Tuesday, February 9, 2010

WDW Trip Report - Day 3

Friday - Part 1 - Brazil must be empty today

We decided to try something different for breakfast. We got our beverages then found a nice booth. While Jill made her tea I got my breakfast then she went and got hers. That gives us both enough time to eat and I can finish my coffee before we hit the bus.

We got right on a mostly empty bus which we figured was a good sign. Our hopes were smashed when were greeted by flags and chanting Brazilians. We decided to book it and get a fast pass for Test Track before they got there. No dice. There were a crap load of them at the fast pass machines. We one anyway and headed to the world showcase.

World showcase wasn't open yet so we hung out and enjoyed the quiet. After the rope dropped we shoved our way in front of all the old people and hit up the greatest attraction over there. Maelstrom blew our minds of course and we headed over to Test Track, having forgotten all about tour groups.

About sixty of them hopped into the fast track line which turned it into a fifteen minute wait. It was still better than waiting in the standby line. Great ride. It was just about lunch time so we headed over to the aquatic side of the park which wasn't very popular among the Brazilians. We walked onto Nemo and had a chance to check out the manatees before we ate lunch. We had no idea that the manatees were enjoying a much better lunch than we had in store for us.

Friday - Part 2 - Shit Reef

After waiting about a half hour for our table we got a nice table next to the aquarium. The menu looks mostly appetizing but for some reason I didn't have high hopes. I find it's best to be pessimistic going into a situation so any disappointment doesn't have much of an impact.

We skipped appetizers because we're not fat and went straight into the entree. Jill ordered the Caesar salad and I went for the ever popular New York Strip. I was going to order seafood but the waitress said the NY strip was the most popular menu item which in normal restaurant circles would mean it's the best thing on the menu.

If it was the best thing on the menu I can only imagine what the rest of the menu tastes like. The steak lacked flavor and was easily on par with the steaks at Applebee's. I can chow through just about anything without complaining but not when I'm spending the same money that will buy me one heck of a nice steak back in Nebraska. We would later discover that our rocket scientist waitress punched it in as medium well instead of medium. Idiot. Thankfully the atmosphere made for a pleasant dining experience.

Or so we thought. One of the problems with eating at a place like this is that everybody's kids want to look at the damned aquarium. To do so they need to stand at our table. I did my best to ignore them but one of those little booger eaters decided to use Jill's chair to climb up on the ledge in front of the aquarium. As soon as he started kicking her I yelled at him. After that the kids kept their distance. Lunch was already ruined by the crappy food and our moron of a server. Thankfully the creme brulee was acceptable. I tipped 18% which is lower than we pretty much always tip but I wasn't about to pay her for a job well done. I farted as we left. I felt vindicated as well as relieved.

The tour groups had finally spread out so they could ruin the entire park at the same time so we left the park.

Friday - Part 3 - Hollyweird Studios

Hollywood Studios was pretty crowded too but it wasn't as bad as Epcot. We wandered around and checked out the new stuff. We decided to hit up Rock N Rollercoaster and since it was so good we rode it again. That's all we did there and decided to finish up at Epcot. Crowds be damned.

Friday - Part 4 - Epcot-tacular

We hopped onto Spaceship Earth which is easily our favorite Epcot attraction. Sure Test Track and Maelstrom are the bomb but Spaceship Earth is where it's at. Everybody always asks if we go on Soarin' but I've been riding it for the past 9 years since it's been at Disney's California Adventure since it opened in 2001. It's a great ride but it's just not worth wasting a fast pass or waiting in a long line for it since we can usually walk on when we visit California.

I dragged Jill back to the world showcase because we had never been into the Mexico building. It was pretty swell in there. We went on the Three Cabaleros (sp?) boat ride and had a blast. I love rides.

We made Mission Space our last stop. I figured if it was going to make me sick this would be the time to do it. I picked the pussy side since Jill wanted to know if she could handle it. I'd try the manly side another day. There were plenty of warnings all over the place to scare you out of going but Lt. Dan doesn't scare me. I have no idea what kind of person would get sick on this ride. Piece of cake.

We headed out of the park and there were a butt load of people waiting for the bus. Eventually two buses showed up to take us back to our resort. I'll assume that somebody held something up.

As you can see, day three was a real pant load. Stay tuned for day four.


  1. Seriously, your blogs kill me.

    Sorry Coral Reef actually met your low expectations. haha. It's a gorgeous restaurant (albeit loud with children). We've had mediocre to great service there. Never horrible. And we're had good to great food there... never horrible. The Unoffical Guide rated it pretty low for 2010 which I was shocked about but after hearing about your guys' experience there I can kind of see why.

    Glad to see someone else loving Maelstrom as much as us. You're totally missing out if you'd never been on the old El Rio Del Tiempo... before The Three Cabellaros (sp) came in and took over. Now it's what my mom would call "cartoon carnival." The ride premis is the same but the execution is crap. I do love the shiny faux balloons at the end though.

  2. I loved the family that rode with us. The Dad video taped the whole thing and was so excited. It was funny.

  3. Jill liked the balloons as well. Something tells me Coral Reef is trying to ride on its own reputation rather than backing it up.

    I'm a total food snob though so I'm not surprised that a Disney restaurant let me down. Marrakesh was really good though so I'll be sure to continue dining there. I think a lot of it had to do with the incredible staff and quick service. A lot of people don't realize how much non-food related things can affect a meal. That being said my steak was abysmal.