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Florida Holiday – Chef Mickey & Epcot – Day Seven.

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I thought I would do a little throwback series for the next few weeks re-capping our holiday to Disney World in Florida. At the time of going I kept a daily blog which was only ever used for that holiday and i’m so pleased I did. Every night I would sit down and document what we had done each day even down to what kind of weather we had. I love reading it back every so often reliving the memories. We went for breakfast at Chef Mickeys in the Contemporary Lodge hotel & spent rest of the day at Epcot.
Day Seven – Chef Mickey & Epcot (Sunday 13th November 2011)
Todays Weather – 79f (26c)
Lauren woke very excited this morning because she was off for breakfast at Chef Mickeys 😀 We had the reservation booked for 9.25am in Disney’s Contemporary Lodge Hotel – a hotel located near the Magic Kingdom Park and the one with the Monorail running through the middle.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.

We were shown to our table and the waiter filled up our glasses with fresh orange and told us to go ahead and get our breakfast because the characters were about 10 minutes from doing their table rounds.

They had tons of stuff to choose from. They had fresh fruit, cereals, dried fruit, pastries, muffins, cakes, hot breakfast (eggs, ham, sausages, fried potatoes etc), pancakes and the very popular, Mickey shaped waffles.

Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
(Excuse the pretty tired looking faces – we’ve had a lot of early mornings and this morning in particular we all felt very tired).
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Lauren loved it – we were constantly getting our glasses of juice filled as soon as it was empty or half empty – Lauren could see the characters starting their table round again and she was getting so excited. Mickey was first to our table and I just love the look on her face when he arrived.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Minnie Mouse was up next, followed by Goofy, Donald Duck and Pluto.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven. Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Lauren loved it – all I kept hearing from her is “this is great, I love it”
Once the Characters had done their table rounds – they get everyone dancing and waving their napkins around for a sing and a dance. Even the waiters & chefs get involved :o)

So the whole experience was really quite special …… and it wanted to be for the price lol. But we’ve done it, Lauren has the experience but I don’t think we’ll feel the need to do it again.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
So yes with tips it cost $100 :-0
The Contemporary Lodge was really lovely and had some gorgeous views. I didn’t manage to take a picture looking out over The Magic Kingdom but I did take a few from the other side.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
So with Chef Mickeys done we hopped on the Monorail and went over to Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel for a nosey …. wow what a hotel, it was just stunning (and very expensive, I picked up a rates leaflet and the cheapest basic room this time of the year was $500 per night!!!!! Steve was chatting to some one in a queue later in the day staying in the Grand Floridian and between the nightly room rate and their daily food bill they were averaging $1000 per day!!!) Once we finished being nosey we jumped back on the Monorail and headed off to Epcot.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Needless to say after the previous night we all decided to stick together today ;o) There were a few rides Steve wanted to go on so we checked them out for the queue times , luckily they were low so he did them first and got them out of the way – he said the best ride by far was ‘Mission Space’ – he said it was amazing. There were two options to take – either the ‘Orange Team’ or the ‘Green Team’ The green team was a less intensive ride than the Orange, he opted for the intensive Orange Team, (quoted from the Disney website) The orange Team is an intensive training session and is the original version of the attraction, where you will experience forces up to 2.4G – he said he sat in a fairly realistic spaceship with a seat that lays back and a control panel is right in front of you – each rider is given a ‘job’ – Steve was navigator. He said the ride was excellent.
Afterwards we went into ‘Innoventions’ for Lauren to get hands on – she made a paper serviette out of water & recycled paper which she enjoyed and then her & I starred in our own video game. We had to stand in front of a camera and jump & run on the spot when prompted – they then uploaded us to a computer game which was pretty cool & we were able to play.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
We then headed off to World Showcase – they have been hosting ‘The food and wine festival’ since September and today was the last day so we were able to experience different tastes of food from around the world.
World Showcase is a collective of pavillions that wrap around the World Showcase Lagoon, each country has a range of shops and restaurants and in each country due to ‘Food & Wine Festival’ they had hut selling samples of foods and drinks from that particular country. The 11 countries include:
Mexico
Norway
China
Germany
Italy
United States
Japan
Morocco
France
United Kingdom
Canada.
We must have spent about 2+ hours walking round taking in all the smells of each country and admiring the different buildings and shops. Even the staff/Cast Members were dresses in the appropriate dress code for that country.
We stopped by to sample some food from the Caribbean, Steve had Jerk Chicken and I tried some Spiced Beef with rice – both were really lovely.
Lauren got to meet and greet a lot of characters whilst in the various countries as well so her autograph book is coming along nicely.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
We finally managed to find Snow White – it was one of Lauren’s missions to get her autograph for our neighbour & friend, Catherine who wants to see it when we get back.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven. Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Steve has been saying for ages how much he wants to try Sushi so as we walked past Japan we decided to be brave and give it a try …… :-/
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Hmmmm at first I thought it was ok until I tasted the raw, slimy fish – OMG it was foul, really wished I hadn’t taken such a huge bite lol. Steve was the same. On the plate there appeared to be a dollop of avocado so took a spoon to it and shoved some in my mouth – OMFG I have never, ever eaten something so spicy and hot in my life – I could hardly breathe and my lips and tongue stung, I have no idea what it was, of course I had to get Steve to try some, so I didn’t tell him what I was experiencing, and gave him a mouthful to try ;o) needless to say he felt the same as me and he almost struggled to breathe Haha. I just wish he never had such an urge to try Sushi now *bleugh*
So by the time we were finished in World Showcase we headed off for Steve to ride one more ride whilst Lauren & I hung out looking around and some things and buying her all important Epcot Pin badge – she’s been collecting them for each park we visit to go on her lanyard.
Here are some more photos from today:
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Florida Holiday - Chef Mickey & Epcot - Day Seven.
Reading back on this five years later of course I would absolutely go to Chef Mickeys again, I really want C to experience it, and it was so much fun. It’s funny how you change your mind over the years isn’t it? Or and the ‘green’ stuff on my Sushi  plate was Wasabi!
Next up Discovery Cove.

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