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The time has come to blog about our final day at Disney. We saved Epcot for last because we knew the kids would be exhausted from a jam packed week. We figured they could chill out in the stroller while we took our time strolling around the “worlds” and knew the rides here were a little more low key.
Our first FastPass, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, was a late one so we could take our time getting to the park. It was a cute ride, both kids liked it and it turns out we really didn’t need the passes because we hopped right on. The aquarium outside of the ride was awesome, Layla and I really enjoyed walking around it. Jack had a mental breakdown after the Nemo ride, one of the worst I’ve ever seen so Bryan took him outside for a chat. After calming down we did our second FP- Turtle Talk with Crush. Also super cute but our kids are a little shy so they didn’t get as much out of interacting with Crush as some of the others.
Next it was time to sit in the stroller and walk around the world showcase. Before I type another word I’d like to mention that while we were planning this Disney vacation, we almost skipped over Epcot. I didn’t think the kids would like it and I wanted to spend as much at Magic Kingdom as possible doing things I KNEW they would love. We did do park hopper passes so we could go back and forth and that is the one and only reason we did Epcot- because I knew if they hated it we could leave.
That said- Epcot was their favorite park. Can you believe this?! Even though they were SO tired (and one of us was SO grumpy) they had the best time and still talk about this park. They had a blast exploring “the world” with us and were totally into all the sights. They both spent time in and out of the stroller and I didn’t mind them running around as much because the park was much less crowded than the others.
Layla’s eyes just about bugged out of her head when we saw the Eiffel Tower. This is about as close as they are going to get to the real thing for awhile…but it will do.
They wore Tinkerbell and Hook shirts this day. Jack got lots of compliments on his shirt-
Epcot is a great park for food and treats. We ate a picnic lunch in France, enjoyed gelato in Italy and had iced green tea in China. We played in the butterfly garden and met Alice in the UK. Layla was so excited to tell her about the play she was in during fall theatre-
Jack found every little boy’s dream in Germany- a big model train display! He could have stayed here all day long.
We met Mulan in China. She was sweet and both kids enjoyed chatting with her. Jack was a little shy at first but I told him this was the last princess we’d meet so he wasted no time for a quick photo.
After picking up some popcorn we decided to head over and let Daddy ride Mission Space. The kids loved running around outside of the ride and thought it was hilarious that Daddy was sick to his stomach for the rest of the day.
We bounced around the front of the park a bit and did Spaceship Earth. The kids were a little bored through some of it but my favorite Jack moment from this trip was when we got to the top. He was sitting with Bryan and I was with Layla in separate cars. The boys were behind us and we got to the top (the part where it looks like you are in space looking down at Earth) when I heard him say “There is EARTH! We are IN SPACE!!!”. He truly thought we’d taken a rocket to space. Layla looked at me and said “how long is it going to take to get back there?” LOL!
Next up was our last FastPass- Test Track. I was worried about the intensity of this ride since I’ve been told it’s the fastest ride “ever”. Both kids were begging to do it so…we did! First we designed our cars-
Then it was to the track. We sat in one car with another couple. The lady sitting next to Bryan and Jack looked hesitant that Jack was on the ride and my heart dropped when she said “hold on buddy, we are going to go FAST”. I was panicking a bit in my head as we pulled away and the ride started…if he couldn’t handle the Little Mermaid show at Hollywood Studios how on EARTH would he handle this?!
It was a little scary while the car was still inside but as soon as we got out on the track the kids were screaming “faster!! faster!!”. When the ride was over they were begging to do it again but the wait was almost 2 hours and we wanted to make a trip back to Magic Kingdom for the evening.
Quick photo on our way out of the park and on to MK-
We ate dinner at MK and said “see you later” to Cinderella’s Castle. We realized we hadn’t been on Dumbo so we waited in line for about 45 minutes and hopped aboard the flying elephants.
We told the kids they could do ONE more ride with less than a 45 minute wait. They probably would have gone for the Mine Train but the wait was way too long and they were still recovering from our traumatic soaking wet experience on it so we opted for the Barnstormer. It was a great last ride and we left with big smiles on our faces.
Our flight left mid afternoon the next day so we spent the morning sleeping. I took this picture at the airport right before we left. A week earlier we arrived in Orlando tired from a long flight, not really knowing what to expect but ready for a magical vacation. The kids noticed Mickey Mouse on this display on our way in but on our way out each one of the symbols held meaning for them:
We went to outer space in the Epcot Ball. We had breakfast with Princesses at Cinderella’s Castle. And we were 100% terrified as ever of the Tower of Terror (and the Little Mermaid show). We all had the time of our lives. It was not a relaxing vacation, but it sure was magical and to see that magic through the eyes of our kids was worth every single penny.
We got back to PA later that afternoon and somehow had the energy to go sledding within literally 4 seconds of getting home. Going from one wild ride to another in true Barton family fashion. 🙂