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Friday, October 28, 2011

Exhibition Protocol Community of Tomorrow - Orland Part 3

Our first Disney experience!
We chose Epcot because it sounded like it was the kind of theme park we would really enjoy.
The boys have never wanted to go see the Castle or meet all the characters.
But Epcot is like a giant Children's Museum and that's right up our alley!

We enjoyed all the rides at Epcot.
I was really impressed with the first one we did inside the giant sphere - Spaceship Earth.
It was really cool!

We took the boat cruise in The Land attraction and saw neat greenhouses and fish farms.

In addition we went to the Innoventions buildings and did a Journey into Imagination with Figment.

Our favorite rides were:

Soarin'- "Feel the exhilarating rush of this free-flying hang gliding adventure"  Really great!
Mission:  SPACE - "Tap into your inner astronaut as you blast into space without leaving Earth"  Very well done.
Test Track - "Board a GM vehicle on the longest, fastest attraction in Disney history"  Fast and fun!

What I liked about Epcot was that all the rides were adventurous without being overly frightening.  We could all ride together and not miss out.

I don't purposefully make Brennan face the sun in all these photos!  Oops.
We're rocking our First Time Visit pins and all the stickers we got.

After all the rides we headed to the World Showcase for several snacks/mini-meals.

The boys in Canada.

Thomas in the U.K.

The U.K. again
(I'm reading Pride and Prejudice and The Rose and Crown is the inn that Elizabeth Bennett and her aunt/uncle are staying at when they visit Pemberley) <-- Austen geek

Two adorable little girls getting their photo taken/autograph with Alice in Wonderland.
The boys and I all thought this was Snow White or Sleeping Beauty.
David had no clue.
A 4 year old girl corrected us.
We're really not Disney experts.
I asked the boys if they wanted their photo with her (knowing the answer) and they said:
Thomas:  "I'm not waiting in that line.  There are 6 people waiting."
Brennan:  "I don't even know who she is or why someone would want their picture taken with her!"
Clearly the Disney experience is slightly lost on my crew.

From the U.K. looking across the Channel into France.





We had a delicious meal of bratwurst and sauerkraut in Germany.
Really delicious!

This was one of my favorite areas.
We really enjoyed the Maelstrom Viking boat voyage and the delicious Scandinavian desserts.



Mariachis were getting ready to play when we toured Mexico.
The boys have heard Mariachis when we lived in Mexico, but not this up close and personal.

The International Food and Wine festival was going on at Epcot while we were there and that made the World Showcase area really crowded.
But it was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed our visit to Epcot.
The rides were fantastic!
And now we can say we've been to Disney!

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