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T.G.I.F Pic Of The Week – My Top Fastpass + Picks – Epcot

When I was a kid, I really did NOT care for Epcot. And back in the early 90’s – they certainly didn’t have as much to offer young ones as they do today! It bored me – the countries didn’t make any sense to me, and the whole “Future World” concept did NOT interest me at all. These days, I have grown to appreciate Epcot MUCH more – the futuristic theme is kitschy and fun, and the countries still aren’t my favorite – but their food (and drink!) options are much more appealing as an adult

As we prepare to take our first family trip to Walt Disney World, I try and imagine how my son will see Epcot – will he view it as boring like I did, or will he love it? I tend to think he will love it, as he kind of loves everything and is at that great age where he is in awe of everything new – but still, when it comes to picking Fastpasses for Epcot, I want to make sure I am choosing extra carefully, picking rides and attractions that will cultivate a love for Epcot at a young age. So – I spent a LOT of time thinking about these – my top Epcot Fastpass+ picks:

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The Epcot Character Spot was a MUST HAVE on my Epcot Fastpass list – my son LOVES Mickey and pals – so the chance to meet them ALL in one spot is a necessity! When we were here years ago, it was the “fab five” – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto – and I am not sure all 5 are still here regularly – but no matter to us – we will love whoever is there for hugs and photos and autographs!

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Test Track – Now that the ride has been redesigned and you have the interactive queue where you design your car, I just know that this will be a home run with my son (plus, we love it too!)

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Spaceship Earth – This is a ride that used to have little to no standby wait time, but has grown largely in popularity recently, and has experienced wait times of 45-60 minutes. And since I love it – I want to make sure it’s one we are able to do – so it rounds out our fastpass list for Epcot!

I am pumped to be getting closer to our WDW trip – we are under 3 months now on our countdown! And I have been working diligently on planning the trip – making lists for packing, purchasing things here and there for the trip, and of course making Fastpass+ lists – check out my ones for Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, and stay tuned next week for my Animal Kingdom picks!

TGIF!

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EPCOT Celebrates The Big 3-0!

 

Walt Disney World’s 2nd theme park opened on October 1st, 1982, and it’s letters stand for “Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow”, and Walt designed it to represent a ‘conceptual utopian city of the future’ – and it was originally designed to be a city itself, but when Walt passed, the idea changed into a Park that would embody the ideals and values of Walt’s “Epcot city”

 

Guests who were lucky enough to visit Epcot today received a special commemorative button and guide map. For more information about the celebration happening at Epcot check out the Disney Parks Blog
Personally, I have grown to appreciate Epcot more as an adult – the culture of the World Showcase (and the adult beverages offered there too!), and rides like Spaceship Earth and The Land that would have been boring as a kid are actually really fascinating to me now!

 

Happy Birthday Epcot – and here’s to many, many more!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – There’s A RIDE Inside That Globe?

This huge geosphere is not only Epcot’s Icon, but it is also the home to the Spaceship Earth ride, where you board a tram that takes you on a 16 minute journey through the history of communication. The ride is narrated by Oscar winner Judy Dench, and the scenes depict different milestones in history such as the invention of papyrus, the alphabet, and the printing press.

At first, I thought the ride might be boring, but it’s really not, the scenes are very well done, and it’s interesting to see how far we have come! Oh, and the best part is – it’s interactive! Towards the end, you get to input some information into the screen in front of you, and then ‘your future’ is played out for you! Including these lovely depictions of you living in the future!
It’s one of my favorite rides in Ecpot (especially on a hot day, since it’s inside and air conditioned!), and it’s something everyone can enjoy!
TGIF!
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T.G.I.F Pic of the Week – Entering The Place Where Dreams Come True

I am only a week away from my Disney World vacation, so I am getting just a *little* excited (ok, I am so excited I can barely contain myself, but I will try!). One of the things that I am most excited for is getting to visit all 4 of the theme parks they have to offer, each of which is amazingly special in it’s own way

My favorite moment is when I enter the park, and take a moment to stop and really soak in everything going on around me, the scenery, the smells, the sounds, everything.

Why do I like this moment so much? Well, check out these pictures and you can at least see (not smell or hear though unfortunately!) why I love it so much:

The view of Cinderella’s Castle from the entrance to Main Street in the Magic Kingdom is simply breathtaking (this is my favorite park!)
 
 
Hollywood Studios evokes an old time Hollywood feel, plus there’s the giant Sorcerer’s Hat which I love!

Epcot’s Spaceship Earth globe is huge, and is definitely jaw-droppingly amazing!

Animal Kingdom’s Oasis is green and tropical and makes you feel like you’re in the jungle!
 
 
No matter which park you are at, the view is amazing, and that is only the beginning! The rides, attractions, stores, food, entertainment, it all adds up to an experience like no other! (and one I can’t wait to experience again next week!)
 
TGIF!
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