Epcot is a unique theme park because it allows you to experience the culture and foods of 11 different countries. It’s also not as crowded as Disney’s other 3 theme parks. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still have to wait 3 hours to ride the Frozen Ever After Ride if you don’t have a fast pass. But, since Epcot is so spacious it doesn’t feel as crowded. My first tip is to make sure you have downloaded mydisneyexperience app so you can manage your fast passes. Our first fast pass choice of the day was the Test Track ride. Since we arrived when the park opened we realized the wait was only 20 min so we canceled our fast pass and decided to use it on another ride later in the day. My second tip is to find out how long the wait is before you go through the fast pass line. If it’s a short wait, it’s not worth using a fast pass for a ride you can wait for.
The boys loved Test Track! Buckle up in a 6-passenger “simulation car” and put a virtual vehicle that you created to the test. You can create your dream car on a screen and then test it out on the course. At the end of the ride, it tells you how your car performed. Definitely a big hit with the boys 🙂
Did I tell you that Epcot is a Foodie’s Paradise? Not only do you get to learn about 11 countries, but you get to try their delicious foods. Since I love Italian food, our first stop for lunch was Via Napoli. You can enjoy traditional Neapolitan pizza delivered right to your table. Their thin-crust pizzas are made with fresh mozzarella cheese, San Marzano tomatoes and real Cuputo flour is imported rom Southern Italy. Water for the dough is even sourced from a spring similar to Italy’s Campania region. Pizzas are then cooked in wood-burning ovens named after the 3 active volcanoes in Italy—Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli. (the boys were mesmerized by the oven) We ordered the Arancini or fried risotto balls filled with mozzarella and meat ragu for our appetizer. The fried risotto was crisp on the outside and the mozzarella was creamy and melted in your mouth. For our main dish, we had to try their traditional Neapolitan pizza. The Piccante Pizza has tomato sauce, mozzarella and Italian spicy sausage. It was big enough for us 3 to share. Daniel opted for the kids “cheese” pizza since he’s not a fan of sausage 🙂 Have I mentioned my drink yet? I ordered at Lemon drop, which is vodka and limoncello over shaved ice. I LOVE lemon and it was the perfect, refreshing drink on a hot, July day. For dessert we ordered Coppa Brutti Ma Buoni which translate to “ugly but good” amarena cherry and vanilla gelato sundae. Since the waitress found out that Brady and I were celebrating our anniversary, she brought out a special dessert just for us!
After an extravagant lunch we walked over to the Japan pavilion. We watched the Matsuriza ensemble plays these drums in distinctive musical arrangements while performing dramatic dancing—all in sync. As the show gets going, the beats get faster and their moves intensify. It was hypnotizing and amazing.
Then it was time to meet our favorite characters. Disney has a section reserved just for Card members to meet and pose with some of our favorite Disney Characters. It’s actually a surprise and even the attendants don’t know who it’ll be. If you didn’t buy Memory Maker don’t worry, you’ll get a download of your photo too 🙂 Just make sure you don’t forgot your visa card at home. By this time, our boys were tired and Christian was getting a migraine. My poor baby suffers from them. Since the meet and greet was located inside an air-conditioned building, we decided to have him lay down for a little bit and see if his migraine goes away. (this trick usually works) Tip #2 don’t get so stressed out about your schedule that you forget to enjoy yourself. We decided to take our pictures with the gang and head back to the resort and let Christian rest in his bed.
After resting at our resort, Christian was ready to tackle Epcot again. Our first stop was at Flavors of Club Cool. There’s a fountain that dispenses Coca-cola products from other part of the World. There’s 8 different types to try. The kids hated the Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique and loved the Lift Apple from Mexico. Since it’s free, take your time and try all 8 of them. After getting our taste around the world we walked over to France to get some homemade macaroons. Then we walked over to London and enjoyed looking at their “Doctor Who” t-shirts. Christian is a big fan. The boys found the red phone booth and Christian tried to lock Daniel inside of it. LOL! I’m just happy is headache went away.
Tip #3 Make sure you get a good seat for IllumiNations at 9pm. We found a Mexican restaurant overlooking the lagoon called La Cantina de San Angel. So, we ordered some nachos, churros and waited for the magic to begin. For those who have never seen the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth it depicts the past, present and future Earth with a stunning fireworks show that celebrates the spirit of humanity. Any amazing show that’s a must see – Dot