Under-Appreciated Attractions

62 Days: The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends – #Day62 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day62 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  This day we are taking a look at one of the pavilions of Epcot — The Seas with Nemo and Friends!  This pavilion is, like many of the Future World pavilions, named after the ride that it contains, but it has much more to it than just a ride.

The ride is fun, although my camera shots aren’t really that good — so I don’t have any to share, really.  I’m working on that for next trip.  But I do like some of the things I’ve been able to see and photograph of the aquarium, even though they are kind of blurry too, so I hope I’m not turning you off of this pavilion.  It really is a lot of fun in my opinion, and has a lot going for it.

Nemo and Friends

Bruce!

For starters, watch out for Bruce!

Nemo and Friends

Watch out for Bruce! Fish are friends, but what about humans?

Nemo and Friends

One of the residents in the huge aquarium inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion.

Nemo and Friends

Another shot of the Aquarium.

Of course, in addition to all of this, the Coral Reef Restaurant is the table service restaurant at this pavilion.  I’ve heard mixed results about it, so we haven’t eaten there before.  Have you eaten there?  If so, what did you think of it?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

 

 

76 Days: Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Sophie with Pocahontas, taken at Rafiki's Planet Watch

Sophie with Pocahontas, taken at Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day76 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  The days keep ticking away, and it’s hard to believe that we have already done 24 days in our countdown!  For today, we’re taking a look at a Pavilion that is only accessible by way of the Wildlife Express Train — of course I’m talking about Rafiki’s Planet Watch!

This pavilion is, in my opinion, overlooked by many that travel to Animal Kingdom, but to do so you risk missing some of the great things at Animal Kingdom!  For starters, we hadn’t seen Pocahontas at the park since way back in 2005 when she was a big part of the show Pocahontas and her Forest Friends (a show that closed in 2008).  So, when we were at Rafiki’s Planet Watch and came upon Pocahontas, Sophie was extremely excited!  Better yet, there was no line waiting to see her!

In addition to seeing Pocahontas, there are cutouts of animals that you can look at, such as these two — although my photos don’t do justice to the pavilion.  They also have great demonstrations with some of the animals.  For example, we saw a demonstration on how some turtles were tested to see who would adapt quickest and eat the treat first.  It was based on some characteristic of the turtle, such as eye color.  It was really neat and fun, and something that I was glad I got to witness the demonstration.

Sophie with the Tiger

Sophie with the Tiger

Sophie with the Rhino

Sophie with the Rhino

Another great thing about Rafiki’s Planet Watch — most of the exhibits are inside this great air conditioned building — and you all know how hot it can get at the Animal Kingdom Park!

Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a great pavilion to spend some time in.  Do you and your family take time to see it?  What is your favorite part about it?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Innoventions West

77 Days: Innoventions West

Innoventions West

Innoventions West is our choice for #Day77 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  Today is #Day77, — 11 weeks everyone! — and today, we are continuing our look at the Innoventions pavilion by taking a look at Innoventions West.  My friend Andy, from WDW Shutterbug, was very gracious and took the photos in this post for me, so go check out his Facebook page and tell him Mike sent you!

This part of the pavilion is one that I have a little more experience with — still not enough to claim to be a subject matter expert by any stretch, but I have been in here some at least!  This pavilion features some good attractions, again, these are attractions aimed at getting your kids involved in some hands on learning at the same time! (shh, don’t tell them!)

Innoventions West

This great fire truck is part of the “Where’s the Fire?” attraction!

In Where’s the Fire?, you are tasked with finding the fire hazards in the house, and afterwards, get your picture taken with the fire truck and answer the questions to become the fire chief!

Innoventions West

Where’s the Fire? House

In addition to the Where’s the Fire? attraction, you have these other attractions to explore in this part of the pavilion:

  • THINK — the attraction where you think about how the world can be different!
  • The Great Piggy Bank Adventure — learn in this attraction the ways to save for a special event, such as a great Disney vacation or other important item!
  • Videogame Playground — The playground is a place to compete against your favorite teams, play with your favorite Disney characters, and more!

Do you and your family take a look at Innoventions West?  Do you like it, or do you skip it?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

 

Epcot Future World – An Overview

Holding up Spaceship Earth, the iconic structure of Epcot!

Holding up Spaceship Earth, the iconic structure of Epcot!

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by!  Today we are taking a general overview of the different pavilions in the Epcot Future World area.  The different pavilions for Future World are the following:

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Innoventions East
  • Innoventions West
  • Universe of Energy
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • The Land
  • Imagination!
  • Wonders of Life/Festival Center (seasonal)

I’ve already learned something new today — it turns out that Epcot has slowly gone to the concept of naming the pavilion after the major attraction that is housed there, and as a result, I never new that Spaceship Earth was concidered a pavilion.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Spaceship Earth, of course, is represented by the huge geodesic dome that houses the Spaceship Earth attraction.  I’ll go into more detail about what else you can experience at the pavilion!

Innoventions East and West

One of the exhibits in Innoventions West

One of the exhibits in Innoventions West

One of two pavilions where you can experience some incredible hands on exhibits with a great assortment of fun for everyone!

Universe of Energy

Learn more about energy with Ellen’s Energy Adventures.

Mission: SPACE

Image courtesy mydisneypage.com

Image courtesy mydisneypage.com

Are you an orange line or green line rider?

Test Track

Part of Test Track

Part of Test Track

Design your own vehicle and take it out on the road!

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Learn more about the seas!

The Land

Part of the unique scenery inside the Land Pavilion.

Part of the unique scenery inside the Land Pavilion.

See the pavilion that houses great food, great educational rides, and Soarin’!

Imagination!

The sign for the Imagination! Pavilion

The sign for the Imagination! Pavilion

Come see where your imagination can take you!

Wonders of Life/Festival Center

This area is primarily reserved for special events such as the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Stay tuned as we take an in-depth tour of each of these pavilions and give you all the details you need to decide for yourself if it’s a pavilion that you need to explore on your next trip to Epcot!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!