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Old 10-18-2020, 01:50 PM   #21
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Have fun! we didnt' get our room ready text/room # at BCV until 4:45.

Love hearing about food booths/recommendations at F/W. we will have 1 more day there in Nov, and I missed Flavors/Fire, and the cake pops, and other things in that building.

Also, good to know about wine left in hot cars. I will make sure not to bring ours on future trips, and just get there! Guess I never tried it in So LA, altho one time I had a bottle leak all over my brand new van, in South Alabama in July, and it was quite nasty!
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Old 10-18-2020, 02:28 PM   #22
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Yes - hope you have better luck on the room ready. End of August we didn't get our room until 5....and we had traveled so were up since 3 AM. Then it was a HA room. Fortunately that wasn't too bad except for the lack of storage.
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Old 10-18-2020, 07:26 PM   #23
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DAY 2 Ė Sunday 10/18/20
Who: Sue (61), DVC Member

Plan: Pool, Food & Wine

Actual: I turned in fairly early last night and slept well. It was silent in the room, which is the way it should be. I got up just after 5, and puttered around the studio doing some online stuff. Around 8 I made my egg and slice of bacon for breakfast, then hung out a bit longer to give the sun the chance to reach the top of the building. I should have gone for a walk this morning, but will remember to do that tomorrow. I figure if Iím out walking before sunrise, and not near anyone else, I can carry the mask rather than wear it (assuming joggers donít have to jog in their masks).

Around 8:45 I changed into a swimsuit and headed down to the quiet pool. A family was already there, with the mom walking around without a mask. The man and daughter were in the pool, and there were a couple other solo guys on the other side. The sun takes a while to clear the top of the resort, so it was cloudy out there until about 9:30. I sat there reading, and noticed when the lady went inside (without her mask), she got sent back to get it - a cast member inside must have said something.

She put the mask on and went back inside, then started to do the same thing later but caught herself and turned around to get the mask, lol. I moved back, into the first sun, and enjoyed the rest of the morning out there, getting up to use the shower once to cool off. There was an occasional breeze, but as the day wore on the sun was feeling hotter. I left just after 1, and went up to the studio to shower and get dressed.

By 2pm I was walking into Epcot, and no sooner did I turn left towards United Kingdom than it started to rain. I had a little umbrella, but decided to duck into the big air conditioned building that used to be Millenium Village. Several others had the same idea, but it wasnít overly crowded. I took a table in the back, got some wine, and spent time texting or messaging with a number of people. I hardly ever spend time on facebook (except when on a trip), and I posted a comment on one of Carol Steinís vacation pictures about looking at her pictures while listening to her play Disney songs at Epcot. When her set was over she saw the comment and messaged me to see where I was, then came out before her next set to say hello.

I left during that set, having been in there almost and hour. The rain had passed by, and everything was dry again. It was pretty breezy, but that was welcome as it kept it very comfortable! I turned left toward Canada and joined the fairly long queue at the food booth. It moved constantly, so it wasnít bad at all. I got the cheddar cheese soup w/pretzel roll and it was excellent! In true Food & Wine Festival style, I used a trash can for my table. There used to be several more tables in this area (along the lake), but they were removed to make room for a long queue at the Citrus booth. Although, I never saw that many people in line over there.

After eating I walked over to the Land and did Living with the Land (boat ride). It had a posted 5-minute wait, and thatís probably what it took to get on a boat. Again, the queue moved constantly. They have plastic flaps separating each row, which seems a bit much. If weíre wearing masks, why do we need this too?? It reduces visibility, and Iím not a fan.

After my ride through the greenhouses I went back to World Showcase, and turned towards Canada to do 2 loops around the countries. I stopped here & there to look at stuff, but didnít get anything until the final loop. At the Alps stand (which I think may be only open on weekends) I got the blueberry & almond frangipone tart that was so delicious last year. Itís different now, and not really a tart (itís not in crust), but itís still very good Ė and it's warm! Itís also big enough to be shared easily.

At this point it was 6pm and I didnít really have anything else I needed to do. The wind was still blowing and there were lots of clouds. I figured I might as well head back in case it rained again. I skipped the skyliner and just returned to the resort, where I sat on the balcony to update the report until it started raining lightly. With the breeze, it was blowing onto me, so that was my cue to go inside.

Today was another wonderful day, but itís shocking how quickly it went by! It feels like I just got here, and tonight I pulled the suitcase out to get packed up to move tomorrow. I am not looking forward to being homeless, and havenít fully decided what Iíll do, but whatever happens Iíll deal with it <g>. Itíll be nice to get into a more home-like villa for the rest of the trip!
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:12 AM   #24
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By 2pm I was walking into Epcot, and no sooner did I turn left towards United Kingdom than it started to rain.
That's great theming!! But probably not appreciated.
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That's great theming!! But probably not appreciated.
You're not kidding - I had the same thought, lol!

DAY 3 Ė Monday 10/19/20
Who: Sue (61), DVC Member

Plan: Move to 1br villa, Pool, Food & Wine

Actual: Once again I slept well. At first I heard some faint noise from outside, and when I got up I discovered I hadnít fully closed the sliding glass door (open about half an inch). Once I closed it, the room was silent. I was up at 5 to make my cappuccino, then spent the time relaxing online. The local weather forecast let me formulate/finalize my plan for today.

It looks like another windy/breezy day, which is a good thing. That keeps it more comfortable! The high is only supposed to be 85, which is better than upper 80ís. Thereís a 50% chance of rain this afternoon, mainly the 2nd half of the afternoon. Thatís not good for moving into the villa, but itís not the end of the world Ė I may be sitting in the room with the pool table by then, as I donít need to trudge around Epcot in the rain.

I decided to get my shower done this morning, so I did that and then dressed in a swimsuit. A change of clothes went into a plastic Publix bag so I could change later and wander around Epcot, assuming itís not raining. After breakfast in the studio I brought stuff to the car, keeping the laptop with me rather than having it sit in a hot car all day. Itís light enough I donít see it as a problem.

Around 9 I stopped by the cast member in the villas lobby to let them know Iíd left my studio and was waiting for the 1-bedroom. Not sure that will do any good, but it canít hurt Ė and it lets them start getting my studio ready so someone else doesnít have to wait until 4pm. From there I headed out to the pool to do some reading while waiting for the sun to clear the building.

Surprisingly, it was complete overcast until about 10, when suddenly there wasnít a cloud in the sky! Clouds rolled back in later, which wasnít necessarily a bad thing since the sun was a little too warm. I stayed out there until 11:30, and decided that was enough. The pool was anything but quiet, thanks to a team of construction workers pressure washing the building, and using one of those portable bucket trucks that goes ďbeep beep beepĒ when it moves. Plus, rain was due as early as 1pm, so I figured I might as well get some Epcot time & do lunch over there.

I changed in the restroom at the pool, and since this morning Iíd moved the car to a shady space, plus it was cloudy out, I left everything in the car and just took my usual small backpack. Getting into the park was easy, and it was much less busy than it was this weekend! I decided to check out the passholder pop up shop first, so I turned right towards France and headed to Germany.

The line waiting to get in extended halfway through the train display, but it moved pretty steadily. Once I got inside I saw the line to check out extended back nearly to the entrance, and this shop takes the space of 3 regular shops. That was a bit of a deterrent, but in the end I found a few things and joined the back of the line. The wait wasnít really too bad Ė it looked worse than it was. They had several register stations set up at the end, and a cast member kept everyone moving. I bought one of the reusable Epcot bags since it was cute.

Once outside I continued in the same direction and decided to see if Flavors from Fire was open. Most of the ďnewĒ booths (Spain, Alps, Waffles, Donut place) are only open on the weekend, but I was hoping this one would be popular enough to be 7 days a week. I cut through near Test Track, and was happy to see people getting food!

I ordered the chimichurri skirt steak (charred chimichurri skirt steak on a smoked corn cake with pickled vegetable slaw and cilantro aioli $7.00) again, and todayís was a smaller portion (more normal). It was very good, and I took it to a table near the donut place since thatís where the only shade could be found. After I finished eating it started to rain, and I realized although I had shade, I had no shelter from rain. The rain just came through the roof, and was bouncing off the tables. Very quickly it was pouring and blowing at an angle, and people came running thinking it would be dry under there (then quickly putting on their ponchos). I opened up my little umbrella and kept my back to a wide column that blocked some of the blowing rain.

At one point I checked the weather on my phone and saw these storms are supposed to end at 6:30! That sucks, since the park closes at 7pm. Once it let up (or passed over Ė one side was blue sky & the other was dark gray with thunder noises) I walked back to World Showcase. Not knowing if Iíd make it back today, I walked over to France to try the little cake they have there.

The line was short, but the registers were closed Ė you had to order & pay where you get the food, so it was pretty slow. I ordered the cake (brioche cake filled with light pastry cream and raspberry coulis $3.00) and the chardonnay (Le Vieux Manoir $5.00). Iím not a big fan of chardonnay, but you never see wine for $5 at Disney anymore so I was curious. It was ok Ė definitely not a favorite for me. The little cake was pretty good Ė it looked more like a cream puff. Iím glad I tried it, but I donít need to get it again.

After finishing the wine I headed to International Gateway and exited the park. Iíd received a notification to stop by the front desk about my room. The skyliner was not running, so there must be lightning within a certain area. I walked back to Beach Club Villas and the cast member was not in the villas lobby so I went to the front desk at Beach Club. There a cast member checked my magic bands to make sure theyíd work, then gave me the room number.

Iím not over the pool this time, but have a view of trees. I am in the short hallway that has the ice machine room on one corner and trash/recycling on the other Ė about midway between the single elevator and the set of 2 elevators. Itís fine Ė I only really dislike the rooms beyond the single elevator.

I checked out the villa, turned on General Hospital, and then over the next 30-40 minutes made a few trips to the car to bring stuff up a little at a time. During most of the trips it was raining at least a little, so that slowed me down. When I went out for the final bag I left the umbrella in the room and discovered once outside that it was nearly pouring. So, I got another umbrella from the car, and re-entered the building at the stairwell out by the parking lot. All this rain is ridiculous!

Iíd backed some clothes for cool evenings, but we unfortunately wonít have any of those this trip, so that stuff stayed in the suitcase. I sat at the dining table and updated the report, waiting for the 4pm news to catch the latest local weather. Although the showers werenít supposed to end until 7:15 now, the radar looked like it would be ok for a while around 5.

I decide to travel light Ė cell phone & umbrella. I pulled out my Disney Vera Bradley phone crossbody and noticed something wadded up in the outer pocket. I pulled it out and was surprised to see it was a $20 bill. Iíd been thinking of trying a bottle of the Once Upon a Vine sauvignon blanc and I took the $20 as a sign it was meant to be. I went down to Beach Club Marketplace and bought a chilled bottle Ė with tax it was just over $18. The only cork screw in the villa is one of those cheap ones, so I may have to wait for SB to get here before I can open it.

After putting the wine in the refrigerator and seeing it wasnít raining, I grabbed an umbrella and walked over to Epcot a little after 5. Since I had the umbrella it didnít rain at all, lol Ė but the mugginess was through the roof! It was terrible! It was still fairly busy too, so the rain hadnít sent people home earlier. That said, lines at the booths were small or nonexistent.

I turned left towards UK and made one loop. I thought about the crispy chicken from the Citrus booth but decided to get the bratwurst in Germany instead. In Mexico there wasnít a line to get into the pavilion so I went inside thinking Iíd ride the boat ride. However, people were queued up in the lobby area, and when I checked the app I saw the boat wait was 15 minutes, so I decided not to bother. Spaceship Earth was only 5 minutes, but I didnít feel like walking up there.

I continued around, and stopped in Germany for the bratwurst. The pretzel rolls are definitely bigger this year, in both Canada & Germany. Now the bratwurst pretty much fits, rather than hanging out a lot at each end. I took it over by the lake, to a stand-up table. Everything was still wet, so sitting down anywhere was out of the question. The bratwurst was good, as usual.

After eating I continued walking, and there was still a line of people waiting to get into the passholder pop up store. In Italy I thought about the cannoli but decided to skip that in favor of trying the baklava in Morocco again. I wasnít crazy about it last time, but it may have been because I carried it around in the 100 degree heat for quite a while before getting it in the fridge. If this one also tastes different than it did for the last several years, then itís time to start skipping it.

At this point Iíd had enough of the dampness & humidity, and it was so overcast there wasnít going to be a pretty dusk/sunset so I decided to head out. I left via International Gateway and the skyliner was running again. I walked back to Beach Club, and put the baklava in the fridge. Although it was early (6:30) I was in for the night, so I got comfortable, pulled the extra blanket down from the closet, and sat out in the living room (better tv there) with the laptop and a glass of wine.

Today also flew by, and being homeless for much of the day wasnít as bad as I thought it might be. The clouds helped, but the rain was a pain! That really messed up the afternoon & evening. This time of year it should have been so nice, but I ended up with the wrong week I guess. I also forgot to go for a walk this morning Ė realized that around 2pm, when it was raining. It was nice at the pool, and I enjoyed Epcot except for the weather. I love being in the 1-bedroom villa for the rest of the trip!

Tomorrow Iíll head to Publix early to do our grocery shopping, then hopefully enjoy time at the pool. Itís supposed to rain tomorrow afternoon, possibly starting late morning, so weíll see how the Epcot time pans out. Tiana, Jonell & SB arrive tomorrow evening, and weíll have snacks in our villa.
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Old 10-20-2020, 06:36 PM   #27
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DAY 4 Ė Tuesday 10/20/20
Who: Sue (61), DVC Member
SB (62), my husband
Tiana (50ís), friend
Jonell (60ís), Tianaís husband

Plan: Pool, Food & Wine, Floyd Tiana & Jonell arrive

Actual: This morning I woke up at 1:30, but fell back asleep until 4:30. Next thing I knew it was just after 5, so I got up and made my cappuccino. After relaxing in the villa for a while, I got dressed & headed to Publix a little before 7. I wanted to get there and get back before the traffic got started.

Publix (the one by Premium Outlets) wasnít busy at all, and I found everything on my list. At checkout I learned they canít sell wine before 9am, so that got left behind. Itís not worth going back, so hopefully SB will remember to bring what I ask for (and hopefully I remember to ask him, lol) when he comes down tonight. I returned to Beach Club and was able to make just a single trip from the car.

After putting away the groceries I went down to Beach Club Marketplace in search of butter or margarine. They didnít have any packets out, and I couldnít find any in the coolers either. A cast member asked if I was looking for something, and apologized that they were out of butter because it hadnít come in yet, but she could give me packets. That was fine with me Ė she took a bag and put a LOT of butter packets in there and asked me if that was enough, lol! I said yes, and she told me if I need more later to just come back and ask for them. That was very nice!

Back in the villa I fixed my breakfast Ė egg, slice of bacon and piece of toast (with butter). Itís so nice having the stovetop instead of just the microwave. Itís another overcast day, with rain possible around noon. I decided to take a chance the sun might come out briefly and went down to the pool around 9:30.

It was completely overcast until 11, and the construction crew with the noisy bucket truck thing were back. It wasnít very peaceful. There were a lot more people there too, but most didnít stay very long. I wasnít exactly sad when the bucket truck engine started billowing out smelly (burning) smoke in a big cloud that blew past. That bought a decent period of quiet time <g>.

At 11 the sun was shining, so I stayed out there until noon. The rain now looks like it wonít happen today, although it will remain completely cloudy. Just in case, I took an umbrella with me! I decided to hold off on my shower until later, so I got dressed & ready for Epcot. Last night Iíd tried some of the baklava and it was very good Ė that last time must have been a fluke, or I ruined it by carrying it around in the extreme heat. I took another bite and then began walking to Epcot.

I love the low crowds right now, but it was very warm out there. I hate that I switched my trip to this week, but the plus side is I will be back in early November for another short stay Ė hopefully the weather is more comfortable then. I turned right towards France and made a loop around the countries. Some places had no lines at all, but Frozen was backed up to China and the queue to enter Mexico was wrapped around outside the building. Perhaps that was people waiting for the tequila bar? The boat ride only had a 5-minute wait per the app. Along the way, I ran into radp friend John Hayes near America Ė he was with his daughter and adorable granddaughter Addison.

I was torn between the citrus chicken or mac & cheese, and in the end mac & cheese won because it has air conditioning! I went inside, and browsed through the festival merchandise again before heading further into the pavilion. Carol Stein came onto the stage and started playing a set. Iíd decided to try for a seat this time, so after getting my mac & cheese and chenin blanc I headed towards the short tables & ran into dvc friend Rhona Grumet, who had seen me & called my name. Her husband Mark was off buying a bottle of water, so I joined them at their table and we had a nice time catching up.

Shortly after Carolís set ended, she came by and stopped to chat. Rhona and Mark have been fans of hers but I donít think theyíve ever met, so today was their lucky day. Carol cleared up a big misconception thatís floating around on the internet Ė Disney did not ďget rid ofĒ all the entertainers they recently let go (Yee Haw Bob, Grand Floridian Orchestra, etc). Bob works at Port Orleans, and neither of those resorts are open. Basically all the entertainers ďlet goĒ are let go as of January 1, but once Disney can bring the entertainment back those people get to come back without any auditions or anything. Of course, if theyíve found something better in the meantime, then itís Disneyís (and our) loss. Carol spoke very highly of what the Disney company has been doing for everyone, and keeping guests and cast safe. It was good to hear, and made me more optimistic about the future. I want my club level services back, and the entertainment <g>!

Mark, Rhona & I stayed a bit longer, then decided it was time to head on out. Theyíre going back home tomorrow. I left Epcot and walked back to Beach Club, arriving just in time for General Hospital (2pm). After GH I stepped out onto the balcony and saw it was raining lightly. It didnít last long, so after about 5 minutes I decided to take a walk around the lake/Boardwalk. I wanted to be sure to catch SB when he got off work at 3:30 so I could tell him what I wanted him to bring from home. Only after that was taken care of would I finally take my shower!

Before heading out I noticed I had a message, which was from dvc. They mentioned having a 2-bedroom villa open for viewing downstairs and Iíd receive my welcome home gift (lithograph). I decided to do that first. In room 134 I found 2 very nice cast members and spent time chatting with them about assorted destinations. Fran, Holli & I are sharing a 2-bedroom villa here next month, and Iíd planned to take the sleep sofa, but I may rethink that given that Iíd have to walk through the bedroom to get to the bathroom. Iíll talk with Holli & find out if she snores Ė then figure out how best to handle the sleeping arrangements.

I dropped the lithograph off in my villa, then headed out to walk around the lake. SB called when he got off work, so I was able to tell him what he needed to bring. Just then it started to rain, and soon it was pouring. I was close to the marina so I ducked under cover there. Within 5 minutes the rain stopped, and I continued on my walk.

At Boardwalk I decided to tour the model and pick up a lithograph to give to Amanda. Once again the cast members were great to chat with, and I know Amanda will like the lithograph. The Boardwalk was so strange with hardly anyone out there, all the booths closed, some of the restaurants closed, etc. Boardwalk Inn hasnít reopened, so itís just the dvc side right now. I continued walking back to Beach Club, and once in the room called housekeeping for an extra blanket. It came within 15 minutes. After storing it in a drawer in the living room, I went in and finally took my shower!

SB and the others were on the road just before 5, so they should be here by 7. I finished the baklava while waiting, and talked to SB on the phone. He said Tiana had gotten a notification their room was ready but didnít have the room number. I think the email gives the number, but the notification sends you to the app and for me itís always a nightmare trying to get that to show me the number. I decided to walk downstairs and see if the cast member in the villas lobby would tell me their room number.

As expected, she wasnít able to give me the number but she did confirm they were in the same little hallway as us Ė and so will Chris & Amanda when they arrive Friday. The cast member works til 10 and will take her dinner break at 7:30, so if Tiana canít get the room # from her email she can get it here at the villas lobby.

In the interest of not having to stay up late to finish the report I decided to cut it off here and write about the rest of the day tomorrow morning. The others should be here by 7, and weíll need to get them settled. They seem to be hungry, so if the snacks here arenít enough weíll get something from Beach Club Marketplace. Tomorrowís an Epcot day and itís supposed to be crappy weather (not good for pool time either), so we donít have to get up early.

Today the weather was somewhat disappointing, but otherwise it was a great day. Itís sad the trip is almost half over already though.
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DAY 5 Ė Wednesday 10/21/20
Who: Sue (61), DVC Member
SB (62), my husband
Tiana (50ís), friend
Jonell (60ís), Tianaís husband

Plan: Epcot

Actual: Last night the others arrived around 7:30, having run into some traffic but also taking a detour to show SB the house Tiana & Jonell were having built. They have the final walk-through this Thursday and close the following Thursday. SB showed up at my door alone Ė Tiana had been able to check her email and theyíre a few doors away. SB only had a few things to unpack, since Iíd brought most of our stuff with me.

This morning Iíd bought a DiGiorno 3-meat pizza, and set about trying to figure out the oven so I could bake it properly. There was a bit of trial and error, as I clearly donít understand any relatively new technology. Thankfully I kept track of the time so it wasnít over cooked or under cooked. In the meantime I also had some buffalo chicken breast dip that I portioned into a bowl and heated in the microwave. With some plain pita chips for dipping, it was very good Ė everyone really liked it.

Tiana & Jonell arrived as I was finishing up the crackers and cheese platter. The guys settled on the sofa, since the World Series was on. Jonell made himself tangueray (sp?) and cranberry juice, which I topped off with a frozen mickey ice cube. SB had beer. I gave them a bowl of the chicken dip and a bowl of pita chips, and did the same for Tiana and I at the dining table. The pizza turned out excellent Ė I couldnít believe a frozen pizza would be so good! The guys ate the pizza (5 out of 6 pieces Ė that one is in the fridge) but I had some of SBís crust.

For cheeses we had a couple variations of cheddar, manchego, and wesleydale w/cranberry. There were cheddar cheese triscuits, a multigrain round cracker and a flatbread, plus sliced salami. Tiana and I shared some Kung Fu Girl Riesling, which she loved. I brought that knowing she prefers sweeter wine, and this one is not too sweet for me. It was a great evening of eating, drinking, talking & laughing. Around 10 we wound down Ė everyone was getting tired. Tiana helped me clean everything up, then they went to their room. SB stayed up to watch the rest of the game, and will undoubtedly fall asleep out in the living room. I brought the coffee maker into my bathroom so I wouldnít disturb him in the morning, but if he makes it to bed then Iíll just take it back out to the kitchen in the morning.

I should have been tired, but I watched a little HGTV before turning in around 11. It was just after 5:30 when I got up, and SB was already up. We did some online stuff and watched the local news/weather for a while. It wasnít quite ďnecessaryĒ yet, but since we had time we did a load of laundry. Itís convenient having the washer & dryer right in the villa.

SB got the bounty breakfast from Beach Club Marketplace, and everything was good. I ate his Mickey waffle, along with my egg and slice of bacon. A little after 10 Tiana & Jonell came over, and we headed to Epcot at 10:30. Tiana said their room was very comfortable, and they were both very pleased with it.

This was my first time entering a park at opening since the pandemic, and Epcot was a lot busier than it has been on any of my previous visits when the park had already been open for hours. However, the lines were constantly moving, generally pretty quickly, so it was very easy getting into the park. Temperature check was quick, Tiana got pulled over for a bag check but the rest of us sailed through, and at entry Tiana was denied but the rest of us were let in. They let Jonell go with her over to Guest Relations, where she learned her pass was denied because sheíd recently gotten a new debit card and forgot to update the new number on her monthly payment contract for her annual pass. Once that was fixed, they were back in the park.

Although the park opens at 11, they let people in starting at 10:30. We were in by 10:45 and walked over to Future World. Iíd forgotten Jonell did Soariní last year, or we would have gone to Test Track instead. Soariní had a 10-minute wait posted and we didnít really slow down until the boarding area. We were in the first row on the left side, and once seatbelted in Tiana started getting anxious. We called the cast member over and she decided to wait for us at the exit. The rest of us enjoyed it, even with the warped/leaning scenery in the movie.

We picked up Tiana at the exit and went upstairs for the Amazing Planet movie. Iím the only one who had seen that before, and everyone enjoyed it. They took social distancing to an extreme Ė every other row was blocked off to remain empty, and the open rows only had certain seats open in order to separate parties. Iíd estimate there were 30 or so guests in the theater.

After the movie we headed back outside and walked over to Nemo, where we walked right onto a couple clam mobiles. After the ride we walked around looking at the manatees and then the fish in the big aquariums. From there we headed towards Future World, and since the others were interested in Test Track I checked the app and the wait time was 50 minutes. Soarinís wait time was also 50 minutes at this point, and Frozen was 60. Thankfully they decided it wasnít worth waiting almost an hour, so we stopped briefly in Odyssey to see the presentation on the new Epcot and then continued into Mexico.

The 3 of them wanted margaritas, and the line was really short (2 parties ahead of us) at the margarita stand! SB got a strawberry margarita and Tiana & Jonell each got the fiesta (layers of strawberry, mango & lime) margarita. Iím not a big margarita drinker, so I passed. We found a spot to sit/stand near the exit, and hung out there while they drank their drinks.

Once that was done we continued walking, stopping in China for Tiana & Jonell to each get a Mongolian beef in bao bun and the crispy shrimp. The beef bun was really good Ė Iíll have to get one at some point. The shrimp came on French fries, which was kind of strange. Noodles would have made more sense in China! Plus, the fries were barely warm, so Tiana didnít even bother to eat hers.

Continuing on, SB was going to get the bratwurst in Germany but decided the line was too long. The line to get into the passholder pop up shop was almost non-existent so the guys sat on a bench while Tiana & I went inside. I bought another Christmas gift, and Tiana got the same item for herself, then we met the guys back outside. SB had gotten a beer, so once that was mostly gone we continued walking.

Our next stop was America, where Tiana & Jonell grabbed a picnic table while SB got the southern seafood boil and I got the chardonnay. The seafood boil had quite a bit in it, and I ate his piece of corn on the cob. The chardonnay was ok Ė typical tiny portion, but thatís Disney these days.

We continued walking to the old Millenium Village building, where we went straight to the back and scored a table with 4 chairs. The guys went up to the mac & cheese stand and each came back with the lobster mac & cheese, and the chenin blanc for us. Tiana liked the wine, and both guys like the mac & cheese. Carol Stein was playing when we came in, but after her set I caught her attention and she was excited to see SB since it had been quite a while. She chatted with us a bit, then headed off for her break.

I went up to the Festival Favorites booth and got the pierogi and kielbasa again, while SB went to the desserts for a couple of cake pops. He got the one with m&m and got the twix one for Tiana. I was back at the table and had finished my food before SB got back (much longer line). Jonell doesnít like chocolate, so Tiana was on her own, and couldnít finish the whole thing. SB ate most of his, but I ate the rest.

Before leaving the building we stopped at the festival merchandise, where Tiana got her annual Food & Wine Festival shirt, the same trivet I bought, and a shirt for Jonell. I gathered up the guys and we met at the exit and left Epcot. Theyíd never ridden the skyliner, so we rode that over to Caribbean Beach and transferred back to Epcot. They both really liked it.

Once off the skyliner we returned to Beach Club Villas for a rest, agreeing to meet in 2 hours (5:45) for one last Epcot visit. It may consist of walking to get them margaritas again and thatís about it! I doubt anyone will be hungry for food, although SB has mumbled about the foot long chili cheese dog at Beach Club Marketplace and Jonell seemed interested as well.

Back in the villa SB went to lay down on the bed and I thought he might nap but he ended up doing online stuff and watching tv. I hung out in the living room, catching up the trip report. I tried opening the Once Upon a Vine sauvignon blanc, but with the crappy corkscrew it simply wasnít happening. I donít want to lug a bottle of wine home, so maybe Iíll see if Chris & Amanda can bring a real corkscrew when they come up Friday. If I love the wine (which is probably not likely, as itís California and CA isnít a top spot for sauvignon blanc), Iíll have to pack a real corkscrew going forward.

At 5:45 we picked up Tiana & Jonell and walked over to Epcot. As we approached the entrance SB realized heíd forgotten his mask, and none of us had noticed. Luckily I had a surgical mask in my bag, so he wore that. Entry was a breeze, and the park was not crowded at all.

We turned left towards UK and were headed to Mexico for their margaritas. Along the way it started to rain, but didnít last more than a few minutes. I was glad I at least had my little umbrella in my bag. At Mexico there were a few people in line at the margarita stand, so the others joined the queue while I waited for a spot to open up near the exit. Soon a big party left, so we were able to take over the space.

They repeated the same margaritas as this morning, but this time Tiana couldnít finish hers. Jonell dumped it into his glass, which was now full. We decided to head back, and as we passed Canada SB asked if Jonell was going to be able to leave the park with the margarita, and of course the answer was no. I had a plastic Publix bag for my wet umbrella, so I gave that to Jonell to wrap the margarita and put it in his shorts pocket (like a cargo pants style). We got out of the park just fine, and he had the margarita with dinner.

We stopped at Beach Club Marketplace, where SB got the half chicken dinner and clam chowder and Tiana & Jonell each got the foot long chili cheese dog. We took it all up to our villa, and I fixed myself a few crackers and cheese. Tiana finished the wine we started the night before, and SB was able to open my Once Upon a Vine wine. The wine ended up being ok Ė as expected, being from California it wasnít anything spectacular.

SB loved his chowder and the chicken dinner. Jonell thought his chili dog was ok, and Tiana could barely eat half of hers. She left the other half for SB, so we put it in the fridge with the little bit of chicken he had left. We watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune while eating and chatting. The left for their room around

Today was another great day Ė and we were so lucky not having rain much at all! Everyone had a really nice time, and enjoyed everything we did. Tomorrow weíre headed to Animal Kingdom, where the priority is Flight of Passage. Tiana & Jonell need to be on the road by 11:45 tomorrow so weíll drive over to the park and they can leave from there.
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Missed a couple weeks on the forums - how exciting to find trip reports waiting! As usual, thank you Sue for another wonderful report. Following...
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