Sunday, August 1, 2010

Disney Vacation - Day 6

This day was all about visiting Epcot, the last of the four theme parks that make up Walt Disney World.  Nick had previously been to Epcot on a business trip a few years back (but none of the other parks on that trip), and he had told me that Epcot was real "educational", aka boring. Not wanting to miss out on a thing, I dismissed his opinion and off we went.

After stumbling upon Daisy Duck at the entrance,

we had our sights set on The Seas with Nemo & Friends.  We had heard that this was a great attraction for young ones, so we wanted to be sure and see it.

Olivia did a little jig for us while waiting in line.

And though I didn't get any pictures of the actual ride, it was really neat, and the kids LOVED it.  Like many of the rides at Disney, it's simply a people-mover (seashells in this case) that takes you through an aquarium that's been digitally enhanced with Nemo and his friends.  Once you exit the ride, you're already in the massive aquarium with lots to see.

Then we participated in the Talk Time with Crush interactive show.  And again, no pictures.  But it was another fun adventure, and if you find yourself at Epcot with Nemo loving children, I highly recommend it!

We were able to get some fast passes for Soarin', but they weren't until 8:00-9:00 that evening, and being that it was only about noon, we pressed on.  We rode the Journey Into Imagination with Figment, which proved to be a little too much for our young kiddos (more 4D action like air & smells being puffed into your face), and then we opted for a few more mild attractions in The Land Pavilion.  We took a 15 minute boat ride in Living with the Land; the educational message of preserving the environment was lost on our 1 & 3 year old, but hey! at least the ride was moving and there were plants and animals to look at.  I knew we had reached our Epcot ceiling when the kids fell asleep in The Circle of Life, a 20 minute environmental film.

So, in case you haven't noticed from all my foreshadowing, Epcot wasn't exactly the place for our family and two young children.  But thanks to the wonder that is the Monorail, we opted to spend the rest of the day at Magic Kingdom and left Nana & Jaja at Epcot to enjoy the adult attractions.

At Magic Kingdom, we rode the teacups,

and the carousel,

and took a few more pictures of Cinderella's castle!

We also re-visited several of our favorite attractions like Dumbo's Flying Elephants, It's a Small World, and ate dinner Pecos Bill's Cafe.  We knew we wanted to be back at Epcot for the IllumiNations night show, plus we still had our fast passes for Soarin'.  Back on the Monorail we went, and once we arrived at Epcot, I just had to take a picture of our travel wagon and our kids doped up on popcorn.

And snap a shot of the sun setting on the Spaceship Earth sphere.

Nana & Jaja and the kids held our spot by the fence for the laser show while Nick and I rode Soarin', which was like the Omni/IMax Theater, Disney-style.  Which basically means that it was the same concept as those theaters that make you feel as you're really flying over these places, only better.  Definitely worth wait!

During the show, I was playing with the "fireworks" feature on my camera, which basically means all my pictures look like this:

Rest assured, however, that the show was awesome and entertaining for all of us.  Nothing like what we would see at Hollywood Studios, but I'll leave that for Day 7.


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