Don 02 May 2007 Day 5, EPCOT We're at the EPCOT turnstiles when they open, and manage to be in the second pulled Laurie out of line and asked her if we'd like to do a test run of a Kim Possible adventure they're trialing. Knowing that Lisi is a fan, it sounds perfect, can't wait to see what it's about. As we load the Soarin' ride, she's right on the bubble as to whether she needs to use the center strap or not. I figure she'll want to be the 'big girl' and not use it, but she immediately puts it through and brightly says "Might as well, just in case." A huge grin comes out as we fly through the clouds. She spots some birds we hadn't seen before, and we see for the first time the guys doing the Australian rappel. Her hands are quite relaxed in her lap until we get out over the fishing boat off the coast, when she grabs the arm rests for the rest of the ride. After the ride, she declares it "amazing that we were just sitting in one place the whole time!" We get over to Test Track, and she hasn't ridden this before, so she's secretly quite apprehensive. This becomes apparent when we get into the queue and she blurts out "This isn't the Single Riders line, is it?" Big grins throughout the ride though, and as we are going through the high-speed section outside she laughingly screams "Grandma, I'm going to need your brush!!" Our only 5-year-old who has even looked at the cars in the exit area was Gavin, who just HAD to get his picture taken driving the Hummer. But Elysia is even shopping here. So far, she's picked out the concept car, a rust-colored Chevy Avalanche ($37,000 pickup truck), and a $32,000 Buick Lucerne. Man, is she going to be disappointed down the road when her first car is a 12-year-old Cavalier. Wait. Elysia isn't the only one dreaming here. Laurie has picked out a sweet little metallic blue Pontiac Solstice two-seater. I think she'd buy it on the spot, if her 'test drive' hadn't shown she's too short to see out the windshield. [Random observation -- As we're taking an ice cream break outside Innoventions, it occurs to me that 10-year-olds wear considerably less of their food than 5-year-olds.] Now we do something that's a first for all three of us, Mission: SPACE. Laurie and I never quite managed to make ourselves try this, but since they split it up into a wilder side and a milder side, we thought we'd give it a shot and we like it. It's a lot like Star Tours. It's time to begin our Kim Possible adventure, which begins with a brief survey and some paperwork upstairs at the Canada pavilion. And a temporary $300 deposit on our credit card to cover the special cell phone, our 'communicator.' It will give her video instructions, ask her multiple choice questions regarding her results on the tasks, and automatically signal her when we're in proximity to our next location. As we get our mission instructions and leave with our communicator, Elysia looks up with a big grin and says "This is gonna be fun!" Our first instruction is to go to the United Kingdom and talk to the toy soldier. "What should I say?" Well, let's go see what we see. As we get up to the UK, Laurie and I have to make a pit stop, and Lisi is quite indignant. "Hey, I'm kind of on a mission here." Well even Kim Possible has to pee, sheesh! The toy soldier tells us there's a clue in the red phone booth. (It would have been cooler if he'd called it a telephone box, but I bet not many American Kims would have a 'clue' what that is.) After we've entered the secret code, a golf ball comes out, which we have to take back inside the Sportsman's Shoppe to run through the golf ball analyzer. After verification that our ball is "authentic," the analyzer tells us we have to find a shield some where in the shop with two golf clubs on it. We press a button and the shield flips around, revealing a four-symbol code we have to remember. After entering the code, we get instructions to find the tea caddy clerk at Twining's and say "Danger is my cup of tea!" He hands Lisi a pack of Indian Spiced Chai Tea. Her communicator instructs her to enter the name of the tea and hold the package against the communicator so it can analyze it. It checks out, and we're told to search for a butterfly in a box in the garden. The butterfly has a rose on the back of one wing and a crown on the back of the other, so we're guessing we need to go to the Rose & Crown pub. When we get in front of the pub, the communicator activates and sends us to a window next to #3 Regency Street. Mission complete, head to France. Lisi gets a phone call from her mom, and is quite excitedly telling her about the mission. "And right now, I'm going over to France . Yeah!! . I'm at Magic Kingdom . I mean Epcot . No . Yeah . Yup! . I have a cell phone . No, I'm talking to you on Grandma's cell phone, the fake cell phone is the secret communicator for our spy mission . I have to go, I have to finish my mission." Once we get into France, we're sent to the cinema to find a gargoyle. Next stop are some statues in Souvenirs de France. Now we have to find the Procrastinator Ray, and the first step is finding some books in the window at Plue et Palette. A clue there leads us to an antique camera by the lagoon that we can look through to see the top of the Eiffel Tower. This is serious stuff though, so before leaving the bookstore, she rereads the clue twice to make sure we know exactly what it is we have to do. As soon as we approach the camera, our comm tells us to push a button on the gray suitcase before looking in the camera, and we see the Procrastinator Ray. (And also get our picture taken from the top of the tower!) Next stop is the Parfumerie, but the sun is killing me at this point, so I'm enjoying the shade while the girl spies hunt for L'Eau du Lait. They spend quite a time looking for it and finally do, but it's not an easy task at all. And then they're right back with me, looking for a certain bench by a certain post in front of the French restaurant. When she gets in the right spot, her comm sends her to La Casserole and she says "I remember seeing that, I know right where it is!! Follow me." We get back in front of that shop and are instructed to make our way to the Imagination Pavilion. A cast member has to give us access to Dr. Drakken's secret lair upstairs. More forms await us there, and we enter our secret code and drop our communicator into a special tube in order to blow up some evil thing in the basement. Then we have to hit a series of buttons until we can get five red X's and blow something else up to foil Dr. Drakken's evil plan. Lisi's quite excited about getting her Kim Possible pin, one only given to those completing the mission. (Fifty a day, and we're in week 3 of a five week trial, so sort of a limited edition at this point.) [And unless they unloaded the leftovers, they might get even more valuable, since I don't believe this project panned out and was dropped.] Since we still have Fast Passes for Soarin', we'll have lunch at the Sunshine Food Fair. I still don't really like the food choices here, but Elysia remarks that they have a lot of very healthy things, and decides on two hard-boiled eggs for lunch. And a ginormous piece of chocolate cake. Very pleasant conversation here, going over our mission and all our other activities, and in generally very good spirits on our next-to-the-last day. This time on Soarin', she's decided not to do the "smaller aviator" loop on the belt, but they make her use it. But the earlier fear is gone, and she doesn't use the hand rails for the entire trip. On our way out, we pick up another set of Fast Passes for tonight. I thought we were going to Spaceship Earth now, but someone did mention Mouse Gears this morning, so that will be first. Shopping is fun (for some), Spaceship Earth is fun, and we're headed back to the pool. The girls want to swim in a different pool, so we get our mugs and head over to the flower pool. Laurie spends about five minutes in the pool before finding a nice lounge chair, putting her feet up, and relaxing with a phone conversation with her friend Miss Charlotte. Lisi spends about 45 minutes though, before we all head in for a short nap. We're on our way back to Epcot now for dinner and more Soarin' and the sky Elysia is noticing the colored lights in the sidewalk entering the Innoventions Plaza. Laurie tells her they look even cooler after dark, so she says "Well remind me to come back this way after dark then." The standby line says 75 minutes and the cm in the Fast Pass line must have read the look on Lisi's face, saying "It's only going to be about 10 minutes from right here, I swear." About two-thirds of the riders this time are newbies, so that always makes it even more fun. As our trip ends and we descend back to the floor, Lisi is applauding along with most the rest of the travelers. Our dinner in Italy is very tasty, very noisy, and not especially magic. We hadn't eaten there before, and our assessment is that it's high price for medium experience. One cool thing is that mid-meal, the entire serving staff comes out to the dining room and sings the Italian national anthem. They almost get a little bit rowdy, and I mention to the maitre'd who is standing next to us that if I didn't know better, I'd think they were football fans. [This was shortly after Italy had beaten France in the World Cup.] He bends down to me and quietly says "Don't talk to me about football, I'm from France." After a half-hearted partial tour making masks at the KidStops, we decide to beat the crowd out of the park, passing the big ball as Illuminations is cranking up. That gets us a bus to ourselves, and it's good to relax after a long day, looking ahead to the end of our trip tomorrow.