By far, Epcot is the most underrated of all the Walt Disney World parks, and this is why we spent the first day there. We figured that by starting at the most adult-centric of the parks, then the girls wouldn’t have a chance to be disappointed in it as they wouldn’t know any different. The first park is going to be fun and exciting regardless of which park it is. And you know what? After being there, I don’t know why so many people skip it. Epcot is awesome! I only wish we’d had our WDW system in place so we could have been more efficient and seen more of it. But we know better for next time. LOL
My favourite attraction at Epcot was definitely Captain EO. Sure, it’s a little corny and totally 80’s – but that’s just part of it’s charm. I absolutely loved every minute of it, even being snotted on. 😉 It should be on your “must do” Disney list!
The girls both loved the Test Track – though I found the wait long (even with the fast pass) and there were no cast members to be found to help guide you through the design process. We didn’t know if we each should be designing a vehicle, or if just one of us needed to do so… and we weren’t the only family who had no clue. So we let Lily-Ann design a car, hoping that we just needed one for our group. Turns out we each should have done one, but it was just fine. LOL The speed test was fun, but I could have done without the rest of the ride. It was jarring and mostly unpleasant. The speed though? Seriously awesome!
This is also where we bought all of our ears. And shockingly enough, I got complements on mine from cast members throughout our trip. Turns out not all the ears are available at all the parks. Oh! Neither is all the merchandise. We saw a Mulan playset at Epcot, but didn’t want to carry it around with us all day. From what we’d heard of Downtown Disney, anything we could find in the parks we’d be able to find there – THAT’S NOT TRUE. We should have bought the Mulan set, as we never found it again in any of the parks or at Downtown Disney.
Epcot was a long day. We learned a lot about how NOT to tour a Disney park that day. LOL But I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. It was pretty amazing!
The Disney Dining Plan, get it, use it! I love it! Seriously.
Having the quick service dining plan made our lives so much easier. We didn’t have to carry cash, or watch prices. It was great! And the amount of food you get with this plan is crazy! In addition to your main course and side dishes you get dessert with every meal. Not into sweets? Get grapes, apples, or a mixed fruit dish. These are super handy to take with you both in your room and at the parks.
The quick service plan includes two quick service meals and a snack daily. And I’ll admit, before getting to Walt Disney World I was worried about whether it would be enough. The kid and I tend to be grazers, and like to eat throughout the day. I was concerned about the dining plan meeting our needs – but it did, with a bunch left over at the end. We’d always pick up some fruit or other portable snack item as our dessert, so we always had something healthy to munch on whenever the urge struck.
I’m so glad Karla (our travel agent) recommended the dining plan. It really did make things so much easier… and we always had a ton of food, smoothies, and great snacks whenever we needed them. If we make it back (we certainly hope to, and soon) we’ll definitely get the dining plan again.