We planned our trip so that we didn’t have to fly home right after the cruise – which ended up working out great, because we had a little more fun to look forward to on debarkation day. The whole debarkation process was very quick and smooth – we caught a bus back to our resort (Animal Kingdom Lodge) and were checked in by 9:30 or so. We didn’t have park tickets for the day – so we wandered around Downtown Disney in the afternoon. We had early reservations at Hoop-dee-doo Musical Revue!
We like to try out as many things as possible on property – always trying new restaurants, parties, shows, etc. I had only been to the Revue once back when I was a child and Derek had never been – so we figured it was time to head over to Fort Wilderness for some hootin’ and hollerin’. If you’ve never been – the Revue includes a family-style meal of cornbread (so yummy), fried chicken, ribs, beans, corn, and strawberry shortcake plus all-you-can drink of wines (white, red, rose), Sangria, and sodas. The food was all really well done – it’s simple food, but very tasty.
The cornbread was so good – that I had to include a picture :).
The strawberry shortcake was also quite memorable and we finished way too much of our skillet. The show itself involves six performers (three couples) on stage performing various skits and songs. It was a fun show with a lot of audience involvement.
Later that night, we met up with our friends Beth and Noel again – for drinks at the Top of the World Lounge. Beth had a surprise for me – a Dumbo! We are all doing the Dumbo Double Dare over Labor Day in Disneyland – and I had fallen in love with the adorable stuffed Dumbo the last time we were together in WDW. So great of her – and here is a pic of Dumbo meeting the Chippies:
It seemed like they had lots to talk about and they always seemed to be plotting something…
The next day, Derek and I headed to Epcot to enjoy the Flower & Garden Festival – and to check out the food kiosks that they added to the Festival. First – a walk through the butterfly garden:
Then enjoying the flowers in Future World:
Because we really had no plans for this day, we were taking it very easy. So we decided to go see the American Adventure and arrived in time to see the entire Voices of Liberty show. I have to admit – this group is very popular – but I had never had that great an appreciation for them. To be fair, we had never caught a full show and always ended up milling about the room, not in the rotunda area itself. This time, we were sitting on the benches just inside the rotunda – and I think it made a huge difference. Their combined voices sounded wonderful and we both really enjoyed the show.
Finally – a few pics of the view from our room! We love the Animal Kingdom Lodge and, even though we booked a Value room, we lucked out and got a Savannah View. We sat and ate dinner on our balcony, enjoying the view of the savannah – lots of activity out there.
Just to prove that Dumbo has not been a good influence on the Chippies – Derek snapped this picture of the three of them – apparently having emptied a bottle of wine: