Thursday, May 2, 2013

Disney World Day 3: Epcot


 We were lucky enough to be at Epcot during their Flower and Garden Festival.  The beautiful flowers added an extra bit of magic to our day.  Ryan, my child who loves details, noticed and appreciated all of the intricacies that I might have missed without him there.  And we had Grandpa with us, who is the most amazing landscape photographer I know, who captured it all for us!


Can you believe how awesome this topiary is?


 We were able to be one of the very first people in the park, because we had made reservations for a Princess Breakfast.  I was so excited to bring Molly to meet all of her favorites.  We had talked about it for weeks.  She had told everyone she met that she was going to eat breakfast with the princesses.  However, when the moment actually came, she was awe-struck, speechless, and shy.  She barely smiled, would not talk above a whisper, and tried hard not to make eye contact with them.  We managed to capture a couple of pictures with her looking like she was enjoying herself, but really, she was pretty overwhelmed by it all.









Even with her favorite, Ariel, Molly was pretty quiet.


The boys were good sports about the whole princess breakfast.  There was even a Princess Parade around the building that they escorted their sister through, because she was too nervous to go on her own.  They really are fantastic big brothers.  Although the fact that there were plates of all you can eat BACON, might have sweetened the deal just a little for Andrew.


We left the breakfast and headed towards some of the rides that only the older boys could do.  Andrew and Ryan loved Test Track.  They designed their own cars.  It was declared the best ride in all of the lands of Disney World by Andrew.



Molly and I went to a beautiful Cars themed playground area nearby.


While there, all of Molly's shyness evaporated and she was her normal chatty self.  She made a new best friend, Jacob.  She talked his ear off.  She told him all about meeting the Princesses and how beautiful they were and how much she loved t!  Then she came over to me and asked me to please take a picture of her and Jacob together.  Then insisted that I take one of just Jacob, too.  All of the cast members we encountered at Disney were great, but none were as beloved as Jacob.  He was a Rock Star!




Ryan was too short for Mission Space, so Molly, Mary, Ryan and I all enjoyed the air conditioned play area and video games inside the building.  Ryan loved the video games!



We headed next to Nemo and watched a great show and rode a fun ride.  I loved this picture of the boys, Ryan's hand resting on Andrew's shoulder.


Our next adventure was the ride Soarin'.  I was a little nervous about it, and had not planned on going.  But Grandpa offered to stay with Molly, and I went.  And then I went again while Grandma stayed with Molly.  It was hands down my favorite ride of the entire trip.  I would pay to go to Epcot again just to ride it.  It was so peaceful, so beautiful.  Apparently waiting for us to ride it was also peaceful.  Molly fell right to sleep.  Unfortunately, Grandma got sick and had to go back to the resort.  We missed her the rest of the day.


At school, both boys had left chrysalises waiting for them.  So it was fun to go to Tinkerbelle's Butterfly Garden and see all of the stages of metamorphosis at once.  Molly had fun spotting the lovely fairy topiaries.



In Kindergarten, they do a huge integrative unit on Wizard of Oz.  Thanks to the new Oz movie, there were plenty of Oz themed fun activities to explore.




We ended our day at Epcot by exploring the countries.  We ate our picnic lunches in Canada.  Then we pretty much breezed by the other countries..........


....until we got to Japan, where we stopped for a while.  Andrew loves Japan.  They studied it in school this year, and he has done lots of research on his own at home about Japan, as well.  He was excited to see the water temple and the temple dedicated to the elements.  Andrew has declared his own element to be fire.




There were also these beautiful fish we got to feed.



And of course the gift shop.  Andrew had eaten this rice paper candy at school and searched the entire store until he found some to buy for himself.  All three of them also bought good luck owls and learned how to say owl in Japanese (Fu-Ku-Rou).  That is a big deal, because Andrew had been trying to learn the Japanese symbol and word for owl since December.  Andrew chose a black one to protect from evil spirits and illness, Molly chose pink for romance and new friends, and Ryan chose gold, which means dreams come true and good luck in wealth.  After we purchased them, Andrew said that he probably should have bought a silver one...because it was for patience and he didn't have any of that.  No one argued with him.  :)    


Upon leaving Japan, we happened upon Colonial America.  Who knew we were such close neighbors?


We made a brief stop in Africa, for Ryan to play us an awesome beat on the African drums.  He has a lot of rhythm.  And they take African Drumming classes at school, so it was kind of like part of his make-up work.  :)


Before heading back to the resort, the guys all went to ride Test Track, one last time.  Molly and I found these fun misters.


Then she wanted to go back one more time to see her friend, Jacob.  He was still there, and Molly chatted with him until it was time to go.  And then she showed him how Cinderella had taught her to hold her dress.



We headed back to the resort for naps, dinner, and more pool time.  We were all too exhausted to back to the park that evening.

I had to include this picture too.  Each morning, Chad took a picture of each of our kids with his cell phone, in case they got lost.  I LOVED this one of Ryan!


1 comment:

shelley said...

danielle, you are a girl after my own heart. i love your disney posts. i love that you cried when you saw cinderella's castle. i spent my whole childhood going to disney world - i mean some days just after school we'd jump in the station wagon and head over just for a parade or something - and i cried like a baby almost the entire time we were there watching it through my children's eyes.

i love that you loved epcot. i love epcot. it's my second favorite park, after magic kingdom. but most people think it's boring and overlook it. i think those people don't appreciate details like you and me. we are detail people. :)