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Disney World Day Five: Epcot

Going into this trip all I kept saying to Tim is “All I want is for a couple good photos of the kids looking at the camera a smiling in front of something Disney.” It took an embarrassingly long time to figure out that the kids are more willing to pose for photos if I ask them to do something silly or to pose like what is behind them. In the end those are the photos that are more fun to take and more fun to look back on. Note to self- stop being such a downer and lighten up. It started with Gaston the day before but this day at Epcot was all about being silly in front of the camera. I had changed my goal. Photos of the kids smiling at the camera to photos of the kids having fun.      Michael didn’t want to look at the camera because it was sunny so instead of having him squint at the camera he made a monster face. Closed eyes work with a scary face- espcially when you are laughing while making said scary face.   Just like the Tom Sawyer Island, this Monsters University playground was a fantastic way for the kids to take a break from the rest of the theme park. Look at the details of the park. So stinking cute!    Tim got to eat his first ever Cronut (Croissant Doughnut) so you know, his trip was a complete success. A few strips of crispy bacon and Tim would have thought he was in heaven. Starred Photos16   The kids had icecream as a morning snack because well… it was vacation and you have to pick your battles.  Plus it was so hot that day! Elise couldn’t eat her icecream fast enough. She was not impressed when Dad “helped” her out.   After the playground and a sugary snack break we headed around the world. Canada.   Great Britain. His cheeks are puffed out because he is pretending to be transported like he is in Tardis.    Pretending to be Hook. Pretending to be eaten by Tic Toc Croc. Starred Photos17   France.  Clogworth and Lumiere     I told him, “It is a sundial and that the shadows on the sundial is how they used to tell time before clocks!” Boom. Science and History lesson by Mom. Tim walked up to us and told him it was an inaccurate way to measure time and it only worked sort of the time and only during part of the year. Tim explained why it only worked part of the year. Michael liked Tim’s answer better. Patrick and I walked away during Tim’s teaching moment and looked at the flowers.    Moroco.       Japan.     The stage where my High School Choir performed my senior year. The kids were not impressed.   Views of the Epcot ball (Is there a name for that?) Starred Photos18   Germany.   Africa. He was having a blast. This is what he calls his “Rock Star Drummer” face. I wanted to buy one of each of those musical instruments. Tim said no.   I begged Tim to hold up Elise and pose for a photo. Tim said no.     China.   Norway.    We completed our around the world with a taco and quesdilla lunch in Mexico. We backtracked ever so slightly to go on the Norwegian boat ride and it scared the shit out of Elise. She may be named after her Great Great Great Grandma that came over on the Boat from Norway but the does not mean that she likes giant trolls.

We started this entire day with me racing to get in line so the kids could meet and greet Elsa and Anna. I stood in line for a half hour before the person charge of the line told me that my current position in line was a 4.5 hour wait to see Elsa and Anna. I left the line and met back up with Tim and the kids who had went on Spaceship Earth for their 3rd and final time. It ends up that we were able to peek at Elsa and Anna through a door in the gift shop after riding the Norwegian Boat ride.

We left Epcot and took the monorail over to the Polynesian resort for dinner at ‘Ohana. This was the dinner that still makes me giggle even thinking about it. Tim and I both do not like eating chicken off the bone. I have never made chicken wings. We have never ordered chicken wings. This restaurant served family style and one of the meats they brought over were chicken wings. Michael turned into a straight up carnivore. I have never seen him eat any sort of meat like he did those chicken wings. There was a pile of bones on his that would have rivalled any grown man’s plate. He just kept saying, YUM! THIS CHICKEN IS AWESOME! Even the server was giggling at him. Good food and good times.

After dinner we headed back to the resort for our last night of our vacation. We soaked up as much of the resort as we could by doing some more animal watching.


This is one of my favorite photos from the resort. It is a favorite because if you look close you can see a mom and her child watching the giraffes through a window.





More photos here. 

Disney World Day Two: Epcot

Epcot was the park that Jess had told me is her favorite and that Tim would love the most. I trusted her so I talked up Epcot as much as I could, not knowing anything more than where the stage was that I sang at in High School Choir, and that somewhere in Norway Elsa and Anna were greeting people. Have I mentioned that I did no planning for this trip? I was buried in home renovation details and I left it all up to Jess.

We all had a good night sleep the night before, Tim said that he would let me rent a stroller, my backpack was filled with everything we would need and Epcot had spaceship rides. We were all pumped.

Our plans were to make it to our fast pass rides on time and to make it to our lunch reservation on time in Norway so we could meet some Disney Princesses and eat some Norwegian food. As far as plans go, it was flexible to say the least.

The wait time on the classic Space Ship earth was only 10 minutes when we entered the park so we hit that ride first. I didn’t know what to expect, all I knew was that all five of us could ride the ride.

The ride was hit. I don’t know what it is about it. It should be cheesy and bordering on boring but it isn’t. The boys were fascinated. Tim was thrilled and Elise loved the characters with her face on it. The ride ended in outer space and after you exited the ride there were video games to play. Before our vacation was over we rode the ride two more times.

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It happened to be the flower and garden show the week we were there.

The boys did a simulator launch spaceship ride while Elise and I hit the shops for a bit. She chose Minnie Ears as her souvenir (The boys chose something the day before at Animal Kingdom).

We headed over to Norway for lunch at Akershus. The food was the best of all of the food we had over the entire vacation. The salad bar had some awesome food choices including Gjetost! Tim had the traditional meatball and mashed potatoes and loved it, but mentioned more than once that Grandma Moo’s meatballs are better. I had salmon. The kids all had cheese pizza. Yeah… cheese pizza. Whatever. I learned that on vacation fuel is more important than getting all their veggies. A case of the Hangries (Hungry + Angry) is way worse than missing a few vitamins and minerals for a few days.

The princesses came around and greeted all the tables and posed for photos. Elise wouldn’t leave my side but at least she would allow me to stand near the princesses with her. She is a shy kid. She is my only kid that won’t tell their whole life story to a complete stranger. Tim loves it about her.

The food was good, the princesses were beautiful (Patrick had NO problem cozying up to them for photos) but the highlight of lunch as Akershus was that our server’s name was Elise.

Elise was tickled and had no problem standing up on a chair and posing with “The big Elise!”

We spent the afternoon hitting all the rest of the attractions in the areas of Seas with Nemo & Friends and On Land. Soaring is the most terrifying ride I have ever been on. I have learned that I am not good with simulator rides where my feet dangle. Soaring was a favorite of everyone but me. I will never ride that ride again. I get the willies just thinking about it.

It was a long day and it was a fun day, and besides visiting Norway for lunch we didn’t even begin to explore the Around the World part of Epcot. Jess was right, Epcot is awesome. We didn’t backtrack as much at Epcot as we did at Animal Kingdom but there was still a lot of room for improvement. I hunkered down again that night and studied the map for Magic Kingdom and made a detailed schedule with options for the in between Fast Pass times. I think I studied the map of Magic Kingdom longer than I studied my senior year of high school for finals. That sounds like a lot but really it was only about an hour or so…. What can I say. I was a bad student unless I was inspired and Magic Kingdom inspired me!

More photos here. Spoiler – we go back to Epcot on day four and hit Spaceship Earth again and walk around the world.