Monday, December 6, 2010

Disney Day 4 - EPCOT round two

December 1, 2010. Today we returned to EPCOT to try to finish our journey around the World Showcase as well as catch the Candlelight Processional in the evening.

While waiting to enter to the park, we got to see the monorail wrapped in advertizing for the new Tron Legacy movie. The movie wasn’t so great the first time around back in the 80’s so not sure why they chose to remake it, but the monorail looked cool.

Scott and I at the entrance to EPCOT

And the Yellen kids (Austin, Jared and Kayla) at the EPCOT entrance with the geosphere in the background.

The Grand Fiesta Tour attraction in Mexico looks a lot like It’s a Small World.

Scott loves to visit the Norway section of EPCOT. Here he is in his new Norway hat and a pair of sunglasses that thankfully we did not purchase.

This hat also stayed behind in the store.

Scott’s parents, Marilyn and Harry, with the Norwegian troll.

The top of the tree at EPCOT.

Holiday topiary Mickey and Minnie

Flowers in the traditional Mickey shape.
Scott Soarin’
There were lots of interesting things in the Living with the Land attraction.

These leaves look too pretty to eat.
Pretty Dragon fruit, wonder what that tastes like.

How to grow Mickey shaped pumpkins.

Its day four and we’ve worn the parental units out.  We were pretty exhausted as well.

Dinner at Coral Reef restaurant in the Living Seas

It was cool to watch the sea life swim by while we ate dinner.

At night we went to the Candlelight Processional which is a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a choir. This evening’s narrator was John O’Hurley, you may know him as Mr. J. Peterman from Seinfeld, or the first season of Dancing with the Stars, Family Feud, or hosting the National Dog Show that’s broadcast each Thanksgiving. He was wonderful and we’re so glad we got to see his presentation.

The Choir is huge and they file in from all over the theater holding flickering candles.

Some of the horn section line the side of the theater with a pretty background meant to look like stained glass windows.

Joy to the World

The Candlelight dinner package also included a viewing of Illuminations so once the show was over we made our way back towards the beginning of the World Showcase.

On our way over to Illuminations we stopped to take in the beautiful view of the geosphere at night along with the EPCOT Christmas tree.

Illuminations is fireworks and lights set to music on the World Showcase Lagoon.

There’s a huge globe that displays images across the continents

For the finale the globe opens up revealing a torch.

A holiday section is added to Illuminations this time of year.

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