For the first time in foreve..... errr, since September last year; I went BACK to Orlando!
Yes, that is correct folks! Ever since I visited Orlando back in September last year (read my trip report here) I knew I had to go back. However I had no idea it would happen so soon. It all started in early January, when I started looking at flight tickets and was surprised at the low cost. As there was no one on my friends list who had the possibility to go, I decided to look for people to meet up with here at the TPR forums. As response was quite good, I decided in late January to book the trip.
Fast forward a couple of months and I was all ready to go. So here it is folks, my trip report of what would become another amazing Orlando adventure, featuring great rides, fantastic people, silly people, queens and princesses, lying on grass, fireworks and lots of general awesomeness!
As it was a long journey to get to Orlando and I arrived late, I figured it would be good to start with a relaxing stroll around EPCOT as that would allow me to sleep for some time in the morning. Well, that didn’t happen as I woke up super early due to the 6 hour time difference. As there was no reason to stay at the resort I decied to head out and I was inside the gates at EPCOT at 9:45 in the morning.
Overall I love EPCOT. There isn't a whole lot to do in terms of rides so I can understand that not everyone enjoys this park, but to me the park has such a unique and relaxing atmosphere that I have not experienced anywhere else.
In the evening I was joined by Robb, Tom and Jen for what would be the first of many great evenings!
Good morning Florida!
Back at the giant golfball for...
... EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival 2015
The Radiator Springs area was really cool!
Went for an early single-rider lap on Test Track. Really love the single rider line on this ride, you get on so fast. And the ride itself is so much fun!
EPCOT is an amazingly beautiful park!
Time for a stroll around World Showcase, but first...
...time to get myself a Magic Band. I went for the Flower & Garden festival edition, LOVE it!
Started off by taking what I can only assume is a highly accurate and realistic boat ride through Mexico.
Construction walls up in Norway.
There is absolutely NOTHING sad about this!!!
Time to go to church.
And some people claim that a Frozen ride doesn’t belong in Norway....
Moved on and came across some Lion King characters.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can be found in Germany.
Lady and the Tramp in Italy
Woody in America.
The Japanese pavilion is my favorite place in all of World Showcase (Until the Frozen ride opens in Norway that is..)
Of course you can always expect to find some weird stuff in Japan.
Entertaining street performers in France.
Beauty and the Beast in France.
Winnie the Pooh in England.
The Bambi topiaries were really cute.
I can’t believe I walked around the entire park before I found the girls.
You can’t write a trip report from EPCOT without including some food pictures. Food #1.
Had Fastpass for Soarin as I didn’t try it last time. It was alright, but definately needs an upgrade. Would not be worth waiting in the standby line.
Monorail shot. I keep being amazed of how beautiful EPCOT is!
I know there are mixed feelings about this ride, but I think it’s quite fun.
In case you forget where you are these signs are all over the park
The sun sets over EPCOT, but the beauty of the park remains.
At this point I was joined by Robb, Tom and Jen who arrived at the park. We did a quick ride on Test Track using the single-rider line, followed by a walk around the World Showcase before watching Illuminations.
Fire and fireworks is always a good combination (well, thinking about it there probably are one or two exceptions...)
After Illuminations we went down to the Boardwalk area. I had not seen this area before, but it was really beatiful.
Tom says “It’s not as comfortable as the grass”. At this point I did not know what he was talking about, but I would soon learn over the coming days (picture by Robb)
How many parks can you think of where you are allowed to enter the park 90 minutes AFTER park closure because your car is parked in the main lot on the other side?? This is what the fountain looks like with no other people around (except Robb who was kind enough to walk back to the main entrance with me, and was right next to me at this point)
Final shot of Spaceship Earth. While the park was still mostly empty, there were still some people leaving the park. This is one of the many reasons why I love Disney so much, they are not rushing to get people out of the park.
Actually I believe the main reason Robb walked back through the park with me was that so he could get this picture and spend some alone time with the girls... ;)
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