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!

Test Track

8 Days: Test Track

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One of the rides that I am most looking forward to seeing is Test Track! We haven’t ridden it since before it was updated!

Today is #Day8 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and for our choice for today we’re taking a look at Test Track — the ride that changed a while back and we haven’t ridden since the changes!  When we last rode it, we were “crash test dummies” and we were helping to test out some of the safety features of the cars.  The ride was fun, and ended with a ride outside on the lap at top speed!  From what I understand, the changes are more in the first part of the ride, where, instead of going through the tests, you now have the opportunity to design your own car!  I may be wrong on this a bit, so if I am wrong and you know, leave me a comment to clarify for us please!

In the past, the problem I had with Test Track was that it was so problematic from a standpoint that weather could totally ground the attraction.  Because of this, it’s not my favorite ride by any stretch — if I had to rank Future World attractions, I’d have Soarin at #1, Spaceship Earth at #2, and Ellen’s Energy Adventure at #3.  Still, we are excited to see if it has improved with the new design of the attraction.

What do you think of Test Track?  Is it still problematic from a weather standpoint, is it still slow loading like it was, or has it improved?  Do you have to design your own vehicle or can you skip that?  Do you like it or do you skip it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

Spaceship Earth

16 Days: Spaceship Earth

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Spaceship Earth was first sponsored by Bell System, then AT&T, but it is now sponsored by Siemens.

Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  Today we are continuing our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and we are now down to #Day16 in our countdown!  For this day, we are going to focus on one of my favorite attractions — Spaceship Earth!  This is not just an attraction — like all of the Future World exhibits, it’s also a pavilion, and it is an engineering marvel in my opinion.  The ride is a dark ride, in a slow moving space train that takes you up and into the geodesic dome and tells you all about the way communication has come about on our planet.  It’s a really neat ride because it isn’t just a fun time — it’s a history lesson also, and now, with the changes that have come about since Siemens became the sponsor, you will now be able to interact with and help shape how your future might look.

The narrators for the attraction have been, in order, Lawrence Dobkin, Walter Kronkite, Jeremy Irons, and now, Dame Judi Dench.  To be honest, even though I have been on the ride when Dobkin and Irons were narrating (at least, and perhaps also with Kronkite), I scarcely remember what it was like, and my favorite rendition is this version with Dench.  What about you?

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At night, Spaceship Earth is — bar none — one of the best structures to photograph!

In my opinion, Spaceship Earth is without a doubt one of the best structures in all of Disney to photograph, especially at night.  The triangles of the dome really make for some very interesting colors at night, and they capture it and refract it and change it so that it’s almost like a wave of color!

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Here you see Spaceship Earth standing tall and proud. This shot was taken from the top of the World Showcase.

Even in the day, though, it’s easy to see how Spaceship Earth is the focal point — the Weenie — of Epcot.  Even from way over by the Italy Pavilion, you can see how Spaceship Earth stands tall over the park, reminding us all that the future and the technology are all there for us to see and learn about…

What do you think of Spaceship Earth?  Is it a must ride, or do you only need to see it every now and again?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Ellen's Energy Adventure

46 Days: Ellen’s Energy Adventure

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Ellen’s Energy Adventure is our selection for #Day46 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown. Image ©Disney Parks.

Welcome to Day 46 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  On this day, we are taking a look at Ellen’s Energy Adventure, a pavilion and attraction that is part show, part ride, and features Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nigh the Science Guy!  This attraction kind of snuck up on me — I had never been on it before, and then in 2012 we decided to see what it was about.  It was so neat!  I loved the show, it was a lot of fun, and I also enjoyed how the merged the show and the ride together.  In some ways, it’s kind of like a morph of The Great Movie Ride with DINOSAUR and Spaceship Earth, all rolled together.  The best thing for me is how neat the Dinosaurs are — here’s a great photo for you to enjoy:

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The Dinosaur scenes are my favorites. Image ©Disney Parks.

I don’t know if you like Ellen’s Energy Adventure or not — do you like it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!  It’s been my pleasure to bring these posts to you, I hope they are helping in your Disney Planning!

Spaceship Earth

Disney Trivia – Spaceship Earth

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Spaceship Earth, the iconic structure at Epcot, is our choice for Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia segment!  We are joined, as always, by Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse!  Perhaps we will be joined by you, too?  If you have a Disney blog and want to link up with us, feel free to do so, and thanks!

Today we’ve got some Spaceship Earth trivia for you.  Let’s see how many of these facts you knew about:

  • Spaceship Earth is 180 feet tall, and weighs in at about 16 million pounds!
  • The skin of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles!
  • There is some debate over who the original narrator of the attraction was.  Some say Vic Perrin, and some say Larry Dobkin.
  • The second narrator was Walter Cronkite, followed by Jeremy Irons, and lastly, Judi Dench.
  • Did you know that the water from rain that lands on Spaceship Earth never falls to the pavement below?  There is a special system in place that takes the water and drains it into World Showcase Lagoon!

Did you like my Spaceship Earth trivia?  If so, let me know in the comments which ones you did or did not know about, and thanks!

Now, go check out the rest of the entries from this week, and thanks for stopping by!

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