Under-Appreciated Attractions

Our Under-Appreciated Attractions at Epcot

Under-Appreciated Attractions

Under-Appreciated Attractions at Epcot

Last week, we shared our most under-appreciated attractions at the Magic Kingdom. Today we continue that look by taking a look at our most under-appreciated attractions at Epcot. Later this week we’ll look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as Disney’s Hollywood Studios with our lists for those parks.

Under-Appreciated Attractions

For Sophie her choice for Epcot as her most under-appreciated attraction is The Seas with Nemo and Friends. This attraction is a great one for many reasons:

  1. First, it is never busy so you don’t need to use a FastPass for it.
  2. On a hot summer day, coming into this pavilion is great to beat the heat.
  3. It’s a nice, slow ride and brings back memories from the movie, and it feels faster than it is.
  4. Also, after your trip, you can enjoy looking at the other sites in the pavilion!
Under-Appreciated Attractions

Cindy chose another attraction that doesn’t have much of a need for a FastPass — Journey into Imagination with Figment! For years, we didn’t really have anything to do with this attraction; for whatever reason, it just wasn’t on our radar when we would go to Epcot. One year, though, we corrected that oversight, and it was like we had seen it for the first time, and it became an instant classic for us. Like Nemo, it doesn’t need a FastPass, it’s often a walk right on type of ride, it’s imaginative, fun, and just a blast for our whole family. Check it out again if you’ve been missing it your past few trips!

under-appreciated attractions

My choice for under-appreciated attraction at Epcot is the singing group Voices of Liberty! Always a wonderful pre-show concert, the Voices of Liberty can be seen at the American Adventure pavilion in the World Showcase. They can be seen and heard before the showing of the American Adventure movie. The a capella music style, patriotic songs, and period costumes, like we see above, really makes this an under-appreciated attraction in my mind.

Where do these attractions stack up with your choices for under-appreciated attractions at Epcot? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

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Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Under the Sea

Under The Sea

As we continue our Magic Kingdom Attraction Series, we turn our attention to the Fantasyland attraction Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.  This is another attraction that was developed as part of the Fantasyland Expansion.  The attraction is identical to the attraction of the same name over at Disney’s California Adventure, except for the huge difference in the queue, and that gives the Magic Kingdom version the nod over the California Adventure version in my opinion.  Here are the details for this fun attraction:

Attraction Name: Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Attraction TypeSlow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: No

For those that like the Finding Nemo pavilion over at Epcot, you’ll see a big similarity between the two types of ride vehicles for the attraction, as you will board a Clamshell for your journey into the world of Ariel, Prince Eric, and all the rest of the classic Disney movie.  After the attraction, you’ll be able to stop by and visit with Ariel herself for pictures and autographs!

This is a fun attraction, and I think your whole family will enjoy it, but especially any Princesses in your family that love Ariel!

Epcot Future World – Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is the second name this pavilion has had.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is the second name this pavilion has had.

Does anyone remember the original name for the pavilion now known as The Seas with Nemo & Friends?  If you don’t remember — or are young enough that you never knew, it was called The Living Seas, and while the structure is the same, some of the theming has changed over the years.

The pavilion first opened on January 15, 1986, and featured a short movie called The Sea that showed how the oceans were created, and then you took a ride to the ocean floor on board a “Hydrolator”.  After that, you boarded a Seacab and explored the aquarium in the Caribbean Coral Reef Ride.

After Finding Nemo was released, it was decided to re-theme the pavilion.  This pavilion has seen some changes, and now features some really neat attractions and dining options:

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Coral Reef Restaurant

As I was saying, technically, The Seas with Nemo & Friends really isn’t any different from the Caribbean Coral Reef Ride.  Of course, though, it is really changed because of the change in theming.  Are you able to find Nemo?

Turtle Talk with Crush has actually been open longer than The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction — when it opened, it was an instant success, and has been replicated at Disney’s California Adventure park, Tokyo DisneySea, and even had a small run at Hong Kong Disneyland.  In fact, this attraction has been such a hit that variations of it can be found on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships, and Walt Disney Imagineering even donated a unit to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Bill Holmes Hospital.  This is the first attraction that has ever been put in place in a non-Disney location, and is operated twice a day by volunteer Cast Members.

The Coral Reef Restaurant features one side of it being right up against the 5.7 million gallon water aquarium, where you can look at the fish while you enjoy your dinner.

There are even a number of special event tours that you can do at the pavilion.

Thank you for exploring The Seas with Nemo and Friends with us!  I hope you have enjoyed your trip, and kept your feet dry on your journey!

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!