This week I want to talk about the top attractions in EPCOT.
What are the things that I like to do in EPCOT? The things I think that most people would think of as the top attractions in EPCOT, maybe not everybody. There’s one of them that I leave out that I think probably most people would put on the list, but for me, no, it’s not on my list. My top five attractions in EPCOT.
Can you guess what are?
Let’s start with Soarin’. Soarin’ Over the World now, not “Over California” anymore, but Soarin’ over the World is a great attraction. I really like the new movie for the most part. One of the things I didn’t like were the transitions between the scenes with the birds, and the things that fly up, the big whale that flies up in your face that changes from scene to scene. Some of those were kind of forced, kind of not real.
For the most part, Soarin’ is really cool. Flying over the Taj Mahal, flying all over the world, the city of Paris, seeing all of that was beautiful. I enjoyed Soarin’, and it’s the first time I’ve been on the new Soarin’, and I certainly couldn’t do this on the Avatar ride. The first time I was able with my motion sickness, which is pretty bad, I can’t even ride a carousel. Carousel Progress yes, but not the carousel with the horses. This is the first time I was able to watch the whole movie and not have to close my eyes, because I was dizzy. Soarin’ is pretty cool.
Second of my five favorite attractions at EPCOT, is Living With The Land. Living With The Land, I love going through that ride, I love how you go, and you learn, and you enjoy. It’s the very essence of what EPCOT was meant to be, entertainment and education at the same time. Loved going through and watching how they grow the plants. We did the backstage tour, back in 2016, really was very interesting. It’s just something that we’ve always loved to do. It’s one of the things we have to do. One of our first must do things as we plan our trip is to go to Living With The Land.
Alright. The next one on my five favorite things in EPCOT is Turtle Talk with Crush, Dude. It’s so cool. I just love going to Turtle Talk with Crush, even though I’m an adult, here I am I’m 50 something eight years old, still enjoy going to Turtle Talk and watching the kids interact with Crush. I love that technology where it sounds just like Crush, but it’s live. The kids are interacting with him directly. Just one of the best things. I love the jokes, I love the humor, I love seeing all the little things that happen in the background. It’s just a lot of fun. It’s just a lot of fun.
Don’t sleep through The American Adventure – Photo by Mike Billick
Alright, number four on my list of my five favorite attractions at EPCOT, is The American Adventure. Having the voices of Liberty at The American Adventure really bumps it up, really puts it on the list, because I love the singing, love the voices of Liberty. I just love the show, the whole background of America. The song … The whole show, it just really does touch me.
It’s one of the few dark shows that I haven’t taken a nap in. I’m kind of bad about that, I’ve even slept through Carousel of Progress, but when I need a nap I like to go in the dark shows and take a nap. In EPCOT I go over to France, but not to The American Adventure, because that’s where I watch the show of The American Adventure. I really enjoy the American Adventure.
Dad’s number one pick is Test Track – Photo by Cliff Wang
My fifth, probably my number one, this probably backwards in order. My favorite ride at EPCOT is Test Track. The new Test Track, I was really skeptical about the new Test Track, but from the first time we rode with the new design, with the building the car, I’ve enjoyed that whole experience, even better than the old Test Track. I really like the idea of you build the car and you see how it performs.
We had some kids with us on our last trip, just a couple of weeks ago. We had a family, grandma and two boys, they were 10 and eight, 10 and six, nine and six, somewhere around in there. We come up where you put your magic band up and it loads your car. He put his magic band up and says, “I’m gonna beat you, I’m gonna be faster that you. I got 86 on speed on mine. What did you get?” It just went like that the whole time. It was just so much fun. When we beat him in the first six, “Oh, no you beat me, oh, no.” But it was just so much fun to go through that with someone 10 years old that was so excited about Test Track.
You didn’t get that as much on the old version of Test Track. I’m really a big fan of Test Track. Love it when you come out into 62, 63, 64 miles an hour. 64.9 miles an hour, you’re almost always 64.9 miles an hour. That’s just really cool. Test Track is my favorite attraction at Walt Disney World.
That’s five, right? So, everybody might be saying, “Well, what about Frozen Ever After, Dad? What about Frozen Ever After?” I’ve ridden Frozen Ever After once, I’ve got to say I loved the setup of the boats, the boats were the most comfortable boat ride in Walt Disney World.
Number one, I’m not a big fan of the movie, I gotta tell you. It’s just me, not everybody’s like that. Okay, I get it, I get it, I’m weird. But, Frozen Ever After … One of the things is I don’t get the story of Frozen Ever After out of the ride. I think that might be … Make it a little better if the ride told the story, and you could see the love story that develops in Frozen, from the movie. You don’t really get that out of the ride. I think it could have been a little better. Yes, the scenes are beautiful, yes, the the audio animatronics are incredible. While I think it’s a fun ride, it’s a good ride, it just doesn’t make my top five. Just being honest. Doesn’t make my top five, that could change. Right now, it’s not there.