Day 6, Epcot Part One

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Day 6, Epcot Part One
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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 9:15pm

After a much needed relaxing night we were ready to face the day at 8:30AM and were on our way to Epcot!!!  The kiddos ate cheerios and craisins in the car and we had granola bars because neither Saulo or I were in the mood to head to The Mara...  We were at the gates of Epcot and into the park right at 9:00. We had a decent sized to-do list for today so I was glad we were there right away.  This year there were several topiaries right in the front of the park that were adorable - Bambi, Thumper, Goofy and Pluto, and Stitch.  I captured this fantastic picture in front of Stitch...  A lot of this trip Anthony was just a bit nervous about rides or characters and you don't see his true personality coming out in  the pictures, but here it is, in all it's glory!

First up today was Spaceship Earth.  Gabi was not pleased we didn't ride earlier in the week and I had promised it would be at the top of our list.  We walked onto the ride, rode up to where the wooly mammoths are and then stopped.  We stayed there for about 10 minutes, maybe 15 and then the lights were switched on and we had to walk out of the ride.  It took another 10 minutes for someone to come and get us to walk us down.  Gabi was close to tears but we were given fp's for later in the day and we moved on...

I had FP+ reservations for Test Track from 9-10 so we headed there next.  This time I rode with Anthony and Gabi with Saulo and again everyone loved it!  When we were done with Test Track it was 10:15.  Elsa and Anna (from Frozen) were scheduled to appear in Norway beginning at 11:00.  I knew the event was popular so we headed to World Showcase next.  Thank goodness I did because we were the second to last family let in for the 11:00 meet.  The mom behind me with her daughter said they tried the day before around 12:00 and the line was already backed up to 4:50!!!! Can you imagine???  I honestly can't!!!  But, thankfully, we didn't need to worry about that.  This was the number two thing for Gabi to do this trip (after the Great Piggy Bank Adventure,lol) and I would have felt awful if we missed it.  The kids were good in line.  Saulo took Anthony to the bathroom a few times, I took Gabi over to a display in one of the Norway buildings about the making of the movie that she liked and the time passed painlessly.  We finally got to meet the sisters a minute or two before 12:00.  If someone told me five years ago I would spend two hours of my day in Epcot meeting characters I would have laughed in their faces, but it was worth every minute!!!!

After meeting the sisters Gabi bought a 4 pack of mini dolls from the movie and Anthony bought a talking Olaf, who has been a huge hit with everyone whose been to our house these past few weeks, lol.  Next, we used FP+ reservations to walk onto the Norway ride.  The wait was only 15 minutes but I was happy not to wait in it.  It was 12:30 by now and we were all hungry.  My orginal plan had been for us to eat lunch at the Mexican pavillion quick service restaurant out doors but the line for the princesses had been in 85 degree sun and Anthony just looked like he needed air conditioning.  Soooo, we headed to the American Pavillion...  We stopped to meet Mulan along the way.  Gabi was excited because she dressed as Mulan for Halloween this year, but Anthony chose to stay in the stroller...

The food in America was really yummy and the apple crisp for dessert was fantastic!  Everyone was happy and refreshed so we headed off to explore the rest of World Showcase.  We didn't stop to see any of the performers or storytellers but we did check out all the decorations throughout WS.  

I love this shot of Spaceship Earth from the America Pavillion.

And thought the tree in America was beautiful!

France had gorgeous decorations!!!!  There were three giant Christmas ornaments with popular places pictured inside that I just loved!

And of course we had to stop and make a 'call' in England.

We made it around WS fairly quickly and headed back towards FW by 1:15.  I could have stayed much longer but we had dinner reservations back in Epcot at 5:45 and I wanted to give the family a chance to swim...  It really was hot and my water loving babies only get 30 minutes a week of swim lessons all winter long!  So we made our way through FW.  Joyful Noise was singing some beautiful renditions of popular Christmas carols as we passed through and I bought a few pins for my brother and SIL, since they are into pin trading on my way out. 

We headed back to AKL and were down by the pool around 2:15.

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Mon, 12-23-2013 - 4:56am

What a beautiful day!   And what wonderful pics!    That first one is adorable - Anthony has that face down!

When Tangled came out, I remember the girls wanting to meet Rapunzel but the line was just ridiculous.    I'm glad you were able to get in so your children could meet Ana and Elsa!   The picture is just plain sweet.

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Sun, 12-29-2013 - 4:09pm

Thanks Deb! It really was a beautiful day! We have been very lucky the last two trips and haven't seen a drop of rain!!!!

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Sun, 01-05-2014 - 8:13pm

Fingers crossed it lets me post this time... iVillage has been refusing to let me in for over a week :(

Wow, what an experience on SE! I've never heard of that happening there before. In some ways I always find it cool to see the rides with the lights on, but I'm always afraid it's going to ruin it for me too. 

You have so many great character pics from the trip! Though I can't believe the lines that Elsa and Anna have been getting. I'm a little ashamed to say that I haven't really been pushing to see the movie because I'm afraid the kids will then want to spend half our day at Epcot to meet them, lol! Hopefully it won't come out on DVD until after March...

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Fri, 01-10-2014 - 4:09pm

Jaime, I can't believe Lily isn't begging you to see it!!!  Maybe because she is so much older than Gabi but that seems to be all the little girls talk about at school lately!  We did see tons of characters this time, way more than usual, but it was important to the kiddos, and they were great in all those lines!  If you do decide to see Anna and Elsa I strongly recommend getting to Norway an hour before the first appearance... You'll have to wait no matter what though...

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Sat, 01-11-2014 - 9:16am

I pre ordered the Frozen DVD, and at the moment it is showing a March estimated delivery date.

I took my DDs to see Frozen back in December, and they are begging me to take them again.  They are 10.

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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 2:33pm

I absolutely love the flow of your days - no stress, let's do this, stop and wait and no biggie. And having the FP+ seemed to have worked great for you. So happy that you jumped on the line for Elsa and Anna - I have been reading how crazy the lines have been. I've noticed that even though they are still doing meets in Norway, they are not "advertised" on the Disney site. But Clara has told me that she'll wait all day if she has to! LOL Loving the adorable pics of your kids!

Forgot to say "Yikes!" about Spaceship Earth - Wow! Now that IS an experience!  And as far as Frozen goes, Sara has seen it 4 times (her school had a field trip to see it!), Clara 3 times - and I was considering going again with my BFF b/c i think she would love it.  My teen girls (15 and 13!) aren't alone in loving this movie!

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