1.17.2015

Skelleys Do Disney 2015: Day Four

After a long day at the Magic Kingdom, we needed a slower, low-key day. Enter Epcot Center or as the Engineer calls it, "The park that no one wants to go to."


I admit that I was not the biggest fan of Epcot as a child. Where is Mickey? Where are the rides? What are we supposed to actually DO in all of these miniature countries? I still can remember my parents taking us to a restaurant in Germany and my sister and I being little jerks and refusing to eat the food. We weren't the most culturally adventurous.

Interrupting this walk down memory lane for more topiary characters!


But Epcot has changed a lot since the 1980's and they have since added some pretty wicked rides. This is the park that I should have done more research on with Fast Passes. Because even though the crowds were low, the ride lines were still around an hour -- probably because there are not very many rides at Epcot. I felt bad that we were not able to do a couple of rides do to time constraints. We did do Test Track which everyone loved.


And Finding Nemo, which I thought was adorable (remember, lame ride lover here).



We also did the Phineas and Ferb-themed scavenger hunt through Norway, which was a lot of fun. We had a special phone that when we found and pointed it at a clue, the clue appeared only for us. Now that was cool.

Can you see the clue?


Norway is currently undergoing a "Frozen" transformation.



You know how I love tiny houses (Germany).


Africa.


France.


I gave up on looking like anything but a hot mess on this trip.


We wanted to get to Downtown Disney before dinner, so we did not dawdle too much in the park. After booking it back to the resort, The Engineer finally got his boat ride to Downtown Disney -- he is a big fan of boat rides in general. We picked up gifts and tees and the kids each picked out a souvenir. We did a little shopping damage in the Lego Store -- Granddaddy and Grammy told Alexa that she could pick out her gift on the trip and she went for a Lego set, natch.


Little's favorite princess (this week).



I was so disappointed that they removed the Lego basset hound that sat outside the Lego Store.


I thought seriously about buying this at World of Disney.


We booked it back to the hotel to change clothes for dinner and then made our way to Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort.


It was the first time I had ever been there -- both to the resort and the restaurant. All of the classic characters came to our table for photos and the kids were over the moon. I enjoyed watching the older couple beside us take pictures with the characters too. They were so excited. The baby on the other side of us was not as amused, however.


Back to the room to pack up because we had to be out the door early the next morning. Flying back home went relatively smoothly other than an hour delay in Atlanta. Which giving The Engineer's track record at Hartsfield-Jackson, I still considered that a win.

via teamskelley on Instagram

We rolled in about 2:30 and picked up the hound dog and then it was back to Home Sweet Home with lots of good memories and a nasty cold, in my case. But you will have no complaints from me, I would much rather catch something on the way home than on the way there. No broken bones, no hurling, no trip to Urgent Care, no sleepless nights up with a sick child ... I consider that a successful trip.

Next week: Lessons learned at Disney. I am in no way an expert, but I did pick up some good tips from friends who are, so I will be sharing them. Happy Weekend!

1 comment:

  1. I must be crazy because it is somewhere I have always wanted to go. It wasn't even built when I went.

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