2014 Florida Vacation Day 3: Epcot
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True, there aren't as many rides here, but there's still plenty to do and if you start off your vacation with this WDW park, the kids will never know what they're missing.
We were able to make it around the entire World Showcase and still had time to do some things in the other side of the park. In fact, one of our favorite rides was Mission Space. I, personally, rank it as the most intense ride/attraction that we did all week because it was the only one that made me nauseous and had me wondering if I'd make it to the end! We had a blast! No pun intended.
I wasn't expecting much from Canada, but the movie, "O Canada" was really good and had us adding our neighbors to the north to our "to visit" list. Beautiful!
The UK was next and, unfortunately, didn't have much to offer aside from cool telephone booths, a boat-load of Dr. Who stuff, and quaint cottages.
France was a bit better, especially because I was able to get a Grey Goose Vodka Slush from one of the vendors. Vive la France! Also, the show, Impressions of France was really lovely and made me want to visit there, as well.
The first disappointment of the day was the Phineas and Ferb's Agent P's World Showcase Adventure. I thought that the boys would receive their phone at the beginning and would look for one or two clues in each country. Nope, not how it works. Instead, the kiosks are located within a couple different countries and they have to look for clues in that country only. AND they only have so long to complete the mission or it stops working altogether. So, once you start a mission you are stuck in that particular country no matter how boring it is or how little there is to do. And don't even think of taking any breaks or detours. Grrrr. Not helpful, Disney, not helpful. The boys completed the France mission and were rewarded with a special pressed penny which was cool. Almost made me want to do the others. Almost.
Morocco was next and I really enjoyed the architecture and scenery in this showcase. There were so many beautiful colors!
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Japan had a neat little museum dedicated to anime and manga. We were lucky to get there during the drum show. Really cool!
Next up was The American Adventure. I was surprised that everyone agreed to stop here, but I'm so glad we did because the singers were amazing and the turkey legs were awesome!
Italy was another country that was nice to look at, but didn't have much to offer. Aside from gelato. The boys loved the gelato!
Ditto Germany. But without gelato.
China was pretty. We had to rush though this country on our way to Norway so that our Maelstrom fastpasses wouldn't expire on us.
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Norway....the second disappointment of the day. Maelstrom is one of only two rides in the showcase and it. was. a. total. bummer. You can do better, Disney!
We ended our world trip at Mexico. I wasn't expecting much from the ride here, but it was kind of cute. Mainly, though, I just wanted some taquitos. Maybe next time.
With plenty of time left, we headed over to the rest of Epcot and rode some things there.
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And just acted crazy in general.
The night ended with a beautiful firework show, which I didn't get any decent pictures of because of a large tree blocking the view.
We were pretty exhausted and vowed to take a midday break the rest of the week. But it was worth it!