Disney 2017: Epcot

Spaceship Earth, the big ball, in Epcot, Orlando, FL
Onto sharing more about Disney, with my favorite park: Epcot! Lucky for me too it was the flower and garden festival so there was way more amazing sights and therefore I had lots of fun with my camera :). So onto pretty petals, world travels, and so much yummy food!

 

Rides and Attractions

So Epcot doesn’t have a ton of rides, but it does have some of the coolest! I went on so many rides for the first time this trip too! The only ride I went on that I had gone on before was the Universe of Energy.

I was so excited to finally ride Soarin’ for the first time–yes, really. It was so cool and I was mostly just bummed I had never been on it before! Of course the best part is that the ride and the wait are all in a fully air conditioned building. A building that also has a food court, another ride, and a short movie.

Living with the Land is the other ride which is a really neat look at Disney’s greenhouses! Of course there is also a whole bunch of stuff about sustainable living as well, but I just liked seeing the zucchini and the fish farms. 🙂 Then the short movie was also about Earth sustainability. Definitely an important topic, but most importantly it was sitting down in air conditioned room for 20 minutes. Similar to the Circle of Life was Oh Canada, except you stood in the room and there was a 360 degree screen that surrounds you that they call circle vision.

Innoventions is of course ever changing and this time we got to do a fun little exploration with color which was super fun! They had a fancy digital painting part that has proven tough for me to explain, but if you go soon be sure to heck it out! Most of Innoventions is under renovation too, so I am excited to see what there is next time.

 

Food

We only ate in Epcot twice, but both times were AMAZING! The first was at the Biergarten in Germany. We got to enjoy German food buffet style, along with entertainment from a band. It was enjoyable, but we didn’t try any beer because this was the day my husband wasn’t feeling well so we stuck to water.

For dinner that same day we ate at the Coral Reef restaurant. The restaurant has an entire wall that backs up to the aquarium, so you get to see fishies while you eat fishies! A little morbid if you think about it too much, but the food is so incredible you completely forget about that. Definitely worth it for the food alone! It also helps to have an amazing view of the sharks, turtles, and fishies too.

 

Park’s “Mosts”

Here is where I share the bests and the worsts with a list of mosts!

  1. Most to see. Through the world showcase there is just so much to do. You could spend days at Epcot.
  2. Most diverse food. Each country offers cultural food experiences, and therefore the variety is endless.
  3. Most sunny. Hardest to escape the shade here, so be sure to douse yourself in sunscreen!
  4. Most adult-oriented. I feel this park is most entertaining for an older crowd.
  5. Most walking. The world showcase is around a huge lake so you have to walk a bit when visiting.

 

What I Missed

One of the rides I really wanted to see was the new Frozen ride, but the waits were just simply too long the whole time we were there. Next time I am sure the hype will have died down though, so I can’t wait to go on it again! I also missed Test Track, again due to waits and weird FastPass+ rules. I also wasn’t able to see Illuminations, but I have seen it many times before so I wasn’t crazy upset about that.

 

Pictures

There are soooooo may photos I took in Epcot so I am going to break it up a little bit with some descriptions. We will start off with the trademark of Epcot, the big old ball! For some reason our family calls him George, I don’t know where it started, but it sure as heck stuck. I took about 50 pictures, but I will spare you, and just share my favorites of the bunch.

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Next up is my pictures of the world showcase! This is my favorite part of Disney because it is truly like taking a tiny world tour. As you walk through each country you hear cultural music, see relevant architecture, and can wander through gift shops that feels like you are walking through the main tourists spots in each country. On top of all that the food changes with each country too! There is just so many cultures to see, taste, hear, and explore all within walking distance.

Although the walking part can be a downside if it is the last day of your vacation and you have a virus, like my poor husband. It is a ton of walking but it is worth it (in my opinion) to see as much as possible. So without further adieu (ha, culture) here is China, Germany, Japan, Morocco, France, and Canada, in that order.

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As previously mentioned it was the flower and garden festival while we were in Disney. The festival is an actual convention where vendors and speakers come to share gardening tips, sell tools, etc. We did walk through the convention, but unless you have a serious interest in gardening there really isn’t much to see in there.

For most of though it just means that there are tons of pretty flowers, plants, and just generally more greenery around the park! Additionally there were a ton of incredible topiaries. I didn’t take pictures of all of them, but here are some of my favorites!
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This was such a unique experience that I was not expecting at all upon going to Florida, but we got to see the Gin Blossoms! There last hit may have been over 25 years ago, but they were still pretty dang good.

So now for the story! We were walking around Epcot on Saturday morning and saw the sign that said the Gin Blossoms perform, but my husband and I were not even sure it would be the actual band or if it was a play on words because of the flower and garden festival. A quick Google search answered our question and I planned to come see them on Monday night! We did, it was free, they were rocking, and I had the pleasure of singing along to some great songs.
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Okay so the Gin Blossoms were super great, but back to some actual flowers. They were basically everywhere and I had just bought my new 50mm lens, so I had so much fun capturing some photos of the flowers!

In addition I captured some of the bonsai trees outside of Japan and some of the cutest little succulents they were selling. I wish I could have bought all of those little succulents and bring them home with me! I couldn’t figure it out with plane travel. So many of them are probably still on that little shelf in Orlando. However I am going to try and go to my local orchard soon and get some of my own :).

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And that’s it! Be sure to check out my posts on the other parks below 🙂

Magic Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
Hollywood Studios

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