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Small Worldly Adventures at Epcot

I’m finally on the last day of our spring break vacation at Disney World.  That took me forever to do.

Our last stop was Epcot, which is one huge park.  For some reason, my feet weren’t as tired as the other days, which was good because you have to do extra walking here in order to see everything at this park.

We started off at one of the biggest rides here: Test Track.  We waited in line while my mom got fastpasses for Soarin’ Over California (this other biggest ride there).

Test Track is a fun ride!  I remember going on it when I went to Disney World for the first time, and it was one of my favorite rides.  They redid the whole attraction and made it more modern.  I remember a part where they used a heater to see if your car was durable. Now you get to design your own car and see how it fares through all the tests.  The line was extremely long though.  It was probably close to 2 1/2 hours of waiting time, even though it said the wait was around 100 minutes.

Since the line took so long, we went on a few mini rides (not so mini… the Ellen Degeneres world of energy ride was about 40 minutes long…) before eating lunch since we had an early dinner reservation.

We went to Sunshine Seasons located in The Land, close to Soarin’ Over California.  I was so excited because I finally found corn chowder!!!  The Pacific Wharf Cafe got rid of it at California Adventure and I was super sad about that.  Finding this soup made my day.

After lunch we went on Soarin’ Over California, it was crazy that the line was 3 hours long!!!  I was so confused because the ride is about California, but we’re in Florida and most of these people probably aren’t from California… and yeah.  3 hours long!  Good thing we had fastpasses.  We also went on with Living with the Land.  I liked that ride and wasn’t really expecting us to go through the greenhouses.  I liked seeing all the fruits and vegetables being grown.

We then made our way to the World Showcase.  This is one of my favorite parts since I love seeing the different “countries.”

Just for Mark

We saw the two circle vision videos they had at Canada and China.  It’s pretty cool seeing the countries in a 360 video.  We were going to watch the mini shows each country had, but most of the shows happened already and our dinner reservation was coming up.

We ate at Teppan Edo in Japan.  It is similar to Benihana if you’ve ever been there (teppan style!).  We had a good experience, but I think Benihana is better and tastier.

After dinner, I met Mulan!!!!  I never see here at Disneyland, but I guess since they have a China section, she should make an appearance.  But it was super exciting!  Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies.

I also had that fried goodness above while waiting for the firework show to start.  The firework show was loud and ashy… The show happens in the middle of the World Showcase, so fireworks are going off right in front of you.  This poor duck was floating by us, probably confused about what was going on, unless the duck watches the show every night.

That was pretty much the end to our trip to the theme parks!  This was a great way to end our vacation!  Well, the next day we had some bus trouble.  We were going to go mini golfing but my dad lead us on the wrong bus and we ended up spending almost 2 hours just trying to get to either mini golf of Downtown Disney.  In the end, we just went to Downtown Disney to walk around and eat.

Disney World is such a great place to vacation with your family.  I think no matter how old you are, you will enjoy the Disney magic.  Everyone still has that kid inside of them.  I had such a fun time with my family and I hope that we can go on another trip soon.  I know it may not happen, since I’m graduating and my brother is off doing school, but I can still hope right?!  Even if we annoy each other throughout the vacation, we always end up having a really fun time with each other.

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Meeting Simba’s Family: Animal Kingdom

Day 1 at Disney World!  We got to Orlando at 5 am and got to the Animal Kingdom Lodge at 6 am.  To back up a bit, our flight was delayed to 7:00 pm, but we got to LAX at 3:30 pm on Saturday because we couldn’t reschedule our shuttle.  Our long journey to Florida began.  By the time we got there, we were so exhausted.  We didn’t get any sleep on the plane, except maybe my dad.  Thank goodness that the room was already ready by the time we checked in!  We were able to take about an hour nap before starting our day at Animal Kingdom.  Crazy right?  Going to a theme park on only one hour sleep… I’m still not sure how we all made it to the afternoon.

Animals in the morning! The first thing I saw after my nap.

We went to breakfast at the Mara at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I had their special: a Mickey shaped waffle (yes!) with caramel and apples.  I tried quinoa for the first time and found out that I don’t like it.  I also tried polenta a few days before I left and found out that I don’t like that either.  At least I’m trying new things!  (I used to be a super picky eater.  I mean I still am, but at least I’m getting better at trying new food).

My breakfast: Mickey waffle with apples and caramel

Quinoa

My brother being a diva because of his lack of sleep.


I haven’t had such a heavy breakfast in a long time, which probably wasn’t a good idea since I was tired.  Food coma even more.  After breakfast, we took the shuttle to Animal Kingdom.  Let the theme park tours begin!


I really like this park.  I’m not sure what the general opinion or ranking is for these four parks, but I would have to say this is my second favorite (Magic Kingdom being first!!!).  I know it’s really small and doesn’t have that many rides, but I think this park is really cute and I love the whole theme of the park.  Animals!  And I feel really attached to the Lion King for some reason.  I tweeted about this after we watched a show about the Lion King.  I mentioned that I get so emotional whenever Lion King songs play, especially Circle of Life.  I don’t know what it is!  Circle of Life is definitely my favorite Disney song and Lion King one of my favorite movies.  The greatest opening Disney scene ever.

It’s like the Matterhorn, but someone stepped on it.

This day was a blur now that I look back on it.  I remember feeling queasy, getting soaked, and walking around a lot.  I think I was too tired to think.

The first ride we went on was Everest Expedition, or at least that’s what I think it’s called.  This is where the queasiness came in.  I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t gone on the ride, but I think it was a mixture of just getting off a plane, not getting enough sleep, and part of the ride that made me nauseous.  Not a good feeling!  But the ride was exhilarating.

After, we went on a bunch of rides all over the place.  We were following this tour plan that my dad found in a tour book.  It’s supposed to save you 2-3 hours of waiting time.  It worked today since all the lines were pretty short.  For some reason, there weren’t that many people at the park in comparison to the crowds at the other parks.  Curse you spring break!

We went on the rapids ride and got SOAKED.  I would show you a picture of how soaked I got, but I don’t like the outfit I’m wearing.  I can’t do airport fashion.  Or theme park fashion.  Anyway, I looked like I just jumped into a pool.  I was wet for the rest of the day and let me tell you, walking around in wet underwear and jeans in very uncomfortable.  Don’t do it!


Lunch was boneless chicken wings from a stand next to the Flights of Wonder show.  The wings would have been better if the sauce was less salty.

We went through the safari ride and the animal exhibits after lunch.  Animals, animals, animals!


I love giraffes.

After all this animal seeing, it was pretty much a consensus that we go back to the hotel to take a nap.  We were all exhausted.  We still had to eat dinner and see more shows, but there was no way we could keep going.  And I really really really wanted to change my underwear and jeans.  They were still wet.  Best change of clothes and nap ever.

The first show we watched when we got back into the park was the Celebration of the Lion King.  Go watch it!  It was like a mini musical.  I really liked it.  Like I said before, I get so emotional during anything Lion King.

Dinner was at Yak and Yeti located in the Asia section of the park.


My dad wanted to watch the Finding Nemo musical an hour later so we had to rush eating dinner.  Everything is always a rush when you go places with my dad.  He packs our schedule to the max.


Everyone agreed that this was our favorite restaurant to eat at during the whole trip.  We all liked the dishes we ordered.  I wouldn’t really consider this Asian food, since everything is really Americanized.  But!  The food was still tasty.

Duck

Miso salmon (I don’t think my mom realized her picture was blurry)

Lo Mein

We called it a night at 8 o’clock.  It was one long and tiring day.  We wanted dessert (we always want dessert), but the options at the hotel were very limited.  I think it’s a crime not to have some kind of dessert place at a hotel.  I did a search to see what we could get at the hotel and the first thing that popped up were Zebra Domes.  This is the specialty at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Delicious!  I was surprised by the texture because I though it was going to be solid, but it was soft.  There’s a reason why they’re a specialty!

I knocked out at 11 pm which is the earliest I’ve slept in a really long time.  It was a really fun day, but we still had 4 more days of more Disney fun.