My Disney Journey

This blog was a journey of my application to Walt Disney World's Cultural Representative Program, from sorting out my CV through all the interviews to a year of having a mouse for a boss! Now, watch as I try to get back to my second home.

Now for the hard part… April 30, 2011

This post will go through the service training week. They say it’s a series of the three different types of shifts you could work – an AM, a Mid and a PM. However, due to classroom sessions around your AM and PM, it feels like you work three Mids in a row. And it’s hard work.

Sunday 24th – AM Shift

So today was a very very early start to a busy, tiring week. I was on my way to work at around 7:30am, to have a class before we actually started on the floor serving. It’s really quite strange to be at work before even the managers are! Anyway, Kim was our trainer for the class, and she gave us lots of information about how the week would go, service standards, allergies and all sorts. Chef Tony even came out to talk to us, and both Phil and I had to spiel the menu to him. They went pretty well, but my spiels still need a bit of work.

Once I actually got on the floor, things went well there too. It was quiet (I know, having assigned, what the restaurant looks like when it’s quiet) and I was in Dart room being trained by Kim (Phil had Ray), so it was a nice easy way to get me going. There’s stuff that I still need to work on, but I can be overly critical of myself at times, and it was all stuff that will improve with time.

I finished work at around 4:30, and came home and did a load of washing, then Terri and I decided to re-arrange our room. The rest of the evening was spent with Anna, Jane and Shirley coming over for chinese, films and much girly chatter! πŸ˜€ It was exactly what I needed to take my mind off the stress of training.

Monday 25th – Mid Shift

We didn’t have a class, as such, today. We just started off our day tasting all the wines, trying to learn all the flavours of them. And then we started on the floor. I was trained by Becky today, doing the am in section 307, and the pm in Love. During our break we tasted and spieled all the appetisers. I had to deal with an 11 and an 8 top in the pm. I still haven’t had a table with an allergy, or been double sat… I don’t feel like I’ve been pushed as far as I could be. I did get a shoutout table, but didn’t actually manage to give them a shoutout, as their desserts went out during the fireworks. All in all, another good day, but I still feel like I could be pushed further.

Tuesday 26th – PM Shift

So, much as I was working a PM Shift on the floor today, I was still at work at about the same time as the AMs. This was for another classroom session with Kim, over in the training trailer. We basically went through bar stuff and generally made sure everything was going well and addressing any concerns Phil and I had. Then we headed back to the Rose & Crown to taste and spiel the desserts and practice opening bottles of wine. Then onto the floor!

I spent my shift in section 508 with Lady Sarah. Everyone says 508 is a nasty section, but I was doing alright for the most part. I got double sat, which was fine, and one of them was an allergy (finally!). Everything was going really well until the assigner (who was also in training) accidentally sat me again, making it a triple seat! (I didn’t have drinks out on either of the first two tables yet, although I had taken the drinks orders). This threw me totally off and it took me a while to get back on track, Lady Sarah even had to step in. I eventually did get back on top, and everything went perfectly!

It was also extra magic hours tonight, so I got sat one more table after fireworks (being KD – Kitchen Duty, meant that Phil and I had to stay on). This table decided that they were happy and wanted to spend quite some time over dinner. So they were the very last table to leave the restaurant, at 11:20pm. We’d already had the kitchen checked by management and were all ready to go home apart from bussing and sweeping that last table! So, after banking out, I finally left at 11:40pm. Yuk.

Wednesday 27th

Today was a lovely day off work. I slept in, which I really really needed. Terri and I went to Panera bread for some brunch, and then I met up with Teddy to go out to some random shops he knew of. He wanted to buy some new shorts, and I just fancied getting out and about. I did end up buying some shampoo though! Then we came home, Teddy went off to meet some other friends, and I came home so I could look at my wine and scotch flavours. Terri was a pm, so she didn’t get home until quite late.

Thursday 28th – Test Day
So yet again I was working an AM shift, but had to be at work a lot earlier for classroom business. So off to the training hut with Becky, where she ran through a few last bits and pieces before Phil and I sat down for our written test. This was basically a test of our knowledge to make sure we were confident with everything before hitting the floor. Both of us passed, I even got 199/200! (Go me! Grrr at that one scotch flavour) Then it was time for our shift, including our practical tests.

My shift seemed to be going alright. Not too great, but not too bad either. Then my test table got sat… I started off alright, my greeting and my spiel were fine, and then I got told the chefs weren’t around (the test table always has an “allergy”) and my nerves just went to pot. Everything fell apart, and the rest of the shift just went horribly, really. Needless to say, I failed, as did Phil. However, we do both have a 2nd chance (but no more than that).

I pretty much fell apart, and Terri had to come upstairs to find me and calm me down. Eventually, I was feeling a little more normal, and Terri took me home to change and get some dinner. We decided upon O’hanas, at the Polynesian, invited a few people along, and went there with Shirley. O’hanas was very very yummy, and I had a really good night, which was exactly the detox I needed after the mental blow of the morning.

Terri and I each had a cocktail with a glow-cube in, which was awesome. But what was even more awesome was the magic we made for a small child! This little boy came over to our table, leading Grandma by the hand. He came up and pointed at our drinks saying “Blue! Blue!”. She apologised to us, saying that he just wanted to show her the glowing drinks. We thought this was so cute, that we asked our waiter if we could buy a glow-cube for the small boy (we saw which table they went back to). The whole family came over to us afterwards and thanked us on three separate occasions! It was truly magical.

After eating, the three of us went down to the beach, having bought another round of very yummy drinks, to watch wishes. Wishes was amazing, as usual, and I made the obvious wish… that I would pass my service test. Once wishes was over, we were just hanging out on the beach, and Shirley decided to make a sand angel! It was so funny! This then prompted various things being written and drawn in the sand including “I <3 Jon" (with a heart, not those symbols), Our names, and then I wrote "I will pass". Motivation is the key after all! We eventually ran out of steam (and were taking up a lot of space with our writing), so decided it was about time we headed home. Especially as we were planning on getting up uber early to watch the royal wedding on tv!

Friday 29th – Wedding Day

I was actually off today, but still ended up going into work. So Terri and I set our alarms early so that we could wake up and watch Kate and William get married on tv. We’d moved our tv into the bedroom so that we didn’t really have to move. Once the ceremony was over, we were out the door and on our way to epcot (at 7:30am) for a big UK photo in commemoration of the wedding. This was fine for some people, who were working AM shifts (like Terri), but thankfully I wasn’t the only crazy person who’d come into work stupidly early on my day off.

We did have some time to kill between taking the photo and the AMs starting work, so a massive group of us (about 21 people) went off to future world to go on Soarin and Test Track! Then it was all back to the UK pavilion for a back stage street party with free shepherds pie and slices of cake. By then, our group had shrunk a little bit, but there were still a few of us, people who were off or had PM shifts later on, so we carried on round world showcase.

We went into France, had a browse, and went and saw their little show, “Illuminations of France”. Then we carried on round, some people stopped off for photos with characters, until we eventually got to Italy, where we decided lunch was in order. Managed to get a walk-in table for 9 people at Via Napoli, which was good fun, and also good luck. Lunch was very yummy, and afterwards we kept on round to Mexico. We had a couple of people with us who’d never been inside Mexico before!

After Mexico, the people with PM shifts went off to work, a couple of people went home, and some others off to Mission Space. None of these options really inspired me, so I went off on my own for a bit. I had a lovely chat with the lady selling Hawaiian Lei Flowers for Flower and Garden, then walked up to Mousegear and the Innoventions areas. I was basically just killing time until I thought Terri would be done from her PM shift so we could go home together. So I walked back to the UK to see if she had. Turned out she hadn’t, so I watched Riyad do some of a Tea-Tour (very funny – he skips!), and also watched British Invasion while I was waiting. She eventually got out, so we came home, spent some time relaxing and hanging out, then she went out. I had a bath, updated my blog with my food running week stuff, and then got an early night after my uber early morning.

Saturday 30th – Back to Training

So, to continue my service training, the managers had decided that I would basically stay on the schedule that Scheduling had given me, and I’d just be paired up with a Trainer on each day. So I got in this morning, as a 10:45 AM (instead of an 11:30 one), to find out that I wouldn’t have a trainer until 11:30. So I just helped out with setting up the restaurant, along with all the other 10:45 AM servers. Then we had pre-meal at 11:30, I found out that Becky would be training me, and I would be in 303 section. Personally, I don’t feel like today helped me in any way, I didn’t improve at all, and I was just going through the motions really. I guess my head just wasn’t in it though, which it hopefully will be tomorrow.

After work, I came home and Terri and I went out to the Outlet Mall for some dinner. Then we had a wander round some of the shops. Terri found a lovely top, then she bought my birthday present (also a lovely top) as she won’t actually be here when it’s my birthday. And then I found myself a cute new skirt, so I’m pretty happy with tonights findings. We also picked up some accessories for the Spring Formal on Monday night, and a jewelery holder for our bedroom. All in all, a good haul.

And now, for bed. I’m a Mid tomorrow. No idea who’ll be training me, but at least I don’t have to open the restaurant again.

And that’s basically my service week. It went down the drain a bit at the end, but I have another chance, and I have more training over the next few days. My re-test is on Tuesday, as is Phil’s (he failed too), so fingers crossed for then. For now though, Good Night.



Congratulations! April 29, 2011

To the future King William, and Princess Catherine… the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Because you got married today!!! πŸ˜€ And I woke up at 5:30am to watch it.

And now I must apologise to all of my readers. These last couple of weeks have been rather crazy. They’ve been hard work, very tiring, and when I have had time off I’ve just wanted to shut my brain off and chill out. As such, I’ve not had much of a chance to really update my blog so much. What I can do, however, is give a run down of everything that I’ve been up to in one giant blog post. You see, these last two weeks have been my training for becoming a server… a week of food running and other stuff, and a week of service training, with a test on Thursday (which was actually yesterday). So, for all the future UK Food and Beverage CRPs… this blog post will prove very very useful for you, so you can get an idea of Service training (assuming it doesn’t change before you get here that is!!!)

So… lets go all the way to when I last posted. That was last Monday, when I had my food running training.

Tuesday 19th
Today was my culinary day. On your culinary day you basically become a chef. This day is very very useful for finding out how our dishes are prepared, cooked and finished, so that you can give much more accurate infomation to your guests.

I started off working in pantry, doing salads, corned beef sandwiches, desserts. Stuff that doesn’t really need cooking. Then they moved me over to the fish station. This is both the easiest and busiest station… All you do is fry the fish and chips (plus a couple of other things when needed, like the scotch eggs), and plate them up. However, we sell so much Fish and Chips that it’s quite hard to keep track of how many you need. I wasn’t on fish for very long before I helped out on ovens and grills a bit. Then I went up to the Culinary pre-meal before dinner service. After that I spent a little bit of time in Chippy with Dexter, James and Michael, where I got to drop the fish in the batter. And then I went on break.

During your break on Culinary day, they make you up a large platter of most of the entrΓ©es. Obviously, the most expensive things aren’t on there (the steak or the salmon) but it’s a really good way to try all the meals and form your own opinions on most of our stuff.

When I came back from my break, the kitchen was pretty busy, and I spent the remainder of my shift helping Jason on Ovens. He actually made me dig in quite a lot and help make a lot of stuff. Mostly seasonal vegetables (my god, we go through a lot!), but I did make an entire Salmon dish! The only thing Jason did was take it out of the oven for me. πŸ˜€ I think the Salmon will be very easy to spiel from now on! Hehe.

And then I came home. And Fell asleep pretty quickly. One last note… spending time on ovens is hot. VERY hot. You are stood very close to some very very hot ovens, a very very hot grill, and a 4 top gas cooker, which at dinner has pretty much all 4 rings lit. It was fun though, and I think I learnt a lot from this day!

Wednesday 20th
This was my bar day. I was quite looking forward to my bar day, as I used to love working on the service bar back at Zizzi. I had Gavin training me, which I think might be the main reason I didn’t enjoy this day as much as I’d hoped. His style of training just doesn’t gel with my style of learning, but he wasn’t to know this. Ah well. I did eventually get into the swing of things, and by the end of the night, I was enjoying it. Of course, by then everything had quietened down and I was just required to help clean everything. *sigh* Still, I learnt that I needed to learn my pub blends, so that’s something at least.

Thursday 21st
Today was my first tipped day!!! πŸ˜€ I was food running with Stuart, and I think the day went pretty well. We made some rather good tips, but it was hard work. I’ll never know how some people become permanent food runner, I know I could never do it.

Friday 22nd
Today was my second, and last (during training) day of food running. It was me and Anna for today (the other trainee for this week), and I think we made quite a good team.

I did have a slight annoyance at one point. I came back from my break to find we were on the verge of running out of condiments (not Anna’s fault, it’d just been busy). I said to Anna would she be ok running if I just got on with condiments and got us back up to a decent level. She said sure! I wasn’t to know that we were so low that it would take me 1.5hours to get us up to a decent level again!!! One of the servers (not going to name any names) decided to help running food, and then had a go at me because I was still doing condiments and they had to run! Well, I never asked you to run, and these condiments needed doing! Pah, some people, eh?! Heh, everything is fine between us now, of course. πŸ˜€

Saturday 23rd
Today was a day off. A very much needed one at that. I slept in, then headed off to Epcot with the intent of spieling to a manager in time for Terri to finish her shift so that we could come home together. I got in earlier than intended, so I had a browse round for a bit. Unfortunately, Terri got cut early from work as she wasn’t feeling well, so as I was heading to the UK pavilion to see a manager, I saw her coming the other way, looking like she was about to collapse! Me being the good friend that I am, forgot the idea of spieling and decided to make sure Terri got home ok.

So, back to the bus stop, where we decided that getting some food in her would help a lot, so we hopped in a taxi to sweet tomatoes. This place is very very yummy, btw… healthy too! Which makes a change for the US πŸ˜›

We had a relaxing night though, came home and watched You Got Mail. Barring the fact that the DVD player decided to die half way through, so we went out to Publix and Walgreens, both for groceries and for a new DVD player so we could finish the film! Which we did, and it was very good. πŸ˜€

And thus concludes my week of food running… I think I’ll start a new post for my week of service training, and I think I’ll write it tomorrow. There’s a fair bit involved, and I am rather tired from waking up at 5:30 this morning to watch the wedding. So I bid you good night, and This week’s blog will come tomorrow!



Stupid Fairies, and stupid block out dates April 17, 2011

Day off number 3 of 3.

And so the end of my three-day weekend comes around. The intention, as stated yesterday, was to go to Typhoon Lagoon. However, when we got there, we found out that there were block out dates for free cast/discounted friends entry, until the 30th. Terri and I were not impressed. Katie and her family still went to Typhoon though, and Terri and I passed.

So, having reassessed our situation, we decided to head up to the Contemporary to go to Contempo Cafe for lunch. It was really rather yummy! After that, a short trip down to Hollywood Studios, where we watched the parade, grabbed an ice-cream and saw the Beauty and the Beast show. By this time, Terri wanted to come home so she could sort herself out before meeting back up with Katie for dinner, so home we came!

We took a dip in the pool (so we at least swam a little today!) before coming back to the flat, where I washed my hair. Terri then went out, and I went shopping for lunches for the week. I’ve spent the rest of this evening watching Sleeping Beauty, and I’ll be heading to sleep now as I start food running tomorrow. I’m kinda nervous, and I really want a good night’s sleep.

So night world!

P.S. The Fairies in Sleeping Beauty are silly. Why bring Aurora back to the castle on the day of her 16th birthday while she’s still at risk?! Why not wait until the day after?! Or at least until the sun had gone down?! Crazy Fairies. πŸ˜›


What do you do if you can’t cut off a Minotaur’s horn?! April 16, 2011

Day off Number 2 of 3!

Terri was also off today, as she will be tomorrow. We wanted to go to TGI Fridays for Lunch, but the bus driver told us he wasn’t going to CrossRoads, and that DownTown Disney was his last stop. So we had a quick change of plans and grabbed Dinner at Wolfgang Puck Express instead. The rest of the day was really laid back… much browsing and walking and “shall we do this?” “Yea, why not?” moments… one of which ended up with us heading to the cinema!

We saw the funniest film ever… it was called Your Highness. It’s rather crude in places, and certainly isn’t for the squeemish! (Quests often involve killing, unfortuantely) But the whole film was so tounge-in-cheek, that it was just awesome! After that we carried on with the browsing and walking.

We grabbed some ice-cream at Ghiradelli’s. That place is something else too, the ice-cream concoctions are fantastic! Far too much squirty cream though. Ah well! After that, Terri’s friend from home, Katie, and her mum and sister, came to join us so they could do a little shopping in the World of Disney store. And after that, we pretty much came home!

And now we’re just chilling, and will shortly be heading to sleep. Tomorrow, we should be letting Katie & co into Typhoon Lagoon, which will be great fun!



Mall time! April 15, 2011

Day off number one of three!

I decided to head up to the Mall at Milenia today. Not quite sure why, but I really felt like having a nose around, even if I can’t really afford to buy very much. Having made my way up there, I started things off with a bit of browsing, followed by lunch in the food court, then carried on with a good old browse. The shops there are really very very nice. I found myself a gorgeous new white summer dress, so I then had to go hunting for a white strapless bra as I’ve left mine in the UK.

I didn’t have any luck finding a bra at Milenia, so I decided to get a bus down to the Premium outlet mall at the top of I Drive. I just missed a bus (saw it go past), and the next wasn’t for an hour, so I popped into TGIs for a drink and a quick bite to tide me over. Eventually, the next bus turned up, and I got to the Premium Outlet mall… where I found a white strapless bra in Victoria’s Secret!!! A $42 bra for $14, I think you can say I was happy with that! πŸ˜€

So I carried on browsing around, I was rather enjoying my day of window shopping, when I suddenly realised that my little white cardigan, which had been hanging over my handbag, wasn’t there any more! Needless to say, I was a little annoyed, but I tried re-tracing my steps, to no avail. Either I’d left it on the bus, or in a toilet somewhere and it had been nicked. :(

I decided this was my cue to head home. Once home, I got a call from Terri saying she’d be home from work soon, Jane was coming over for dinner, and they had some news! As it turned out, Jane has been offered the permanent food runner position, which she’s going to take (A great decision on her part!) and Terri has been asked to start Training servers in the next week or two, when she’s only been a server a week herself!!! So dinner was a bit of a celebration all round! πŸ˜€

And now, on those happy notes, we’re all heading to bed! Let Day off #2 or 3 be just as good! πŸ˜€



Finally have a Duffy bear!!! April 14, 2011

Holly called in again today. I flatly refused to assign though, as it’s my last day on podium/chippy before food running… my last day ever if I pass my service test. I did at least get some time in chippy today (I was worried I wouldn’t). I seated until I had my break, and then I asked Kista if I could go in chippy as it was my last day, and she worked her magic and there I was! Work was generally really quiet though.

I finished pretty early again, and Terri had been an am server, so we’d booked a reservation at Tutto Italia for 6:55, but we were both hungry at 6, so we went to see if we could get in early, which thankfully we could! Our server was a little bit too attentive, but the food was amazing. It was pricey, but worth it. I always have loved Italian food.

After dinner, Terri stated that she wanted to buy a Duffy bear. So we walked round to the Towers shops, one of which does loads of different Duffy things, and she bought a normal sized one, and a baby magnetic one for me. (I’ll be getting my own Duffy when I have some tips!) Then we went up to The Seas with Nemo & Friends, had a browse round there, and then thought about coming home. It was only about 8pm, but we were both kinda tired (Terri more than I – she’s been getting up early to maingate her friend into parks at 9am). So we headed for the bus, going through Mousegear, and came home.

Once home, we chilled out, chatted and got an early night. Terri is heading to sleep now even! I should be too.



Can I see your pins please? April 7, 2011

I decided I needed a bit of a lazy start to my day today. So I spent most of my morning and a fair bit of my afternoon at home, chilling out and chatting to Jon on skype. I eventually decided that I really should go out, as Taylor isn’t in the US for very long, so I popped over to Hollywood Studios to meet up with her, her mum and their friends. We did a little pin trading (which is new-ish thing for me – it’s great fun!) before deciding we were hungry and it was dinner time. So we left Hollywood Studios and hopped on a boat to the Swan & Dolphin, where we ended up at Il Mulino New York Trattoria for dinner. It’s a lovely Italian place, and the food was great! For anyone who likes Italian, I recommend heading there.

After dinner, we all headed up to Magic Kingdom (they were staying at the Contemporary) for a bit more park wandering and pin trading. There was a lot of pin trading though! It’s surprising how much you can get in a few short hours… I started and completed one hidden Mickey set, and I’m one pin short of completing a second. I need to somehow aquire a lot more trader pins though, that’s my problem. To eBay!!!

Anyway, now I’m home, and much as I’ve had an amazing day, I start work earlier than I thought I did tomorrow, so I really need to be sleeping now.



Friendly faces! April 6, 2011

Today I went to Seaworld!!! πŸ˜€ It was amazing! A friend of mine from the UK, Taylor, is in Florida this week visiting friends and family, me being one of the friends. So we decided to go to Seaworld as I hadn’t been yet, and it would be a bit different from all the Disney/Universal that she has and will be doing this week.

I had such a good day hanging out with Taylor. I didn’t realise it, but I do miss spending time with a lot of my UK friends. For anyone who’s reading this… I miss you guys!

Anyway, onto the day… it got rather hot, so it was quite nice to be in and out of the shade and dipping hands into the water to feel the rays and dolphins and stuff. We saw both the Dolphin and the Killer Whale shows (the later of which is changing soon, so I’ll be going back!) We only rode one of the roller coasters, Kraken, and spent the majority of our day visiting all the different animals.

We left at about 5pm, and found a bus to Disney. We decided to stay on right until Magic Kingdom, and spent the rest of our evening there. We mostly just wandered around and looked at things, thought about going on some rides until we looked at wait times and thought better of it. We did go to see the Country Bear Jamboree, which was rather amusing. I hadn’t done it before, hence wanting to. I giggled, so that’s always a good sign.

And now, I’m really tired, as I was up early this morning for Seaworld. So I’m off to sleep.



64 Photos later… April 2, 2011

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Day off Numero Duo!

Terri and I had a very lazy, household-y day today. We had another lie in, which was great, and then ordered pizza for lunch. We basically tidied up, sorted out a few odds and ends, watched a film, sorted out a load of photos to print out, and other such girlie stuff! We decided on McDonalds for dinner, and came home via Walgreens to print all the photos that we wanted. Our room now looks much tidier, and things are generally rather more organised! We also spent a lot of the day chatting to Jon on skype while we tidied, which was rather amusing, as it was evening for him!

And now, having cooked up my lunches for the week, I will be sleeping. Terri starts her service training tomorrow, and will be up very early indeed, and I’m assigning, so that’s all fun!



Finally posting this box!!! April 1, 2011

So today was the first of two days off that both Terri and I have. It’s been a long long time since Terri and I have had two days off together, so it’s been a really fun day.

We started the day with a lie in, and then brunch at Panera bread. I took Jon’s (very late) birthday box with me, so that I could write his card while eating, and post it before heading off elsewhere. While in Panera bread, Tori and Chris were there and said hi! We knew we were going into Epcot later in the day, so we asked if they wanted to join us. They had some other stuff to do first, but would give us a ring when they got into Epcot.

So, we walked back to Commons, where I did the online postage paying thing for Jon’s box of goodies, and handed it in to the front desk at commons. Fingers crossed it’ll get to the UK quicker than it took for me to post it! πŸ˜› While buying the postage, I got a call from Teddy, who was also off today, so Terri and I arranged to meet up with him too.

So, instead of hopping on a C bus at commons, we walked back to Patterson and found Teddy and his car. It was rather nice to drive to Epcot for a change, and come through the front entrance, like a guest should! The Lotso topiary smells amazing! All strawberries and yumminess! But anyway! We headed over to Soarin’ first, because we could, and then made our way into World Showcase. The intention was to get a Duffy Bear on a Stick, and get the stamps from around the world. We kind of failed at it though, so we’ll try again another day! So yea, we started in Canada, and went to see the show, O Canada! while there. It’s a pretty good show, if a little pretentious! I’m so glad the UK doesn’t have a show like that.

Afterwards, we met up with Chris and Tori in the UK, bought some cocktails at the bar (the English Rose is so yummy!!!), generally chatted with some people, and got the UK stamp on our Duffys. Next stop was France, where Chris and Tori bought a wine tour thing, and we got our stamps. By this time is was nearly 7pm, so Terri, Teddy and I ran ahead to Italy to see if we could get into Tutto Italia for dinner. As it turned out, we could, but Chris and Tori weren’t going to join us, and Teddy admitted that he just wanted fish and chips!!! So the five of us met back up at the Rose and Crown.

Janey was assigning today, and we’d already asked her if we could get a fireworks table for desserts, so we just turned up early and said she could take as long as needed to sit us. While waiting for our table, we decided to go and pester some merchies! I took a lovely photo of Riyad in uniform, lol!

So, we sat at about 8pm (perfect timing), on a great table for viewing (assuming the lower deck people would actually lower their umbrella, that is), and were served by Leah, which was just hilarious! She asked Terri to write the drinks order onto her pad, she asked me to spiel the appetizers when they came out! It was just a great big giggle really! πŸ˜€ I had the Roasted Chicken Breast, which was really yummy, and the stuff that comes with it complements it really well.

After dinner, Tori and Chris needed to head to the Italian and German pavilions to complete their wine tour, and as it was Extra Magic Hours, the park was still open, so there was no problem. So we wandered round to Italy, they got their wine, and I tried to buy a glass of sparkling rose for myself and Terri, but somehow, the guy stood at the counter, ended up buying for us!!! I wasn’t saying no to that, certainly! I’m still not quite sure how that happened, but ah well.

We carried on round, Tori and Chris got their wine from Germany. We popped into China, just to find it all closed up. Then into Norway, where we rode on Maelstrom. After that, Teddy really wanted to ride the Grand Fiesta Tour in Mexico, so we went that way! And had a right giggle over the craziness of Donald Duck.

By that time, we were all pretty tired, and so Teddy drove us home. And now I’m going to sleep, after a very fun day! I expect we will be having another lie in tomorrow!