candlelight Processional which runs just in front of the American Pavilion and has a celebrity narrator, and is really a church service/carol concert.  For Christmas Day the narrator was Jodi Benson.  Not a name I instantly knew but she did the voice of the Little Mermaid and Barbie in the Toy Story movies.  Was an excellent “performance” with lots of Christmas carols.

Candlelight Processional
Candlelight Processional

After the show we got as far as France and got an ice cream.  By this time it was already getting dark.

Ice Cream Time
Ice Cream Time

By this time we started to head back towards the areas around the entrance.  We still had one Fastpass left (which was late in the day but the only time I could get one) which was for the Frozen ride in Norway.  The queues were quite long when we got there as we found out the ride had been down earlier in the day.  But we didn’t have to wait too long (about 20 minutes?) and had our first ride on it.  Unfortunately the ride photo never came through.  It’s on a clever system which picks up your Magicband details and is meant to add it to your account.  But clearly failed that night, which is a great shame.

We didn’t wait around for the fireworks because we wanted to get back to the hotel so Rosemary could open her Christmas presents.

Night Time
Night Time

While at the Christmas Tree me and Rosemary got a Turkey Sandwich as an evening snack.  It was great, massive amounts of turkey, mashed potato and cranberry.

Epcot Christmas Tree
Epcot Christmas Tree

And that was pretty much the end of our Christmas Day at Epcot.  We headed back to our hotel so Rosemary could open her presents.

Christmas Presents
Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents
Christmas Presents

A lovely day and a great Christmas Day as well!