Saturday, December 10, 2011

Disney World: Day 1 - Epcot

The first park of our trip was Epcot.  We arrived about 45 minutes before the park opened.  Each day we made breakfast in the condo, wrapped it and took it with us to the park of the day.  While waiting for the park to open we would leisurely enjoy breakfast and a cup of coffee.  On the first morning we had egg, bacon and cheese mini croissants.  It helped to start each day with a good hearty breakfast that kept everyone full for several hours.

Once the park opened we headed to Soarin' to get fast passes.  Since there wasn't much of a line yet we went ahead and rode it while we were there.  I was really nervous about how Eliza Claire was going to react to the various rides at Disney World.  This was the perfect first ride. She and the rest of us loved it.  She declared it the "best ride ever!" when exiting the ride.

After Soarin', we went over to Test Track.  Eliza Claire could hear and see just enough that she was very unsure about the ride.  We convinced her to give it a try.  When the ride was over she declared Test Track "the best ride ever!"  At that point I knew it was going to be a fun week.

We spent the morning and afternoon in Future World.  We rode Soarin twice, Mission Space Green twice (except Michael who rode Orange the second time), Test Track twice, Living with the Land, Spaceship Earth, Seas with Nemo.  I was surprised at how much we all liked Living with the Land, especially the green house part of the ride.  And, I was surprised at how disappointed I was with the Seas with Nemo ride.  I really thought it was going to be a ride through the actual aquarium, not just video of sea creatures.  We didn't have time to do much in the actual aquarium but it looked awesome.

On our way out of Epcot we had our first character experience.  Daisy and Stitch were visiting and there was no line!  My kids enjoyed the characters more than I thought they would.  It is amazing how expressive and funny they can be without being able to talk.  Everyone really liked Stitch even though the girls had no clue who he was.  

We went back to the condo for a late lunch and a break.  While I took a nap, Michael and the kids went to the pool and hung out in the Lazy River for a bit.

We went back to Epcot around 5:00 or 6:00.  We spent the evening in the World Showcase.  We sampled food from various countries instead of having a real meal.  We had Lefse in Norway.  It is a potato flat bread spread with a cinnamon sugar butter.  We had pot stickers and egg rolls in China.  Every one got a bite or two.  All the girls liked the pot stickers and Charlotte really liked them.  I think I'll have to find a recipe and make her some.  None of the girls liked the egg roll.  We had some caramel treats from Germany.  Obviously, this was Rehm's favorite.  And we had a Brat from Germany as well.  We only made it through about half of the World Showcase. 
For Grandma
This is Rehm with Neptune.  I ask him to come get his picture taken with Poseidon and he said, "Mom, Poseidon is Greek. We are in Italy, this is Neptune." 

We used a fast pass to ride Maelstrom in Norway and then staked out a seat for the fireworks.  While waiting for them we took turns going to Mexico to ride The Three Caballeros.  It was super cute and a fun low-key ride at the end of the day when the kids were getting tired.  Everyone really enjoyed it.

Then we watched the fireworks.  They were great except for Eliza Claire begging to leave for the entire show.  She didn't cry but she did not  want to be there and she made sure everyone knew it.

Favorite Rides:
Michael: Mission Space: Orange
Jennifer: Test Track
Rehm: Not sure I'll have to ask him when he gets home.
Charlotte: Soarin'
Ruby: Test Track
Eliza Claire: Test Track

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