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Storms are in the forecast today, so we make a short day of our visit to the Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow, otherwise known as EPCOT. The nice thing about having annual passes to Disney is you don’t feel like you have to get in as much “fun” as you can while you’re here. After all with a day pass, once the day is over, so is your fun. We’ll often visit one of the parks for just a few hours, then spend the rest of the day at the pool or doing some other activity. We love the flexibility it brings.

Anyway, we slept in a bit this morning, but the weather was pretty nice, so here we are…

Adam at EPCOT Alex at EPCOT

There’s a new “Frozen Ever After” ride in Norway in the world showcase we wanted to experience. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get FastPassed, so I waited in line while Cindy took the boys on something else. The wait was almost an hour, and Cindy and the boys arrived just in time to get on the ancient Norwegian boat for the ride through Arendelle (which essentially was a Fast Pass for them, right–Dad, the physical Fast Pass).

The ride was interesting (and fun) and wasn’t your typical Disney animatronics…

Anna and Elsa

Alex at EPCOT

When the ride was over, the boys wanted to go again, but I wasn’t up to waiting another hour in line (Dad-as-Fast-Pass duty gets old pretty quickly). So, we had lunch in China (next to Norway, of course) and then toured the World Showcase for a bit. It was clouding up by this time and the thunder was rumbling. We decided to make our way to the exit before the storm made it to the park.

We spent the rest of the afternoon playing games in the hotel room. This evening, we had a great dinner at Delmonico’s, where the inside of the men’s bathroom door says, “Women”, which momentarily threw me for a loop!

Delmonico's

HA!

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The Future is Now at Epcot’s Test Track, where the boys’ got to design their own car and test it’s performance…

Alex designs his car

This ride normally has wait times of 90- to 120-minutes. We had a Fast Pass, so the wait wasn’t no where near that long. Although the car design part was pretty cool, I think the ride was more hype than substance. Still, it’s worth the wait with a Fast Pass.

I think the best ride at Epcot is Soarin’ which is a flight motion simulator that takes you around the world within a 180° OMNIMAX laser projection screen. Anyway, Alex didn’t want to ride this one, so it was just me and Adam…

Soarin

And look who Cindy and Alex ran into while Adam and I were flying around the world…

Mom, Alex, and Tink

While visiting the aquarium, we run into Nemo’s pal, Bruce…

“Fish are friends, not food, but little boys are food. Definitely, food.”

Bruce and the boys

…and his buddy, Chum…

“A clownfish, really? Tell us a joke!”

Dad and Chum

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{{ YAWN }} We’re up early and heading to Epcot…

Epcot Entrance

Our first stop? A Fast-Pass to “Mission Space”…

Mission Space

Where we board a simulator for an exciting mission to Mars. Adam, of course, loves the adventure, and naturally, assumes the Pilot’s role; Alex, on the other hand, is a bit cautious and after a bit of prodding, take his seat in the Captain’s chair…

Mission Space Mission Space

In the end, though, Alex came through and with his leadership, our mission was successful. He’s thrilled (it’s over) 😉

Alex and Dad

The park was not very crowded today, which made it much easier to get through the lines at Spaceship Earth, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, and The Circle of Life. The only ride we missed was Fast Track, which stayed at 60-90 minutes for Stand-by throughout the day (we’ll Fast-Pass this one next time).

The highlight of our Epcot adventure was Soarin’…a simulated hang-gliding ride over California landmarks. It’s really pretty cool, and feels so real that Alex was picking his feat up as we flew over the tops of trees. Basically, you buckle yourself in and your seat is lifted to the center of this OMNIMAX screen, an inverted dome-shaped screen that provides a sense of depth to the ride…

Soarin' Soarin'

Finally, we closed-out our day at Epcot with a visit to Mickey and his friends…

Mickey Goofy Minnie

Anyway, the day was still young, so we climbed aboard the Monorail and headed-over to The Magic Kingdom to ride Big Thunder Mountain, which closed just before we got on yesterday…

Alex and Mom and Big Thunder Mountain

and Alex insisted he take Adam to Tom Sawyer’s Island…

The boys on Tom Sawyer's Island

and with that, it was back to the Monorail for a return ride to Epcot where we picked-up our car and took-off for a nice dinner in town.

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We’ve arrived. It’s the boys first visit to Disney’s Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow–the Epcot Center! Naturally, before we go in, we have to pause for numerous photos to properly document this momentous occasion…

Epcot Epcot

Once we passed through the gate we were evidently too busy to take anymore photos! We did slow down a bit while touring the world showcase. In fact, the boys even too a moment while visiting England to call Nana. The British phone booth begs the question, “What if the chameleon circuit actually worked?”

Epcot

After leaving Epcot, we stopped by Downtown Disney before returning to the hotel. The boys absolutely LOVE The Lego Store!

Lego Store

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