|Only a great boyfriend would wear these in public... after much begging from me and badgering from Twitter friends.|
Neither of us really cared what we should do next, so we somehow decided to head to the Seas and then the Land. At the Land, we only did Living with the Land, since the Soarin' stand by line was too long, and Alison didn't have a Fastpass. James didn't want to see Captain EO (shame on him), so after Living with the Land, we decided to tour World Showcase. We started in Canada, and along the way, we even passed Alison's parents on their Segway tour! Once we got to Italy, we separated for a while. James and I wanted to eat lunch at Via Napoli, but Alison was having dinner there later that day. She went off to do her own thing, and James and I used the Nate Parrish ADR method to get seated immediately sans reservation... at noon! It was awesome!
Unfortunately, the pizza at Via Napoli was less than awesome. Maybe my expectations were way too high, but I absolutely loved our lunch there in August. This one wasn't anything like that one. Sure, the service was great, but the pizza just wasn't the same as the first time we were there. James agreed, so I know it wasn't just me. All I can say is that almost once a week after we ate there in August, I declared that I was "in the mood for Via Napoli." Unfortunately, I haven't thought that once since we returned from our January trip. My Margherita pizza didn't look anything like I thought it should have (red sauce with clumps of cheese and basil on top... there wasn't even any basil!), and James said his quattro formaggi just wasn't the same. I won't be doing another review on this one, since I did one back in October, but bear in mind that the quality seems inconsistent.
|My pizza in August - so good!|
|My pizza in January - quite a bit bigger for the same price, but nowhere close in quality. It doesn't even look the same!|
|Delicious chocolate caramel apple!|
After our nap, I was really unsure on what I wanted to wear to James' birthday dinner at Bistro de Paris. I obviously wore a nice outfit, but it was so cold that I actually considered wearing my winter coat over it. I decided to settle on a sweatshirt that I would remove once we got to the restaurant.
|James at Club Cool! Obviously that's not Beverly in his hand!|
We got up to the Bistro de Paris podium, and the first thing the hostess said to us was "Are you on the dining plan?" My first instinct was yes, to which she promptly reminded me, "We don't accept the dining plan here." Realizing that I did know this, but caught off guard, I awkwardly responded with, "I know," and she proceeded to check us in. After about five minutes, we were taken upstairs.
|My delicious dessert!|
|James' birthday surprise. It would have looked better with the flash on, but he refused to take the picture with flash.|
After dinner, James stopped at the drink stand to have his first legal alcoholic beverage: the Grey Goose slushie. He said it was good, but dang that small cup was $9.50! We didn't really care if we saw IllumiNations, since we had already seen it twice this trip, so James decided he wanted to use our Fastpasses from this morning. I was very glad we were big Disney fans at this point because many people don't realize you can use Fastpasses past their time windows. Our Fastpasses said "10:18 - 11:18 am" on them, and the cast members let us through at 9:10 pm (there were extra magic hours that night) without blinking an eye. After riding Soarin', we were quite tired from James' big day, so we headed back to the room to go to sleep. The following day would be our last, but we'd also be meeting up with James' brother and his boyfriend!