Our trip report continued (am I being annoying posting these here?):
This day started well with a late morning (for us). The baby wakes up pretty early, but we were able to sleep in a little. We headed to Epcot and happily walked through Future World and headed towards sleepy little Norway pavilion for a late breakfast at Akershus.
The buffet was amazing! My dd, who dislikes waffles, bread, pastries, eggs and many other breakfast items, was very pleased they had smoked salmon and ate her weight in the stuff. The baby was very happy they had blueberries. The food was actually very decent. The princesses were cute, and my son blushed when he declined an autograph. My goodness puberty is right around the corner (ok, he's only almost 10, but *blushing* is new).
The plan was for me to go grab fastpasses for Soarin' and come back to tour Norway, Mexico, and go counter clock-wise. It was a nice brisk walk and when I returned there was still a little time left before it opened. Unfortunately we spent a bit of time sorting out my Mom's room key: the charging privileges were denied when the system 'erased' her credit card info. It was all sorted out and baby was the proud new owner of a cute Norwegian boat ferry that was sent back to our room (and made in China, natch).
We toured the pavilions as planned, and sent DP to get fastpasses for Test Track, with a plan to meet in Canada's Kidcot (the kids were loving the Kidcot stops and we liked the slower pace this forced us to adopt).
Unfortunately, my version of the plan and dp's version were not the same (and to defend him, I understand why he thought the plan was to meet at Japan where our lunch ressie was). We waited, and waited, and waited. And waited. I walked to Test Track, worried that dp, who hadn't been feeling great, was ill sitting on a bench or something. He wasn't. My mom went to a store and was put through the security and guest relations who had nothing for us. We waited. We didn't go for our lunch plans at Japan, worried that we would miss each other on the way. I felt like we should just stay in one place and it would get sorted out. Wrong. Two hours passed. A second phone call to Guest Services revealed a message that he was at Japan!
We took the boat to that part of the Showcase and met up with dp. He explained that the hostesses at the Japanese restaurants (Tokyo and Teppan Edo?) were awesome, but the male manager told him that because he wasn't a child, "nothing could be done". Eventually another person told him to leave a message with Guest Services and that worked. Ironically, I had been carrying my cell phone until that day. He had also left a message with the room, but I didn't know how to retrieve them from outside our resort. Anyhow, relieved and hungry, we decided to eat at Teppan Edo anyway, and they generously accommodated us, 2 and a half hours late for our reservation. The wait staff were cute in their worry and relief for us. Very nice.
Our dilemma was this: We had a reservation for dinner at Le Cellier in 2.5 hours! I didn't want to turn that down, nor did I imagine I would feel like eating again so soon. So we ate lightly at Teppan Edo (which was totally awesome and so yummy!) and decided we'd eat lightly at Le Cellier too.
We shopped in the Japan pavilion, and opened three oysters at Pick a Pearl. We all got pretty nice pearls, but dd pulled a bit of a gimme fit at the jewelery, so we left without any settings. To be fair, we were buying little things here and there, and there is so much consumption at Disney, that I can understand what gave her the Gimmes, but the little fits I won't tolerate, so we left the area and moved on.
Dd wanted to see China pretty badly, so we took the boat across the bay and walked to China. We had planned to see all the pavilions, but losing Dp really put our schedule off. We toured China and watched the movie, which the kids enjoyed, as well as the Kidcot stop.
I rushed over to Le Cellier (late) and convinced them to give us a table. The host was not thrilled at my saucy lateness for the revered Le Cellier, and seemed disappointed when the person at the other end of his headset said there WAS a table for 6 free. We were, gasp, 40 minutes late and I was worried that we'd miss out after all.
We were seated. I ordered a stiff drink, and settled in.
Unfortunately, our hard-earned Fastpasses were no good, I realized at the table, as it was after 7pm. DRAT! What a day!!!! The waitress, Canadian like us (of course!) was so friendly, and when she asked how we were, I poured out our down day. She was sympathetic and kind. Little did I know how kind! She returned with Fastpasses coupons for rides of our choosing, good for any day!!! She said she told our story to her manager, and Voila! What a sweetheart.
The filet, ordered blue for Dp and myself, was amaaaaaaaazing. Best steak in years. It was done to perfection, and so melty. So with the combination of the kindness and alcohol, we settled into a nice, relaxed dinner, infused with Disney magic.
We finished dinner and headed to find a spot for Illuminations. We found an ok spot, and some kind people let the kids stand with them at the railing. The show was really great, and the kids were awed (ok, we were too!). So cool. The baby, now a loud-noise trooper, fell asleep, and only briefly stirred at the conclusion. If you knew what a terrible sleeper he is at home, waking for the slightest whisper of noise, you'd find this incident, and the similar ones that followed, as amazing as we do!
We dawdled in the UK pavilion while the departing crowds thinned out, then headed to the buses. What a walk! Luckily, Wilderness Lodge is among the first stops, but still, holy hanna, what a trek.
We all slept well, and made firmer plans about what to do in the case of separation again.
105 dining credits to go.