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Dinner at the California Grill

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We had something of a mobile blogging technology fail yesterday, which prevented me from sending photos live from my phone. However, I was able to continue taking photos with my regular old camera, so I’ll share those now in one splendid post.


We did a bunch of rides and attractions at a leisurely pace after lunch, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion (previously pictured), Mickey’s Philharmagic, Snow White, Winnie The Pooh and Peter Pan’s Flight. Here’s Peter, looking rather scary – I hate when they do that to his eyebrows. I much prefer him to look like a normal, friendly boy.


The flag in Magic Kingdom’s town square was at half-mast yesterday. I am wondering if this was for Steve Jobs, as a nod to his contribution to Pixar? As we passed through, they were preparing to have the flag ceremony, so we stopped. The Main Street Philharmonic played “America The Beautiful” and “The Star Spangled Banner”. We heard the voices of two or three little kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and then more voices singing “God Bless America” as the flag was run the rest of the way up the pole and then run down again.


After the flag ceremony was over, we left the park and walked down the “Mickey brick” path to the Contemporary Resort. As we passed by the monorail entrance on the park side, one monorail was leaving as another was entering, and it looked like they were racing. NOTE: I believe the blue one just left and is going to the park, while the red one is just pulling in for a stop inside the Contemporary, before proceeding to the Ticket and Transportation Center.


We were taken up to the California Grill on the 14th floor pretty much right away. We sat at the bar for a while visiting with our favorite bartender, Ray from New Jersey. A drink he invented that we’ve been enjoying for years is now on the official menu – it’s called “the Ray-Ray” and I highly recommend it! So the adults had Ray-Rays and talked with him about salt water fishing and conservation and such matters, and the girls had virgin pina coladas. Very soon, our buzzer went off and we were called to our table.


I thought this was funny – along with the bread, our server Gary (from Hawaii!) gave us a little dish of Goldfish crackers, “the snack that smiles back”. I love Goldfish but lately I have been avoiding such things with a vengeance. Still, a few couldn’t hurt, right? I snuck some, and I am hoping that if no one sees, that means there are no calories 😉


I decided to choose the vegetarian options for dinner, selecting the apple salad and the hand-made pasta with mushrooms. Both options were fabulous. The kids ordered the bison and they let me taste it. I was surprised that it was not gamey, and pretty much tasted like cow beef only without the fat.


As dinner progressed, the Florida sky decided to rock a brilliant sunset. A half hour before this, I was wishing I hadn’t taken this particular seat because I needed sunglasses. Now, I was in heaven.


Nieceling is celebrating her 15th birthday. Where has the time gone? While the kids were in the ladies room, changing into their Halloween costumes, our waiter brought out some birthday cake. I had a bite of this too – the fudgey layers are divine. Order the chocolate cake if you can’t decide what you want for dessert – you can’t go wrong with it!


Now it’s time to say goodbye… while the rest of the family went off to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I took the monorail back to the TTC and came back to the hotel, where I fixed my phone issues (I hope!) and turned in early to prepare for logging some work time this morning. I’m checking out later on after I get my shower.

But I’ll be back for a few days in December.

See ya real soon!

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Fun facts about Monorail Red

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The original Walt Disney World Monorail Red went into service in 1971 and was decommissioned after more than 20 years of service. The nose end of it was auctioned off as part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration in honor of Walt Disney’s 100th birthday. This successor was captured passing the Imagination Institute in EPCOT in early March 2010.

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Here comes the monorail!

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IMG_1174-WDW-EPCOT-monorail-flowers🙂 I’m a total geek when it comes to trying to take photos of the monorail at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. The tracks dip enticingly into the park before taking passengers on their merry way, and there are various places to stand around and wait for it to go by so you can get the perfect shot. And I do! Stand around, I mean. I’ve get to get the perfect shot 😉 Here’s one from last year’s Flower and Garden Festival. That’s the Test Track building behind the monorail, and the butterfly tent to the left. Can you see the “hidden” Mickey? I’ll give you a hint – this is Ruby Tuesday, when we post things that are RED. See it now? Good! Can’t wait to get there – 3 more sleeps!

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Sky travel at EPCOT

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You can get into EPCOT without ever having to set foot in the park. All you have to do is hop aboard the Walt Disney World monorail. It dips into the park before pulling into the station outside the gates.

Depending upon where you are in the park at the time, it is possible that the monorail train will go softly whooshing right over your head – photo op!

I was standing in a rose garden at the time these shots were taken. WHOOSH!

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