Every single time we go, we have fun. Every single time we find something new to do. This trip was like Riley's first time... he experienced a world of new rides, new resort, new food.
We picked up our Annual Passes from Epcot. Since we were picking them up at the Park, we received them in the form of cards, not Magic Bands. Those would be coming in the mail. I had already selected our FastPasses online, so once we made it in the Park, we headed off toward Soarin'.
Riley was playing with my camera while waiting for the passes. He took some pretty good shots throughout our trip. This was one of his first gems:
Soarin' was fun. Riley's fear of heights and the unknown got him at first. He screamed a tiny bit when we lifted off. But he got over it quickly. The rest of us hadn't ridden it since it was changed. Now, instead of flying over California, you take a quick gliding trip around the world. It's peaceful, it's air conditioned, it's a must-do.
After Soarin', we went our favorite eatery in Epcot: the Electric Umbrella. I'm sure it's not the best, it is just the one we frequent the most. There is a cafeteria in the Land (where Soarin' is located), but with Riley's allergies and the kids' picky food cravings, it was easier to stick with what we know.
While Riley and I waited for Daddy and Reagan to get the food, we played around with the cameras. Oh, the crazy photos and selfies we took. *sigh*
And he insisted we take this picture and text it to Grammie. Riley wanted to show her he was eating a Mickey cheeseburger and make her super jealous.
Here is a short video, which doesn't quite do it justice, but it does give a tiny idea of what waiting in line is like.
Test Track gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me. The entire thing (with the exception of the speed test) is indoors. Anything in air conditioning is a plus.
Riley LOVED it. When we got off he was jumping up and down squealing that he wanted to ride again. He looked at me and said "Grandpa has GOT to do that! He would so love it!" Yes, Riley. Grandpa would love it.
Reagan loves Mission Space. Every time we visit Epcot, she has to do it. It's not too popular, so we usually don't wait long for it. We did the Green Mission first. It's less intense than the Orange Mission. To my knowledge and memory, Riley has not ridden this before... I was not sure how he would feel about it.
Travel Tip: In my opinion, there is no need to Fast Pass this ride. The more intense Orange Mission line is not usually long. We waited about 10 minutes. The Green Mission is always less than the Orange.
Since Riley enjoyed the Green Mission, we went on the Orange one for Reagan. I'm not a super huge fan of the Orange. The gravity force is a bit too much for me. But, I will do it for my kid. If I have to. Honestly, I could live without this ride entirely. I panic (internally for about 5 seconds) when the doors close and the panel closes in on me... I am not usually claustrophobic, but this ride makes me rethink that.
Obviously we had to hit up Spaceship Earth on our way out. Actually, I did FastPass this one. It's hit or miss for a long line. Of course, since I had FPs, there was not a long standby line. Oh well. This ride a family favorite. We do it each time.
Then we said good-bye to Epcot. And we were off to the hotel for check-in. After a quick rest and refresher, we hopped on a bus for the Magic Kingdom!
Our Disney Sides
We are fortunate enough to live a short drive away from the Happiest Place on Earth! And we take full advantage of it!