Day 7: Hollywood Studios & EPCOT

Today we again start early. We want to be at Disney's Hollywood Studios as the gates open. This is the best way to beat the crowds.

We start by grabbing Fastpasses to the Hollywood Tower of Terror. Immediately thereafter we ride it as some of the first people for the day. This is one of the best rides available at Walt Disney World.

Unfortunately it also is about the only decent attraction in the Hollywood Studios park. While we wait for our Fastpass period of validity, we ride the Great Movie Ride. Tourguide Mike did not recommend this one. For a reason.

We also go on a very informative self-guided tour to an exhibit about Walt Disney's life and achievements.

After our second visit to the Twilight Zone at the Tower of Terror, we head out of the park.

Our next stop is EPCOT. Today is the first day of the yearly "Food and Wine Festival." The "Cities in Wonderland" theme materializes as small food booths scattered all over World Showcase. Each booth represents a city and serves typical dishes.

We eat Samosa with Tamarind Sauce in New Delhi, Durban Spiced Chicken skewer at Cape Town and a vegetarian quiche in Lyon. I can't resist ordering a "crêpe au sucre" in French. Food really is excellent.

Next we stop by the "Bocuse d'Or USA". 8 chefs compete for the chance to represent the USA at the Bocuse d'Or come January. There are 12 judges. 6 will judge the fish courses. 6 will judge the meat courses. All happens in the presence of Paul Bocuse himself. Bien sûr, Mosieur doesn't speak a word of English. We watch as the first 2 fish dishes are presented to the jury.

We then resume our culinary visit by stopping for Meze in Istanbul. We wrap up lunch with a selection of 3 excellent cheeses.

After riding  "Innoventions: The Road to Tomorrow" inside "Spaceship Earth" - the EPCOT landmark - we head home for the Uzima Pool.

Dinner takes us again to the Boma buffet. The selection is largely the same as last time. Food is still is as good as we remembered it. 

We end the day with a stroll through Downtown Disney and its many shops.

© 2008 Susanne & Pierre Bernard - Text & Images