I have to admit… after listening to folk rave about Downtown Disney, I found the shopping district to be a HUGE letdown. Most of what you find there are your typical stores that you can find at any mall in any city. I’m shopping at Downtown Disney because I want to find DISNEY stuff. So while yeah, you’ll find things at Downtown Disney that you won’t find at any of the Disney parks it’s because it’s not Disney related.
Lily-Ann loved the princess store. She bought herself a purse and gloves set (courtesy of Karla Amaya, our travel agent, who gave the girl some Disney Dollars to spend), and I bought her a tiara. We also found a thank you gift for my sister and her girlfriend who watched over our furry and feathered family members while we were gone – a very cool mad hatter tea pot and tea set. Seriously, if we could have afforded two of them, I’d have got one for myself. LOL
The other cool shop was the Lego store. It really was neat to see that many sets all in one place – and I loved the create your own figures center as well as the bulk lego pieces. That was pretty awesome. And I adored the amazing lego dragon they had built out front. It was seriously incredible!
Other than that, there were little bits and pieces here and there… but overall? It was a pretty underwhelming experience. We were glad when we decided to head back to our resort. It was a MUCH cooler place to spend the remainder of our last day. 🙂
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!