Yup, it’s day two at Disney World! Today was an EPCOT day and as we all know every EPCOT day is an AWESOME day! As soon as the girls got up they got decked out in their custom 4th of July attire (thanks Cheyenne!) and we strolled right out of our hotel to our very own monorail station! Oh yeah, we were rockin’ it! Since we were being treated like we owned the place the good folks at Disney were nice enough to open up EPCOT for us a bit early which is always cool. We had breakfast scheduled with Belle and some of her other princess friends at the Akershus in Norway so we pushed through Future World and went straight back to World Showcase. We got there a few minutes before our reservation so we poked around Norway a bit but as it was early nothing was really going on. Breakfast was a buffet of fruits and breads and then a family style eggs-bacon-hash browns plate. Not quite as awesome as the pork roast from last night but still a good start. We saw Belle, Aurora, Snow White, Ariel, and Cinderella so we got some pretty big names right up front in the old autograph book.
After breakfast we went back out and the cloudy morning had turned rainy. Now about the only thing I hate more than wet clothes is wet clothes under a steamy sticky plastic poncho so while all the girls suited up I decided to try my hand at dodging rain drops since of course there were only ponchos and no umbrellas anywhere on at the park. As agile and cat-like as I am it was a surprisingly difficult task. So anyways, we stepped back out into the wet, hopped over the boat landing and took the ferry across the lake to the start of the World Showcase. We started out by going to Canada – yes – Canada! Then on our way over to France the girls found the Kim Possible Secret Agent Kiosk. Kim is a teenage secret agent of Disney fame and at EPCOT that day she was recruiting some new talent. What you did is you signed up at the kiosk and the tech guys got your party geared up for the day. We were given an official Kim Possible Kommunicator and our first set of directives. From there you had to move from country to country as your mission assignments dictated. Once you arrived in country you given new directives and had to follow the clues around each country. If you went to the right place at the right time your Kommunicator would activate a secret challenge, or video, or something that would lead to more clues. Once you followed the clues to the bad guy in each country you were instructed which country to go to next and the fun started all over again. It actually was really cool – even in the rain – and the girls got a huge kick out of it.
For lunch it was my pick – teppanyaki at Teppan Edo in Japan. I’m usually a big fan of Japanese food and enjoy the whole dinner and show bit. Neither of the girls had done the flying shrimp tail routine before so it was fun for both of them to watch. I thought lunch rocked it Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto style but I’m pretty sure the girls could’ve gone for the fish-n-chips back in the UK. We sat with a couple from Florida who seemed nice but not too chatty. Of course by now we’ve got the ‘where are you from’ response down pat – we’re from Kuwait, Chicago, and Kansas City – oh really, is that the Kuwait just south of Chi-town – no? – wow so like Kuwait Kuwait – interesting. Yeah, we’ve been having that convo a lot since we got here. Anyways, after drying off at lunch we were back out in the rain. I was not really happy about the continued sogginess of my shirt and shorts so we decided to the head back to the room to try and dry off or change. Once we got back to the GF I bee-lined it to the front desk to find out which of my arms I’d have to exchange for an umbrella. I was told that no surgeries were required and that I could purchase the wimpy little put in your pocket types at the gift shop but that I seemed much more like the blot out the sun and live in your own little protected biosphere type that could be purchased at the golf shop. I have no idea what we paid for them but we got ourselves two of those bad boys and we could’ve kept most of the cast of the Lion King dry under those two beasts. We were dry the rest of the time we were there – awesome! And everyone kept asking us why their umbrellas seemed so inferior in relation to ours and where they could find one like our and once again feel good about their own umbrella situations. We were happy to point them in the right direction.
Ok, so last but not least we when ventured out again it was off to Hollywood Studios. This time we had to catch a bus over but I still love the not having to drive anywhere part of staying at Disney. So Hollywood Studios – formerly Disney MGM Studios – does a special fireworks show on the forth so we thought we’d try to catch that. We went over as it was just starting to get dark and while we were waiting for the fireworks to start decided to to hit the Tower of Terror and the Rock-n-Roller coaster. Anita, Sydney, Cheyenne, and I all too the trip to the Tower of Terror and the first time up we went straight inside – again like zero line. There was a little wait inside but nothing bad. Sydney started to get a little apprehensive at the spooky hotel lobby but once we got into the boiler room line que she eased up. I’ve always like the Tower of Terror and ever since the randomized the ups and downs I’ve thought it was great. Since there were four of us we got a front row all together which was good because on the front row there was something to grab onto. We went up, saw the little light show, the spooky ghosts, then felt the hot air. Then I kid you not as we dropped it lifted ME out of my seat! I did not remember that at all! Poor Syd was not happy and did not ride again but Cheyenne and I thought it rocked. We were able to talk Sydney into riding the roller coaster and that it wasn’t nearly as scary as the tower so all four of us headed over there next to rock out with Aerosmith. It was awesome! Then after the ride walked out into a sea of thousands if not tens of thousands of people looking up waiting for the fireworks. Not wanting to get caught as this crowd decided to leave we started moving to the door. Once we got to the gate area we watched the end of the show and then bolted for the bus stop. Back to the GF, picked up some grub at the 24/7 restaurant there, then crashed out in the room. Pictures below.