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!

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44 Days: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

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The colors in this shot make this round of IllumiNations fireworks among my favorites!

Hello everyone, welcome to #Day44 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today is a special one, in my opinion, anyway. We are taking a look at IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, that incredible fireworks show that can be seen over World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot each night!  When it comes to fireworks, in my opinion, Walt Disney World does it better than anywhere else, and at the top of the list is IllumiNations.  I know that there are a lot of Wishes fans out there, and I think Wishes is great also, but to me, the music and lasers, accompanied by the fireworks, are what set this show at the top of the list.  The shot above was taken last July when we were able to enjoy the show during the IllumiNations Dessert Party that we were at.  I was able to find an excuse to bring my tripod, so I was able to get much better shots than I normally do!

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IllumiNations lights up the night sky!

As you can see, at points during the show the fire on the Lagoon is quite intense, but I still like the tails on the fireworks!

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Some of the fireworks in IllumiNations look just like stars in the sky!

Another cool thing I like about IllumiNations is how the water reflects the fireworks that are in the sky.  Of course, this happens at other fireworks shows too, but you notice it more here because the show takes place over water.  Also, do you notice how the Globe is opening up — it also moves locations during the show too!

IllumiNations is absolutely, hands down, one of my favorite shows at any Disney park, and I’m betting that it is for some of you too!  Now tell me, though — which do you like better: Wishes or IllumiNations?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

28 Days: Gran Fiesta Tour

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The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is our choice for #Day28 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day28 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  We are exactly 4 weeks from when we check into our resort at Bay Lake Tower, and the time will be by before you know it!  For today, we are taking a look at the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros!  This is one of my (and Sophie’s too) favorite attractions, and can be found in the Epcot World Showcase Mexico pavilion!

The Gran Fiesta Tour is a similar ride structure to it’s a small world, but it focuses on José Carioca and Panchito Pistoles and their search for Donald Duck, who has gone missing — and he could be somewhere anywhere in Mexico!  Along the way, it becomes pretty obvious to this writer that when you find Donald Duck, you’ll find him somewhere in the company of a striking lady!

I really enjoy riding this attraction, and it’s a big winner in my book because it never has a long line!  So tell me, what do you think of this attraction?  Ride it, skip it, or something else?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks!

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Riding the Rails: Disney Parks at Night

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Nothing speaks more to me than Main Street, U.S.A. at night!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #RidingtheRails series, which is hosted each week over at The Magical Blogorail website!  If you have a Disney blog, I urge you to take a look each week at the week-in-review to find out what this week’s topic is, and then write a post to fit that theme and join in!  It’s a lot of fun, you see when you join in!  For those of you coming today to my site, thank you for stopping by!  I think my favorite part of a Disney Day is when we are at the Disney parks and it’s night — whether it be during Extra Magic Hours or not!  I have had so many memories, and so many special photos, created during that time that I had the hardest time limiting myself to these photos!  I’ll apologize in advance for the length and the number of photos, but I love them all, and truly hope you enjoy them!  As you can see, the first photo I’m sharing is of Main Street, U.S.A., with Cinderella Castle in the background.  I don’t know about you, but there is just something perfect about being on Main Street during the night, especially with all the lights!

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Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Paradise Pier is a great thing to photograph at night!

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Extra Magic Hours can bring truly bring out the extra Magic, such as when we saw Mickey & Minnie on Dumbo!

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The World Showcase at night, or even dusk as here, is a great place to visit!

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Illuminations: Reflections of Earth — this incredible show lights up World Showcase Lagoon!

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Of course, Wishes — or, in this case, the Summer Nightastic Fireworks Show — isn’t too bad either!

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Here is Ariel, part of the incredible World of Color light, water, laser, and fire show!

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Here is Eve and Wall-E, also part of the World of Color show! Such an incredible show, I hope they bring it to Walt Disney World!

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Flo’s V-8 Cafe is just part of Cars Land, and seeing it at night was everything I wanted it to be and more!

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The Main Street Electrical Parade is one of my favorites! Here is Elliott and Pete from Pete’s Dragon!

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Otis, Nancy, Anna Jane, Cindy, Sophie, and myself — this was our first night at Walt Disney World in 2011!

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Of course, my most Magical memory is the honor of being there when my niece Stephanie was proposed to by her husband, Shane!

As I said, visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, California Adventure, or any other Disney park at night is absolutely my favorite time to visit!  It’s been my pleasure to share my photos with you today, but now I’ve got a question for you.  What is your favorite Disney memory that took place at night?  Please share it in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the image below to head over and read the rest of the entries, and thanks everyone!

Mousekejournals — The American Adventure

Today I’m posting over at my friend Jon’s site Mousekejournals!  He is running a series on the countries of Epcot’s World Showcase, and I volunteered to write about The American Adventure!  Head on over and give it a read, and tell me what you think about it.  Thanks everyone!