Epcot was having its spring flower and garden show, which included a lot of awesome topiary. This car was on the way to the Test Track. We wanted to try and get there before the line was awful, but we were already too late.
Instead, we went to Colortopia and learned about how color work, mixed some colors, and did some magic painting with fiberoptic paint brushes. (All in a blissfully warm building). Next, we bought M some sweat pants as she was still freezing :)
Next up was our first FastPass at Mission Space. I went through first with M & B as E was too short. We took the "Green" adventure, which is the more low-key option. The ride is a flight simulator of a mission to Mars. There was a lot of build up and videos before we got started, but the actual ride was not very intense. It is fun to pretend to take off for Mars though! While we were in the ride, Brent found a small, indoor playground for E so everyone was happy. Then we switched and Brent & B went again on the "Orange" level, which was marginally more spinny. B loved it.
After this ride we went and tried out the Pixar 3D shorts. They were actually really good and exceptionally well done 3D. There was even water splashed on us at one point. The seats also moved with the action (so if a car bumped you "felt" it). They showed three different shorts and they were all awesome.
Our next ride was "Soarin" in which we "flew" all over various parts of the world swooping over rivers and jungles, mountains, and oceans. This included some smell-o-vision as it smelled just like grass as we flew over the grasslands of Africa, for example. It was awesome and really well done. This ride was B's requested fastpass and a great choice.
On our way out of the "Land" area, E wanted to see the Lion King video about the "Circle of Life." This turned out to be a movie about preserving the environment narrated and with valuable lessons being learned by the characters from the Lion King. My guess is it was made in the late 90s..... So, off we went.
E has recently discovered, and fallen in love with, the Lion King so he especially wanted this photo.
Here we are in "Mexico"
We happened onto a photographer so we had a little mini photo-shoot in M's new kimono while Brent tended so some minor injury E had encountered.
We were heading back to the center to pick up some souvenirs the kids spotted earlier in the day and visit the butterfly garden. When it was time for our dinner reservation, we took the ferry boat back to Japan!
I was worried that the kids might not love this restaurant, but Brent and I love Japanese food so I made the reservation anyway. This turned out to be M's favorite food of the trip. This is the type of Japanese food where the chef comes and cooks at your table on a very hot griddle. He did some tricks along the way. Better still all the food was completely delicious. E adored the Miso soup. My scallops were perfection. M loved mango sponge cake for dessert. The food at Epcot was a huge win and this was definitely a highlight for all of us.
|Man, oh man, I love this photo!|
Overall review - the food at Epcot was amazing as promised. The rides were so, so. If we were to return to Disney World, I would get a park hopper pass and come here to eat, but not spend the entire day here.
We only have one more day of park adventures to go and got to sleep a bit longer before our adventures in Hollywood Studios!
(Did you miss the posts on the Magic Kingdom? You can find them here: Part 1 and Part 2)