My Top 5 Epcot Attractions

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the second in my series of favorite attractions!  Last week, we took a look at my top 5 Magic Kingdom Attractions; today we are looking at my top 5 Epcot attractions!  Does my list match up with yours?  Read through, and then let me know your list in the comments below!  Thanks for stopping by!

#5: Maelstrom

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Maelstrom, located over in the Norway pavilion, is a boat ride that takes you through Norway’s past, present, and future as you see all of the ways that the seas impact the lives of Norwegians!  It is fun, with trolls, polar bears, and oil rigs — as well as a drop near the end!  It used to have a movie that would be shown at the end, but that isn’t shown very often anymore.

#4: The American Adventure

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When it comes to history, especially the history of our great country, at Epcot, there is nothing that comes close to The American Adventure, a great show that features many of the great moments of our country’s history, but highlights on it’s most important aspect — the people!

#3: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros!

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The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a boat ride in the Mexican Pavilion that takes you on a journey through Mexico to try and find Donald Duck!  Jose Carioca and Panchito are your navigators as you look — and ultimately find — Donald Duck!

#2: Soarin’

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Soarin’ used to be one of my least favorite attractions — but I’ve had a change of heart!  This incredible ride takes you through the California countryside as you see the sights from a unique perspective — a hang glider!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonderful beauty, knowing that it’ll be okay, you won’t fall…

#1: Spaceship Earth

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At number one, though, is my favorite attraction at Epcot — Spaceship Earth.  This unique attraction, which takes you deep within the geodesic dome, shows you how far we have come in our communication methods — and leaves us wondering how far we can journey…at the end of the ride is a simulator to give you an idea of what your future might have in store for it, and don’t forget all the great things you can do in Project Tomorrow!

Honorable Mentions

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Illuminations: Reflections of Earth — while not an “attraction” in the sense that I’m thinking, is still a great draw, and something I look forward to seeing every time we visit!

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O Canada is one of my favorite shows, with it’s CircleVision 360 view of everything, and narration by Martin Short!  Stop by and see it in the Canada Pavilion!

I hope you have enjoyed my top 5 attractions at Epcot!  What are your top 5?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

O Canada

89 Days: O Canada!

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In our #DisneyWorldCountdown, today we are looking at O Canada!

Hello everyone, and welcome to Day 89 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  Today we are taking a look at a movie that is housed over at the Canada Pavilion, aptly named “O Canada!”

This movie is one of two movies in the World Showcase that utilizes the CircleVision 360 recording method, in which a special set of cameras is used that provides a complete 360 degree view of the area that is being filmed.  O Canada! is one of my favorite movies at Walt Disney World because it showcases both the beauty of our majestic neighbors to the north as well as includes some of the great humor of one of Canada’s funniest men: Martin Short.

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The gardens at the Canada Pavilion, part of the backdrop for O Canada!

I’ve been watching O Canada! for many years now, ever since I saw it way back in 1983, and it truly is a great way to learn more about a particular country — in addition to the movie about Canada, you also can find a CircleVision 360 movie over in China when you watch Reflections of China.

While I don’t watch O Canada! every time we go to Epcot, I do make it a point to see it every couple of years, and for this year, it is definitely on my plans to check out.  Have you ever seen the movie?  If so, what did you think? Regardless of whether you’ve seen it or not, let me know in the comments please if O Canada! is the movie for you, or if you skip on by.  Thanks for stopping by, now go out and make it a great Disney Day!

 

Magical Blogorail Red – Ideal Disney Resort Meal

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Disney Food…there’s nothing quite like it.  In this month’s post, the Magical Blogorail Red team is bringing you our thoughts and ideas on what our ideal Disney Resort meal will be.  Already my mouth is watering, and I’m thinking of all the yummy delicious things that you can get at Walt Disney World.  How am I going to make some serious decisions here?

Well, for starters, my meal is going to consist of an appetizer, entree, and dessert.  We aren’t much on alcohol, so my drink will probably be a Diet Coke…

Appetizer

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

While this may not look like much, mainly because of the photographer in this case (that would be me!), the Cheddar Cheese soup from Le Cellier in Canada is at the top of my appetizer list.  I’ve only had it one time — during the Food and Wine Festival we went to in 2011 — but it was so good I’ve got to try it out again!

A close second in my mind would be the appetizer bar that you have available to you at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway.  All those incredible meats, cheeses, and breads are really tasty!

Entree

The Traditional Kjottkake at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is delicious!

The Traditional Kjottkake at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is delicious!

Yum!  Speaking of Norway, the Traditional Kjottkake at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall gets my vote for my favorite dish, although, I will admit that the entrees you get with the dinner at the Garden Grill Restaurant are absolutely fabulous also!  Anyway, the Traditional Kjottkake is Norwegian meatballs with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and lingonberry sauce.  The gravy, the meatballs, the tang of the sauce, it all works out to be a truly wonderful, comfort food that you will truly enjoy!

Dessert

The Berry Cobbler is a delicious dessert! Image ©tripadvisor.com

The Berry Cobbler is a delicious dessert! Image ©tripadvisor.com

When it comes to a dessert at Walt Disney World, I haven’t come across one that I like more than the berry cobbler that you get at the end of your meal at the Garden Grill Restaurant.  This incredibly delicious dish comes in it’s own skillet, warm, and with a whipped cream/ice cream type accompaniment on top.  This is truly a comfort food at its finest, and one that I truly enjoy time and time again!  If you have never eaten at the Garden Grill Restaurant, you are missing out, not just because of this dessert, but it’s a big reason why!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Donna Kay.

Red Map Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ A World View
2nd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
3rd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
4th Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay
Final Stop ~ Colorado Mountain Mom

Exploring the Epcot Shows

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In the conclusion of our “Exploring the Shows” series, I’m going to take a walk around Epcot, and look at all of the Epcot shows that you can see there.
For our purposes, a show is something on screen or on stage, that you watch as you would watch like a movie or play.

The American Adventure

This show, featuring 35 Audio-Animatronics characters, recreates some of the extraordinary things, and introduces us to some of the incredible people that have helped make America the greatest place in the world!

Captain EO Starring Michael Jackson

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My family has never been a big Michael Jackson fan, so I’ve never even seen the show.  In all honesty, despite my good intentions to check out the show, I just can’t excite myself enough to see it.  Do you all like it? If so, let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Circle of Life

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The Circle of Life is a short film that I would classify as a documentary about how humans in general often cause a lot of chaos with the environment, and what we can do to improve that.

Impressions de France

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Impressions de France is a show that we don’t see very often, but nonetheless, it is one that I really enjoy watching.  I had seen it as a kid, but forgotten about it until a couple of years ago when I made a point of seeing it and realizing that it was a great movie!  I highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t.

O Canada!

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Next on our list is O Canada!, quite simply, my favorite show in all of Epcot.  I love Martin Short as the narrator; I love looking at all the majestic beauty of Canada; I love the “pre-show” with the trivia that the CMs do before the movie starts; and most importantly, I love the Circle-Vision 360 movie, with all of it’s breathtaking photography and scenery — and I can see it all from any angle.

Reflections of China

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Next to O Canada!, Reflections of China is another Circle-Vision 360 film, and I enjoy it immensely.  When I watch the movie, I am transported back to a day gone by, when China was much more rural, more peaceful, and tranquil.  I really like Reflections of China, and can’t wait until I get to see it again.

I hope that you have enjoyed my mini-series about the various shows located at the parks.  What have I missed on your list of shows that you can’t do without seeing?  Do you have some shows on your list that I didn’t consider to be shows?  Tell me about them in the comments please!  Thanks for reading!

Who Wants to win this Walt Disney Print?

Walt Disney drawing Steamboat Willie

Walt Disney drawing Steamboat Willie

As I reported last week, we are excited about the next My Dreams of Disney contest that we’ve got coming up!  After much searching, we decided to purchase this Walt Disney print featuring Walt Disney drawing Steamboat Willie!  We think this is a great item for any Disney fan to add to their collection!  While we are only sending you the print, and it should be framed to properly display it, we hope that you are as excited as we were when we bought it in California!

There are many ways to enter to win this contest, and I encourage you to take advantage of any and all methods available to you to do just that.  You can’t win if you don’t enter, so good luck everyone!  Here are the contest rules and further details for you to peruse:

The contest will start on Monday, July 22, 2013 at Midnight, and run until Sunday night, July 28, 2013, at 11:59PM.  The winner will be selected on Monday, July 29, 2013, and will be announced via email.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email based on the timestamp of that email, if they do not respond, I will be forced to choose a different winner. The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada only, sorry for those reading from other countries.

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