This morning we slept in a bit- around 9 or so, knowing we needed to leave at 10am to get to Epcot by 11. While the main park opens at 9am, World Showcase (the 12 countries) opened at 11- and that was all that we were interested in.
We wandered through the first 9 countries before lunch time at 1:30 - Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, South Africa, USA, Japan and Morocco. Each country featured authentic architecture, imported merchandise and workers that are from that country (which threw the kids for a lop because some had such strong accents you couldn’t even understand them). Piper still had a little spending money left so she bought a parasol in China that Mulan helped her pick out- and then her name was written in Chinese on it. She was thrilled.
At 1:30 we headed over to Norway again for our lunch reservations at Akershus restaurant, which is a Viking-esque family dining place with a storybook theme (all the Princesses come and visit). Piper was so excited to meet the last of the Princesses she hadn’t met on the cruise. Aidan was totally dis-interested until Ariel showed up and he couldn’t stop talking to her and actually wanted a picture with her. It was pretty funny.
After lunch we headed over to the remaining 3 countries in the Showcase- Canada, the UK and France. Aidan got a kick out of watching Off Kilter (a Canadian Celtic rock band) because they were in kilts. I had my final drink (I previously had wine in Italy and a margarita in Mexico) in the France pavilion; a Grey Goose lemon frozen drink that was to die for.
We headed out around 3:45 to go back to the resort for one last swim in the pool. I decided to give the kids a rest in the AC of our room first though (it was upper 90’s today) and I packed in record time. We got everything into 3 suitcases and have 3 carry on items as well, but not too bad considering everything that was purchased (including 4 stuffed animals) during our trip. After packing it was about 5, and we headed to the pool and I had my last yummy pina colava (a pina colada with raspberry liquor added). We decided to use up our last dining credits (all snack credits) on random items for dinner tonight and 9 Mickey rice crispy treats to take home to share with people.
It’s only 7pm here, but both kids are bathed and eating dinner and will head to bed within the hour. We have a 4am wake up call tomorrow! We need to be out our door by 4:50, at the resort airline check in desk at 5 (they will take our luggage, collect my baggage fees, and give us our boarding passes here at the resort to help make everything easier). Then we are on our last Disney bus ride headed to the airport by 5:45. Hopefully everything in the morning goes smoothly! Our flight is at 8:30, and hopefully there aren’t crazy lines in security so we can grab something to eat before we board.
I go back on forth on how I feel about coming home…the parks are so intense and so much walking is involved so I’m glad that will be over. Once again I will say how amazing the cruise was and how much the kids and I can’t wait to be back on board in February. The temperature shock will be huge- the lows haven’t gone below 76 the entire 2 weeks, and the highs have been in the low to upper 90’s the whole time as well (1 day it was 99!!). I haven’t checked but from what I am hearing Seattle hasn’t exactly been screaming summer.
Well that's the end of our trip! As much as I complained about being a little homesick and how much work it was in the end doing it alone, it was so amazing!