My mission was to visit every single theme park that Walt Disney World had to offer no matter the reviews. I remember visiting Epcot as a child and hating it. I was now an adult with 2 kids and a husband who had never been so off we went to Epcot to see it through a new set of eyes.
I had planned the day in two parts which works out well since Epcot is divided into two main parts anyways, Future World and World Showcase. First up for us was Future World which is where all the rides are.
Our first fast pass was for test track. We LOVED it. In fact we loved it so much that we went on it multiple times using the single rider line to get through much faster. Big Brother went on it 3 times while Tobei and I went on it 4 times. We had the additional ride each as we went back to Epcot for our date night (more on that later).
The only ride we did not get to try out at Epcot was Soarin’ as the line up was never less than 2 hours and no way was I waiting that long. I had used our fast passes for Test Track, Spaceship Earth and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. The way the fast pass system works is you must use all your fast passes before you can reserve another. Since I had the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth which isn’t until just before park closing we were not able to utilize any more fast passes.
I would like to take this moment to say DO NOT waste a fast pass on Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. I had heard people say not to do it as you can get a great view from anywhere around the lagoon but I wanted premium reserved seating since this is a don’t miss show. Well was I ever disappointed. They packed the fast pass area so finding somewhere to sit was impossible. There were also trees blocking our views. With so many people standing in front of us we could not see the lower parts of the show. We were so disappointed that we left Epcot and headed back to our resort 5 minutes into the show. Dear Epcot, please actually limit the amount of fast passes your provide for this.
To sum up our experience of Epcot as a family, we won’t be back. However at least we can say we tried it. Thankfully our date night turned out much better.
As our trip to Walt Disney World was what we dubbed our familymoon instead of honeymoon we had to at least have one date night. I found a baby sitting service called Fairy Godmothers and hired them to come watch the kids one evening so that Tobei and I could have a date.
While we were visiting Walt Disney World they had their Eat to the Beat series going on. This is where you can get dinner and reserved seating at the nightly concerts. I had booked us to attend the night Boyz II Men were performing as I love Boyz II Men. The concert was AMAZING and we were only 3 rows from the stage.
We had decided to have dinner at The Coral Reef. Disney describes it as follows “Enjoy intimate dining and spectacular views of a living coral reef—and the 4,000 amazing sea creatures who call it home!” Well heck count me in, sounds pretty cool. We arrived for our reservation and Tobei explained to them we were on our honeymoon and was it possible to sit right next to the glass. They managed to pull off this last minute request as you can see from the photo above.
We ordered our dessert and the waiter asked if we would like him to take our picture. Of course we said yes and when we got back my phone we found out we had been photo bombed by a diver. I LOVE the picture so much. As you can see our date night was the saving grace for Epcot. However we won’t be visiting Epcot again next time we visit Walt Disney World.