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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!

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