Disney World: Epcot, Day 5
Our last day at Disney World was spent in Epcot. There was lots to do here but I have to say there wasn’t as much for little kids. That being said, we planned it very strategically so the kids still had a good time.
1. Spaceship Earth – This was the first thing we did. We pretty much just walked on because there were no lines at that hour in the morning. Anya liked it because you got to plan your future life at the end of it.
2. Journey Into Imagination with Figment – We went on this ride and it was cute. The kids liked the dragon.
3. Living with the Land – This one was interesting because you get to ride on a boat and it takes you through where they grow a lot of their food. Disney has really inventive ways of growing things and it gave Eric a few ideas for our garden.
4. Breakfast with the Princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – A month or two before we left, I got worried that we would not get to meet Anna and Elsa and I didn’t want Anya to be disappointed, so we ended up booking a late breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The meal included a buffet of Norwegian breakfast dishes, fresh fruit, yogurt, and pastries, as well as a hot plate of eggs, bacon, sausage, and hash browns brought to the table. Of course, it was very overpriced but the food was pretty amazing. Unfortunately, you don’t know which princesses will be there, but it ended up being Belle (she was there only at the beginning when we walked in), Ariel, Mulan, and Aurora. Each one comes to your table and they parade around the restaurant a couple times. We got some great pictures of Anya with the princesses, but Felix was still not sure about them.
5. The World Pavillions – Since we were already in Norway at that point, we spent an hour or so walking through the different “countries.” They include Norway, US, Canada, Mexico, France, Morocco, UK, China, Germany, Italy, and Japan (not in that order). Other than Mexico that has a ride for the whole family, it is mostly restaurants and shops. I think each also has exhibits (like art, etc.) and a movie, but we didn’t think the kids would sit through any of that. Some of them also have character meets but only at certain times. You could meet Jasmine in Morocco, Snow White in Germany, and Mary Poppins in UK, just to name a few. Anya wanted to meet Snow White so we ended up backtracking to Germany to meet her. If you decide to do this, I highly recommend getting in line the minute the character gets there. They aren’t usually there for that long and they stop the line from getting longer at a certain point. It ended up pouring down rain at one point, so we had to come back a little later and our visit was kind of hurried but we still got a picture with her.
The pavillions were fun to walk through but we didn’t spend a lot of time at any of them, just because we have been to all those countries except China, Japan, and Norway. I have to say that the architecture looked pretty accurate and we took a couple of pictures while we walked around, but all it did was make me want to go to the real countries!
6. Soarin’ – I wasn’t originally going to do this, but we ended up switching around some things to get Fast passes so we could. I have to say it was probably the coolest ride we went on at Epcot. It makes you feel like you are flying over California. Very neat!
7. Mission: Space – We had Fast passes for this ride. There is an Orange version, which is the really intense version, and a Green version, which doesn’t spin. We opted for the Orange version because I got nervous about it making us sick to our stomachs, but I really wish we had gone ahead and just done the Orange one. I noticed that Disney seems to over-exaggerate the rides a little, when it comes to intensity, at least in my opinion. Compared to other rides I have been on in other places, none of them were that intense. The Green version wasn’t bad at all, unless you are claustrophobic, in which case, you might want to skip this one!
8. Club Cool – This is just a little shop that has a bunch of sodas that are popular in other countries. The really cool thing is that you can try them all for free. A couple of them were really good and a couple were really, really bad!!
9. Turtle Talk with Crush – This was a really cute interactive show with a talking turtle. The kids loved it and it was even enjoyable for the adults. It was also the right amount of time.
10. The Seas with Nemo and Friends – We had to go on this ride (we had a Fast pass for it) because Felix is obsessed with Nemo. It was really cute and there is also an aquarium exhibit at the end of it.
We also spent some time walking around the Land Pavillion and just looking at the landscaping. I don’t know if it was because the garden show was going on or if it always looks like this, but there was some seriously awesome landscaping! We also had a free meet and greet in one of the Innovations buildings (I can’t remember which) because we have the Disney credit card. The characters that day were Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy, all of whom we had already met but it was still fun to get another picture without having to wait long.
There was a night show that evening but we opted to hang out at the hotel and get things ready to leave the next morning. If the kids had been older, we could have used an extra day in Epcot, but with our kids being littler, one day did it for us!