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!

Prayers for the Week: Happy Mother’s Day

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28Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.” ~ Proverbs 31:28-29 (ESV)

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms out there!  Officially on the calendar, today is Mother’s Day — but in reality, every day should be Mother’s Day!  Today we give Praise and thanks to God for Mothers across the world, spanning this day and age and throughout eternity.

The Bible is filled with incredible Mothers — starting with Eve, continuing through Sarah, then Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and on and on.  In all of my studies, the one thing I’ve learned is that none of us are perfect, the only perfect one is Jesus, of course, and Mother’s are no exception.  But one thing that is important to remember is that, despite the flaws, despite the frustrations of husbands, children, and life in general, despite all of that, Mother’s across the world still put their families first, and that continues on to this day.

On this Mother’s Day, I wish to leave you with a poem I read yesterday that I think you all will enjoy:

If life were without water, where would we be?
If life were without mothers,
There would be no you or me.
We all need to take hold, of how precious life really is,
and not take for granted the gift of love and the ability to give.
Thank you to God for creating us all
For giving us our mothers
So we can stand proud and tall.
Humans are no accident, no mistake or error
We sometimes live our lives in fear of this,
Even to the point of terror.
But when the truth is told, and recognised by all,
God does not create rubbish. He knew what he was doing when he created
me and you, but the best gift of all, is giving us loving, caring
Mothers who love us unconditionally through and through.
None of us are perfect, that includes ourselves and family.
Hold onto how precious we are and thank God for our mothers.
Amen

Now, please join me in praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.

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!

La Hacienda de San Angel

81 Days: La Hacienda de San Angel

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Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s #DisneyWorldCountdown post!  Today is Day 81 in our countdown, and for today’s post we are featuring a restaurant that we’ve never eaten at before — but one that is on our reservation list for this year!  I’m talking about La Hacienda de San Angel, located near the Mexico Pavilion on the shores of the World Showcase Lagoon.  This restaurant, from all I hear, is a great one because it provides excellent access to view Illuminations during your meal.  Our dinner is set for 6:30 PM the day we eat there, so I’m thinking we’ll be done with dinner prior to Illuminations starting, but that’s okay too, we’ll still be able to enjoy what I hope is a great meal!

The restaurant doesn’t look like it would be big enough to allow for people to come back for a good viewing spot for the fireworks, so I don’t think we would be able to come back for Illuminations and see it from the restaurant (like you can do at the California Grill, for example, for Wishes).  Can anyone confirm that for me if you know?  If you do know, please let me know via the comments, and thanks!

Mexican food is one of my favorite types of food to eat, but believe it or not, I have never eaten at a Mexican restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort.  This restaurant is one that I’m really looking forward to eating at, and I can’t wait to give you a dining review after we eat there!

Thanks for stopping by everyone, now go out and make it a great Disney Day!

Wordy Wordless Wednesday – Disney Food!

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Sophie loves her Jumbo Turkey Leg!

Hello everyone, and welcome to another entry of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, hosted by my friends over at Focused On the Magic!  Today’s theme is Disney Food, so I thought I would share with you some food pictures from all across Walt Disney World!  The picture at the top was taken at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!  That was the first Jumbo Turkey Leg Sophie ever had!

This is what happens when you don’t eat all your veggies!

When you eat at 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studio, expect hijinks galore!  This shot, taken in 2010, is of my sister-in-law Nancy and her husband Otis.  When Nancy, who is a theater buff, didn’t eat all her veggies (and some thrown in by Otis for good measure) the result was a yummy dessert!

Sophie and ML were able to select a free treat. For Sophie it was because it was her birthday week, and for ML, it was because it was her first trip to Disney!

I liked the Crème Brulée au
Chocolate au Lait, but I liked the Cannoli over at Italy better!

Yummy Shrimp Taco from Mexico!

Ribeye Taco from Mexico. I liked the Shrimp Taco better myself.

This concludes my look at food from all around Walt Disney World!  For those of you that will be at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this year, have a cannoli for me please. :)

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