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
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 wish
Japan Kidcot and signs
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.
Anime- Leader of the Rabbit Force
Naruto- Nine tail fox shirt
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.)
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 pearl
Shell, opener and pearl measurer
Our pearl, was a black pearl
Our pretty pearl
After that she explained how rare black pearls are and did this awesome celebratory beating of the drum
Us with our pearlI 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.
Japan from the bridge
Quiet place to sit
Large Japanese building
Us beautiful flowers
My favorite of the bonsai tree, looks upside down
Dale Easter Egg – Japan
From Japan we headed to The American Adventure and found the Mickey Easter egg there
Woody Topiary in America
Lotso- too bad he wasn’t made of strawberry plants 🙂
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.)
Since we already went through Paris that day, here is Daisy, we found her in France
Donald was in Morocco
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
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
Miniature German village
I think Dale might have been hiding from the Lizard Invasion
In case you have never visited Germany, they seem to have a reptile problem, lol
I think Godzilla wandered out of Japan and through the World showcase and left her babies here for training in village conquering.
That’s right guys, start small
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
Along with another lizard
at least this one doesn’t seem to be invading
Inside the shop, we got our passport done for China
Left an offering
And giggled at this poor stuffed pooch dressed as a panda (our dog is so lucky we didn’t bring this home!)
Outside of China
Then back to Norway
We showed him yesterday, but Figment was in Norway
Buildings in Norway
While waiting in line to ride the Maelstrom, I went in search of the famous school bread from at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe!
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
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 ride
Me & the troll
Awesome troll dolls in kidcot area
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.)
Tick Tock Topiary
Me looking like lunch for Tick Tock
We also saw Peter pan
Pan confronting Hook topiary
Pluto egg in the UK
We wandered around in the UK, found out our crest
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
We got our passport signed
And found Perry the Platypus (the last egg) in Canada
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 sale
Then we went to check out the Oz Garden (more on that here.)
Us on hot air balloon off to OZ
Poppy after the rain
They have circus games in part of the area and everyone wins
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 packet
Leaving Oz Garden
From Oz Garden we made it to our dinner reservations at The Coral Reef Restaurant
Door to Coral Reef
We checked in and sat for about 10 minutes, we asked to be near the aquarium and they sat us one table in
View from our table
Lamp reflecting on glass, reminds me of the Little Mermaid Scuba diver
Cow nosed Stingray
For our appetizer we ordered, the fish tostadas and the crab cake (back)
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.
It had huge chunks or lobster, nicely cooked pasta and creamy sauce, we loved it!
Kris got the Mahi Mahi
This was also very good but I am not a fan of cilantro
For Dessert I ordered the Champagne Sabayan tart
Kris got the Jack Daniels, Bailey’s chocolate mousse
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.
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. 🙂