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Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:38 pm

I finally returned to Virginia last Sunday (October 13) after more than two weeks in California helping out my parents and a long weekend in Orlando for eating and drinking myself blind for Robb and Elissa's Tenth Anniversary at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and spending a day at Universal checking out new stuff I'd had yet to, well, check out (new Spider-man, Transformers, and Springfield).

What can I say about Epcot's Food and Wine Festival that hasn't been said before, such as "yum," "o-o-o-o-o-h yeah," and "belch." This is my favorite theme-park event, and while Busch Gardens Williamsburg did well with their first crack at a similar festival (they really studied Epcot's closely), no one holds a candle (or a ladle) to Disney. The rib-eye tacos at the Mexico stand were excellent, and the filet Mignon with wild mushrooms in a truffle butter is not to be missed in Canada (along with the cheese soup, of course)--and be sure to try the alcoholic Dole Whip if you're of age, of course.

But what gave this year's fest an extra kick was a dessert buffet celebrating Robb and Elissa's Tenth Anniversary during Illuminations. They arranged for a private viewing area in France for the big show, along with a table of excellent pastries (loved the pistachio cannolis), and hot pot of fondue, and ice cream made with liquid nitrogen (yeah, that was some good stuff). Yes, great food and stuff blowing up--an anniversary the TPR way! Thanks for inviting me, Robb and Elissa. That was a great way to end a great day!
The Giant Ball beckons, and we must obey.
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Time for "Tron Track." This was my first ride on it since the big redo, and I liked it--a very good re-freshening of an already great ride.
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"Meet George Jetson . . ."
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Well, this should be interesting.
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Yes, I'm sure that the CAR OF TOMORROW is being developed here right now.
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And so it is! Behold the "Disco Batmobile"! The coolest car Batman will never drive.
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Let's take this beast out for a little spin. I really liked the new RFID cards Disney is using now--just tap it on the logo, and your design is loaded onto the system.
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"Welcome to the Game Grid, program!"
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Whew! Glad my car handles reasonably well--else we'd all be "digitized" now.
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My god! We've entered the Time Tunnel.
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And we were, indeed, sent back in time to the original Test Track. Still the best attraction at Epcot.
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Well, how did the Disco Batmobile fare?
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Hmm--not bad. I guess.
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We had Fast Passes for later, so I designed a new car in the Chevy "showroom." Behold "Blue Road Rage"!
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What? They now have good coffee at Epcot? Declining by degrees!
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Next up, Mission: Sinise. I look forward to the future with hope, unbridled optimism, and . . .
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. . . oh, crap, we are so gonna die!
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"Hell, may as well write this one off as a failure before it starts. Why don't you guys just move on to the gift shop?"
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Time for more car designing. I wonder if Dan used flames?
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Blue Road Rage did a little better than Disco Batmobile.
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For what we are about to receive . . .
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. . . may the lord make us truly thankful.
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Amen for a rib-eye taco! (This was messy, but delicious.)
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This is the bleu cheese cheese souffle that replaced the fondue this year. While I agree that it's nice to test and try new things, please bring back the fondue. (Fondue was on the dessert buffet later that night, and it was great.)
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We decided to take a break from walking and eating to do some sitting and eating in Italy's wine bar.
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I had a glass of chianti and a cannoli--yum! More to come.
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Last edited by cfc on Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:31 am.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:46 pm

The food looks awesome.
The group looks.... typical TPR. ;)


Re: Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:54 pm


sorry about that. Great photos!

Re: Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:03 pm

More ridin' and eatin' at Epcot.
This is the famous alcoholic Orange Dole Whip. Well, the ice cream isn't actually an "alcoholic"--it just contains alcohol in the form of Creme de Cacao White. It's delicious and has a a nice kick.
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"OK, I realize that this will be the highlight of the day for some of you. That is, for you who have never ridden . . .
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. . . Ellen's Lesbian Adventure!
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This ride spends about 45 minutes telling you how adorable, yet dumb, Ellen is. It would've been better if it were "Jaime Lee Curtis's Still Sexy After All these Years Adventure."
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"I say, Cedric. Are there actual 'people' in those ride vehicles?"
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"Looks that way, old bean. We best put on a show for them. Grr! Grr, I say! Kill Ellen! Growl!"
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Betcha can't guess what we're going to ride now! Go on! Try!
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I've been visiting Epcot for years, and this guy still hasn't finished this statue.
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This guy has been "nearly finished" with this painting for how long now?
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"Hi folks! I'm just here to remind you that the spectre of death hovers over you constantly. Have a magical day!"
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Lieutenant Uhura is still the sexiest animatronic at Epcot.
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We were all deeply moved by the Spaceship Earth experience, and were ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.
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OK, when did Club Cool become Johnny Rocket's?
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"Those are Brazilians, dear. Just keep walking away and don't make eye contact."
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I'm shocked that there's no wait for this classic attraction.
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"Yay! We are so ready to live with the land! Crank up the Reba McEntire and get us some Budweiser and guns! "
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Ever wonder where peanut butter came from? Now you know. (I thought it came from the bowels of demons, but I was mistaken.)
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Living with the Land has a Portal to Hell.
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Satan's minions await you there.
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"Oh boy! I'm a'gonna get me one of them nine-pound lemons, by golly!"
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How to make something bad even worse.
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You can't hide from me Spaceship Earth! More to come.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:13 pm

Just when my day was getting dull - a Chuck TR comes along! :b

Re: Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:18 pm

More ridin' and eatin' and explodin' at Epcot.
Well, at least it's better than Superstar Limo.
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Robin Williams looks nothing like Fred McMurray. I call shenanaghins!
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So, this was the best anyone's imagination could come up with?
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"One little spark can start
A conflagration!
That could lead to
Your immolation!
This might result in
Some litigation!
Unless they use
Some mediation!"
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"Rise, C'thuhlu! I bid ye rise!"
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They were sort of daring people to try the vegetarian haggis. It tastes like stuffing.
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Darkness descends on Epcot, which means . . .
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. . . Robb & Elissa's Tenth-Anniversary Dessert Buffet!
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Three Eric(k)s huddled around a radioactive cube for warmth.
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"Life! Life, do you hear me? Give my ice cream l-i-i-i-i-i-f-e!"
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Hmm--I think something is about to happen.
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Looks like I'm correct.
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Dessert buffet.
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More explosions!
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And then the Earth will be torn asunder . . .
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. . . and C'thuhlu will rise!
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It is as the prophet Eric Idle has foreseen!
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Well, that was certainly a full (and filling) day.
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Good night, Epcot--and thanks again, Robb and Elissa!
Next up will be Universal, with a guest appearance by Fun Spot America--after I sort through the photos, of course.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:56 pm

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oh - my - gawd.
i love it.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:14 pm

Nearly a year gone since my Orlando visit - how time flies. Thanks for the TR.

Trying to mail the Worls Showcase video to my mail did not work at the time. Luckily I filmed it with my photo camera off the screen... ;)

Re: Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:36 am

I was pretty surprised at how much kick the alcohol-infused Dole Whip had--very tasty, as well. Something else I always like to sample at Food and Wine is the "smoked wheat beer" over in Germany.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck's Epic Orlando Weekend

Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:20 am

I need to go to the Food and Wine Festival one of these years. It always looks like a lot of fun and the food looks so yummy. I like your Disco Batmobile design. Also, Happy 10th Anniversary to Robb and Elissa.
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