We are home, safe and sound. I'm at work, caught up on my e-mail messages. A very small upside to hosed up IT merging with our new parent company is that people aren't communicating with e-mail like they usually do, so it didn't take me long to go through it. :-b
Saturday, we RD's Epcot ... almost. Morgan decided she'd rather stay at the townhouse and Patrick stayed with her. MIL, Chelsea, and Sydney started off to Epcot, but I realized I forgot my phone as soon as I got onto 192, so I turned around and got it. We were just entering the line for bag check when RD actually happened about 8:45. We were through bag check and the turnstiles right at 9:00.
PSA: If you son invites you to go on an active vacation with his family and you accept, please take appropriate measures to not be a complete bear by the end of the trip. If you have Type II Diabetes, this means don't take a vacation from eating sensibily. Your DIL will probably be thinking not so nice things about you when you are biting the heads off of her children repeatedly after watching you eat almost exclusively carbs, including bags of taffy, gummy bears, and circus peanuts for 10 days.
C & I dropped off S & MIL at Character Spot, as Sydney wanted to see all the characters again and wasn't tall enough for Sum of All Thrills. C wanted to do SoaT. I gave MIL instructions to give the PhotoPass card I gave her to the photographers and meet us at Club Cool afterwards. C and I got FPs for Soarin' (pulled at 9:09 for 10:25-11:25), then went to SoaT. There was no line at all, we just had to wait for the group ahead of us to finish their training segment. The design time was far too short for Chelsea, but the computer finished and fixed the ride at the end for her. She chose a Bobsled. She remarked during the training (where they talk about what engineers do, I am an engineer) that I don't do anything cool like they were describing. Nope, no I don't, I make tools that low level electronics manufacturers and physicists use to improve and test semi-conductors, which someone farther down the line does something cool with. I can do cool stuff, it just isn't my current lot. I've been wanting to get into Android development, maybe I'll actually do it. Anyway, she liked the ride very much. I handed her the cards this morning with the website address, so I'm guessing she is playing with that now.
It was about 9:30 when we walked over to Club Cool to meet up with S & MIL. I found out then that Club Cool doesn't open until 11:00. S & MIL were nowhere to be found. #PanicAttackStart So, C and I started doing a fast walk of the surrounding areas, sped-walked through Innovations West, went back to Club Cool, sped-walked the fountain area, and found them coming out of a gift-shop, with yet more candy. #PanicAttackOver I would find out 36 hours later, that either MIL did NOT hand the PhotoPass card to the photographers as she said she did, or the photogs screwed up somehow, as there were no pics on the PhotoPass site. I checked this morning, and the pics are there! I didn't get an e-mail, so maybe it took extra long to upload the pics? Ok, hopefully I'll be able to ditch some lingering annoyance. I didn't mention, but MIL only let Sydney see Minnie and Pluto because we'd met Mickey, Goofy, and Donald at TH. S didn't seem upset, but she wanted to see them all again.
More PhotoPass screen shots. I was concerned I wouldn't be able to do any pic editing ... or downloading ... with as poorly as the site was working at the townhouse. It turns out the internet connection there was just reeeeeallllly slow, it's been responding acceptably from both my home network and here when I just checked for those Character Connection pics.
We rode MS:Orange standby, then, the wait was just a bit longer than walk-on. We did the Seas, rode Nemo, looked at aquariums, did Turtle Talk, looked at aquariums and took pics in the Bruce the Shark room. Went to Soarin', used the FPs. Went to Club Cool again, S had only tried one soda the first time and really wanted to try more, so she did. Went to WS about 12:00, starting at Canada. Just did the KidCot station, moved onto UK. Got some long awaited fish and chips from Yorkshire, yummy! Kids did the KidCot, moved onto France. I will mention it was overcast and rain spitting occassionally, it wasn't all that hot this day.
We did the KidCot station, had a chocolate croissant and chocolate mousse from Le Patisserie while we watched Serveur Amuseant. I noticed kids walking around doing Agent P missions, so I went in search of the starting station. These were NOT marked on the park map, probably because they are still in soft opening. Finally found someone that knew, left MIL to rest by the fountain, took the girls to get their phone, returned. MIL bit Chelsea's head off a few times because C was working on the mission. I was listening in as well as I could being 1.5 feet taller than the girls, they were doing what they were supposed to do. I was about ready to drop kick extra-crabby MIL into the Seven Seas Lagoon. They finished their mission. We watched Impressions de France, I was hoping a sit down in the AC would help MILs mood. I think it did for a bit for a short while, but she was just a bear throughout the rest of the day. Chelsea really wanted to finish her Duffy passport, I wanted to finish Morgan's for her, so we went through the countries about as fast as we could walk. We spent a little time in the Japan gift shop because they had a HUGE selection of Hello Kitty things and Morgan is an uber-fan. I knew we didn't have room for much else, and I didn't want to spend much more money, but C found a plastic Hello Kitty stamper ring, so we got that. We kept going, picky C found food she wanted at the USA (funnel cake), so we had that. The 3:45 American Adventure show was starting in a couple minutes, I went for the sit down in the AC plan again. Unfortunately, it didn't have the desired effect. Kept going, spent a while in Germany waiting for the passport stamp (only Kidcot line of the trip), were walking out of the Epcot turnstiles before 5:00. Got back to the townhouse. Morgan and Patrick had been swimming a couple times, I took all three swimming. Fished them out of the pool, did some packing, ate dinner, did some more packing, went to bed.