Over the past few days, I have reminisced about my experiences at Disney World- both when I was younger and now. When my dad heard about this, he was able to dig out a picture of our first visit in February 1998. What a difference right? Unfortunately, my brother wasn't able to come with us that time. But my mom says there's always the possibility of us coming back and sharing the whole experience with my nieces.. Although they have already been there once it's always different together as a family. Even as I say that, I can't believe we would be sharing it with the next generation. Wow, how time flies!
|Debbie and family at Epcot- February 1988|
|Debbie and Family- April 2017|
Our last day at Disney World was spent at Epcot (obviously); we got a late start that day because it was due to the hottest day.. The report was spot on! As we began our journey through the different countries,, I was taken back by enormous flower gardens and sculptures; the creativity it took to shape some of those plans into Disney characters (like Elisa from Frozen or Belle from Beauty and the Beast) is brilliant. In all, there are about 100 topiaries to admire around Epcot. For our first ride, we decided to go to on Spaceship Earth. For this ride, I had to transfer out of my wheelchair- but it was worth it. This ride takes you back in time from the Stone Age, showing the evolution of man. (I'm using the term "evolution"to mean the growth in man's intelligence; I do not believe in the theology of evolution.) What I liked most about the ride was the fact that it was interactive; it allowed riders in each seat to "choose" what their future looked like based on answering a few questions posed to them along the way.The pics captured at the beginning of the right are then placed in a video used to portray the future. This is something that riders can take with them if they supply their email in the database on computers near the ride.Another interesting fact is that the ride takes place "inside" the Epcot ball.
Next, we attended The Voyage of the Little Mermaid show. This 15 minute performance includes live puppetry with performances of popular songs from Sebastian the crab as well as Ariel. During the show, I felt like I was truly "under the Sea" because bubbles cascaded from the ceiling at one point.
What's a trip to Disney World without saying Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse? It's not a trip, of course! For the reason, I actually took some time to wait in line and meet the popular characters as well as get my picture taken with them. For those that say I'm too old for that, well, you are only as old as you feel. Here is two of my favorites.
After that, we continued our trek around the "world"stopping by Germany to look at the intricate Cuckoo clocks and then went to France to sample the delicious crepes (thin pancakes) that reminded us of Grandma (mom's mom). In one building, they even had a widescreen movie that gave us a tour of the country; we soared about the vineyards that created wine and went through famous churches. This gave us a in-depth view of the country without having to actually go there. One of the final things we did there was go to see The America Adventure at The World Showcase. This 30 minute performance utilizes audio- animatronics and film to go back in time and view the major events that made America the great country it is today.