November Trip Report, Day 2
For our second day, we planned a leisurely morning of touring resorts and breakfast at Whispering Canyon Café. We took a boat to Wilderness Lodge from the Contemporary and enjoyed the geyser and lobby decorations while we passed some time before our late breakfast reservation.
Considering how slow Whispering Canyon had been when we ate breakfast there the last time, I was downright shocked to see it packed this time. I think a lot of families were squeezing in one last meal before they headed home after their Thanksgiving trips. Tom enjoyed two servings of his breakfast skillet, and I had the delicious waffle I’ve dreamed about since last March.
Our service was slow, so I left Tom to settle the bill and take some photos of the beautiful lobby tree. This was the scene of a camera crime, and there was an accident that left me with a scratched lens for the rest of the trip. Thankfully the repair bill was much lower than I expected, so the only remaining scars are artifacts on some photos.
I also went to the Villas, which seemed like a good place to lament the unfortunate turn of events with the camera.
Next, we hopped on a boat to the Magic Kingdom and met up with our friends to see the new portions of Fantasyland for the first time. We didn’t ride anything, just looked around. We tried the TTA, but it had a crazy long line. It was probably down, as seems to often happen lately.
After giving up on the Magic Kingdom, Tom and I got on a monorail and stopped at the Grand Floridian to see their huge tree and gingerbread house. It was pretty busy, but we hung for a while.
Following a short break at the room, all 6 of us headed to Epcot for dinner. We arrived early enough to squeeze in a ride on Nemo.
Then we checked in and were quickly seated at Coral Reef. We had a nice view of the aquarium from a second tier table.
Last time we ate at Coral Reef, I had an amazing chicken and spaetzel dish, so I ordered that again. We split a chocolate wave dessert, which was good, but pricey when not on a dining plan.
After dinner, we all saw the Epcot tree and split up.
Tom and I walked to the Beach Club to see their decorations.
I walked over to Yacht Club. The model train village was very cool, and I wish I spent more time to explore it.
The darkness of the Yacht Club’s lobby makes a great backdrop for Christmas decorations, really allowing them to pop.
We then took a Friendship Boat to Hollywood Studios so we could enjoy Extra Magic Hours.
We’ve never had a single Friendship boat ride that wasn’t absolutely packed. I guess the one advantage to that is I can pass the time listening to the crazy things other people say.
First thing we rode Tower of Terror, which is my favorite ride. In past trips we’ve rode it over and over again, but our ride count this trip wasn’t very high.
Next we enjoyed Voyage of the Little Mermaid from the front row. We got this idea from Tom’s brother, who did the same on the last show of the night during EMH a few trips ago. Especially for two technical theater nerds like me and Tom, it was a fun and different view of the show. I wouldn’t recommend it for first time viewers or small children through. The “magic” of the show takes place farther back.
After that, we had just enough time to go to the Animation Building for the last drawing class of the night. I was very pleased to discover they still hold them during EMH. We had an excellent instructor, but I don’t recall his name. By democratic vote, we drew Jiminy Cricket.
Our show let out with just enough time for us to make a critical decision – get in line for Toy Story Mania or see Osborne Lights? We had enough time for one, but not both. We chose Osborne Lights and made it to the end of Streets of America just as they announced and began the last song of the night. I thought the lights would continue after the song, but instead they were completely turned off. We stood there for a minute and thought, did we really just miss seeing the lights? Will they magically turn on for our exit? Nope. That was it.
We slowly made our way to the front of the park and too soon were our way back to Bay Lake Tower.