Disney Recap {Epcot}

Day one in the parks and we chose Epcot based on crowd levels and about a dozen other things I'll fill you in on if you ever want to plan a trip to DisneyWorld ;) We were the first people at the gates to get in, which is always a plus, especially considering how early we got up. We are definitely the crazy people who spend every possible minute in the parks.
Epcot officially opened at 9am, but they typically will let people in about 15 minutes before that. We were at the bus stops every day by 7:30 at the latest! I'm pretty sure I got up earlier on vacation than I do  for work… but it's Disney! You have to! It's funny to look at our pictures from start to finish though- I'm pretty confident I look more and more tired each day.
So we headed to the bigger attractions first thing, knowing that they would have longer lines later in the afternoon. It's amazing how much you can get done in that first hour or two before the rest of the crowd gets there. We hit up Soarin' which you should youtube here. No video can really describe the hang-glider type of feeling you get on this ride, but it's a favorite of ours that we were able to ride twice that day. After Soarin' was the awesome Test Track ride which resulted in an awesome ride photo:
We spent the early morning hitting up another fun attractions like the Finding Nemo ride, Captain EO, Living with the Land and Spaceship Earth. Basically- everything we could want to do and more! 
Something I love about Disney is that there is just always something going on around you. Yes there are awesome rides and shows and dining experiences, but there is so much more to it than that. I love taking the time to look around and explore new areas each time we're there. This morning we stumbled upon the "Jammitors" who were hilarious and fun!
The second part of Epcot, known as World Showcase opens a few hours after the rest of the park so that's where we headed a little before lunchtime. This is the area of the parks with tons of different countries to explore and we just love it! Lots of times there are different street performers and live musicians so it's fun to see what's going on in each 'country' at various times in the day. You know Mexico's pavilion with the fun boat ride inside is one of our favorites.

Jared and I also attempted to grab a selfie in each country this time. We missed a few, but that's okay. Bet you didn't know we were such world travelers, huh?
We also tried got to sample pops from all over the world. Some were super tasty, some were DISGUSTING! My personal favorite was Thailand's version of Fanta- yum, yum!

Our dinner reservations that day were at the Akershus House in Norway. 
We'd heard great things about the buffet and desserts, but not just that! It's a character dining where you don't have to wait in any type of line to meet the princesses! Sign me up! We met Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White and (not picture bc she wasn't that great) Sleeping Beauty. It was SO fun to interact with all of them and man, they are good at their jobs. 
Belle loved my shirt and noticed it right away. And I quote, "Your shirt looks just the window in my castle!" Sidenote, if you ever want to feel unattractive, just stand next to a Disney princess after you've been sweating all day and while your hair is in a ponytail.

This post is AGAIN getting so long. I told you it's tough to recap Disney… especially when you take as many pictures as I do! So I'm going to cut myself off and just photo dump the rest of this day for your enjoyment with shorter captions… if I can!
Meeting Mickey and Minnie :)
Fun lights in the sidewalks
Gorgeous fountains!
Goodbye, Epcot! :)

42 comments

  1. I think I'll begin planning my next vacation now. This looks like SO much fun!

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  2. I was in Disney a year ago around this time and reading your posts bring back so many memories!! Glad you two had such a fun time!

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  3. Epcot was my absolute favorite. We ate & drank so much there and loved every second :) And Soarin' was the BEST. I love those last pictures of you two.

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  4. So much to do, you can try different soft drinks from around the world like that at the World of Coke in Atlanta. It's amazing to me how palettes around the world are so different.

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  5. Can't believe that was all in one day!!! What a fantastic vacation!

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  6. I remember all those different country rides when we went - so fun!

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  7. I love that Jared's wearing a Disney shirt! So awesome :)

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    1. Hey, mine is a Disney shirt too!!! ;) But I do think he wins for MOST Disney clothing items- hehe!

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  8. My SIL is at Disney right now doing the college program .. She's working at animal kingdom :) were going in December and it's just too far away for my liking!

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    1. Oh, how fun! I so wish I'd done that while I was in college :) What does she do at AK? We were there last Saturday!

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    2. She's a guide on the Kilimanjaro Safari . I'm hoping she decides to stay full time after the program so we can get some discounts haha ;)

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  9. How cool is the new Test Track?! We did it last minute and I'm so glad we did it to see the new and improved side of it. Also...okay time for me to know all of your thoughts about the wristband...aaand go! :)

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  10. Love love love it! I'm not much of an EPCOT fan but I do LOVE the countries... so much fun! The steakhouse in Canada is amaaazing and I love grabbing a desert pastry in France!

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  11. It looks like Snow White was diggin' on your man, all feeling his bicep & such. Ha!

    Again, it looks like an amazing time! You two are so cute with your selfies in the different countries. :)

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  12. I'm pretty sure that the snow white/Jared picture is my fav lol! Aside from that last one of you two! SO cute!! Seriously cannot wait to plan a trip here!!!

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  13. So fun! I cannot believe y'all got up so early on vacation! I guess it's a must at Disney though, huh?

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  14. Did you actually sleep there because I don't remember sleeping much, ha!

    Great pics :)

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  15. now i want to go to disney sooo bad! this looks like tons of fun!

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  16. Ahhh, I WANNA GO! I've been when I was little, but I don't remember a lot of it. The dessert looks so good! Loooove that last picture of yall!!

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  17. I really regret not going to Epcot while I lived there. We did magic kingdom a few times & animal kingdom.

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  18. Did you get to see the fireworks show there? We got engaged during the show, so I am a little partial thinking it is the best of the parks :)..
    Keep the recaps coming!

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  19. World Showcase is my favorite!! I eat there every time I am in Disney!

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  20. The world showcase is my absolute favorite! Love the princess dining though I'm still not feeling Ariel's new dress.

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    1. Also, I'm just realizing this....Anna and Elsa weren't in Norway for you guys??

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  21. ahhhh I love it!!! I have to get my photos up this weekend, even if it kills me!

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  22. You're right, it's SO hard to put Disney into words! What you wrote brings me right back to our trip :)

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  23. With every post, I am wishing more & more that it was October!

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  24. Lady & the tramp! Love it! Did I mention, I really want to go to Disney one day? Until then I'm going to live vigorously through y'all's trip(s)! Again, happy (belated) anniversary!

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  25. I just love you guys!! Love that you had so much fun!!!

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  26. This TOTALLY makes me wanna be at Disney now!!!

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  27. I've never been to Epcot but it looks awesome!! I'm thinking one day you Kayla and I should do the Disney Princess Half Marathon?!?! :)

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  28. OMG you guys are so cute!! I love your shirts!! And nice to see you in "Canada"!!! ;)

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  29. I love everything about Epcot...and these pictures including both you AND Jared's shirts! Yay!! Glad you 2 had so much fun, but I mean it's Disney how can you not?! :)

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  30. You're like, a Disney guru at this point ;) And ps, LOVE that last picture. You two are so sweet.

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  31. UGH WHERE IS THE PICTURE OF YOU KISSING HIM. I love that one. Also can't wait to see all this stuff you are talking about! I haven't been to disney since like.....errrrr 8 years ago? My dad booked us a last minute surprise trip to dsiney like my brother and I have been begging for ever. Especially me.

    P.s did they get rid of the "carousel thing" like the its a great big beautiful tomorrow? EVERYONE hates that but I've always loved it....for a weird reason..

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  32. So fun!! Loving all the pictures!!

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  33. I could look at your pictures from Disney all day!!! Do the pops taste a lot different than here? That dessert...omg!!!! I want to lick my screen.

    that last pic is super cute


    btw Breanna just saw these and squealed...Princess Belle, Cinda-ella, Snow White, Mickey, Minnie....then said I love princesses can we go see them lol

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  34. Glad I'm not the only 20 something who wore Disney clothes on my trip! LOL It should be a law that you have to wear Disney there! We've never tried to go to all the countries; I guess it never interested us. I would like to go there when I go back someday ---fingers crossed!

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  35. EPCOT is my very favorite park.

    I love the last photo of you guys with the anniversary button. We've spent two anniversaries in Disney/on Disney cruises and it's awesome.

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  36. Can we talk about your shirt?! I'M IN LOVE! I'm also dying to go on the nemo ride! It's my favorite movie!

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  37. this is too cute, what a great idea getting there nice and early! i ALWAYS wake up early and am ready to go when on vaca, but NEVER like that at home- NEVER!!!

    i loved your shirt too, that was so cute and your photo in every country- adorable and cute idea!

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  38. Love love love!!!! I want to go here SO BADLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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