Our second and final day at EPCOT for this trip was to begin with a Fast Pass for Soarin'. Rod and I decided to sleep in a little, and met the kids at Akershus in Norway for a breakfast with the princesses. This is truly a good breakfast, served mostly family style. Bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and a breakfast potato dish are served at the table. On the buffet there is fresh fruit, sliced meats, cheeses, yogurt, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, and chocolate croissants. Our server advised us to try the "brown" cheese. We did, and it was delicious - yes it was a brown goat cheese. We had a photo take with Belle, and were visited at the table by Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White and Ariel.
We had a late dinner at Kona, where they have the best steaks. It is one of our favorite restaurants, and we eat here every visit. We had planned a cruise to view Wishes, the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom. Our boat was to leave at 8:30 to view Wishes at 9:00. But Disney decided to keep the Magic Kingdom open later, so instead we left at 9:00 to view Wishes at 10:00. If you are a Disney visitor and have never done a cruise, I heartily encourage you to try one. Although they are a relaxing way to see the fireworks without crowds, they are also very informative. Our captain took us on a tour of the lake, and showed us a secret island where Disney had originally planned an "animal kingdom". He showed us the location of Disney's first water park, now defunct.
My notes on today - the crowds were unbelievable to say that we had chosen a week that was supposedly "less crowded". There was more pushing, fewer kind words, and the day was certainly more stressful for me. One good thing is that there is now a Starbucks in EPCOT, and it was like an oasis in the dessert.
Next - Magic Kingdom and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.