“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”
Wow, it feels like forever since I’ve done a post!
Getting back into the “college swing of things” has gotten me way off of my blogging schedule. I’m trying to figure it all out…slowly but surely! However, I realized today (while blasting Disney music to get through Stats homework) that I never finished posting about my August adventures in Walt Disney World and that is not okay. So, to get me back in the saddle, here’s Day 2 of my Disney Trip- Our Day in Epcot!
Epcot, hands and feet down, has to be my favorite park in all of Walt Disney World; it is one of Disney’s best kept secrets, in my opinion. While it is much more low key than its neighbor, Magic Kingdom, Epcot holds something particularly special all of its own! This park, originally meant by Walt Disney to be an idealistic living community, is now home to Future World (yes, this is where the “golf ball thingy” is) and The World Showcase.
I don’t have many pictures of Future World because we went there later in the day, but that by no means is meant to slight it! The Land and The Sea are such cool exhibits, the Nemo Ride and Living With the Land are definite “can’t miss” attractions. As a science geek, this section makes me feel like working at Disney with a real job (and not just as a want-to-be Princess) would actually fly! Kudos to you, Disney, for still making those dreams come true.
The Epcot World Showcase never gets old for me! I went to Epcot for the first time this past February and completely fell in love with the countries. This time around, my friends and I decorated Duffy Bears and participated in Kidcot (because why not, right?).
For those who don’t know, Kidcot is an interactive way for people…mostly children…to see the countries and make a unique souvenir to take home! It’s super fun and I highly recommend it because it’s never too late to get in touch with your inner child- especially at Disney World!
Epcot is the best place, in my opinion, to meet and get photos with the characters. The lines were much shorter in this park than any other by far and I love how each cast member takes the time to talk to you! We found Alice in a garden behind the English tea shop!
Morocco is one of the most beautiful places in all of Epcot. Not only is the architecture breathtaking, but the food also is delicious! I got to actually slow down/walk around it this time and I was totally blown away. If there is one thing Disney does right, it’s detail!
(Casually meeting Aladdin and Jasmine…casually freaking out on the inside! It was so very hot outside; this photo-op was one of the few indoor venues!)
Epcot Italy: home of lovely architecture and lovely gelato-serving male employees…I would have more shame if they weren’t so amazingly sweet and attractive, BUT it’s still Italy after all! I figure the overwhelming gorgeousness just comes with the territory…
Things to keep in mind when doing Epcot!
1) Eating your way around the world is your best bet for getting the most you can out of this park! The best food in all of Disney is through these gates, so come on a day when you are ready to eat to your hearts content and then some…you’re walking everywhere in the hot sun anyway, so everything balances out! Some highlights I would definitely recommend are: Crème Brûlée in France, Gelato in Italy, Pretzel in Germany, Sushi and Mochi Ice Cream in Japan (we ate at the Tokyo Dining for dinner which was amazing),Hummus and Olives in Morocco, and Churros in Mexico! Seriously…don’t miss out on the food at the world showcase.
2) Be sure to stay for the fireworks because Epcot’s IllumiNations is the best out of all of the parks. They start around 9 and are the most magical thing! The music is fantastic and anything that celebrates the beauty of diversity is basically already “sold!” to me.
3) Fast passes for the main attractions are an extremely good idea! Things like Test Track (so fun!!) and Mission Space (so cool) have super long lines- cut whenever possible!
4) Take advantage of all the things the countries have to offer! While the movies are a bit outdated, everything else most definitely is NOT! For example, the boat rides in Norway and Mexico are well worth your time and after walking around in the heat all day, it feels great to be sitting down on the water.
I feel like there is so much more to say about Epcot, but I don’t want to bore you all with my gushing! I’m glad to be finally posting this though and hope to get on a more regular schedule now that school is back in full swing!
I can’t wait to catch up on all the blogs and (hopefully) hear from you all!
Until next time,