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Disney Anniversary Trip – Day 7- Epcot, Pick A Pearl in Japan, Passport signing, Easter Egg Hunts and The Coral Reef Restaurant

on April 23, 2013

Good morning everyone, today will finish off day 7 of our Disney anniversary trip and it is a great finish to the day for sure.  We will start off in Japan and check out the pick a pearl, then make our way across the World Showcase getting our passport stamped and hunting Easter eggs for the Vinylmation Egg east hunt , then end the day with a romantic dinner under the sea at the Coral Reef Restaurant.

Now off to Japan

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We walked into Japan not knowing how big this pavilion is, it was very impressive how much stuff is going on here.

Our Japanese Passport and Anniversary wishDSC01938

Japan Kidcot and signs232323232%7Ffp734;6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2685 34;nu0mrj

About Kidcot, Kidcot is Epcot’s area in each country where kids can learn more about the country and color a Duffy (Disney’s new teddy bear mascot)  dressed like the country and get their passports stamped and written in, be on the lookout for these. They are free and fun souvenirs for the kids or adults, we made our passport as seen in previous posts here.

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Anime- Leader of the Rabbit Force232323232%7Ffp543;7)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;84834;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp5439;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;48634;nu0mrj

Naruto-  Nine tail  fox shirt232323232%7Ffp54346)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;84 34;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp54379)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;48834;nu0mrj

We love Naruto, so to see this in the popular stuff from Japan was really neat.

We headed deeper into the store after I admired some sake cups and tea kettles and found the Pick a Pearl Area.

I had read about this place and it being a unique Disney gift, so I wanted to try it.

People picking their pearl (theirs actually ending up having two inside.)232323232%7Ffp734 9)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;8534;nu0mrj

You buy your pearl first ($17.99) and they give you a number card, when our number was up, it was our turn to pick our pearl. Hubby and I picked an ugly kinda hairy one, since that was what I was told to do to better the chance of getting two pearls (not sure if it is true or not.)

Then the cast member, who was super friendly and very bubbly, taught us how to count down from three in Japanese, 1 (ichi). 2 (ni). 3 (san) and then see opened our shell.

Opening on the pearl232323232%7Ffp54386)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;84;34;nu0mrj

Shell, opener and pearl measurer232323232%7Ffp54374)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;48934;nu0mrj

Our pearl, was a black pearl232323232%7Ffp54373)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;85234;nu0mrj

Our pretty pearl232323232%7Ffp73478)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;85334;nu0mrj

After that she explained how rare black pearls are and did this awesome celebratory beating of the drum232323232%7Ffp54367)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2686234;nu0mrj

Us with our pearl232323232%7Ffp543;;)nu=3642)5 )999)27335 8 25 ot1lsiI absolutely LOVED this experience, may have to be a new tradition for us.

On a side note, you can get them set for more into a setting there, but I found this awesome place on etsy and got a Cinderella coach pearl cage for $6 and my pearl looks gorgeous in it.

After the pick a pearl, the put it in a baggie for us and we went to check out the rest of Japan.

Paper cranes

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Koi232323232%7Ffp54359)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2686434;nu0mrj

Japan from the bridge232323232%7Ffp734 8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;8734;nu0mrj

Quiet place to sit232323232%7Ffp73488)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;8934;nu0mrj

Large Japanese building232323232%7Ffp54368)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2686534;nu0mrj

Us232323232%7Ffp73482)nu=3642)7 ;)573)27337 ;66425 ot1lsi beautiful flowers
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Bonsai trees232323232%7Ffp734;2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2686734;nu0mrj

My favorite of the bonsai tree, looks upside down232323232%7Ffp54395)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;8 34;nu0mrj

Dale Easter Egg – Japan

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From Japan we headed to The American Adventure and found the Mickey Easter egg there

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Woody Topiary in America232323232%7Ffp54395)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;8;34;nu0mrj

Lotso- too bad he wasn’t made of strawberry plants 🙂 232323232%7Ffp54385)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;78534;nu0mrj

Our passport stamped in America


The store in American Adventure had the Easter egg hunt maps, we sat and put the ones we found on the map from when we walking to Future World that morning (but I will try to show you where they are as we travel the rest of the showcase.) We bought the map $4.95 and kept it for our scrapbook, you could also turn them in for a prize (a vinylmation key chain, but the line was so long we didn’t get ours.)

Our Map

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Since we already went through Paris that day, here is Daisy, we found her in France

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Donald was in Morocco232323232%7Ffp543;8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;84234;nu0mrj

We stopped in to get our passport signed, I love the script but I am not sure what it says now 🙂


Goofy was in Italy

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No one was at the Kidcot in Italy, so we borrowed their stamp and I researched how to write, happy anniversary, a magical life together 🙂


We found Dale hanging around in Germany

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Miniature German village232323232%7Ffp54357)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;85934;nu0mrj

Castle232323232%7Ffp73478)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;4 734;nu0mrj

I think Dale might have been hiding from the Lizard Invasion232323232%7Ffp54436)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;49834;nu0mrj

In case you have never visited Germany, they seem to have a reptile problem, lol232323232%7Ffp54388)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;85;34;nu0mrj

I think Godzilla wandered out of Japan and through the World showcase and left her babies here for training in village conquering.232323232%7Ffp54377)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;4 34;nu0mrj

That’s right guys, start small232323232%7Ffp543(2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;49;34;nu0mrj

I found the lizard invasion hilarious, the Germans have never seen Floridian lizards like that, they should watch their children 🙂

We got our German passport filled out


Then found Minnie in China

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Along with another lizard

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at least this one doesn’t seem to be invading232323232%7Ffp54363)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;78834;nu0mrj

Chinese Pagoda232323232%7Ffp734 5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;9634;nu0mrjMulan

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Inside the shop, we got our passport done for China


Left an offering232323232%7Ffp54395)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;78934;nu0mrj

And giggled at this poor stuffed pooch dressed as a panda (our dog is so lucky we didn’t bring this home!)232323232%7Ffp54436)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25; 434;nu0mrj

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Panda Topiaries

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Then back to Norway

Norwegian Troll232323232%7Ffp54366)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;;334;nu0mrj

We showed him yesterday, but Figment was in Norway

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Buildings in Norway232323232%7Ffp73474)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;79234;nu0mrj

While waiting in line to ride the Maelstrom, I went in search of the famous school bread from at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe!232323232%7Ffp543;5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;;434;nu0mrj

All the reviews of this pastry were dead on, it is delicious, it is a light pastry coated in icing and toasted coconut and filled with vanilla custard, it was so good, was almost sad to rush ourselves to finish it to ride the Maelstrom. You should definitely give it a go.

Mural in the Maelstrom

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The Maelstrom is another one of those rides that is kinda confusing, it is dark and there are trolls and you almost go backwards but don’t. Was a ride, I figured Kris should experience once, but I was floored they have fast pass for it, never seemed too popular. In fact Kris was almost inside the ride by the time I got our schoolbread, so he got out and got back in. Then we were offered a fast pass and shoved our schoolbread (no, I don’t think it went up my nose this time and if it did there is no proof, lol!)  in our face to run inside.

Hubby with Troll after ride232323232%7Ffp543 2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;;634;nu0mrj

Me & the troll

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Awesome troll dolls in kidcot area232323232%7Ffp5434 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;;734;nu0mrj

Norway Passport


On our way out of Norway we realized our luck had finally run out and it was raining, we waited a while and it let up to a drizzle, so unarmed without our ponchos, we headed into the rain.

Stopped in a little pavilion when it got heavier and then trudged our way to the United Kingdom in the drizzle

Us in the Phone booth ( I so want to photo shop it into a Tardis.)

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Me looking like lunch for Tick Tock232323232%7Ffp54394)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;79834;nu0mrj

We also saw Peter pan232323232%7Ffp734 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(295(434;nu0mrj

Pan confronting Hook topiary232323232%7Ffp54362)nu=3642)5 )9 7)27335 9825 ot1lsi

Pluto egg in the UK

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We wandered around in the UK, found out our crest

floyd coat of arms

Then went and got our passport signed and stamped


From there we headed to Canada, since the rain was letting up a bit

Canada outside Le Cellier

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We got our passport signed


And found Perry the Platypus (the last egg) in Canada232323232%7Ffp73493)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;86434;nu0mrj

Dinner time was approaching so we headed out of the World Showcase after getting our final egg and passport stamp and headed toward Future World.

Awesome Mickey and Minnie topiaries for sale232323232%7Ffp54358)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;79 34;nu0mrj

Then we went to check out the Oz Garden (more on that here.)

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Us on hot air balloon off to OZ 232323232%7Ffp54352)nu=3642)77;)4;;)273377;5 (25 ot1lsi

Beautiful flowers232323232%7Ffp54376)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(295(834;nu0mrj

Poppy after the rain232323232%7Ffp734 5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7 234;nu0mrj

Oz Garden

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Sign232323232%7Ffp73496)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7 334;nu0mrj

They have circus games in part of the area and everyone wins232323232%7Ffp54377)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(295(;34;nu0mrj

They gave us these seed packets for prizes, even though I never made a ring on the bottle

Front of seed packet


Back of seed packetseeds

Leaving Oz Garden232323232%7Ffp54346)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7 434;nu0mrj

From Oz Garden we made it to our dinner reservations at The Coral Reef Restaurant

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Monorail overhead232323232%7Ffp54372)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(44 3534;nu0mrj

Door to Coral Reef232323232%7Ffp54394)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;86634;nu0mrj

We checked in and sat for about 10 minutes, we asked to be near the aquarium and they sat us one table in 232323232%7Ffp54389)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(44 4334;nu0mrj

View from our table232323232%7Ffp543(;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(44 3934;nu0mrj

Lamp reflecting on glass, reminds me of the Little Mermaid232323232%7Ffp5435;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(44 4;34;nu0mrj Scuba diver
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Cow nosed Stingray232323232%7Ffp5438 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7 934;nu0mrj

Reef232323232%7Ffp734 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7 34;nu0mrj

Turtle232323232%7Ffp543;7)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7 ;34;nu0mrj

For our appetizer we ordered, the fish tostadas and the crab cake (back)232323232%7Ffp54396)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7;334;nu0mrj

The crab cakes were good and the mango salsa was nice but the tostadas were kinda bland and hard to eat (one bite and they fell apart.)

For our entrees I ordered the Lobster Orecchiette, I had been waiting for since I booked the reservation and saw the menu and it was so worth the wait. 232323232%7Ffp734 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2973534;nu0mrj

It had huge chunks or lobster, nicely cooked pasta and creamy sauce, we loved it!

Kris got the Mahi Mahi232323232%7Ffp54376)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7;434;nu0mrj

This was also very good but I am not a fan of cilantro

For Dessert I ordered the Champagne Sabayan tart232323232%7Ffp5436;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7;534;nu0mrj

Kris got the Jack Daniels, Bailey’s chocolate mousse232323232%7Ffp54398)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;;7;634;nu0mrj

It had a fun crisp on top and chocolate caviar, both were good but contained alcohol so we only had a bit of them.

Dinner was great and the atmosphere was wonderful, we even chatted with our table neighbors who had just got married that Saturday. I am never disappointed with the Coral Reef and was happy to share it with my prince.

After dinner it seemed like the rain was coming back so we decided to get some pictures because the rain started with our photopass+ and then head back to the hotel for the night.

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Day 7 was really one of my favorite of the trip, I had everything, characters, rides, food, flowers and different cultures. It was a perfect day, even with the rain.

Tomorrow is day 8, last day of the trip, off to Magic Kingdom for one last hurrah! See you here tomorrow to finish off the trip report. 🙂


One response to “Disney Anniversary Trip – Day 7- Epcot, Pick A Pearl in Japan, Passport signing, Easter Egg Hunts and The Coral Reef Restaurant

  1. Kristofer says:

    I really like the last picture. It is a really nice one to end the day. 🙂

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