Day 2, Part 1: How to Say “May I See Your Pins?” in Five Languages!

Part of my strategy for making this trip more relaxing and thus more Patrick-friendly was abandoning our usual touring style, which involves getting up early and making it to the park for rope-drop to avoid the crowds, along with highly calibrated dining reservations scheduled on either side of popular meal times. So on our first morning at Walt Disney World, not only did we sleep in, we wandered into Kouzzina for a late breakfast without a reservation!!! We waited about 10 minutes for one of the numerous empty tables. I know there must be some staffing-related reason they do this, but it just looks like they’re being difficult.

Once again, I felt duty-bound to order something Greek-ish from the menu, so we split…

Stacked Kouzzina Breakfast - Two Poached Eggs, Kalamata Olive Toast, Artichoke Spread, and Sweet Potato Hash with choice of Bacon or Chicken Sausage

We forgot that Disney serves that chewy turkey bacon or we prolly woulda ordered the chicken sausage. Like dinner, breakfast was just OK. Actually, Patrick had a strongly negative reaction – he thought it was flavorless and overpriced (12 bucks). I liked the artichoke spread, but the hash was tiny sweet potato bits smothered in onions and peppers. We were still hungry, so I ordered the kids’ Mickey waffles and Patrick ate the three-piece fruit salad it came with.

You might do OK here ordering the traditional Disney breakfast items, but I don’t think any of it’s gonna knock your socks off.

After breakfast, we ambled down the BoardWalk toward Epcot. Along the way we saw…

And…

And what’s this…? A Disney wedding?!

And Randy Chapman!

Dear Whoever You Are,

Sorry we accidentally stalked your wedding.

Love, Carriatrick

We got into Epcot just after World Showcase opened and pretty much had the place to ourselves – bliss! In France, we stopped in at the pretty Guerlain store where I can never find anything to spend my money on despite trying really really hard.

We also spotted a random guy dressed like Santa Claus posing for pictures with people. I said to Patrick, “Hey, let’s take a horribly backlit, awkwardly posed iPhone shot of me with Fake Santa!” and here it is…

While Patrick was checking out one of the French CMs’ pin lanyards, I decided it would be a hoot to learn how to say “May I see your pins?” in the language of each country on the World Showcase. I typed each phrase into my iPhone notepad phonetically, with varying results. For example, in France when I said what sounds like, “Preesh vwah voo peens?” I got lots of smiles and nods of approval. But my mission came to a grinding halt in Morocco, where the CMs don’t wear pins.

Patrick’s mission in Morocco, it seems, was to take lots of pictures from crazy angles!

I looooove this fabric on the benches in the museum. I think if we ever get to real Morocco, I’ll be coming home with a lot of fabric…

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could go up on the second story here?

Another cool second story.

Forgive us for taking all these pix … we just love the place!

On our way to Japan we happened upon an interactive part of the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure right as it was being activated. It made us want to try the game sometime — the various animatronics they’ve added to the pavilions really fit the theming and add interest.

Dead tree….

Live tree!

Now I know you’re supposed to wait to buy your souvenirs til the very last day of your trip, when you’ve had a chance to see everything, but when we set foot inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store, its Japanese Cute Rays zapped us and we went on a mad shopping spree. Each thing you see is cuter than the last, and you must purchase it ALL!

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!


Too much good stuff!


Did I mention they had an entire display unit dedicated to Domo? Finally!!! I can’t believe it took an entire Target ad campaign to get the buyers for the Japan Pavilion gift shop to be aware of Domo!

*Zen Shopping Break*

Back to shopping!!!!

There goes the souvenir budget!


After that we needed to step back and contemplate the error of our ways in this lovely rock garden…

…where, it turns out, no photography is allowed – whoops! It was in the gallery, and they had an exhibit of really gorgeous pictures of Japan that you will have to imagine with your *mind*!

Back outside, we lavished a little more photographic attention on the pavilion.

Someday, I want a koi pond of my very own… in the backyard of my house that looks like Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and has a room themed to each of the park’s different lands…

Is it just me, or does the Epcot Ball look WAY bigger through Patrick’s new camera?


Oh yeah – and at some point I tried asking a lanyard-wearing Japanese CM “Peeng oh misaytay kudasai?” and was politely slapped across the mouth.

Off to America!

In the America Pavilion, I listened to the story of Hanukkah while Patrick snapped pictures of pictures.

Santa Claus of the Mississippi


I also learned how to request a pin trade in American: “OMG, may I C UR pins? LOL! TTYL!”

Our stop in Italy was cut short when I made a total fool of myself by asking a dreamy Italian CM, “Vidair-ay le too-ay speel-ay?” and accidentally got his number.

Only two pix here.

These are the doors I was shown!



On our way to Germany, we happened upon what at first appeared to be a bucolic scene of holiday splendor.

But something sinister was lurking just under the surface….GARGANTUAN KILLER LIZARDS!!!

“Merry Chrissssssssmasssssss!”


Young lovers, beware!!!

“Cookies! I smell cookies!”


It was almost time for our lunch reservation at Coral Reef, so we dashed down to the Germany boat dock and waited and waited and waited for a Friendship boat. Turns out you can be late to your reservation and no one cares!

They tried to seat us at crummy table for four up on the gloomy, crowded top level, but I pointed out they had a table for two next to the tank and they switched us. Whew!

Much better…


STEVE!!!


We split the Lobster Bisque to start.

When I saw they no longer had my beloved pepperjack cheese grits on the menu, I panicked and had us split the Apricot-braised Beef Short Rib with crushed Yukon Gold potatoes, snap peas, sweet peppers, and barbecue glaze.

It was OK, but the sauce had some spice in it (saffron? curry?) that I don’t like. We were in a seafood restaurant, fer cryin’ out loud – I shoulda ordered the dang trout!

Steve came by to personally apologize for the meal…


This guy, on the other hand, showed no remorse


And this guy has no idea where he is or what he’s eating…


After lunch, Patrick requested a stop outside The Livng Seas With Nemo & Friends for a photo op or 15…

(You may be wondering, “What was Lurkyloo doing during this endless interlude?” The answer is, “Staring into space and thinking about cake.”)

This photo series wouldn’t be complete without the villains, so….

Once inside Living Seas, I got distracted by the man in the tube, and when his presentation was over, Patrick was gone.

I had no cell phone service and was starting to feel like a certain little girl who got lost at Grass Valley K-Mart while her parents were shopping and, not having the sense God gave a donut hole, became convinced they had simply left her there.

"Paaaaaatriiiiiiick! Where aaaaarrrrrrrrre yooooooooou?!”

“OK, I found Nemo – now where the H is Patrick?!”


Fortunately, both of us are nutty about manatees, and we were soon reunited at the feeding demonstration going on at the top of their tank. Whew!

While we were upstairs, we discovered a part of the Living Seas that we had never seen before! I don’t know how we missed it, but did you know there’s a big, well-marked glass hall that goes to a circular bank of windows into the tank? Even better, going around the circle is so disorienting that when you get back to the hall, you think you’ve found a second hall to yet another part of Living Seas you’ve never seen before! I coulda gone around that thing for days…

Awright, let’s wrap this up with a few more fish pictures and move on to the next part of the day.

This one’s blurry but I had to include it cuz I think that eel is so dang cute!


Back to the World Showcase! We wanted to see Mexico in all its holiday glory.

Looky! They gotta piñata!

On our way in, we noticed that one of the Animales Fantasticos artists had just started a small, affordable-looking piece, so we bought it on the spot and asked them to send it back to our hotel so we could surprise ourselves on Christmas morning with the results (a tradition we started on our honeymoon!).

Before:

After:

Just kidding!…

After!

Inside the pavilion was gorgeous.

We took a spin on the Three Caballeros ride.

(Panchito didn’t show up for his yearbook picture…)

It’s like the Mexican Blue Bayou!

We tried to get shots of the new tequila bar cuz the atmosphere is so cool, but they’re a little blurry.

I also dusted off my high school Spanish to ask one of the CMs, “Puedo mirar a sus pins, por favor?” and she replied, “Been a long time since high school, eh?”

Up Next: Animal Kingdom… After Dark! Plus, dinner at Jiko with da Roots!

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18 Responses
  • Ashley
    August 1, 2014

    Ok I know I am WAY late on this trip report but i just got so excited when I saw you say that you and Patrick are nutty about manatees! I thought I was the only one since everyone else seems to think they look like rocks…im even using them for one of the tables at my wedding. (not at disney sadly, but at least its at a zoo!) Random rant aside, I love your trip reports and am slowly working my way through all of them. They are great!

    • Carrie
      August 1, 2014

      OOOH! A zoo wedding sounds awesome! I hope you’ll share a link to your pictures when you get them. And yaaay manatees!!!

  • Iris
    September 4, 2012

    I am somewhat late to your 2010 report but I just wanted to say that I have the same dilemma when going to “France”; I can never find anything I must have at the Guerlain store either.

    • Carrie
      September 4, 2012

      Yay! I’m glad I’m not the only one.

  • Hope
    December 21, 2011

    Carrie, don’t you know that WAS Santa? He usually takes a vacation at the start of December so he can re-charge and get ready for Christmas. 🙂

    Your dream home sounds just like mine. I hope your dream home becomes a reality some day (and that you give me a tour.) 😀

    • lurkyloo
      December 21, 2011

      Well THAT explains it!!!

  • Tricia
    September 18, 2011

    After months of stalking(and loving) your TRs here(and other stuff, especially the cake thread, on the Disboards) I had to finally post something! The santa you took the photo with is Shanta-man from the boards.

    Your website is totally awesome by the way! I would totally stalk you to take a picture with you just like you do Disney weddings haha!

    • lurkyloo
      September 18, 2011

      That’s hilarious! Thanks for joining in the conversation—and for the tip about Shanta-man! I wondered if he was out there on the DIS somewhere…

  • Kira
    May 13, 2011

    I love all the souvenir piccies! I have to give someone else my wallet in world showcase so I don’t snap up everything I can get my hands on,, so I don’t blame you 😛
    That lizard bit nearly killed me! I live in Florida, sometimes it does seem like they have a plot for world takeover… And I had a got-lost-from-mom experience in a Kmart, too! What’re they pumping in the air there??
    I lovelove your blogs, as long as you keep posting, I’ll keep reading! 🙂

    • lurkyloo
      May 15, 2011

      That’s so funny about K-Mart! It must be the air. Thanks for reading along!

  • BorkBorkBork
    May 5, 2011

    Your trip reports are the best!! Thank you for making this site and putting them all on here. I especially live vicariously through you & Patrick on your Tokyo Disney report. I doubt I’ll ever get over there but a girl can dream. Also, I wanted to say thank you for always posting pics of the souvenirs you get!

    • lurkyloo
      May 5, 2011

      Well, thanks for your kind comments! I am happy that you like the souvenir pix—I don’t wanna seem braggy, just wanna share what we wasted our moolah on!

  • Suzannah DiMarzio
    March 7, 2011

    I am absolutely loving reading all your trip reports after starting with the wedding on the DIS (and like watching a tv series after it’s been released on dvd, I don’t have to wait for future episodes!). Thanks for sharing your experiences with everyone in such a fun way, WITH great photos!
    I have never before seen such a vicious attack by giant lizards on a poor unsuspecting German town. I’m so glad you were there to capture the horror!

    Off to keep reading…

    • lurkyloo
      March 7, 2011

      Hee hee hee! So glad to know you’re enjoying the trip reports!

  • Alex
    December 11, 2010

    Hey Carrie,

    Thanks for stalking our wedding and taking some photos! You should have come over and said hi.

    I love the photos of the Nemo characters, absolutely brilliant x

    • lurkyloo
      December 11, 2010

      Hi Alex! I’m so glad I found you… or you found me… or Claire found us! I was too scared to interrupt your wedding day, but I’m glad to get to meet you in cyberspace. 🙂

  • Chilly
    November 19, 2010

    I thought i’d re-read your TR from the start to fully appreciate it, and I know whose wedding you stalked! That’s Alex aka Beep on the Dis!

    • lurkyloo
      November 19, 2010

      Hooray! Mystery solved – thanks!

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