Hugs and the typical pose first...
...and then I asked him if we could both pose holding out our "ears." I love the result.
We went on our first fastpass to Mission Space. We went on the green side because we'd heard the orange side could really mess you up for the rest of the day. Green was fun, and we'd probably go on it again if the line was short.
We had a little bit of time before our next fastpass, so we walked around Mousegear, which was our favorite Disney store we visited this trip. Tom found a really cool Steamboat Willie shirt he wore later on in our vacation, and I found Duffy. <3
Next fastpass was for Test Track. The ride was down in 2013, so we'd never been on this one either. It was also fun. I thought the only high speed part was when the doors open and you go...what is it...55 miles an hour or something? but the inside part was adventurous too, when it takes you on road safety hazard tests and the like.
Our test car was pretty funky looking. You're supposed to trace the shape of the outline of your car on the monitor first thing, and it must not have liked my finger, because it went nuts. We just went with it though.
Next it was late enough in the morning that I knew Belle was meeting in France. We went over to give my favorite Disney princess my favorite necklace I had made.
The left book says "Far Off Places," the book she's reading says "Daring Sword Fights," the book in the basket says "Magic Spells," and the book on the right says "A Prince in Disguise." This is a reference to when Belle describes her favorite book to the book seller at the beginning of the movie. The design for this necklace was completely original, based on an Art Nouveau figural pendant I saw online.
Belle was really sweet, but I was really nervous. I feel like I made an idiot of myself, and after meeting her I had to take a moment to walk off how upset I was about how nervous I got.
We went back to the start of World Showcase after this, and swung by Club Cool, the Coke-sponsored spot where you can sample different Coke products from around the world. There's this Italian carbonated beverage called "Beverly" that has a reputation for being the most repugnant and disgusting thing on the face of the planet, and we were curious to try it.
I went first, recording the results.
I went first, recording the results.
Noooot the reaction I or anyone was expecting. Tom's reaction was much more on-par with most people's.
We then picked up a map and set of stickers for the Remy's Ratatouille "Hide and Squeak" scavenger hunt. We were clued into this by, of course, our friends at Mousesteps. (The following images are c. Denise of Mousesteps)
Once we picked up our map, we stopped in England to eat our lunch, sitting on the ground in a maze. As we were eating, a wee squirrel crept closer and closer. Being used to non-Disney squirrels, I was amused, but kept waiting for him to dart off, until he was practically on top of our food. We gave him a few bits of granola and bread.
After food was eaten, we went back to the cute wee room at the back of the England pavilion where you can meet Pooh and Tigger in Christopher Robin's bedroom.
First we got hugs...
Then we took the standard pictures...
Then I asked Tigger to try a jumping shot with me. It didn't go so well, but it was hilarious.
But you can see a little bit in this picture that Pooh and Tom were off-camera, and tried to jump into our picture at the last minute. So fun!!
Next after hunting around a few of the showcases for the Remy figures (Italy was my favorite and made me laugh out loud when we found it) we went to Morocco to meet Aladdin and Jasmine. I had buttons for them, but it was all over in the blink of an eye.
A few posed shots and that was it! But I got their names on my hat.
And with that, I think this Epcot day is going to have to become a two parter!