Walt Disney World ICP - Day 62 - EPCOT with the family - 3rd August 2013

I stayed overnight with my parents at Pop Century as I had today off. Epcot was the park of the day. My parents weren't up for Soarin' so I and my brother went on it. It was scarier than my brother thought it'd be in terms of how high up you go but he really enjoyed it.

Next, it was time for Test Track which I thought I'd managed to convince both my parents to go onto but my mum chickened out after not even one minute in line. My dad and brother loved it though.

The on-ride photo on Test Track - all on the back row

Next it was Mission Space - the orange more intense version naturally. My brother loved it but was glad he hadn't had anything for breakfast as I had recommended.

Ellen's Energy Adventure was next and my mum loved it. The others not so much.

Ellen's Energy Adventure in the Universe of Energy pavilion

Next it was Sum of all Thrills in Innoventions. The coaster we designed only went upside down twice so the operator asked if we wanted to go “upside more times?" Yes. "5 times?" "Sure!" It was great but it would have been fun to ride our own too.

Lunch was at Sunshine Seasons. Yum. It was followed by Living with the Land which my mum enjoyed, and The Circle of Life.

We then visited the Seas pavilion and did both the Nemo ride and then Turtle Talk. No one was particularly impressed with either though my parents thought the technology behind Crush was really cool.

Spaceship earth was next. They all enjoyed it, particularly the interactive section at the end.

Journey into Imagination with Figment was next which I thought no one would enjoy, but my mum, surprisingly, really enjoyed it. The end was still startling as usual as it blasts you with air.

Next we walked through the right-hand side of World Showcase without stopping, except in the UK pavilion briefly. The aim was to go to a supermarket off property. We walked to The Boardwalk to catch a bus to Downtown Disney. From there we walked 25 mins to Goodings supermarket at Crossroads and bought some essentials and snacks for non-park days. The cab back was a shocking 25 dollars.

Entrance to Downtown Disney

At the hotel we decided we'd cancel the Via Napoli reservation as we'd have to go straight back out and we were all tired. None of them are used to walking that much - my GPS tracking app on my phone said we walked about 18.6km that day so it was understandable. Clearly I was tired too as I napped for half an hour.

We got the bus for a viewing of Illuminations and said we'd have dinner back at the hotel. We got some nighttime photopass shots on the way into the park which should look very cool. Illuminations was liked by all and they said they appreciated not being packed for the fireworks like on Main Street at MK. We got a great view from the bridge between France and the UK pavilions. There's a little secret viewing area - behind the Rose & Crown pub by the chip shop - the catch is, it only opens up 10 minutes before Illuminations starts.

We walked slowly and got an Epcot ball photo holder from MouseGear that mum wanted. We caught a bus (which are very regular at park closing) and were home 15 minutes later.

We stopped by the food court and I got a salmon burger meal. The others had hamburger kids meals which are a great deal - fries, burger, dessert and juice for only $6! It's a small burger but it's half the price of an adult meal! We paid $25 for all 4 with a $5 cast discount - great deal and tasty.

The plan was meant to be for Hollywood Studios tomorrow but I noticed they need a slower-paced park so I'm going to go with them to Animal Kingdom in the morning and then go to work for 4pm until 2:45am shift. Good luck to me - only 4 days of work left!

Next Post: Walt Disney World ICP - Days 63 to 65 - Work, Work, Work - 4th to 6th August 2013

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