Sunday, October 11, 2009

Epcot

Today was spent at Epcot. And it was hot and crowded!

We started the day at Fast Track. After waiting in line for 40 minutes and finally getting in the car and starting the ride......we broke down. We got through all of the inside portion and right when we got to the outside track, we slowed down to a crawl and ended up coming to a complete stop in the middle of the first curve which means we were turned up on our sides. So, not only were we stuck, we were stuck in the heat of the bright sun and in a very uncomfortable position. I'm not sure how long we were out there. Grace said it seemed like an hour but I bet it was only 10 or 15 minutes. When the ride was over, they let us ride again since we got stuck. It was better but I still don't think it was as fast as it normally is.

The kids had a blast playing games after riding Spaceship Earth!








Mmmm Mmmmm Good!




After doing some more rides and attractions in Future World, we headed to World Showcase where the International Food and Wine Festival is taking place. More than 25 international marketplace kiosks are dishing up tapas-sized portions of regional specialties, along with recommended wines and beers... all to form the perfect pairings. New Festival flavors celebrate the tastes of Bangkok, Thailand and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Everything was delicious! We had a Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Pureé in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Purée, Mango Barbecue Sauce in Cape Town, South Africa and in Kraków, Poland we had Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream.






Something new at Epcot that we have never done before is Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. This is what Disney says about the adventure.

Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure is an ultra interactive quest at Epcot theme park based on the Disney Channel animated series, Kim Possible. Transform into secret agents, join Team Possible and help save the world from super-villains with the help of a high-tech "Kimmunicator". Upon reporting for duty, recruits receive their super-secret Kimmunicators—interactive, handheld, cell-phone-like devices that help maneuver agents through their mission. Using state-of-the-art technology, your Kimmunicator will connect agents with a variety of Kim Possible characters who will provide clues to help stop super villains from carrying out their dastardly plans.

Your Mission

Embark on exciting quests for clues throughout Mexico Pavilion, Norway Pavilion, China Pavilion, Germany Pavilion, Japan Pavilion, France Pavilion or the United Kingdom Pavilion. Each pavilion hosts a different mission, so you can go back again and again.

Missions are designed with groups in mind and can last anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. 2 to 4 agents can share a Kimmunicator. Kimmunicators even recognize when a team has broken away from the action—even secret agents need ice cream breaks—and will alter your mission accordingly.

The Bad Guys

Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure is really 7 different experiences with 7 unique super villains.

In the China Pavilion, for example, you must rescue the precious Jade Monkey from Lord Monkeyfist and his monkey ninjas. In the Germany Pavilion, you must stop Professor Dementor from using his evil mind-control device to influence world leaders.

Not every villain has such dark intentions behind their dreams of global domination. In the United Kingdom Pavilion, Duff Killigan simply wants to turn the earth into a giant golf course.

Hidden Rewards

Upon successfully completing your mission, you'll experience a secret finale event, and then you can return your Kimmunicator knowing that you've done your part to save the world.

Hurry! Kim Possible needs your help!

Our adventure sent us to Mexico and Grace and Zachary really got in to it.

After our Kim Possible Adventure we had dinner at Rose and Crown in the United Kingdom. And yes, we spent most of the day eating! After dinner we wandered through a few countries and then went to the USA to see The Great American Adventure, which was excellent! It was the first time we had ever seen it and the animatronics were amazing. It was very well done.



As soon as that was over we came out and watched IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, a mesmerizing fireworks, laser and water show. Seen atop the World Showcase Lagoon, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is a spectacular 12-minute, live pyrotechnic show that brings together the past, present and future of our planet and its colorful nations.

Featuring breathtaking fireworks, brilliant bursts of fire, laser light effects, dramatic fountain barges, a stirring musical score and the world's first spherical video display system—the 350,0000-pound Earth Globe—IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is an inspirational nighttime spectacular bursting with surprises.

Illuminations tells the story of our planet in 3 unforgettable acts.

Act 1: Chaos — Bear witness to the explosion at the dawn of time that brings about the creation of Earth, where you are invited to observe the Inferno Barge, a liquid-propane mechanism launching balls of fire 60 feet into the air.
Act 2: Order — Behold the glowing Earth Globe as it glides peacefully to the center of the lagoon, illuminated with—and celebrating—the famous faces and achievements of our time.
Act 3: Meaning — During this final act, the Earth Globe blossoms to reveal a torch and the glow of a thousand fireworks and laser lights that fill the night sky in a shimmering kaleidoscope of color and sound, propelling us into the future.









When we first started going to Disney, Epcot was probably my least favorite park and now it's my favorite!

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