We planned on doing counter service for lunch and/or just eating at the Food & Wine booths. Dinner was scheduled for 6:15 for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. Our Fast Passes were for 9:15a Soarin’, 10:20a Mission: SPACE, and 11:45a Spaceship Earth.
We headed first to Test Track when we got there. The line wasn’t bad at all. Em loves this ride. We then went over to use our FP for Soarin’. Our family has never loved this ride. If there’s a huge line and we have no FP, we usually just skip it. It’s fine, but not our favorite. Since we last rode it, they’ve added a third screen and they changed the journey. We liked it a LOT better now. The posted line wasn’t bad for it. We would probably do this one in the future without a FP. It was much better. We then went on to use our FP for Mission: SPACE. We decided to head into the World Showcase to use our paper FP for Frozen before the ride had a chance to break down. SUPER quick line with the FP. The ride was fine, but nothing I’d write home about. Our family isn’t huge Frozen fans anyway, but it was nice. I’d certainly ride it again, but not with a long wait. We’d certainly FP is again, but if we miss it, it won’t be such a big deal.
Next we went to do Ellen’s Energy Adventure. We hadn’t done this one in a while, but since it’s going away, we decided to do it. It’s fine, but there’s one section I can’t remember. When you go into the room where you’re listening to the radio for what seems like forever, are you supposed to just be sitting in the dark? It felt like a really long time to just be listening. Anyway, we then went and rode Spaceship Earth. Once again, we had the same things with the pictures not working. The part where you put in your location wouldn’t work for me at all. We then decided to head to the World Showcase and sample the Food & Wine for lunch. We started on the Canada side. I can’t remember where the additional countries and such are, but I’m going to try and list what we got. Here goes:
- Beer-braised Beef and smoked gouda mashed potatoes (Belgium)
- Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (Belgium)
- Brazilian cheese bread (Brazil)
- Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce (China)
- Kung Fu Punch with Vodka and triple sec (China)
- Strawberry Fanta Float with vanilla soft-serve (Desserts and Champagne)
- Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll (Germany)
- Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (Hawaii)
- Jamaican Beef Patty (Islands of the Caribbean)
- Barbacoa Enchilada: Corn Tortilla filled with Beef Barbacoa and covered with Oaxaca Mole (Mexico)
- Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato puree (Patagonia)
I we also got some kind of seafood thing that Chris ate by himself. We paid for the cheaper ones and used snack credits for the more expensive ones. I think we liked most of them. Em’s favorite was the Bratwurst. In Japan, we stopped to do the Agent P thing. It had just started sprinkling a bit, but it cooled everything off really well, so that was nice. I was feeling so done by the time we finished the World Showcase, so we headed back for a short rest in the room before heading to dinner. The wait for the bus was really long.
We headed to Fort Wilderness for dinner and a show with the Hoop-Dee-Doo. We’d never been here before and I remember that its a short walk to get to Spirit of Aloha, so you’re supposed to add in additional time for that. So before the Hoop Dee Doo, I looked it up to see how much time I should schedule in. But I couldn’t find that information. Turns out, once you get to Ford Wilderness, you then have to get a bus to the Hoop Dee Doo area. FW has a bunch of it’s own buses with lots of stops. We lucked out and there was a bus waiting when we go there. But there were 3 or 4 stops before we got to the dinner area. We left our hotel 45 minutes before the show and it took us every bit of that to get to the Hoop Dee Doo area. (Consequently, this is the same area where they do Mickey’s Backyard BBQ.) HDD has the benefit of being inside, unlike Spirit of Aloha. We thought was going to be just super cheesy and awful. But, hey, unlimited ribs and fried chicken! It was pretty cheesy, but it wasn’t awful. It was actually really funny. There was salad and cornbread (the sweet kind, not the kind my grandmother and mom made growing up) for starters. This has unlimited of a few types of beer, wine, and sangria. Both the sangria types weren’t great to me. I don’t like wine all that much. But I did like the sangria at Spirit of Aloha. So I switched to Diet Coke for the rest of the night. The fried chicken and ribs were good. The mashed potatoes were tasty, but kind of runny. There was also baked beans and corn, both of which were fine. Dessert was strawberry shortcake, which was yum. Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel to call it a night.