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Disney World trip (part 2/2)




I didn't finish posting the pics from my trip to Disney World in my last post, so here are some from the Epcot park!

I didn't visit any of the other parks cause I was trying to be good & study as well as rest, but on a day that Mark didn't have many sessions to attend, we spent the morning together going on rides and looking out for Disney characters.


Some of the 'rides' are really lame, and not really rides at all! We went on this Canada ride thingy where you basically sit in a room surrounded by screens that show stuff about Canada. The panoramic scenery was nice, but yeah, not a ride in my book...

This is Spaceship Earth, a geodesic sphere with a ride that's basically a journey through time, from prehistory and into the future world (it was certainly better than the Canada ride >_>):



Once again, it was easy to find some yummy vegan food. These were the most filling noodles I have ever had!



The highlight of my day was seeing Duffy Bear (yes, I waited in the queue with all the children orz):



...and there is a Duffy shop too 



Cinderella and Mary Poppins were so cute 





Epcot is also home to the World Showcase, where different countries are represented in different parts of the park.
Mark had a good laugh at the Disney Yorkshire pub and I loved those Royal Wedding teddies at the English shop:



There was a nice exhibition in the Japan Pavillion called "Spirited Beasts" which was about mythical creatures and their representations in anime and manga: 



The shop at the Japanese part of the World Showcase was really awesome; it was full of cute stationary, Imai Kira postcards, cosmetics, tons of Hello Kitty stuff obviously, manga figures as well as more traditional accessories and kimonos. 

I wanted to get this Hello Kitty mini bath-dress but then I decided to leave it since I thought that I should stop shopping for myself all the time. Mark bought it for me in the end without telling me and gave it to me after we left  



On the last evening of the conference there was a "Blogger Open" Crazy Golf tournament, and Mark had signed me up for it. I normally *hate* sports and refuse to participate in any, so this is a very rare occurrence, but I do have the pics to prove it (thanks to a kind gentleman who took the first pic with his mobile and Mark who took the second while I was struggling with the ball...)





Needless to say I dragged my team all the way down and got the worst score... but it was awesome fun anyway! It was on a Fantasia-themed mini-golf course and everyone was getting drunk and having a great time 

Dinner was some really tasty and fresh vegan sushi:



On Friday we made our way to the airport, and on our way there we stopped at a mall to shop & eat. It was my first time at an American mall! 





There was a Sanrio store there, but I was a bit disappointed cause it was more like a Hello Kitty store, they didn't have any Jewel Pet stuff :(



I know it's just a salad, but I was so ecstatic to find fresh veggies for lunch! My favourite part about the mall was the food court, where there were all kinds of food shops all around, but a huge common sitting area, so each of us could pick what they wanted from different shops and then sit all together.



Food at the airport was a different story. This is a whole onion, carved, dipped in batter and deep-fried. Supposedly it contains around 3,000 kcals. No, I didn't actually eat it, thank God this was not vegan (egg in the batter).



I did pick up some Oreos though, as the American version is actually vegan, unlike the UK ones which have milk in them 



That's it for this entry, I think it turned out way longer than I intended... 
Hope to see everyone at Hyper Japan this weekend xx 

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lifeisforliving
Feb. 24th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
I didn't know the US Oreos are vegan? Cos they use to have animal derived ingredients or something, but maybe enough people complained about it and changed it?

That Hello Kitty top is so cute!! ^_^ Nice husband!

I do miss eating in America sometimes, I guess I particularly miss the cheaper/abundance of fresh fruit/veg and Asian food in California, but probably not good for me to eat the American portions on a regularly basis! XD
alice_ciel
Feb. 24th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, apparently they are! I kept seeing it mentioned in American vegan cookbooks and then I also read the ingredients on these and they don't have milk proteins or whey powder like the UK ones. There must be more varieties though, cause I had checked the imported Oreos that Cyber Candy stocks, and they do have animal ingredients. But the ones I got in Orlando are the vegan ones :)

How long did you live in the States for? The food was really good, I think I'd gain even more weight with the way the portions are if I stayed for longer though!
torment2romance
Feb. 24th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
You look incredible in all your pictures as always ;D! And this looked like such a fun trip, so many cute photos! The food looks amazing too omnomnom!
alice_ciel
Feb. 24th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! <3 It was a fun trip indeed, I wanna try and go again next year if my husband goes for that conference again :D
dismal_carnival
Feb. 28th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
Lovely photos. I really like the photo where you're posing with your mini golf equipment. :)
alice_ciel
Feb. 28th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Julie!
That golf ball was actually lavender so I thought it matched with Vampire Requiem, but the colour didn't come out in the pic ha ha
hildekitten
Feb. 29th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
The Duffy at WDW is way cuter than the one we had at DLP for the Christmas season!
alice_ciel
Mar. 1st, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh there are different-looking ones? I had no idea!! This was the first one I'd seen ha ha >_>
hildekitten
Mar. 1st, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
There are. I'm not an expert either. My friends Dan and Jon have this website (http://www.charactercentral.net) where they collect photos of all kinds of characters in all kinds of different outfits, it's amazing just how many versions of a single character there often are. Bit mind boggling really.
alice_ciel
Mar. 1st, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, what a fantastic website, they must be very dedicated! I just spotted the Florida Duffy, I am curious to browse more characters now :D
hildekitten
Mar. 1st, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
They really are! They're really passionate about character hunting. Me I like it but I genearlly just look at the scedual for a park and see if we can fit a character with a queue in between rides :)
Because I really do love going on rides :)

alice_ciel
Mar. 1st, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I was quite enjoying just chilling and looking out for characters! My husband was all like "ok which ride shall we go on first?" and I was like "...ride? why...?" I did enjoy the rides in the end, but if I had been on my own I probably wouldn't have gone to any of them (I am so lazy...) XD
hildekitten
Mar. 1st, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
You'd probably love DLP, they have loads of characters you can queue for (and loads that they just send out and then get mobbed).

I don't know if you're into princesses but they've got the princess pavillion now, which is pretty nice :)
alice_ciel
Mar. 1st, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
I love the princesses as well, I just didn't take any pics with them cause they just look so unbelievably perfect that I would feel like a bloated whale if I stood next to any of them ;_;
I must visit DLP at some point!
hildekitten
Mar. 1st, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
Oh no I bet those photos would have been lovely!

I wrote about the princess pavillion in an old issue of Belgian Cupcakes Magazine, but the review is online too on my lj:

http://hildekitten.livejournal.com/863290.html
alice_ciel
Mar. 2nd, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I love the settings, thanks for sharing! That stained glass-style background and the glass slipper are so cute <3
hildekitten
Mar. 2nd, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
It is VERY well done. And I'm not even a princess fan so 'nuff said :)

hildekitten
Mar. 7th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
I totally forgot about this, but there's a Travels of Duffy website where there's photos of people with their Duffy (or just of their Duffy) from all over the place :)
I figured I'd share in case you'd like to see it and/or participate :)
http://dedicatedtodlp.com/the-travels-of-duffy-the-disney-bear/
alice_ciel
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link! I didn't know about this site either! Not sure if I am gonna participate, I feel too old for it ha ha ^_^;;
hildekitten
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
I don't let age stop me, otherwise I'd miss out of too much fun! I wouldn't be surprised if I'm on the eldest on that site.
I'm mostly the eldest these days anyway :)
(go on, I dare you, guess how old I am, I won't get upset I promise, I find it amusing ^__^ [actually my fellow Belgian Cupcakes use "guess Hilde's age" as a party trick on new members haha])
alice_ciel
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh but you are still young! I am rubbish at guessing ages really, but I can tell you you are younger than me for sure!
Nah, I don't let age stop me either to be honest, especially when it comes to soft toys and fashion, but it does make me hesitate from posting too much on public sites...
hildekitten
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
I don't know about that, I'm 31, bordering on 32 :)
I know I sometimes complain "I'm too old for this shit" but it's only when people are being stupid and I don't want anything to do with what they are getting up to haha :)
alice_ciel
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Really? You certainly don't look it, in your pics or in person!! Well we are almost the same then, I turned 30 in December!
Yeah, I complain like that too, but to be honest I used to say "I am too old" when I was 21 too... I don't think I am ready to quit lolita or anything, as long as it makes me happy I plan on wearing it (and if that's well into my old age, so be it!)
hildekitten
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
That's the spirit! We'll end up being these awesome grannies dressed in epic outfits, you'll see :D

alice_ciel
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Alright!! I am in!! XD
hildekitten
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
We'll shake our walking cane at "those damn kids!" and rant at everyone about "how in our day the clothes were way cooler, the music better and god knows what else we thought of that moment" hahaha :)
And I'll dye my hair purple, because in my mind all cool grannies have purple hair haha :)
alice_ciel
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
I do all these rants now, so I am half-way there, awesome!
Purple hair is awesome for grannies. It's the right time to go insane with colours since you don't have to bleach dark roots and stuff :)
hildekitten
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Yes exactly! My husband's nan's hair is lilac :D
I do all of those things now too, I claim it's practise for later haha :)

But let's be honest, the music WAS better in the nineties. Well at least I think so. It seems like nowadays hardly anyone dares to be innovative outside of Japan X_x
alice_ciel
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Really? I can't even distinguish the 90s from the surrounding decades... 99% of what I listen to is from 1966-1969 so I have nooooo clue about later decades, most of it sounds the same to me >.
hildekitten
Mar. 9th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ah but it's a total fact that the sixties music is nothing like that of the nineties so I get your point.
I grew up on stuff from the 80ties and 90ties, and when I hear the utter crap they spew now on music tv or the radio it makes me want to scream in frustration a lot.
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