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29th July 2015 (Day 6): Epcot

Off to the park again today (we’ve never attempted so many days in a row at a park although Typhoon Lagoon did feel a bit more relaxed). So we’ll see how the day goes.  Epcot is a big park so, as we’re going twice this visit, we decided to split it into 2.  So today we’re just staying round the bottom end of the park, in Future World, and not going anywhere near the World Showcase.

As we arrived Pluto was doing his meet and greet.  We’d never met him before so joined the short queue to see him.

Pluto
Pluto
Pluto
Pluto
Pluto
Pluto

Rosemary got a huge hug from him and he tried to eat her head (see the video at the end as I didn’t catch it on the stills camera).

We had the morning free of FastPasses etc and just wanted to look round and see what happened.  The Character Meet and Greet at the Epcot Character Spot was quiet, relatively short queue anyway and it had air-con and it was a blisteringly hot and humid day.  So we joined what turned out to be a slow moving queue but did get through to see the characters.

First off the Mouse himself.

Mickey
Mickey
Mickey
Mickey

And we got a family photo all together.  We get so few of these and we really didn’t make the most of the opportunity with PhotoPass.  Should have got more taken throughout the parks, but we learnt that lesson and will do better next time.

Mickey
Mickey
Mickey
Mickey

Next up is Goofy.  We were just behind someone in the queue who were there because their son was playing Goofy that day and they wanted to see him and get photos with him.

Goofy
Goofy
Goofy
Goofy
Goofy
Goofy

And finally Minnie, who seemed very impressed with Rosemary’s outfit for the day.

Minnie
Minnie
Minnie
Minnie
Minnie
Minnie

Afterwards we had a mooch around the shops and visited Club Cool where you can taste a range of international drinks.

Club Cool
Club Cool

There were some which were absolutely revolting but some others were really nice and wish we had them in the UK. Rosemary liked Kuat (at least I think that was the one she liked), which is a Brazilian drink.  I quite liked the berry one from Zimbabwe.

Club Cool
Club Cool

We then headed off for our first FastPass, which was to Spaceship Earth.  Bit unnecessary to be honest as the queues weren’t exactly huge but we were only doing 1 big ride today and just used the others to save a little time here and there.

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth

We’ve never done this iconic ride before so we were looking forward to it.  No photos inside as it’s too dark but was very enjoyable if a bit dated.  At the start you get your photo taken and asked questions and at the end they show some things about your future.  Julia apparently had set up home with someone else (she was in a separate car to me and Rosemary though).

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth

And I was still having breakfast with Rosemary.

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth

Good ride and a vision of what they thought the future would be in 1970.

Couldn’t leave the area without some shots with Spaceship Earth though.

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth

We got some lunch at the Electric Umbrella restaurant (burgers again I’m afraid…really must eat a little better). And then went to use up our second FastPass in the Seas area.

The Seas
The Seas
The Seas
The Seas

The gulls are great there. One of my favourite bits from Finding Nemo.

Mine, mine, mine
Mine, mine, mine

Again the queues weren’t huge for “The Seas with Nemo and Friends” but saved a little time. Quite selfie in the car (don’t think Rosemary realised what I was doing and was more concerned with the ride).

The Seas with Nemo and Friends
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Towards the end of the ride they project the Finding Nemo characters into the actual tanks and Crush appeared.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends
The Seas with Nemo and Friends

At the end of the ride you come out into the tanks, which are very impressive. The first ones we visited were the manatees, which Rosemary loves.

Manatees
Manatees
Manatees
Manatees

There are some huge marine tanks with schools of fish and a sea turtle.

Epcot Tanks
Epcot Tanks
Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle

There are also quite a few smaller tanks with tropical fish and the like.

Tiny Cuttlefish
Tiny Cuttlefish

We even found Nemo, or at least some really small clownfish.

Nemo
Nemo
Nemo
Nemo

And assume this is Marlin.

Marlin?
Marlin?

And Dory as well.  She looked lost though.

Dory
Dory

Unfortunately Rosemary was eaten by Bruce during our visit.  Managed to pull her free though.

Bruce
Bruce

But Bruce’s mate, Chum, had a go as well.

Chum
Chum

After finishing on The Seas area we went opposite to The Lands.

Our first stop was Soarin’, which we’d reserved with FastPasses. I didn’t know quite what to expect and as I’m not a fan of rollcoaster rides etc was a bit nervous.  No need to be as this is a gentle ride and it was just the unknown that got me nervous. Rosemary thought it was fab.

Soarin'
Soarin’

Afterwards we went on the boat ride for Living with the Land.  This was very quiet and we were straight on.  It was actually a good ride, bit educational but very interesting and highlights some of the work going on at Epcot to develop new farming techniques.

Living with the Land
Living with the Land

After this we had dinner at Sunshine Season’s restaurant and got some vegetables and salmon for Rosemary which was very good and we had some very spicy noodles. Recommended place to get away from the burgers.  Was also extremely quiet and plenty of seating was available.

We got desert at Starbuck’s with a coffee for us and a cupcake for Rosemary.

Cupcake
Cupcake

We were waiting at the park for the fireworks show, IllumiNations, so did a bit of shopping and sat down for a bit before walking upto the lake.  We found a nice spot just in front of the Canada pavilion and sat down for the show.  Very good show and well worth waiting in the park for.

IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations
IllumiNations

At the end we waited back for a moment to let the surge in the crowd go, as virtually everyone is leaving the park at this point, and then headed to the exit.  Of course, stopping to take a picture of Spaceship Earth lit up.

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth

We walked back to the car (it’s much quicker and easier if you can) and Epcot is one of the easiest ones to do this at, headed back to the hotel and bed.

There are videos of the day on Youtube, which have the daytime and fireworks parts separately.

Daytime:

Fireworks:

 

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