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Melissa & Erin's Excellent Adventure moved from southern Florida to Orlando.  Disney World.  "Where dreams come true."  We got a great deal on a hotel room, and ended up deciding to keep our rental car, which made everything more flexible and relaxed rather than relying on shuttle buses. 

Disney Day 1:

Walt's original idea here was to build an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.  This never really happened, but the Epcot theme park was based on this concept. 

The first part of Epcot is the Future World section, which has lots of science-y, education-y, technology-y, computer-y type things.
yep... that's a Mickey-shaped pumpkin.
  We sent videos from the future (supposedly), practised our garbage-sorting skills, and went on a space mission.  We also watched a highly ironic film called  "Circle of Life" (presented by the Lion King characters) on how humans have treated the earth badly, and how resorts are bad, and how we should reduce our energy / water / car usage.  Disney is trying to tell me this with a straight (animated lion) face?

The second part of Epcot is the World Showcase, which has a bunch of pavilions for different countries, and really is just an internationally-themed shopping mall, with an occasional exhibit.  We definitely hit a wall late afternoon, after walking around in the sun all day, and nothing seemed better than going back to the hotel for a homemade cocktail!

Today's "only in America" moment?  The 35-minute animatronic stage show on how great America is.  (Obviously that would be really weird if it wasn't in America, but what I mean is that I can't think of any other country that would present such a show about themselves). 
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