On Thursday, I spent most of the day catching up on some homework and paperwork I had to do. That evening, I had went back to Sushi Tomi to have dinner with Brian, Jeff, Liz, Lynda, Eric, and their baby boys -- Matthew and Christian. It was a fun time and had everyone but Nichol there from our European trip in 2004 (she had class that evening). I couldn't believe how much Matthew and Christian had grown since I had last seen them.
Brian and I went back to his house afterwards to watch LOST and Nichol picked up ice cream for the three of us on her way home from school.
On Friday, I met Christy and Wee-Gee for a day of fun at EPCOT Center.
Wee-Gee's wife Jo works at Disney and met us for lunch.
After lunch, Gary also caught up with us for the rest of the day.
I saw several things that reminded me of places I had visited in Japan during my Mitsubishi days.
Also, a garden in the Canadian village that reminded me of my visit to Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island. (Turns out that is what it was modeled after.)
The rest of EPCOT's landscaping was equally impressive, with animals trimmed from plants everywhere. They even had a rat to commemorate China's year of the rat.
We spent the day mostly just walking around and talking, which was great! We rode a few rides and it was neat to see some of the changes Disney had made. Spaceship Earth in particular had been revamped with some new animatronics which moved much more fluidly than older models had. Jo caught up with us again after she got off of work. We stayed until the fireworks went off and the park closed.
Wee-Gee and I then drove over to check-out the LEGO Store at Disney Village Marketplace. They too had some new things I hadn't seen before.
I was particularly impressed by the 3-foot Millenium Falcon set they had. Only $499!
Of course, that wasn't the only cool LEGO creation we saw...
All in all, today was a wonderfully relaxing day. It was my first time out at Disney in quite some time. (I had an annual pass for years when I lived in Orlando and spent many a Saturday and Sunday afternoon out there.) It was good to be back.