I'm finally to the end of the Florida trip. As I mentioned earlier, we decided to end our Disney day at Epcot. The question of the evening was what does Epcot stand for. The answer: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The following is a quote from Wikipedia.
"Disney's original vision of EPCOT was for a model community, home to twenty thousand residents, which would be a test bed for city planning and organization. Disney's vision was not realized as funding and permission to start work on his Florida property would not be granted until he agreed to build the Magic Kingdom first. Disney died before the Magic Kingdom opened and the Walt Disney Company decided that it did not want to be in the business of running a city."
Once at EPCOT we took Noelle's picture with the Spaceship Earth in the background.
Then it was off to find the Sunshine Season Food Fair. There we found good food at a reasonable price. After we ate we rode the Living with the Land ride.
Dh wanted Amy to experience the Spaceship Earth ride. From Epcot's website:
"Spaceship Earth Attraction is a 16-minute omnimover ride through time and space for Guests of all ages that features approximately 20 elaborately detailed, Audio-Animatronic show scenes that depict the stirring story of human connection and collaboration over 40,000 years—from the dawn of recorded time to the 21st century's internet age."
We got a dose of evolutionary theory on this ride, but overall it was interesting.
Before staking out our spot for the fireworks we went to the Canada Pavillion to watch the 360 degree film "Oh, Canada" narrated by Martin Short. The scenery was beautiful. Everyone stands for this short film. Fortunately, they have railings to hold on to. The 360 degrees reminded me of our helicopter ride in Hawaii, so when I was starting to get dizzy I just told myself that it was like being in a helicopter.
I'm not sure what time everyone started to find their spots for the fireworks, but it was probably over an hour before they started. We found our place then Amy and I went exploring for a bit. My toes were hurting by this time (I had blisters on the fourth toe of each foot) and as much as I wanted to keep going I had to stop.
Illuminations is the name of the fireworks show. Our pictures we're great because there were tall people in front of us as well as a tree and it was dark, but Amy managed to get a few good ones.
After the show was over we and the multitudes made our way to the monorail to get back to the Transportation and Ticket Center to take a tram to our car. We were all tired and I could hardly walk because of my toes, but we were happy.
Despite the trip being "eventful" it was a good time with friends and a good time together as a family.