Epcot Future World – Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is the second name this pavilion has had.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is the second name this pavilion has had.

Does anyone remember the original name for the pavilion now known as The Seas with Nemo & Friends?  If you don’t remember — or are young enough that you never knew, it was called The Living Seas, and while the structure is the same, some of the theming has changed over the years.

The pavilion first opened on January 15, 1986, and featured a short movie called The Sea that showed how the oceans were created, and then you took a ride to the ocean floor on board a “Hydrolator”.  After that, you boarded a Seacab and explored the aquarium in the Caribbean Coral Reef Ride.

After Finding Nemo was released, it was decided to re-theme the pavilion.  This pavilion has seen some changes, and now features some really neat attractions and dining options:

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Coral Reef Restaurant

As I was saying, technically, The Seas with Nemo & Friends really isn’t any different from the Caribbean Coral Reef Ride.  Of course, though, it is really changed because of the change in theming.  Are you able to find Nemo?

Turtle Talk with Crush has actually been open longer than The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction — when it opened, it was an instant success, and has been replicated at Disney’s California Adventure park, Tokyo DisneySea, and even had a small run at Hong Kong Disneyland.  In fact, this attraction has been such a hit that variations of it can be found on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships, and Walt Disney Imagineering even donated a unit to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Bill Holmes Hospital.  This is the first attraction that has ever been put in place in a non-Disney location, and is operated twice a day by volunteer Cast Members.

The Coral Reef Restaurant features one side of it being right up against the 5.7 million gallon water aquarium, where you can look at the fish while you enjoy your dinner.

There are even a number of special event tours that you can do at the pavilion.

Thank you for exploring The Seas with Nemo and Friends with us!  I hope you have enjoyed your trip, and kept your feet dry on your journey!

Epcot Future World — The Land

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to our look at the pavilions at Epcot Future World!  The first pavilion we took a look at was Spaceship Earth, and now, we’re moving on to look at The Land, which is my second favorite pavilion in all of Future World!  This location has some of the best attractions, food, and decor, and it’s a great place to hang out and just people watch!

Garden Grill Restaurant

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The Garden Grill Restaurant is, without a doubt, one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World!  This circular restaurant is on a special platform that slowly rotates while you eat, showing you a view of all of the scenes in the boat ride “Living with the Land”.  The menu consists of a family-style layout featuring the following great dishes:

  • Char-grilled Filet of Beef
  • Roasted All-Natural Turkey Breast
  • Sustainable Fish of the Day

In addition to that, you also get warm bread, a special salad, and side dishes of garden fresh vegetables, butter mashed potatoes, and Artisan bread pudding.  Lastly, to top off the meal, a harvest skillet cake is served.  All told, it is a yummy dining experience, and even includes visits from Chip & Dale, Mickey, and Pluto!

Sunshine Seasons

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Rounding out the dining options at The Land is Sunshine Seasons, an absolutely incredible quick-service dining option.  Within this market setting you’ll find hot meals, sandwiches, sushi, salads, kids meals, and on and on and on.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Some of the incredible options include the following:

  • Chicken, Fish, and Pork Chop offerings
  • Asian cuisine including Mongolian Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Spicy Cashew Chicken
  • Turkey, Vegetable, and Steak sandwiches.

The offerings at this location are incredible, and well worth visiting.

Soarin’

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In addition to the great dining options, my wife’s favorite ride at Walt Disney World is located at The Land Pavilion.  Of course I’m talking about Soarin’.  The funny thing about Soarin’ is that it used to give me the worst case of motion sickness — not necessarily a sickness like I need a bag, but I definitely felt like something was wrong.  As a result, I didn’t ride this great ride very often.  Now, though, I’m over whatever it was that was bothering me, and I have no problem riding Soarin’ — even from the highest seat!  Let me know what you think of Soarin’ in the comments below, and thanks!

Living with the Land

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In Living with the Land, this boat ride takes you through some great scenery, but also explores all that The Land does to improve on how crops can be grown throughout the world.  My friend Joy was a part of the Disney College Program way back in the 1990s, and she was actually one of the boat narraters back when they had Cast Members accompany the boats.  This is certainly not a thrill ride like Soarin’, but it definitely is up there on my list of things to do once because of all the neat things you learn — and who knows, you might even see this big pumpkin!

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Circle of Life

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The Circle of Life is a short documentary film that incorporates the characters from the Lion King, Simba, Timon, and Pumba, and talks about all of the things that we humans do to pollute the environment.  I’ve seen this film a couple of times, but truth be told, it isn’t something I’m all that interested in simply because it opens a whole in the Disney World and takes me right back to the real world — and that’s not what I want to do when I visit Walt Disney World!

I hope you have enjoyed your look at The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World!  For those unsure where it is, here is an image of where it is located so you can find it!

The Land location

Wordless Wednesday – Food, Wine, and Music!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival beckons you to enjoy all it has to offer!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival beckons you to enjoy all it has to offer!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday post!  My friend Deb from Focused on the Magic has really struck a great theme with me this week!  Her theme is Food, Wine, and Music, and I’ve got several images to share with you that all feature — to this date, anyway — my only experience at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, back in 2011.  One day my wife and I will get back there, maybe with Sophie, maybe not — she may be there already if the gets into the Disney College Program in a few years!

Since the theme is Food, Wine, and Music, I thought I would share my pictures in that order.  So, first up…

The Food…

From Brazil: Seared Mahi Mahi with Steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut Rice

From Brazil: Seared Mahi Mahi with Steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut Rice

From Mexico: Shrimp Tacos

From Mexico: Shrimp Tacos

Sophie enjoying a Jumbo Turkey Leg

Sophie enjoying a Jumbo Turkey Leg

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From France: Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait

From France: Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait

From Scandanavia: Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries

From Scandanavia: Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries

The Wine…

For this section, I’ll admit that we don’t do much drinking, so I don’t really have any good photos…in fact, the only photo I have is this one:

The Dessert and Champagne Kiosk

The Dessert and Champagne Kiosk

The Music…

What I lacked for in The Wine… category, I have definitely made up for in The Music… category, at least I hope you think so!

The JAMMitors rocking over by the Land Pavilion

The JAMMitors rocking over by the Land Pavilion

The Fife and Drum Corp marching into position to perform at the American Adventure Pavilion

The Fife and Drum Corp marching into position to perform at the American Adventure Pavilion

The Voices of Liberty are as outstanding as always!

The Voices of Liberty are as outstanding as always!

I hope you have enjoyed my look at the Food, Wine, and Music of the Food & Wine Festival!  Special thanks, as always, goes out to my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this weekly series, and thanks for stopping by to look at what I have to offer you!  Now, please click on the button below so that you can see the rest of the entries to see what they came up with!  Make it a Magical Day everyone!

Focused on the Magic

Epcot Future World: Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first stop in our journey around the Future World of Epcot!  This is Spaceship Earth, which I didn’t know until I started this project was actually considered a pavilion of it’s own!  Did you know that?  Spaceship Earth is one of our favorite attractions at Epcot, and my daughter Sophie and I love to ride in it and learn about our past in ways that only Disney can teach us.  Where else do you get a front row seat of Pharaoh, the Phoenicians, or the Roman Empire and it’s “World Wide Web”?

Spaceship Earth is a geodesic dome, which has a diameter of 165 feet, a circumference of 518.1 feet, and a volume of 2.35 million cubic feet!  In addition, there are 11,324 tiles on the outside of the dome, and it has a weight of 15,520,000 pounds (7,760 tons!).

The ride itself is classified as a dark ride, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s scary — just that it takes place in a darkened environment.  You load on an Omnimover, which travels at a constant slow rate of speed to guide you through the attraction.  The music you hear is offset by narration, currently the narrator for the ride is Dame Judi Dench.  Previously to her being the narrator you had Jeremy Irons (Scar from The Lion King, you know), Walter Cronchite, and the original narrator, Lawrence Dobkin.

Your trip through the history of communication lasts 15 minutes, and is a great attraction to enjoy when the blazing Florida summer heat is at it’s worse.  Traditionally, Spaceship Earth has longer lines at park opening than it does in the afternoon because everyone seems to congregate there first because it’s the first thing people generally see at Epcot — unless they come in from the International Gateway between France and the United Kingdom.

Part of the enjoyment of Spaceship Earth is that you are able to plugin demographics information about where you live, your picture is taken as you ascend into the dome, and at the end, you answer questions on your car about what you want your future to look like.  After that, you get off the ride, and enter Project Tomorrow, which has a lot of different activities you can enjoy, as well as seeing your pictures appear on the globe where you touched in your car.  You can also send an email of your video to your friends so they can see what you have been up to!

Like many things that Disney does, Spaceship Earth is a great, unique attraction and pavilion that does an incredibly good job at teaching you about communication, history, and our past, but does it in a way that you are able to have fun and not really focus on the fact that you are learning things.  It is this unique balance of education and entertainment that has made Epcot one of the most popular parks at Walt Disney World, and is a signature statement for how Disney handles things.  Thanks for stopping by and reading about Spaceship Earth!

Happy Birthday Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Happy Birthday Epcot! Just like the Magic Kingdom, Epcot opened on October 1st!  Of course, there was 11 years between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, so last year was the 30th Birthday of Epcot, and that makes this year birthday number 31!  Epcot has so many incredible details that it’s really like going to two theme parks rolled into one!  For starters there is Epcot Future World, which features Spaceship Earth, among other great pavilions.  Then there is Epcot World Showcase, which features 11 pavilions dedicated to different countries around the world.  If you haven’t seen my reviews of them, head over to my “Epcot’s World Showcase” page to read about each of them!

For this special birthday post, I thought I would let my pictures do the talking, and share with you some of the incredible things that await you at Epcot!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy your photographic journey through Epcot — the second park at Walt Disney World!

Epcot has a monorail stop that rides through part of Future World! Look at the Tron Monorail!

Epcot has a monorail stop that rides through part of Future World! Look at the Tron Monorail from 2010!

Epcot is known for it's special events -- and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is near the top of the list!

Epcot is known for it’s special events — and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is at the top of the list!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing!  This is Lightning McQueen from 2010!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing! This is Lightning McQueen from 2010!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing!  Lightning McQueen wouldn't be complete without Mater!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing! Lightning McQueen wouldn’t be complete without Mater!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is another incredible show that is a must see at Epcot!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is another incredible show that is a must see at Epcot!

The Voices of Liberty perform inside the American Adventure Pavilion prior to the show!

The Voices of Liberty perform inside the American Adventure Pavilion prior to the show!

Street Performers -- like this one in the United Kingdom Pavilion -- are a lot of fun to watch!

Street Performers — like this one in the United Kingdom Pavilion — are a lot of fun to watch!

Of course, character greetings are part of every Disney park! Here Sophie is joined with her buddy Donald Duck!

Of course, character greetings are part of every Disney park! Here Sophie is joined with her buddy Donald Duck!

I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at some of the things that you can expect to enjoy at Epcot when you visit!  Happy Birthday Epcot!  Are you going to be there to celebrate? If so, tell us what your favorite part of Epcot is, and thanks for stopping by!