Epcot

What a way to start the new year! We spent January 1, 2014 at Epcot. Before we went there, we ate breakfast at the World Premier Food Court at All-Star Movies Resort. The kids ate Mickey waffles, sausage, and eggs and Derek and I ate whatever was left. We used our Rapid Fill drink mugs so when we were done at breakfast, we had to walk back to the room and then back to the resort to the bus area. We decided we wouldn’t make that mistake again. We weren’t in a hurry so much as it added a lot of extra walking to a day that would be full of walking.

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We rode the bus to Epcot and spent the morning riding rides. We ate lunch at Sunshine Seasons which is located in The Land. It was pretty good, but after reading the reviews I expected a lot more. After lunch, we had some fast passes to use. It was interesting with the new fastpass+ system. I set up all the fast passes ahead of time which was nice, but at the same time, I didn’t know which rides would have long lines at what times. The Seas with Nemo and Friends never really had a line and I had a fast pass for that. The Land didn’t have much of a wait either and I had a fast pass for that. I was really glad we had a fast pass for Soarin’. Without it, we probably wouldn’t have been able to ride it. Even with the fast pass it was a bit of a wait, but doable. The good and bad with that was that Cara couldn’t go on it. I felt bad for her, although she didn’t seem to mind, but we were then able to utilize the rider switch pass. That way she didn’t have to wait in the line, Abby and Cade got to ride twice, and Derek and I each got to ride once. Nemo was close enough that we took Cara on that while she had to wait for the other two to ride Soarin’. Another time I took her on The Land. We had a dinner reservation at Coral Reef. The wall of aquarium was neat to look at and there were divers in there while we were eating. The kids, however, were looking for characters. I ordered the steak which was good. The kids had grilled chicken. It was pretty warm in there, though, and part way through the meal I started not feeling very well. I lost my appetite and only ate about half of my meal. As soon as we got out into the fresh air, though, I felt fine. After dinner, we decided it was time to call it a night and we headed back to the hotel. The kids had some time to play with their iPods when we got back to the room and then it was time to get to sleep to get ready for another busy day ahead.

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Epcot:: Thursday, June 17, 2010

We felt a little more prepared this time around, so we decided to try Epcot again. The first thing we did when we got there mid-morning was get fast passes for Soarin’. Then we rode the Nemo ride a few times, which Abby loved and Cade usually liked. We went into an activity center and the kids’ made velcro frogs. Then we made our way around the World Showcase. Abby got to meet Belle, Jasmine and Aladdin. We stopped in the United States for lunch. On our way past China, we saw Mulan, but she was getting ready to go on a break, so Abby couldn’t meet her…just look. I snapped a picture of Abby with Mulan in the background and Abby looked so depressed. If you ask her now about Disney World, she’ll tell you that she didn’t get to meet Mulan. Nevermind all the other characters she did meet, just that she did NOT meet Mulan. Anyway, Derek was ready to leave but I really wanted to go on Soarin’. Derek took Cade and headed back to the hotel and Abby and I stayed and went on Soarin’. Even with fast passes, we had to wait in line for quite a while, but it was a great ride. Abby really liked it, too. After the ride, we got caught in a downpour before we could make it to the bus. We waited it out in a gift shop and finally decided to just make a run for it. I carried Abby and we got wet, but we made it. We spent the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel.

Epcot and Askerhus:: Monday, June 14, 2010

We started the day early and got to Epcot before it even opened for an 8:00 reservation at Askerhus for the Princess breakfast. On our way in, we got a group picture with Belle. The food and service were great. There were tons of princesses. The girls got pictures with Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Ariel, and Cinderella. I think I was horribly unprepared for Epcot and we spent a lot of the day not really knowing what we wanted to do. It didn’t help that we had gotten in late the night before and got up early that morning and were tired. We went on the Nemo ride a few times and a few others, saw some characters, and we left by noon. We spent the rest of the day swimming and resting at the hotel. Still not a bad day, just not as great as some others.