Monday, May 21, 2012

Disney's Epcot with a Preschooler, Toddler, and Infant

Ok.. to continue our Disney series, I thought I'd skip Magic Kingdom for now and first talk about Epcot...

As I mentioned before, I still think this is my favorite park.  For the kids... it is not bad.  I think of it as a huge hands on science museum.  There is much more learning and interesting things here than just brainless rides.  We did not have much time and it poured crazy rain on us right after lunch... so in the limited time here is what we were able to hit:

The Seas with Nemo & Friends - We did this last time.  Baby E was sleeping so the two girls went on this with daddy.  They didn't stay to talk to Crush the turtle... but I think that is one of the cooler parts of the ride.

Spaceship Earth - This is a pretty cool ride and it is located in the big ball thing that everyone associates with Epcott.  There is a cool personalized video at the end that they make for you based on how you answer a few questions.  Wish I knew ahead of time, I would have videoed it with my iPhone.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros - Read everywhere to do this with little kids and that it is just like Its A Small World.  Yep.  Nothing too crazy to comment on here... pretty much a relaxing boat ride where sections remind you of the Its A Small World ride.

Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - We did this last time, too and maybe first time is always more magical somehow.  Girls still love princesses so they like having all the princesses come over for personal attention.  This year, instead of standing in long lines for character pictures and autographs we just did it through different character dinings.  Being 2 1/2 is a great time to go to Disney because they pretty much get the character thing and everything is FREE (including these buffet character dinings) and since our 2 1/2 year old eats more than our 4 year old (who we have to pay for)... it evens out for us!

So some things we did not get to but maybe next time include:

Journey Into Imagination With Figment - I read this is a ride to try with little kids.  They were having technical difficulties when we tried to go so maybe next time.

Soarin' - I totally want to do this next time.  I dream about flying all the time!  My kids were a little too young and this is definitely a ride you should get a fast pass for since it is super popular.

Club Cool - Well, we are not huge soda drinkers but the concept is pretty neat.  You basically get to drink free soda here from different countries.  I kept reading about how this is a hidden gem.  Will have to check it out someday.

The list can go on but I'll stop here for now...  gotta run some errands now that I'm back in the real world...