Sunday, October 28, 2007

Epcot Adventures!

In May (or was it April?) Jason went to Epcot. It was a work thing. He rode the rail thing that goes around the big golf ball, but that was it. So, in his mind, he had "experienced" Epcot.

That ball thing? Was actually closed, which really made me sad. Because I had ridden the little monorail-type thing in it and thought it was cool. It also makes me sad, in general, when things are closed. Even if it's not something I'm really all that interested in. It just seems unfair somehow, you know? Like, maybe I really DID want to do that and now I don't even have the chance.

But anyway.

We were going to go to the Epcot Character Spot, but the line was the longest I had seen since I had been at Disney World and all the children in the line seemed to be impatient and shrieky and I really didn't want to risk a headache, so we left it.

We also went to "Honey I shrunk the audience" which was exactly the same as I remember it from when I was a kid, but it still cracked me up. I love 3-D shows!

We ate lunch at the Coral Reef.
We didn't have reservations (note to self: next time we go, we need to make reservations), but we got seated almost immediately. And? We got seated RIGHT NEXT TO THE FISH TANK!

Our waiter didn't really speak English very well, but again, that didn't bother me because I don't even know what language he spoke nor could I speak any of it so I figured that was pretty fair. He was very nice and accommodating. He gave the kids a little guide to the fish in the tank and they had a lot of fun picking out which fish they recognized.

They had way more fun with the "Make your own sundaes" for dessert, though.

I just noticed Girl Child had a little crab on her shirt. Isn't that appropriate?
I had steak, at the seafood restaurant. Jason had chicken. Neither one of us had, you know, seafood. At the seafood restaurant. We're so awesome.
Right outside the restaurant, was "The Seas".

As well as those freaking hysterical birds from Finding Nemo. The ones that say, "Mine! Mine!" Although I generally hate and am terrified by birds, I loved these. Also? They were fake, but that's not the point.

Also, as I was looking at my pictures, I wondered how many times my butt appeared in random people's vacation photographs. You know? Like the woman on the left? Does she know her butt is on my blog? Probably not.

There were tons of photo opportunities outside "The Seas". They wouldn't let me take pictures on the ride. I heard the words "No Flash Photography" approximately 8 billion times last week.

After the ride you could explore the big aquariums. I took a few pictures of a manatee, but they came out kind of dark. I loved this picture of all the little "Nemo's" in the tank.

There were more photo opportunities inside.

Boy Child? Well, he kind of got into it.

Okay, I don't care who you are, that right there is funny.
All the dad's in the room laughed, but all the mom's looked at me and did that disapproving face. Bitches.
We went on "Soarin'" which was literally the only ride we went on the entire trip that we had to wait for. I had read about it on the Internet and while I didn't really know what to expect, everyone said it was a "must ride". I was not even daunted by the fact that the wait time said fifty-five minutes. We didn't actually have to wait that was only about thirty minutes. And it? Was so completely worth it.

Again, I couldn't take any pictures on the inside. But basically, it's like you are hang-gliding. It was amazing. The children were absolutely blown away and Jason even liked it.

See? No one was mad at me for making them potentially blow chunks.

There is so much to do and see at Epcot on a normal day, but they were also having a Food and Wine festival and The Four Tops were playing. I have absolutely no idea why, but there was also a Pear Festival. Which I only cared about for the photo opportunities, of course.

I don't know why those things crack me up SO BAD. They just do.

At around dark, we went over to Japan and I took this photograph, which I think is just beautiful.

I also tried to get the children by the Koi pond. I did, but you can't see the fish. Bummer.

We ate dinner in Japan at a restaurant called Yakitori House. I took this picture from the outside. Honestly, I can't recall if this is the building for Yakitori House or if it's the one for another of the Japanese restaurants. They were all beautiful.

I went to the bathroom outside of the restaurant and this ninety-year old woman told me all about how she would, "do" the Four Tops. No, I'm not kidding. I just stood there with a look of horror on my face as she went on and on about them and their "fine asses". Then, a pregnant woman came in while I was waiting on Girl Child to finish up and told me about how the heat was making her fingers swell and could I please help her pull her rings off ? So I did. And I wish I had a tub of butter, because those things were stuck tighter than Baby Jessica in a well.
And, yes, I looked around for the Candid Camera, but I didn't see one.
Epcot is mostly restaurants, it seems. And educational-type things. And walking. Sweet Lord. The walking. When I got back to the hotel after visiting Epcot? I looked at the bottom of my Crocs and I had literally worn every bit of the writing off the bottom. The soles are now just flat and slick. Crazy.
Still, it was pretty beautiful.

Until tomorrow.


Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

Dang that looks like fun. And seriously, I kinda want to go just for the photo op's. Boy child in the shark? My fav by far.

Denise said...

I agree about my fave being boy child in the shark. I want to go to disney land wah wah wah.

Angie said...

I love the pics, too. . .but I had to read the paragraph about the woman/swollen fingers/baby Jessica. .. .to Mark out loud. After I laughed out loud (literally) he wanted to know what was so funny.



Anonymous said...

You are pretty funny, Chick! Like me, though, you are always taking the photos and are never in them. I want to see more Chick photos!

Your trip is enough to make me want to go back to work so that we can go, too. I'm gonna watch the news until the urge passes.

Dreamer said...

AHHHH, Epcot. I went as a kid. On a school trip? Because it was educational. We tried to get them to allow us to go to The Magic Kingdom, but no. They decided to bore the heck out of us with Epcot.


Turned out to be not so boring.

my4kids said...

Love all the pictures and the shark one is too funny. Totally something I would have convinced my kids to do!

frannie said...

I've used that bathroom right beside Japan! we peed in the same place!

and, I totally hate birds!

Unknown said...

I would've peed myself at the Old Lady wanting to do the 4 Tops. Geez!

Totally get the frustration at the closure thing. We went in May 06, and would you believe Pirates of the freaking Carribean was closed??

EE said...

Love the shark picture!
When we were at Disney, "It's a Small World" was closed. I was ticked!
Your kids are too darn cute!

Shanilie said...

WOW WOW WOW Welcome back from Vacation! I am loving all of the photos from your trip. What an amazing adventure!

Patiently waiting said...

Wow, I love the pictures! You did a great job taking them and it looks like your kids are going to have some great memories!

Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome :)

Like Baby Jessica stuck in a well? I giggled at that one :)

Tricia said...

I don't know what has me laughing more. Your kid in the shark mouth (Eh screw those disapproving moms. We all know their kids end up being the screwed up ones.) or the reference to Baby Jessica!

Anonymous said...

Oh how I love your vacation recap! You? Need to go on vacation all the time and then write your chickisms when you return. It'd be the best travel guide book EVER!

Boy child in the shark? Made me laugh out loud! And made me wish I could go on your next vacation with your kick-ass family!

And the rings on tighter than Baby Jessica in a well? Well, that was so classic Chick, it brought a tear to my eye!

So glad you're back!!!!

SJINCO said...

Wow, what fun. I'm jealous.

I love the picture of Boy Child in the sharks mouth, that's classic.

Glad you guys had so much fun!

Amy W said...

I like EPCOT...all the food...:).

Mrs. Booms said...

I want to go on vacation with you next time... Lucky!!!

Rachel (Crazy-Is) said...

I am reading about all you bloggers going to Disney and I sooooo want to go toooooo!!! I've never been!

Ry said...

OK, once again, you had me laughing with this

"Okay, I don't care who you are, that right there is funny.

All the dad's in the room laughed, but all the mom's looked at me and did that disapproving face."

That picture was hilarious!