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So on our last day at WDW, we *really* put the "hop" in Parkhopper! The Boy *really* wanted to ride Everest, so we headed over to Animal Kingdom. We were on our way to the back end of the park for Everest, when a cast member stopped us and said that Everest was having mechanical difficulties. We could go and get Fastpasses, but they did not know when the ride would be operational. The Boy was disappointed, but we went over to Kilimanjaro Safari and got to see the baby elephant that had born a few months ago.

After we got done at the Safari, we hoofed it over to the bus and moved on over to Epcot. We had lunch reservations at Teppan Edo in the Japan pavilion, so we wandered around a couple of the world showcase areas and saw the acrobats in France. We headed over to Japan, and checked in at the restaurant. The restaurant is above Mitsukoshi, which is one of my favorite shops in all of Disney. Mitsukoshi started in Japan in the 1600's and is a HUGE department store there. I love that they carry a mixture of really traditional clothing and arts, as well as some seriously crazy anime stuff. The restaurant is a hibachi place, but the food was amazing. Our chef was from Kobe, and was a lot of fun. I was really interested to see that the zucchini and onion blend you normally get at most American hibachi joints was here, but it was served with noodles, rather than fried rice. We did get a bowl of white rice on the side though. After lunch, we moved on over to Italy, so I could see the Venetian masks, and over to Germany, since Den wanted to see the black forest clocks.

When we got done there, Den and I got on the monorail and headed back to Magic Kingdom for one last swing through. We were joking about trying to get back into the Not-So-Scary-Halloween party, since there was another party that night. We headed on into the park, and took our last trips on Haunted Mansion and Pirates. We caught some of Jack Sparrow's Pirate tutorial outside of POTC, which I'd been trying to see for a bit. Sadly, I had to return the Haunted Mansion T I'd purchased, because the sizing was fracked, and an XL was too tight (!!!). No one had another shirt in the right size, so I decided I'd see if Guest Relations could help me later on when we got home.

It was getting on towards time for the park to close for the Party, so we went over to the bus stop, and after a LOT of irritation with the bus connections, we got to Downtown Disney. I'd been looking for a new Jim Shore piece that had been released for the 40th anniversary of WDWs Haunted Mansion. The Art of Disney at DTD had one of the pieces on display, but since it was broken, they could not sell it. :( I got the number of the buyer at the store so I could call them to let me know when the piece came in again. We went over to the Pin Shop, and got a Lanyard and some pins for Den's niece. We tried to hit the World of Disney, but the crowds were so bad, I was just DONE for the night, so we went back to the resort and packed up the rest of our stuff for the trip home. After a while, bantiarna and the family got back, after a horrible food experience at DTD, and headed to bed soon after.

Friday morning we headed off around 8:30 or so, and after a fairly uneventful drive, made it home in one piece. Saturday we relaxed at home, started the laundry and unpacked. That evening elizaravenhair hosted a "Mad Men" themed cocktail party, so I got my opera gloves and pearls on, and we headed on over. We got there a bit early, so we helped Elizabeth get things set up, and had a wonderful time with some classic cocktails. Sunday we slept in, and got ready for the work week to come.

Den said he loved the Halloween party so much, he definitely wants to go back. We're thinking about a trip again after the Fantasyland expansion is done, maybe in 2014 or so. That way we can save up, and maybe stay at the Contemporary. I definitely want to spend some more time at the Food and Wine festival, but I think I'd like to make our first day Halloween, so we can stay a *bit* longer, and see the Christmas decor as well. (In a couple of pics, you can see the light strings set up for Osbourne Festival of Lights, and the Ice lights on Cinderella Castle.)

All the pics are finally uploaded to my Webshots album, and captioned. Now to work on the scrapbook!!!!!