Wednesday, April 8th
Philip's conference ended at noon, so we used the rest of the day for a trip to visit Grandma Taylor in Tampa
(We stopped at Babies R Us on the way to spend some gift money the kids had been given, since we don't have one close to home)
We spent the first half of the day at Animal Kingdom, then went home, had lunch and let the kids take naps, and then went to the Magic Kingdom in the afternoon.
(Their saliva keeps it all stuck together and it bakes in the sun until it becomes rock hard!)
First stop, Epcot
It's actually pretty intense (if you choose the Orange Team), and has a centrifuge that produces G Forces and everything!
One of the warning signs reads: "For safety you should be in good health, and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions that can be aggravated by this adventure."
Another sign states, "CAUTION! You may experience motion sickness on this adventure! Mission:SPACE is a realistic and intense simulation of space flight. It is unlike anything that you have ever experienced."
The attraction can leave you feeling disoriented, woozy and even, as some riders report, with a headache for the rest of the day. There are air sickness bags available in the capsules. (I thought I was going to need one of these at one point!) =)
You are given multiple chances to change your mind about riding Mission: SPACE and are asked repeatedly if you're sure you want to continue. Just before you step into the seating area, the cast member asks you to give a "thumbs up" sign, if you're still ready to go.
In our opinion... Definitely a "Must Do" if you go to Epcot!!
(I actually thought of you,John K. as we were going through, this seemed like something you would be interested in...)
"Step into the world of automotive testing as your 6-seat vehicle undergoes the safety and quality tests that General Motors performs on every prototype it manufactures.
As you begin this 5-minute, nearly one-mile auto escapade, strap yourself in, ascend steep terrain that's 3 stories high, then let loose downhill, blasting across a bumpy road and roaring through 50-degree banked curves and hair-pin turns that test suspension and brakes at speeds up to 60 miles per hour!
Zoom into the environmental chamber to endure the extreme heat and cold tests—at temperatures that are 100 degrees apart! Then, see if your vehicle will withstand corrosion when robots mist water upon it. Finally, face the challenge of avoiding a crash barrier… in the nick of time!"
(I honestly thought, several times during the ride, that we should have had more than a seat belt holding us in!)
We found out later, after seeing this car drive around backwards at high speeds for several minutes, that the driver is actually in the trunk, facing out the back of the car!) LOL!
This ride takes you up in an eerie "service elevator" in a broken down hotel, and then it all goes black and you are suddenly free falling down a dark elevator shaft... and then yanked back up several floors, and then dropped and then you stop....and drop again and then come back up and then free fall again, until you are totally freaked out and you can't scream any more... so awesome!!
Epcot World Showcase
This part of the park features eleven countries (USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Morocco). Each section has recognizable buildings from that particular country, authentic restaurants, shopping etc...) The cast members actually come from these countries, so that makes it even more real!
(He has recently decided he wants the person who's reading to wear his hat while they read!) =)
Philip had made reservations for dinner, but left the location a surprise. I was excited when I found out it was Morocco, since we'd never eaten Moroccan food before! (Well, I'd had couscous, but not like this..)
Philip got some great shots...
(Each one represents a hundred years in the advancement of technology)
(I had brought waffle mix and forgotten the waffle maker, but he made some excellent pancakes from the mix instead!)
Moriah was getting a little fussy, but decided she was a big fan of this lambie toy I hung in front of her! =)