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!

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!

Magical Blogorail Red: Live Resort Entertainment I can’t wait to see again!

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.

Image courtesy my good friend Denny! Thanks Denny!

This month’s theme is Live Resort Entertainment I can’t wait to see again, and when I heard the theme, I couldn’t wait to get started on this loop.  There are so many great live events that happen at Walt Disney World, that it’s hard to know where to start.  For me, I decided to take this loop on a slightly different route.  The live entertainment that I can’t wait to see again is actually something that I haven’t seen before!  I can’t wait until the time comes when I can visit Epcot and enjoy the Candlelight Processional.

For those that don’t know about it, the Candlelight Processional is held during the Christmas season at Epcot’s World Showcase.  Performed at the America Gardens Theater at the American Adventure Pavilion, the Candlelight Processional is known for it’s incredible cast of narrators, everyone from Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Garcia, and more top names.  For 2012 the Candlelight Processional is being held from November 23 – December 30.

My favorite time of the whole year is the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It’s a crazy, busy time, but it’s the time of the year when I feel closest to my Savior, and I think visiting Walt Disney World, and specifically Epcot, to see how countries around the world celebrate Christmas in their country would be a joyous, meaningful trip that would yield memories to last a lifetime. How many of you have been to Walt Disney World at Christmas time?  Have you experienced the Candlelight Processional or any of the other great special events that they have during this season?  If so, what is your favorite event?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Image courtesy my good friend Denny! Thanks Denny!

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

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 ~ Heidi’s Head