Welcome back to Abigail’s trip report for March 2014! Day three (Thursday) was rainy and stormy outside, so we spent the day in our hotel room. Perfectly fine with me since I had a blog post for day 2 (Check it out HERE) to put up.
On Day 4 (Friday) we went to the park planned for the day before, Epcot! Being the third day of Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, I was extremely excited to see all the new topiaries. Since we stayed at the Swan resort, we were able to ride a boat to the back of the park. After starting in France for Impressions de France and lunch at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie, we walked around the World Showcase.
Another thing I was quite excited to see was the Inspiration of Frozen exhibit in Norway. With authentic Norwegian items and pictures, it was very fascinating to see where the beloved movie came from.
Gran Fiesta Tour!
Back to the Future World…..
On our way to Test Track, I stopped in MouseGear to see a true part of Epcot history. Remember the Dreamcatcher we discussed in One Little Spark… Imagination? It was a little difficult to get a good shot due to lighting and shoppers (from whom I got a lot of odd looks), but while looking up I felt a connection to the original EPCOT Center. Almost wanting to cry, a pang of longing surfaced to have seen the attraction back before they removed it.
Test Track was amazing of course! About a 40 or so minute wait.
Last ride in the park was Spaceship Earth. Being a lover of history this attraction is a personal favorite.
Because Magic Kingdom was open till 1am, we headed there after Spaceship Earth. When walking past the Mad Tea Party, I noticed this quote and fell in love. “Be good at something. It makes you valuable… Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.” -Randy Pausch. A good reminder of my desire to one day work for Disney and interesting thought prompt.
Always have to take a picture with my name in the Haunted Mansion 🙂
We rode a few of the other attractions and then started to head out towards Main Street at 12:30am. Standing against the flag pole fence with Starbucks from the bakery, I spent a while staring at the statue of Roy. Waiting for the goodnight kiss, I noticed many people who walked up to his bench, took and picture, and had no idea who the statue depicts. A group of teenage girls asked me to take their picture with “Walt.” After taking it, I explained it is actually Walt’s older brother Roy who dedicated the park and saw it’s creation through after Walt’s death in 1966. Though they probably could care less and had no idea Walt died before Disney World opened. I felt as though while small, I made a difference and if anything, pleased myself.
Next time you visit the Magic Kingdom, please remember not just Walt, but Roy O. Disney too. (Sorry just had to rant a little bit) 😉