Disney World trip report day 3 part two: Epcot

Walt Disney World: Through the World Showcase and hitting everything we missed in Future World on sunday, Tuesday day 3 was a very long day.

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted February 14, 2011 at 8:29 PM
By the time we got to Epcot, after stopping at MK for a Splash and Jungle Cruise fix, it was almost 11. We grabbed fastpasses for Soarin' and headed to Mexico for lunch. I may be remembering incorrectly, but I think the menu shrunk since we had visited in 2007. Nevertheless they still had chicken tacos, and lunch was still enjoyable despite the birds. After lunch we took our tour of the World Showcase, hitting all the boat rides and films and meeting characters of course. The two littlest also did the Kim Possible Adventure, and it took them twice as long as the teenagers to get through the showcase because they were having so much fun. The World Showcase in it's entirety took about 3 hours, but that included getting snacks and meeting characters and doing all the attractions, shopping, and waiting in the UK for 20 minutes for the 14 yr old's favorite character, Mary Poppins, to appear.

Back in Future World, we grabbed fastpasses for Test Track. We headed to Club Cool for a drink [my favorite was the gingerale from Mozambique. I also have a recommendation for the Mexican soda and a warning for the Italian one]. We perused through Innoventions West but nothing enticed us, so we headed to Innoventions East for Sum of All Thrills. Easily one of my favorite attractions. If you haven't been to it, basically you make a rollercoaster or jet track, test it, then ride it in a simulator robot arm thing. Make sure it goes upside down, that's the best part. Turns are good too for those that don't want to go upside down. You get thrill points for your track pieces. My high score was 972. And trust the cast members when they tell you to put everything in the locker. I got hit in the face with a pin lanyard the first time.

After Innoventions, we used our Soarin' and Test Track fastpasses, then went on Mission Space. The teenagers then went on Ellen's Energy adventure while the 6 year old and dad met characters and the 8 year old and mom went on Captain EO again. It was now 7, and since we had already done much of future world on sunday, we'd had our fill of Epcot.

All day, there were no lines for anything except Soarin' and Test Track, which both had 40 minute waits. There were no crowded walkways, and though we did a lot it was at a leisurely pace. Getting a head start on Epcot on sunday really helped get rid of the worry of doing everything, since there's so much to do there.

We went to France to get a takeout dinner of baguette sandwiches and found a place to sit in Japan for the fireworks. I've heard fabulous things about Illuminations, but it didn't impress me nearly as much as I thought it would. Still a fabulous show, but in my opinion it pales in comparison to the 50th anniversary Disneyland show.

The only time we truly waited for a bus all trip was the 30 minutes we waited after Epcot. But it seemed much longer when you add in walking from Japan to the exit then to the bus. And it had been another long day. But the next day we slept in and went to downtown disney, then swam in the hotel pool and went to bed early.

From Deborah Davis
Posted February 15, 2011 at 7:24 AM
I am really enjoying your trip reports. There was a time when I pretty much lived at Disney, but haven't been in years. How many days were you there?

From James Rao
Posted February 15, 2011 at 7:46 AM
Thanks for sharing. One tip: next time you visit Illuminations, watch from the front of World Showcase, not the back. I think it makes a huge difference to view it the way the Imagineers intended it to be viewed.

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted February 15, 2011 at 8:18 PM
From the front would probably make a huge difference. We watched from World Showcase because it was where we had dinner and the Future World viewing was pretty crowded due to a huge group of non english speakers that roamed the parks all week.

We were there 8 days, but only 4 days in disney parks. I'll write the Hollywood Studios report soon, and a Sea World report, and a report on Pop Century. It was a great vacation.

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