Walt Disney World ICP - Day 41 - Being Spontaneous Again... - 13th July 2013

The plan for today was to visit  Hollywood Studios and keep ticking items off the bucket list, but before that I had to keep fit by going to the gym. Due to the weights section at the Chatham gym being an absolute joke I went over to Patterson. After my workout and hungry for food I was walking back to my apartment when a red car stopped in the road next to me and a girl wolf whistled - it was my friend Marly. I asked what she was doing "Just going to the dollar store. Wanna come?" and there the day started as I hopped in and rode with her to the store. It's amazing what you can get for $1 here.

I fancied lunch and Marly fancied lunch, so a 3.30PM lunch it was...at TGI Friday's. Long story short I ate a lot - chicken wings, salmon, lobster and shared a dessert. I left $46 poorer - ouch. We left at 6PM so this was a decently long lunch/dinner.

Words cannot describe the meal at TGI's. Salmon and lobster bits. Wow.
Back at my apartment, I threw out the idea of going to watch Illuminations and Wishes. 90 minutes later Marly was back to pick me up. We drove to the Polynesian Resort, hopped on the monorail to EPCOT and walked to where I'd heard was a good spot. We got an incredible spot in the UK pavilion to the right of the pub, just before the bridge. We found our spot just as the intro began to play. It was my second time seeing it and I really enjoyed it! The music is incredibly good and the whole show really gives the feeling of unity around the world - if only things were that perfect in real life.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. (C) Disney

We got the monorail back to the TTC, walked to the Poly and found Marly's friend who was off at 10.30PM so we agreed to wait for her. Meanwhile, we each bought something to eat on the beach for our fireworks viewing. The person who came up with the name for this deserves a raise - I bought a "Mickey Mousse" cupcake which was inc-red-ib-le. And Cast Member discount made it all the more sweeter.

Mickey Mousse Cupcake from the Polynesian Resort


We walked to the beach which was pretty busy though there were 2 free sun-loungers which people hadn't sat in because they were wet. Marly being the smart lady she is got a towel wiped them down and we sat down just as the fireworks started. An incredible view and an incredible time.


This gives you some idea of what I could see. Not my photo.  Photo: Kristin Ford
After the fireworks we moved to a swinging bench seat for a change as we waited for her friend and chatted whilst passively watching Wreck It Ralph which was being projected on the beach. We drove back home after a successful day! It wasn't quite what I had originally planned but it turned out to be much, much more fun!

Who knew that a simple visit to the gym could end up with me sitting on the beach watching Wishes a few hours later? Only at Disney.

Next post: Walt Disney World ICP - Day 42 - Hollywood Studios and Hotels - 14Th July 2013
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About Giovanni Costa

Radio journalist, newspaper editor, travel writier, tour guide and Disney Cast Member. These are just some of the things Gio has done in the past few years. He loves visiting new destintions, trying new food and wants you to come along for the ride!
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