Wednesday July 15, 2015
I woke up early, around 7:00, to shower and get ready to check out of Saratoga Springs. I ate breakfast as my friend showered. We finished packing and put our bags, and my cooler, into my car. I drove over to the check in/out desk to check out of Saratoga, then over to BoardWalk. Stupid me took the wrong turn and I ended up in Epcot’s parking lot LOL. Anyway I drove over toward DHS to get to the Epcot Resort area hotels.
I parked my car and walked over to check in. The room was not ready at 9:00, which I fully expected. The Cast Member gave me the parking pass for my car and told me I could leave my car in the lot where it is and enjoy Epcot. So that is exactly what we did. I parked in the lot, leaving our bags in my trunk. We walked over to the Boardwalk and hopped a boat to Epcot.
We entered Epcot through International Gateway in World Showcase. We made the long trek to Future World where our first fast pass, Spaceship Earth, was now available. The line for SSE was extremely long, so we felt satisfied selecting SSE for a FP, as not much is worthy a FP in Epcot anymore.
I still don’t like the ending to SSE, and I really don’t care for the narration. Judy Dench’s voice is so monotone; it could put me to sleep. Other than that, I still love SSE, the beginning of it anyway.
We then made our way to Test Track, but once we saw how long the line was, we walked away. We headed to Imagination instead, and of course, walked right on. Ok, I lied; we had a 5 minute wait. I’m hoping they really do something drastic to Imagination. The ride needs it. This version is just bad.
Our fast pass for Nemo was up next, so we crossed over to the Seas. We didn’t even need the fast pass. Nemo was a walk on. Ok, so we wasted one fast pass selection, but I really had no other choice. With the tier system in place for Epcot, the selections for fast passes are slim. Well anyway, we rode the clamshell for Nemo, and walked out feeling unfulfilled. That ride had so much promise, but short on delivery. They should have put in a better dark ride in Animal Kingdom. I hold out hope they add Australia one day and include a Nemo dark ride to do it justice. Nemo deserves it.
After Nemo, we made our way over to The Land. We had some time before Soarin, so the idea was to take in Living with the Land, then hit Soarin. Well, Living with the Land had an hour wait. AN HOUR!!!! So, we went over to watch Circle of Life instead. Then we sat down by Soarin waiting the 15 minutes for our time to come. While waiting, I received the text saying our room at BoardWalk was ready. We hit up Soarin, with a minimal wait at the fast pass line. Again, cannot wait until the new movie Soarin Over the Horizon. And that third theater will for sure make a nice dent in the wait time.
I had made an ADR for Nine Dragons on Tuesday while in Magic Kingdom. The ADR I made was for 2:00. We were finished with Soarin about 12:45. My friend suggested we leave to bring our bags to the room. I suggested we just stay to have lunch first then go. I didn’t want to get charged for the ADR.
We walked over to World Showcase, and visited Mexico first. We rook a ride on Gran Fiesta Tour, with no wait at all. Pretty much had the boat to ourselves. I felt bad for the CMs working the attraction. They really had very little to do. Not one person was coming to ride the attraction.
The time was only 1:00 at this point. Our ADR was for 2:00. I said to my friend, “Let’s just go to Nine Dragons now. Why wait?” He agreed. I told the girl at check in I had a 2:00 ADR. She took my name and sat us right away. So yea, we arrive an hour early, and we still were seated. The restaurant was dead though. Only a handful of people were eating there. That is a shame because I think Nine Dragons is a fantastic restaurant.
Wednesday July 15, 2015 continued
After lunch, we left Epcot to head back to the BoardWalk. We unpacked my car and trekked up to the resort. Unfortunately the walk to the room was a long one. I felt like we were walking through a maze just to find our room. And carrying heavy bags was no fun either. That really made the walk tiring. Sweat was pouring off me by time we reached the room. I hopped into the shower to freshen up.
We went back over to Epcot around 4:00 in the afternoon. First stop was The Land to see if Living with the Land had died down. The line was still obscenely long. The line for Test Track was just as long as earlier in the day. So I went to a kiosk to see if I could get a fast pass. Test Tracks were all gone. I was able to secure one for Living with the Land though.
We decided to check out Universe of Energy at this time. The attraction is still full on 1980s/1990s cheesiness. Please, Disney, do something with this attraction too. And I don’t mean shut it down without a replacement, like Wonders of Life.
After Energy, we used our fast pass for Living with the Land. I love this attraction. It is very relaxing. True, it isn’t spectacular. But there is something about it I just love.
After Land, we walked over to Test Track and decided to ride it with the single rider line. We didn’t care if we got split up. We’ve done that before. This was my friend’s first time riding the new Test Track. He liked it. He said he liked it much better than the previous version.
The time was approaching 8:00 PM. We had finished everything in Future World. But we didn’t really do World Showcase. We never got to sit and watch American Adventure. We didn’t stop inside any of the country pavilions, except for Mexico and China. And forget the movie for Canada and France; we never got to see those either. But that did not really matter to us, even though I really wanted to see American Adventure again. That show amazes me each time I view it.
We scoped out our spot for Illuminations on a bridge between France and International Gateway. We figured the bridge was the perfect spot to watch from because, once done, we could just walk right to the boat docks. Illuminations was once again perfect. Truly is my favorite night time spectacular in Walt Disney World. My trip never feels complete until I see Illuminations.
Well, after the show, we walked over to the boats and took that nice relaxing trip back to the BoardWalk. Upon arriving, we headed over to the General Store to kill some time. I picked up a candy bar cause I was desiring chocolate. We went back to the room and crashed for the night.
Our park days were done. Now we had to fill up two days without doing the theme parks. Easy said, easy done!!!!
Next up: July 16, 2015