Back on September 8th, I posted the first half of our travelogue of the trip that Irene canceled. I meant to post the second half, but got side-tracked. So here it is:
Thursday, September 1st:
Thursday would have started with a light breakfast (either something packed with us or at the Pop Century’s restaurant). Then, we’d head over to Epcot. We might have gone on a few rides, Test Track and some other favorites, but our main draw would have been in the World Showcase. Here, we’d have brought out our Hidden Mickeys guidebook and browsed through the countries, looking for Mickey shapes hidden in various places. There would have been many photos taken as we found Mickey Mouse hidden in the most unlikely of locations.
As lunch approached, we would have headed to the San Angel Inn in Mexico. When we last went to Disney World, we brought the boys on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. They loved it so much that we wound up riding it two more times. The beginning of the ride takes you through the San Angel Inn facing a big pyramid. This seemed like the perfect spot to have a nice, romantic lunch with my beautiful wife. (The “Grilled fillet of fresh Mahi-Mahi prepared with capers, olives, bell peppers, spanish onions and tomatoes, seasoned with white wine, and spices, served over a bed of poblano rice” sounds mouth-watering.)
After lunch, it would be time for more rides and hidden Mickey hunting. As the day ended, though, we’d hop on board the Monorail to go to the Grand Floridian. Once there, we’d have eaten at Narcoosee’s. Here I’d likely have gotten the Spring Vegetables dish (Delta Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Sauce, Sautéed Baby Vegetables, Wild Mushroom Quiche, and Toasted Cous Cous with Spinach and Preserved Lemon).
Friday, September 2nd:
Friday would have likely seen us going to the Magic Kingdom. Here, we could have gone on Small World, Haunted Mansion or any other ride and have been seated side-by-side. (Something that we haven’t done in years.)
Both lunch and dinner would have been in the Contemporary Resort. Lunch would have been at The Wave. (The Vegetarian Cuban Sandwich with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto and Bulgur Wheat Salad sounded fantastic.) Dinner would have been at the California Grill (possibly the Handmade Fettuccine with Sautéed Chanterelle and Summer Mushrooms, fresh Buttermilk Ricotta, Tiny Basil).
Saturday, September 2nd:
Our last full day at Disney would have been spent back at Epcot, at least for part of the day. When considering restaurant options, I had initially written off France as not working with my dietary restrictions. However, once I looked at the menu for Les Chefs de France, I fell in love with a few of the options. A big contender would have been the Lasagnes de legumes du soleil a l’huile d’olive au thym (Zucchini, eggplant, onions, bell peppers and tomatoes baked into thin layers of pasta).
Dinner would have been at Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. My last dinner at Disney World would have been House-made Yukon Potato Gnocchi with Heirloom Carrots, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Fresh Ricotta, English Peas, and Sweet Corn Nage.
Sunday, September 2nd:
On Sunday, we would have packed up, grabbed a quick bite to eat and caught our Magical Express ride back to the airport. Part of us would have been reluctant to leave, but part would have been happy to see the kids again. We would have been relaxed and refreshed and ready to restart our parenting duties.
Ah, what could have been had Irene not ruined our plans.