Day 9 – More shopping & evening at EPCOT

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It was another relaxed start to the day. Shortly before 10am, Kevin, Athena and myself headed to Disney Springs and Starbucks.

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It was very busy so we sat outside to eat our breakfast. I had a green tea frappe and a delicious toasted bagel (American bagels are the BEST – which is why I’ve been having one nearly every day).

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We then checked out all the shops we hadn’t yet visited.

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The Marvel store was a surprise for Athena. I knew about it but hadn’t told them.

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The guy working here had a big in depth conversation about the movies with Athena.

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I still can’t get over just how beautiful Disney Springs is.

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The Kipling store…

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Didn’t go here but I hear the burgers are good and it looks super cute…

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Outside guest relations…

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Kevin’s selfie with lego Buzz…

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This amazing huge lego sculpture…

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After our explorations, Athena was in pain again – having walked today instead of taking the scooter. We dropped them back at the resort and Kevin and I went to get some groceries. We first stopped at Walgreens for some medical supplies (not realizing the supermarket also had a chemist).

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We chose to visit Publix this time.

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Such a lovely store. We really enjoyed shopping here until we came across the live lobsters for sale :-(. Don’t like the fact that they could be bought and boiled alive – so we won’t be shopping here again.

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They did have a lovely salad bar so I made myself another salad for lunch. It’s interesting that you always get mandarin segments for your salads here – whereas in Australia it’s normally pineapple. I don’t mind as long I get some fruit. Kevin got some clam chowder, Athena some Asian and Christy some mac n cheese.

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Back home Kevin and I sat out on the balcony to eat our lunch. Athena had fallen asleep and Christy was busy watching some TV shows.

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We had a few hours rest and then, after a few false starts, headed to EPCOT with the plan to explore some more of World Showcase and see Illuminations.

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Christy opted to go and do more rides instead of World Showcase.

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First stop around the world was Mexico.

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The ride here – Gran Fiesta Tour – is pretty cute.

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Then was on to Norway. Not sure if the lines for the Frozen ride or meeting Anna & Elsa will ever be short enough for us to do but maybe later in the trip.

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On our way to China Kevin found this rather weird Flamingo hat. Much as I love flamingos we didn’t buy the hat :-).

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China…

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Unfortunately I started to experience a lot of foot pain here so opted to sit outside and wait while Athena & Kevin checked out the shops.

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Sunset view of the lagoon…

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Germany – and it’s performers…

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As you can see the park was rather crowded.

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Athena was kind enough to let me ride the scooter for a bit and it was very much appreciated.

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We went around to Japan to have dinner. Unfortunately the only thing vegetarian was sushi – which Kevin got for me – but I really don’t like sushi. I did try it but like it. Kevin also didn’t like his teriyaki chicken so I ate his plain rice. Athena thought the chicken was okay. We had such a nice meal here 4 years ago so it was rather disappointing. Nice atmosphere though.

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We headed back to Italy..

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And then to Germany…

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It was only about 7.30pm by now so no-one really wanted to wait until 9.30pm for Illuminations. So we agreed to meet Christy at Spaceship Earth and ride that before heading home.

Isn’t the Christmas tree absolutely stunning at night? Despite the crowds I’m glad we got to experience EPCOT at night.

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On the way out Athena did their first pin trading (only just having bought pins this morning). Both the kids have pins at home from previous trips but none they wanted to part with.

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Back home I had an Amy’s dinner, downloaded the cameras and was in bed just as Illuminations would have started :-).

Day 8 – Fibro Flare, Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios

Unfortunately I was right with my prediction of how I would feel this morning and I woke with a lot of a body pain and a bad headache. I took my meds, turned off the lights and closed the blinds and hoped I’d improve. It was not to be though, so I opted to take a fibro time out for the morning.

Since it was the 1st December, Christy and Athena opened their Disney chocolate calendars that we had purchased from Goofy’s Candy Store.

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The rest of the family decided to head back to the Animal Kingdom. Kevin and Athena both vlogged but as you can tell from the photo below Kevin had a few failed attempts – getting photos instead of video.

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They did the safari we’d missed the other day.

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Had Starbucks for breakfast…

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Saw this cute squirrel…

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Christy rode Expedition Everest 7 times as a single rider before starting to feel a little squimish. Athena and Kevin visited the Wilderness Explorer places and checked out more of Dinoland.

When they got back around 12.15pm we decided to go have lunch at one of the resort cafes and then have a swim. Christy stayed behind because she just wanted to rest. I still wasn’t feeling great but hoped getting out would see me improve. And it seemed to work.

This is the view we could have had if we were on the other side of the building.

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Took some more photos today to show you the resort. Our building (no.5) is on the right. Last time we stayed in the one on the left.

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We went to the Back Bay Bar & Grill (which is part of the hotel).

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I had the Floridian Salad which was very yummy.

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Kevin enjoyed a chicken & avocado melt but Athena found the wrap too spicy (with their funny tummy) so just ate the fries.

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We stopped for a swing on the way back to the lazy river…

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where we enjoyed floating around for a few laps…

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Then it was back to our apartment where I showered and an hour or so later we headed to the Hollywood Studios. Knowing I wasn’t feeling great and due to visiting two parks in the same day, Kevin had bought the preferred parking (an extra $15) so we could park closer. Doing this they discovered we can just ask for medical parking since we have the scooter.

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I love how this park looks, especially when it’s decorated for Christmas, but I did miss seeing Mickey’s sorcerers hat.

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Since I still had a massive headache I opted not to ride Star Tours, which we had fast passes for. Kevin enjoyed it but the kids just said was okay and didn’t make any sense since they hadn’t seen all the Star Wars movies.

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We then watch Muppet Vision in 3D, which I always enjoy.

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And we loved this movie poster :-).

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We then bought some Christmas decorations at a little Christmas shop. Love these themed shoes – so cute.

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Kevin got a little bored (after picking out his Merida ornament) and went to wait outside.

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From the moment we had entered the park Kevin had been going on about churros (having moved on from chocolate bananas) so was very happy when he finally got one. I had just got a refill of popcorn.

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We then checked out some of the shops and admired the Christmas decorations.

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Had some photos taken.

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Thee was still in the shop when Christy jumped into our photo session.

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I bought this Merida for Kevin’s birthday – we have a few pieces by Jim Shore and I love his style. I also got a Jack Skellington as Santa.

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Then the moment we’d all been waiting for – it was time to ride the Tower of Terror.

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Love that I caught this couple about to kiss in the lobby.

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Such a fun ride. Another family fav.

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Then it was time for Rock n Roller Coaster – which is my fav.

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And it was just as fun as I remembered. And remains my fav :-).

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Kevin got himself another churro and I opted to have a Mickey Pretzel. Not as good as I remembered (though I think the Wetzels Pretzels are the better ones) but I ate it all (with some help from Kevin) while we waited for Fantasmic. Unfortunately Kevin stole some before I could get a photo !!

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We were seated in the back row right by the entrance but the view was still great (and it meant a quick easy getaway at the end). Of course, everyone was on their phones as we waited for the 15mins or so for the show to start. Do you like Christy’s new night ears?

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Athena loved Fantasmic. Kevin and I enjoyed it but wouldn’t rave about it (but we’ve seen World of Colour so it’s hard for anything to live up to that).

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On the way back to the car we stopped to admire the gorgeous Christmas tree all lit up.

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Then it was back to our room for dinner and a brief relax before heading to bed around 9pm.

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