#OnTheGo Around the Parks: An Afternoon at Epcot

 

#OnTheGo Around the Parks:

An Afternoon at Epcot

One thing that I really love doing is walking around the Parks, and while I usually tweet and Instagram my day I thought it would be a nice change to share my afternoon and my thoughts here.

It was a chilly (by Orlando standards) and slightly overcast afternoon at Epcot, but it was great to get out of the house for a few hours before I picked Zoe up from her after-school activity.

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I didn’t have any plans or FastPass+ return times, and I wasn’t in a rush so I decided to take an easy stroll around Future World.

My first stop was to see Baymax in his new Meet and Greet area in Innoventions West.

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This was my first time seeing the area, and it was great to see I wasn’t alone! He had a large line, and while his workshop background may seem sparse it fits right in with all of the construction that is going on inside of Innoventions.

After a quick picture, I decided to head over to The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

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This is one of Zoe’s favorite rides, and when we ride it’s often filled with a lot of pointing and chatting about what is going on around us so it was weird to ride it in silence.

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There was a lot of activity in the tanks as people were snorkeling. I would love to try that one day!

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I also had to find one of my all time favorite Hidden Mickeys…

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And Nemo!

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

Heading over to The Land Pavilion I decided to keep up my Hidden Mickey Hunting, and found this little guy.

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While Soarin’ is closed until later this year, it was nice to see that the Pavilion was still chocked full of people!

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Living with the Land has always been one of my favorite rides!

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I found a ton of Mickeys and got to see a Florida Snowman.

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

Before I leave, I always take a moment to say goodbye to the balloons.

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

The latest addition to Epcot is the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival.

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The Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival is a 3D experience that begins with a short film where you hear from John Lasseter and Ed Catmull talk about the beginnings of Pixar by showing the progression of their work.

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

The Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival features 3 shorts in ways that you have never seen them before.

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‘Get a Horse’ is the first short that pops off the screen (literally) bringing this classic short to life in a whole new way. While the 3 and 4D effects were really well done, what really was amazing was to hear Walt Disney voicing Mickey ringing through the theater. I won’t lie…it gave me chills.

‘La Luna’ really sparkled in the 3D format, and it was really nice to revisit a short that is one of my favorites.

And finally, ‘For the Birds’ is a really quirky and fun short that ends the experience on a solid laugh.

We’ll miss you Captain EO, but I have to say that I really enjoyed watching the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. I can’t wait to bring Zoe back with me next time!

Then it was off to Innoventions East to visit Colortopia Presented by Glidden.

If you haven’t had the chance to stop by and experience the newest spot in Innoventions…what are you waiting for?

Onthego In the Parks Epcot Colortopia

I really love all of the the different interactive areas and activities, and it is a really great way to spend some time out of the Florida elements.

Onthego In the Parks Epcot Colortopia

Seriously, what are you waiting for? I promise that you will really enjoy Colortopia…so go!

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

Walking out of Innoventions East I ran into the Jamminators. And while these guys have several identities throughout the year, I always like to stop for a second to watch them perform. They are a really fun group.

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And I was in luck, because today was ‘Junior Jamminator Day’ and I am now an honorary Jamminator!

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

I haven’t ridden Test Track in awhile, so I decided to head over to the single rider line. It was a 25 minute wait, not too shabby, but it was nice to just relax and go with the flow!

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When you go through the single rider line you don’t get the full design experience, but the car I chose placed 2nd which is much better than when I do the designing so I will call it a win!!!

And it wouldn’t be a trip to Epcot without riding my absolute favorite ride in the world…Spaceship Earth.

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

All in all it was a lovely afternoon at Epcot, and I hope that you enjoyed tagging along with me on my trip!

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See ya real soon!

 

-Shelley

 

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New Zootopia Trailer

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I have been pumped to see Zootopia since the D23 Expo, and the newest trailer really gives us a good look at the world and story that we’ll see on March 4, 2016!

httpv://youtu.be/jWM0ct-OLsM

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.

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But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy.

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Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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