Day 2: Epcot Center
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December 23rd, 2007 – by: Reephboy
So, to the best of my recollection we headed straight for Test Track. We, as a group of 6 (without my mom who doesn't do fast rides or rollercoasters), made it through the line in only 20 or 30 minutes. This is a super fun ride that I ended up enjoying at least 4 times that day.
Once our need for speed had been satisified we headed of to The Land and got a Fastpass to Soarin'. We definitely needed a Fastpass here as the line was already an hour or more when we arrived. Because we were already there we decided to take a ride on something with a short line, something like Living With the Land. Living With the Land is a little ride on a boat that really exposes how much we rely on our terrestrial natural resources. The boat cruised along its path and took us through a working greenhouse full of different types of vegetables, fruits, and other agricultural products. Our tour then highlighted some of the most modern methods of agriculture, such as hydroponics and even aeroponics. It was really fascinating and educational as well as a nice way to get off of our feet for a little while.
Next up, The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Take a little ride in a clamshell and see Nemo and the rest of the gang. Pretty cool. Again, I actually liked the line better than the ride. At the end of the ride though there is an aquarium with some pretty good fish to look at. There's also a Dolphin aquarium where you can see them swimming around and you can watch them interact with visitors. This area features an interactive deal called Turtle Talk with Crush. Basically this is a question and answer session with our buddy Crush, the adult turtle from the movie. Somehow they've got it set up so that there is a hidden camera on the audience and someone can talk to the kids who asks questions using a voice changing device that makes them sound like Crush.
Afterwards we headed over to Mission: Space. Here you have to make the decision as to how brave you are. Right off the bat they say to you, "Green Line or Orange Line?". Which means, "wimps or heroes?". Ha! Not really, but the Orange Line is definitely more intense. I did ride both. When we first arrived the Green Line was much shorter and most of the family didn't want to wait, but I persuaded my cunado to endure the hour wait for the Orange Line. It turned out that they put four people each in a "flight simulator" with monitors inside and all kinds of buttons and joysticks. Each person is designated a task and must push a button on command in order to complete the mission.
Later we checked out Soarin', and because we had used our Fastpasses we got right up to the front of the line. This was a very enjoyable but short ride. They strap you into a row of seats that you are suspended from and lift you up in front of a Imax/Omnimax type of screen and take you on a tour of California. You can feel the wind rush past and can smell the pines and citrus fields as you glide past. The seats move in the same motion you would imagine a hanglider to feel like.
After all of the rides we headed to the back of the park on the opposite side of the big lake to experience the World Showcase. This area showcases several different countries from around the world. Some of them have small exhibits and movies. All have gift shops and one or two restaurants with each country's respective traditional food. In each country the employees are actual natives that are working on short contracts, for the summer, or as interns. For this reason the food at these restaurants is authentic and worth exploration. You can find a good range of prices from the cheapest available within a Disney park, to really expensive. Of course, as a traveler, I really liked this area, even though it is a pretty shallow look at any of these countries.
At the end of the night my nephew persuaded me to ride Test Track two more times. We went through the Singles Line which puts you right up front, but pretty much ensures that you won't ride with your friends or family. Sam and I got through two runs in less than half an hour and made it out to the lake in time to meet the family for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. The grand finale of the night at Epcot, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is part lazer show, part fireworks show, and part music show.
Epcot is my favorite park in Disney World.
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