Sunday, May 3, 2009

Walt Disney World Vacation - Epcot

April 24th
Our last day at Disney World was spent at Epcot. We arrived that morning and immediately got our fast passes for Soarin - a ride we all could not wait to ride! We made our way to the Imagination Pavillion. We rode the Journey into Imagination ride with Figment. It was really cute. After that ride, we had to make our way over to Norway in the World Showcase. We had a reservation to eat with the Princesses! On our way there we saw some awesome shaped shrubs - all the Lion King characters. Rebekah was a little grumpy and didn't want her picture taken with Simba. We enjoyed our lunch and the girls got to see Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White and Aurora!

After lunch, Jon Paul and Rachel took off together so Rachel could participate in a mission for the Kim Possible World Showcase Tour. She completed one mission and really enjoyed it! Rebekah and I went over and got us fast passes for the Test Track ride and then headed to the Innoventions buildings. Rebekah had fun playing the games there. She really enjoyed the "Where's The Fire?" game.

It was now time for us to go ride Soarin! We got on the ride really quick and the girls LOVED it! It has to be my favorite ride of all too. Amazing!! Then, we made our way over to The Seas With Nemo and Friends. We started there by riding in a clamobile and watched some scenes and such from the movie Nemo. Then we went to Turtle Talk with Crush. This was a lot of fun. All the kids sat up front, close to the tank, where Crush was. Crush interacted with the audience and then some of the kids got to ask Crush questions. Rachel was chosen and she asked, "How deep is the ocean?" Crush answered, "Really deep!" Then he went on to tell us that turtles can only swim so deep because they have to come back up for air. This reminded Crush that he needed some air and he disappeared. It was really cute. Rachel, of course, loved the attention!

It was now time to leave for dinner. We rode the monorail to The Grand Floridian resort to eat dinner with Cinderella and Prince Charming at 1900 Park Fare. We actually did this dinner the last time we came to Disney World in 2003. We are really glad we got to do it again. This time, they had the evil step-mother and the step-sisters there. The step-sisters were hilarious!!! On a side note, we rode the monorail several times. Thanks to our friend, Karen, we learned you could ask to ride in the front car. We all got to ride up there once and it was a lot of fun. Thanks for the heads up, Karen!!

After dinner, we went back to Epcot and rode Spaceship Earth. The girls really enjoyed this ride, mainly because we let them ride in their own car together! After this ride, we headed over to Test Track to use our fast passes for it. This was a great ride. Rachel was a little fearful, but both girls really liked it. You go really fast at the end - over 60 mph!! After this, Rachel and Jon Paul took off again for Rachel to complete a second mission for Kim Possible. Rebekah and I staked out a good spot to watch the nightly fireworks - IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. The fireworks were really good! After they were over, we made our way back to Soarin to ride it again. This time we had to wait in line - for an hour!! But well worth it. Rebekah will tell you that it was her favorite ride of the week!

We were all really tired by this point. In fact, Rebekah fell asleep in the stroller. Since she was asleep, we made our way to the front to take care of some Photo Pass stuff. And Jon Paul and Rachel decided to ride one last ride - Mission Space. They rode the less intense one and Rachel got to be the Navigator. By this time, it was almost midnight, so we headed back to our resort. Jon Paul and I were up until almost 2am getting us all packed and ready to leave on Saturday.

April 25th
Before we left, we ate breakfast at Chef Mickey's. It was a lot of fun and had some really great food! After we ate, it was time for us to head to the airport. Both of our flights home went really well. We didn't ride first class - but it still was fun. Jon Paul was able to take some really good sunset pictures from the window of our plane heading from Houston to Little Rock. There is one in the slide show. Speaking of slide show, here is the one from our pictures at Epcot and Chef Mickey's - enjoy!

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