Day 8 Sat. Oct. 31
50 F, Cold! Raining! Nonstop.
Got up early again, but not as early. About 7:30. We packed everything
up last night and took pix of the room. Popped over to the "free"
continental breakfast in the hotel. Pretty standard. Then went over to
Disney Village for stamps but the post office wasn't open yet. So we went
to the park. Got in about 9am and got coffee.
Then a second trip on Phantom Mansion. Walked over to Space Mountain but
the line was horrendous. Went to the Auberge du Cendrillion and made
reservations for lunch. Retried Space Mountain and it was better this
time. Noticed it only had one corkscrew, as it felt like 2 yesterday.
Before lunch we also trekked around Adventure Isle (like Tom Sawyer
without the rafts) and Storybookland which had no guides on the boats and
loaded faster (it loads from a central spinning turntable). Also had some
different stories, like Peter and The Wolf and Chernabog.
Then hit the Mark Twain. It goes counterclockwise in DP. Had an ok lunch
at 2:30, I had steak, Kel had a country salad (oh, for a real salad! With
dressing! The smoked goose and quail eggs were good but the rest....)
Then back to the post office and sent off all the remaining postcards we
could with our few remaining francs. Checked out where to pickup our
luggage at Eurostar then decided it was too cold to hang out at the
Walked back to the park and got a bench in one of the malls(arcades).
Relaxed and people watched until; about 6:15 then trudged back to the
depot in the pouring rain. Got our luggage, checked in and got on our
train (where I'm writing this now).
-Stuff we forgot yesterday: It is Hella dark at night in DP. Saving
energy or something on lighting I guess. A lawsuit just waiting to happen.
Same thing in the caves on Adv. Isle (even in the day).
All the rides moves faster, except the Mark Twain. The arcades had real
gas lighting and the lamp in the bazaar was really cool with blue and red
hanging glass cups and beaten tin hanging from chains. (Kel)
Got into London Waterloo on time (21:39) and cleared immigration no prob.
We now have 2 UK entry stamps, but no exits..;) At the exit to Waterloo
Station we found the TIC open and booked a room at the
Hotel La Place
(just off Baker Street) for 3 nights. (at a whopping £95/night). A 4 star
hotel. Got our underground travel vouchers validated and directions to
the locals taxi stand (so we wouldn't get stuck with tourist prices).
While we were there we grabbed the train schedule for Southampton. A 15 min ride
and £8 later we arrived at our hotel. Check in was a breeze. The guy
said it was the last double he had, but could give us a bigger room the
next night. Room is a bit cozy, but fine, so we'll keep it. Coffee
service, hair dryer, trouser press, the usual.. ;) Watched the Fugitive,
had tea and then off to bed.