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My "simple" free flowing (aka no editing or proofing) trip report
I flew into MCO late Tuesday night and used Magical Express to shuttle me All-Star Sports. This was my second time staying on property and first time at a value. The main purpose of this trip for me was to experience Food & Wine as well as run in the half marathon.
I used online check-in and had my room key and everything with a minute or two, and made a bee-line to building 7. Since I arrived after the food court closed I made a quick track to McDonalds for a Diet Coke and H20. The place was nearly empty it took me longer to place my oder then the entire walk to and from. The service was BAD and the staff showed no sense of urgency... and I work at a restaurant.
First full day I arrived at MK just before 8, as I was traveling with a friend who was never to Disney and wanted to experience everything. We made a bee-line to Space Mountain at rope drop for fast passes and took a quick ride, 5 minute stand by time. We then did the typical Fantasyland in the early AM and wondered around looking for low wait time... As it happens the entire trip we collected fast passes but didn't use them once (with one exception).
Best part of day one was lunch at Kona, low point tiki-room. I've never liked the show but find it a tad more enjoyable than Country Bear... and figured we had to do one of the two. We also managed to watch the electrical parade from town square and moved up main street for Wishes.
We started at EPCOT, for rope drop yet again... made a straight line for Soarin', picked up fast passes again and waited 5 for the stand by. Followed by breakfast at Sunshine Seasons and a quick boat trip thru The Land. After that we discovered the Sea Pavilion, including Turtle Talk... which was a blast. Now this is when the morning went down hill, we headed over to the Imagination Pavilion... unlike must I'm not a fan of Figment, and I didn't enjoy EO at all... but I had to see EO since I missed that as a kid (thankfully).
After that we started to walk around World Show case and noticed a few of the F&W booths where starting to open, however we did have an ADR at Via Napoli. In retrospect I wish I canceled, we both thought the food was underwhelming and bland compared to Kona... we both had the Lasagna Verde. We finished our time at EPCOT by taking in Voices of Liberty and watching American Adventure (which I may or many not have fallen asleep in).
We then headed over to the Studios, as this was the only night of the trip we could see Fantasmic and it had two showing 8 and 930. We arrived just before 3, walked around the park and did Muppets and Little Mermaid, before heading towards Tower Of Terror & Rock 'n' Roller. Again the food gets bad today, as I was getting a little hungry and wanted something quick and simple... I really wanted a Caesar Salad and it was pointed out to me over and over Dockside Diner has a Caesar Sandwich so I gave in... Worse food EVER, a gooey brown lettuce and chicken chucks covered in Caesar dressing shoved in a baguette. Needless to say I just had some of the baguette... the meal made my stomach turn, so we opted for a slow moving Great Movie ride (woman gangster of course).... I noticed we where both low on energy this time of the night and suggested instead of the 9:30 showing of Fantasmic we do the 8pm show... I've never seen the studios version of the show just the DL version years ago... and I have to rate Fantasmic as the bottom night time show of the week.
I'll post more later
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