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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.

Magic Kingdom

I’m so slow at writing about my spring break trip!  It’s almost been four weeks since we went (omg time is going by so quickly!).  I’m at Day 4 – we went to Magic Kingdom and I was re-energized.  This place was like Disneyland, but more.  And boy, there was more.  I didn’t realize how much land Disney World has, so they have the glorious option of expanding, left, right, upside down, whatever they want.  Here, there’s no room to do anything!

Look at all the people!  I liked being able to compare the Disneyland and Magic Kingdom because it made me pay more attention to detail.  Some were obvious, like the difference between the It’s a Small Worlds and Haunted Mansion (why is the mansion made of brick…?).  One of the highlights for me was Mickey’s Philharmagic.  I loved it!  I wasn’t sure what to expect when we went there, but it was really good.  And I’ll just say that… the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disneyland is WAAAAYYY better than the one at Magic Kingdom.

We followed the Schedule again and hit up all the big rides.  The line for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was crazy!  It seemed like all the people were over there for some reason.

For lunch we went to the Be Our Guest restaurant.  They told us that the wait was about 1 1/2 hours, but it definitely didn’t take that long for us to get inside to order.  The theme-ing of the restaurant is so awesome!

The menu is French inspired, which is fitting since Beauty and the Beast takes place in France.  My family ordered the tuna nicoise salad and I got the turkey sandwich.

A view of the ballroom.  We sat in the Beast’s lair (I’m not sure if that’s what it’s called, but that’s what I’m going to call it).  It was hard to take pictures since it was really dark, but the room looked like the Beast tore through it.  The rose sits in a corner, its petals slowly falling.

This restaurant is awesome!  The theme-ing was well done.  It makes you feel like you’re a guest in the castle.

We spent the rest of the day going on the major rides, trying to hit the attractions that aren’t at Disneyland.

Lets talk about Tomorrowland.  So, the first time I ever went to Disney World, I was about 10 years old and this ride called Alien Encounter was there.  It was based off the movie Alien.  Lets just say that ride scarred me.  My dad kept asking us if it brought back memories when we went on the ride, which is now Stitch’s Great Escape.  OF COURSE!  I was terrified!!!  I don’t know what made Disney think it was okay to have a scary ride like that in MAGIC Kingdom.  So scary.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should watch a video of the ride on YouTube.  I’m pretty sure if I went on that same ride today, I’d still be terrified.  Then again, I get scared really easily.

I can’t remember the name of the restaurant we went for dinner, but it’s located in the colonial USA part of the park.  By this time, I was so tired of eating fried everything, but I had to settle for fried fish (sigh) and some broccoli.  I don’t like salmon, I didn’t want to get that plate.

After dinner, we went on the rides in Tomorrowland, since that was the last section we hadn’t gone to.  The Monster’s Inc. Laugh Factory was super hilarious!  I recommend you watch the show because it’s really adorable and funny.  I like it better than Turtle Talk with Crush.

Last, but not least, we stayed to watch the fireworks show, because how can you miss their famous firework shows?  Personally, I like Disneyland’s firework show better, because I think they have a bigger finale sequence (basically the show as a whole is better).  I thought it was cool that they used the castle to project video onto during pre-firework show and during the show.

Even though we were super tired and cold and that Disneyland and Magic Kingdom are similar, we still had a fun day.  It was cool to see the differences between the two parks and go on the different rides they have there!  We had one more park to go to before the end of our vacation: Epcot.  One more day of waking up early and walking around everywhere!

Going to Hollywood Studios

Day 3 – On day 3 we went to Hollywood Studios and boy was it cold.  I was still wearing the same sweater that I’ve been wearing for the past couple days (it probably smelled, but my warmth mattered more).

We followed, what I now call, “The Schedule”.  The first thing it said was to get a fast pass for Rockin’ Roller coaster and get in line for Toy Story Mania.  We waited in line for Toy Story Mania for almost two hours because there was a delay half way through waiting in line.  My dad kept complaining, coming up with different scenarios of how Disney should please costumers if a ride breaks down.

Toy Story Mania is one of my favorite Disney rides.  It’s so much fun and I get so competitive.  I will not go easy on you!  I know my score isn’t that high in comparison to other people’s, but I’m trying to improve.  My arm gets so tired in the middle of the ride.  I don’t understand how some people do it!

I don’t have very many pictures from the rest of the day.  It seems like as the days went on, the less pictures I took.

We hit all the big rides, including Rockin’ Roller coaster, which is awesome.  My mom went on it and enjoyed it, and she doesn’t even like roller coasters.  If you want a thrilling ride, definitely go on Rockin’ Roller coaster.  The beginning… OHHHMMAGAHHHH.  Other big name rides are Tower of Terror, Star Tours (which we didn’t go on), and… I can’t think of any others.  My dad wanted to watch the Indiana Jones stunt show and this new car stunt show they had.  My dad loves the Indiana Jones stunt show.  It’s been his favorite since he saw it for the first time, however many years ago.

I need to make a comment about the Little Mermaid Ride, it was so random.  Okay, it maybe wasn’t that random, it’s just I was expecting a ride.  There is a new attraction there called the American Idol Experience.  It’s based off of the real show, where three park guests each show compete for the audience’s votes.  Whoever wins throughout the day goes to the finale at the end of the day and competes for a ticket to audition first at one of the American Idol audition stops.  I thought it was pretty cool and the singers were really good.  I had a fun time watching the show.

For dinner, we had a reservation at the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater.  I love how this restaurant is set up.  It look likes a 60’s drive in movie theater.  You sit in cars while watching clips of sci-fi movies from the 60’s.  My dad kept saying how it brought back memories of going to drive in theaters when he was a kid.

I ordered the whole grain pasta with white sauce.  I don’t like whole grain pasta or white sauce, but I don’t like hamburgers (even more than I don’t like white sauce and whole grain pasta) and I was really craving pasta.  My brother was the one who ordered the burger.

After dinner, we watched the Beauty and the Beast show, which is a shortened version of the musical.  The last rides we went on was something about Jack Sparrow…. My dad saw that it was a new ride and he wanted to see what it was.  It was geared more towards kids, as they were “training” to be apart of Jack Sparrow’s crew.  It was freezing by this point, so we decided to go on one last ride before going back to the hotel.  We went on The Great Movie Ride, which shows scenes from some of the greatest movies of all time.  My dad keeps telling my brother and me to watch these movies.  One day I will…

It was another fun and tiring day of Disney fun!  These parks are sooo spread out and The Schedule had us walking all over the place.  My poor feet though… two more days.  And possibly the two biggest parks were left.