Margaret’s sister Kate is visiting and we spent much of today at Epcot, with the Soarin’ and Spaceship Earth rides, various snack food, and character meets with Mickey & Minnie Mouse, and Goofy!
At Disney Epcot the Living With The Land ride takes people through various huge conservatories planted beautifully with interesting and educational exhibits – it’s also possible to take an inexpensive tour into the area, seeing everything in more detail. We’ve done this before but chose to do it again today because Epcot was very busy and the tour is a relaxing alternative to standing in queues!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a new area opening soon – Pandora, inspired by the film Avatar; and we got preview access there today …
As befits the fact that it’s an alien world, everything is very well themed with unusual plants and creatures – including sounds, all around. There are two rides in the area too, a nice gentle Na’Vi River Journey, and a much less gentle one (Flight Of Passage) – for us rather like an extreme Star Tours combined with extreme Tower Of Terror and Soarin’! I don’t think either of us will be doing that second ride again.
Here’s some photos from the visit, showing the theming and plant life:
And here’s some less-than-perfect pictures from the River Journey:
We learned this week about the annual display of chocolate Easter Eggs at the Disney Grand Floridian hotel, so went to take a look – not really knowing what to expect.
We were impressed! At least 20 intricately Disney-themed decorated Easter Eggs, all at least a foot tall – and some of them smelling quite delicious too!
A different visit to Epcot World Showcase today, with much of it before the main rush of tourists – so I took lots of photos of empty space, a rare sight at Disney!
This tour was quite fascinating; in many ways it’s “just a walk around World Showcase”, but being guided and learning of details and sights we’d never previously noticed, made for a very different visit. Finishing with a bonus of Soarin’ is nice, too!