Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day 5 WDW Epcot and more Epcot

Epcot was probably the favorite park for me this trip, there is always plenty to see and details to notice. Also by our second day the boys were requesting to see Nemo’s friends as soon as we got to the parking lot. As soon as we made it through the entrance the boys started pointing out Spaceship Earth, I love that they call it Spaceship Earth instead of the big ball.
We headed straight for Soarin’ to ride and get fast passes. Since we arrived at opening the wait was almost non-existent. I can’t wait to take the boys on this attraction. By the time we go back to Disneyland the boys should be ready to ride it. After the land the boys were begging to see Nemo.
In front of the Seas the sign has giant models of the movie characters. We attempted to get a group picture, but there was no way the boys were going to look at us.

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Even when Cody sat with them in an attempt to get a picture of them looking at the camera,

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One and a half out of three isn’t bad, Nemo is tough competition. We rode the ride and made a quick run through the observation deck before making our way World Showcase, it was about 10:30 so the pavilions had not opened yet. We decided to backtracked to the Test Track area just to pass some time.
We visited the Coca Cola cool spot, luckily the mist machines were not on yet. The boys were not that impressed.

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It was enough of a time stall to head back to World Showcase and to the Mexico Pavilion. While waiting for the pavilion to open we met a nice couple that noticed the boys. He is an identical twin, as usual we asked if he had any suggestions. He told us that when the boys get older and seem to have their own conversation to not even try to understand it. He also assured us that the boys would probably always be close. He lives next door to his brother still.
The Mexico pavilion is dark and a little nerve wracking as a parent with small children because of the large number of breakable items on toddler level. They did enjoy the ride and loved pointing out Donald Duck on all of the screens, they also got a kick out of waving at everyone waiting to board the ride. After Mexico we headed to Norway, but decided to skip riding Maelstrom. We just went into the gift shop to see the troll.

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Then it was on to China, we looked through the giant gift shop. While wandering through we ran into Mulan who was on her way backstage. She was very nice and talked the boys and us briefly. We tried on some hats before turning around to grab lunch before naptime.

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On the way back to Future World we saw Duffy doing meet and greets, we got in the queue just in time to be told Duffy was about to go get a snack and would be back in a few minutes. Luckily the boys didn’t melt down. They decided Duffy went to get a cookie and milk. By the time Duffy came back the boys were very ready to visit. Nicholas and Parker we especially excited to spend time with him. Nicholas went in for a hug and Parker for a hug and a kiss.

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Cody handed his camera to a cast member to take a group photo.

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After Duffy we had a lunch and headed for naps. Having not yet seen most of the country pavilions we went back to Epcot, while we had more requests for Nemo we also had requests to ‘see Duffy again.’ Since the characters tend to leave before the rest of the park closes we rushed back to see if Duffy was still out.
The cast members remembered us and the boys were happy to pile on Duffy for photos. I have to assume the characters are used to getting mauled by kids, because Duffy responded so well to the boys climbing on.

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After Duffy the boys started requesting Nemo again, which we fine with doing after a quick ride on Test Track (for the adults) the boys enjoyed a cookie while waiting. Along with the ride and the aquarium there is also a Bruce play area that the boys had not yet run around. We also tried to pose them inside the shark.

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At some point the boys will actually look at the camera for pictures, right?

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After running around we made it to another Turtle Talk with Crush, this was by far the best Crush we’ve ever seen and the boys loved it. They giggled and clapped along with everyone else and have been ‘talking whale’ and saying ‘dude’ ever since.
After Nemo we met with a few photographers we’d met on our last December trip and Cody met during the 40th anniversary. We watched Illuminations together, I was prepared with ear plugs with the boys which luckily they didn’t need. They happily watched the fireworks and played with their Buzz toys.
For the first time at Illuminations, Cody didn’t set up a tripod and take shots of the show. He just enjoyed the show and the boys reactions to it. Illuminations stated at 9 so by the time we watched the show and walked back to the parking lot while visiting it was definitely bedtime.
It was another great day in the parks. a lot of people think Epcot is not as much of a kid friendly park, but the boys seem to enjoy all of the pavilions. If they were old enough to really ride all of the rides it might be a different story for now though it’s a park we can all enjoy.

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