Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Epcot Fun

One great thing about living in Florida is inexpensive Disney tickets. (well, inexpensive by Disney standards) Dean's sister was out last September and he took Natalie and upgraded to the three day pass as it is such a good deal. So we headed to Epcot last Thursday. And will be off to Magic Kingdom this Friday as the tickets expire in two weeks.

Since we had two days, I was going back and forth about Epcot vs. going to Magic Kingdom twice. We've been to Animal Kingdom, which was very cool, but the Tampa zoo is so amazing, I hate to go back until Katherine is old enough to appreciate it. After much googling about taking a preschooler to Epcot, I decided there was enough to make a trip worthwhile.

So the day of, I was really excited. I have wanted to go to Epcot for years. I love to travel and was really excited to see the countries. Dean and I have been wanting to to by ourselves ever since we moved to FL, but haven't been able to make the babysitting factor work out. Well, we should have waited. We did have fun, but honestly, with a preschooler, it was a let down. Natalie could only go on three of the rides because of height limits and her fear of loud movies. And one of the rides had a scary troll which she did not dig.

The highlights were the female taiko drummers in Japan, absolutely incredible. Even Katherine was wide eyed! And Natalie loved the chinese acrobats. Even though we were sitting right next to the speaker and I had to cover her ears (no, it's not really that loud, but she is very sensitive to loud noises). She loved the Nemo ride, although Bruce the "friendly" shark as proclaimed by mom and dad, was still a little scary. And the boat ride in Mexico was a hit with both girls.

The problem was, there was a lot of walking and waiting between rides and shows. We didn't really get to see all the cool stuff in FutureWorld as the kids were too small and we didn't get to explore the countries because again, the younger set wasn't really down with that. So basically, all the great things about Epcot I've really wanted to see, were missed. While Natalie did have fun, she kept saying the "other" Disney was better. So lesson learned. We won't head to Epcot with the kids again for several years, at least until Katherine is four or five. Hopefully Dean and I will get to go by ourselves at some point before then. That said, the fact that you can drink beer and cocktails at Epcot highly increased the enjoyment factor for Dean and I. And the popcorn and frozen lemonade factor kept Natalie pretty happy. I think Katherine enjoyed it the most of all, she was basically wide-eyed the whole time. And that was pretty great.

But we did have some fun and here are the pix to prove it:

Katherine meeting her first princess

Princess love...

The Dixon Chicks!

Enjoying the Japanese Taiko Drummers

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