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1st August 2015 (Day 9): Epcot

Off to the Epcot again today (second visit this trip, having been a few days ago) and an early start as we had breakfast reservations at Akershus for a Princess breakfast buffet.  I think we had a table at 9:35am and Epcot opens at 9am.  So we got there for the park opening time and went in a couple of minutes before 9am.  There was only a small group waiting to get in (not like the big crowds at Magic Kingdom).

We weren’t in a huge rush so walked slowly upto the World Showcase entrance.  This area doesn’t open until 11am but as we had reservations we were allowed through.  It felt like we had the whole park to ourselves.

Empty Epcot
Empty Epcot

Just us and some squirrels.

Empty Epcot
Empty Epcot

We got to Akershus a bit before our reservation and were taken straight in.

Akershus
Akershus

In hindsight we should have waited because we were in the middle of the princess interactions rather than the beginning.  Would recommend waiting for your seating time to get the most out of it, although we did get to meet all the princesses and Rosemary got to do the parade with them and totally enjoyed it.

First up you are greeted by Belle.

Meeting Belle
Meeting Belle
Belle-Autograph
Belle-Autograph

We then got some breakfast from the buffet and hot food arrived as well.  Food was excellent.

Breakfast Buffet
Breakfast Buffet

The other princesses then started to come round to see us and sign autographs.

Cinderella
Cinderella
Cinderella-Autograph
Cinderella-Autograph
Snow White
Snow White
Snow White-Autograph
Snow White-Autograph
Jasmine
Jasmine
Princess Jasmine-Autograph
Princess Jasmine-Autograph
Ariel
Ariel
Ariel-Autograph
Ariel-Autograph

All the children then get to join a princess and parade around the restaurant with them to a Disney song.  Rosemary joined Jasmine and got to carry the flower basket.  I think this was the best of the interactions I saw (those with Cinderella were sat back down before Rosemary had finished dancing with Jasmine).

Princess Parade
Princess Parade

After finishing our breakfast (loads to eat and we asked for a coffee to take away with us) it was just before 11am, so the World Showcase still wasn’t open.  But by the time we walked back to the entrance to it they were taking down the barriers.  Our plan for the day was to spend time in the World Showcase, starting in Canada, which is where we headed to first. We watched the 360 degree show and visited the gift shop.  Nice planting there but not a lot else to see.

Canada
Canada

Next round (we were heading anti-clockwise for some reason) was the United Kingdom.   We met Alice there, who was frightfully posh.

Alice
Alice
Alice-Autograph
Alice-Autograph

And had a quick walk around the area.  Unfortunately Mary Poppins wasn’t coming out on the day we were there.

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

We took a short break on leaving the UK and sat down for a moment where the boat launches leave and arrive from various resorts.  We just missed seeing the Evil Queen, who was off to cast a spell on someone no doubt.

Evil Queen
Evil Queen

Next up was France. Just visited briefly really and had a quick look round.  Didn’t stop to see princesses here (Belle and Aurora) as we’ve done that before and there were long queues.

France
France

As we headed out the skies started to darken and it looked like more rain was coming in. The view back to Spaceship Earth was pretty threatening.

Incoming Storm
Incoming Storm

By the time we reached Morocco it was pouring and we took shelter there.  Are worse places to spend a little time though.

Morocco
Morocco

While we were waiting we went to visit Aladdin, who was very friendly, very chatty and made Rosemary laugh a lot.

Aladdin
Aladdin
Aladdin-Autograph
Aladdin-Autograph

She also got the chance to colour in a Duffy and had her name written on the back in Arabic.

Arabic "Rosemary"
Arabic “Rosemary”

After waiting a good while and it looking like it wasn’t going to stop anytime soon we headed out into the rain and the gift shop in Japan.

Japan
Japan

We stopped for something to eat in the American pavilion, eating at the Liberty Inn, before carrying on.  Unfortunately still raining.

Through Italy

Italy
Italy

and into Germany.

Germany
Germany

Things were improving by the time we reached China and I joined the queue with Rosemary to see Mulan.  One of her princesses she still hadn’t seen and this is (I think) the only place she does a meet-and-greet.

Mulan
Mulan
Mulan-Autograph
Mulan-Autograph

Once we had finished things were much better and it had stopped raining completely.

China
China

We were most of the way round the Showcase area by now, and stopped in Norway for some afternoon cakes and coffee.  Rosemary had a Frozen Fever cupcake and we had school bread (as recommended on the Disney Food Blog).  They were excellent. And the coffee was very strong (as it seems to be everywhere at Disney).

Cupcake
Cupcake
School Bread
School Bread

Just Mexico to go.

Mexico
Mexico

We went inside the zigarat and went on the Gran Fiesta starring Donald Duck ride.  Lot of fun and nice sit down boat ride.

Gran Fiesta
Gran Fiesta

And we got to see Donald, who Rosemary absolutely loves.

Donald Duck
Donald Duck
Donald Duck-Autograph
Donald Duck-Autograph

And so, having walked all the way around the world it was time for us to head out of the park.  Our last visit to Epcot for this trip.

For dinner we went to Red Lobster at the Crossroads of Lake Buena Vista for some excellent Lobster, Gruyere and Spinach dip.

Red Lobster
Red Lobster
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