Friday, January 29, 2016

Disney 2015 Day 6: Epcot and Hollywood Studios

We went to Epcot on the sixth day of our trip.  There are parts of Epcot that we really like, parts of Epcot that we straight up skip, and parts that we do because of the kids.  We never go to Epcot planning to spend the entire day there!

When I made our fast pass reservations, a lot of them were for later in the day.  BUT, we got to Epcot in time for the soft rope drop, so we were able to get into the park before it opened.  This allowed us to get our Test Track riding experience out of the way early instead of waiting for our fast pass time. Brian and the big kids went over to the Test Track side of the park to wait for rope drop there (basically, Disney now lets everyone in, but then they have everyone line up in different places.  At Epcot you either go towards Test Track or Soarin.  At Hollywood Studios, it's Toy Story Mania or Star Tours, etc.).  While they waited, Finley and I shopped and went to Starbucks.

After they were done at Test Track we went to Nemo and then did Turtle Talk where Hudson actually asked Crush a question.  I can't remember what it was because it's been over two months since our trip. Oops!  We followed that up with a visit to the Epcot Character Spot to meet a few of our favorites.

Trying to avoid a kiss from Minnie!  At least he was a good sport about it!

This is probably one of or best family shots of the entire trip!

At this point it was lunch time, and we'd already finished all of our fast pass choices without redeeming them.  So I went on My Disney Experience and started booking fast passes at Hollywood Studios for later in the afternoon.  We headed toward the World Showcase to get food and cross off a few Must Do's!  (We all love rides, but Brian and I can't stomach Soarin, so we skip it).

Mulan was only out for a little longer in the afternoon, so Reese and I rushed to China to meet her while Brian and Mimi and Baba stayed with the boys and Finley.  The boys rode the ride in Mexico while Brian got nachos and a margarita for me :).  

Mulan is one of Reese's favorite princesses, and she's one of mine too!  She's not just a princess, she's a warrior!

Reese and I headed back to Mexico to meet up with everyone, and then we continued the showcase. It was during the food and wine festival, so I did stop at a booth or two to try a few different wines. There was a Riesling in Germany that was awesome!

We stopped in America for lunch (my kids weren't interested in eating anywhere else)!  And then we saw "The American Adventure."  Wyatt is a huge history buff, so he loved it. I think Finley and Hudson fell asleep though! After a few more stops, we made our way to the boat ramp at the back of the park to catch the boat to Hollywood Studios! 

We were so happy we had this picture taken before we went in...when we went back two days later Anna and Elsa were gone and they were putting up the giant tree!

We rode Star Tours and saw The Voyage of the Little Mermaid. 

We had dinner at the Cafeteria.  I am a Grey's fan (although, I don't know why I continue to torture myself), so I had to take a selfie with Owen Hunt's scrubs and stethoscope.  Why they don't have McDreamy's or McSteamy's or even Avery's, I do not know.  

We were also able to see the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Lights. It was the final year (apparently the entire back of the park from the Pixar Section to Lightning McQueen is shutting down to make way for the new Toy Story and Star Wars areas), so we were happy to see it all one last time!

It wasn't too crowded, so we were even able to take a few pictures.

Reese and Wyatt both rode the Rock N' Roller coaster for the first time on our first visit of the trip, so when we saw that the wait times were short, we dashed over to ride one more time before we went back to the hotel!  Don't Wyatt and I look thrilled?  #fakesmile #doingitforthekids

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