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|
|Goodbye, Epcot! :)|