Friday, January 1, 2010

Disney World - Day 5

Thursday December 17, 2009 - Day 5
The hot weather is gone, with forecasts of highs in the 70-72 degree range for the rest of our stay. Today is cool and there is an off and on misty rain that will last all day. We start the day with a character brunch in the hotel, and then plan to go back to Epcot because it is close and we are not sure what the weather is going to do. The characters at the brunch are Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck.

We did end up spending the whole day in the World Showcase area of Epcot, going from country to country, catching shows and street performances, and trying to keep dry. Some of the stuff we saw included a film about China, a group of Chinese child acrobats, a somewhat strange belly dancing thing in Morocco, a Monkey King storyteller in China, a drum show in Japan, and a wood carver in Africa. Lunch in Morocco was terrific, and we cannot go to Epcot and not eat tempura in the big restaurant in Japan (which we ended up doing again later in the week).

Outside one of the countries, we ran into Belle, a favorite character of the girls.

Because of the season, many of the countries had a street show with their version of Santa Claus. The one in Norway was creepy, the one in England was very elegant, but my favorite was backwoods Santa in Canada. I'm sure this will please some Canadians I know of!

There is an amphitheater outside the US, and we were lucky to get a seat for a holiday concert by a large orchestra and chorus. The girls were tired at this point and had a hard time sitting still, which made it hard to fully enjoy the show, but it was good nonetheless.
The end of a long day was the big fireworks show that Epcot has every night at 9:30. We were told that the show was 5 minutes longer than usual during the holidays. It was fantastic, although a little loud for Julia at times.

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