Our second day was spent at Epcot. We were really lucky to be able to walk on just about all of the rides without a long wait. Our longest ride was for the Maelstrom in Norway. Lila loved the boat ride in Mexico for some unexplicable reason and wanted to ride it first thing. We did not spend much time at all in the country section, I felt like the girls were a little too young to enjoy most of that. But, we rode my favorite Epcot Ride- Figment's Journey into Imagination. They have redone it and, honestly, I didn't like it as well, but the girls enjoyed it. The first character we ran into was Rafiki, but the girls were not interested in giving him a hug. Lila responded with a polite "no, thank you'. But, Mimi went for it!
Lila and I went in to see "Captian EO" starring none other than a 20-something Michael Jackson as a spaceship pilot with a crew of dim-witted aliens who bring the gift of music, dancing, and beauty to a dark and trashy planet. It was the first 3D film at Disney, I think. I remember seeing it as a kid. It's not as great as I remembered, but Lila thought it was fun. She turned and asked me during the movie, "Is that a man or a woman?" (referring to Michael, of course)
Does the guy Maggie is holding look familiar? That would be Daddy. He decided not to come with us, but I wanted to bring him anyway, so I felted a Daddy doll and brought him along. He rode strapped to our backpack, so he could see where we had been. =)
My favorite meal we had all week was at The Garden Grill in "The Land". It was a character meal with Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale. The girls' Opa has shared Chip and Dale cartoons with them, so they have a special affection for them. Mickey, as you can see, was dressed as a farmer and looked eerily like Daddy Doll. ha ha. The food was delicious, but the reason it was my favorite was because it was the quietest, most relaxed, and calm character meal we had. The restaurant revolved very slowly so you got a view of parts of the boat ride in The Land, which was neat, too. Maggie bragged for a month or so before our trip that she was going to give Pluto a kiss, but when push came to shove, she was a bit leery. Each of the characters came around a couple times to our table and gave high fives, hugs, and kisses. By the end, the girls were into it. It was a fun night.