Thursday, June 30, 2016

Disney World: Day 3 ~ Epcot Part 1, Beirgarten

We woke up bright and early, ready to head to Epcot. This was a park I had read about and was really looking forward to.

We waited about 10 minutes and got on the first Epcot bus that came to our resort.






The park opened at 9am, and we were there at about 9:15. We followed the plan that really worked the day before at Hollywood Studios - the first couple of rides we went on were the most popular ones, and then we saved our Fastpasses for the afternoon.







So the first ride was Test Track.




The queue at this attraction was really neat.

There were really cool cars and models we could look at.





Before we got on the ride, we all got to design a car.





It was an interactive activity, and there were so many options. You first scan your Magic Band (or park ticket) so the system can find you. Then you basically built the car from scratch and put in the engine, tires, decided on the structure, and lots more.





The first time we rode this ride, Nutsy and I did this part really fast and had time at the end to go back and change a few things. Mr. Lego and My Sweetie took their time and really put some powerful equipment in there. You only have about 3 minutes so it doesn't take that long.



The cool thing about this attraction was that you scanned your Magic Band right before you boarded your car. At the end of each stage of the ride, you could see how your car would have performed.



The first part of the ride is inside, as your car is put through different tests.









I took this next shot with a mirror we went by.










Then the drive moves outside for the speed part.





According to the screen, our car got up to 62 MPH.






The next big ride we wanted to get on was Mission: Space



Now this ride can be pretty intense, so there are two choices: the Green line or the Orange line. The two rides are exactly the same except that the Orange line uses centrifuge technology while the Green one does not.

These were the Orange riders.



They made a big deal about the spinning, on that card and in the line. Every 5 minutes we heard a warning, and there were lots of signs posted. Even the video that we watched in the line kept saying, "This is a spinning ride. You can leave this line and move to the Green one at any time."

I have never in my life gotten motion sick in a car, boat, or amusement park ride, but all this talk was seriously making me nervous.

We finally got on and I will say that yes, you feel like you are in close quarters. The thing closes in on you and the wall of the ride (which has all sorts of fun buttons you can push during the ride) is just a foot from you. And just  to remind you that this IS a spinning ride, there are barf bags next to each seat.

The ride started and I must say that it was amazing. You really have the sensation that you are lifting off and are in space. I read about the ride later, and you do experience 2.5 G's. The key to not using those barf bags is to not move your head side to side. Once the ride starts look straight ahead and not to the side.

And the other members in my family said that the Green line was also an amazing ride, and love every bit of it too.


And for Nutsy, the best part of this attraction was after you got off the ride. There was this whole exploration area that you could play in. And the highlight of this area was a game called Mission: Space Race, where people form teams and work together on computers to help a spaceship make repairs.


 This was the best post-attraction area of all the parks.

When we walked out of Mission: Space we saw that the line time had jumped from 20 minutes to 50, so going early had paid off.




Next we headed to The Seas with Nemo. We all sat in these clam shells and went through the ride.





The ride ended at the aquarium, which was huge!



We could have spent at least a half hour walking around and looking at the fish, dolphins and even sharks.



We had reservations at 11am for lunch at Beirgarten in the World Showcase so we headed over there at this point.

Germany was very cute!





Beirgarten was a German buffet.







Anything German, and they had it.






My plate. (A bit blurry.)







The kiddos.






The atmosphere was really neat too - it felt like you were outside, in the village square of a German town.





Everyone that works in a specific country in World Showcase is from that particular country. The kids made friends with our waiter, Evanz, and asked him questions about Germany.








We stayed for the floor show, and enjoyed the German music.




They played those cow bells above, and then later got out these massive horns.







We had full tummies and were ready to keep exploring Epcot!


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