Once again, our boys were up at the crack of dawn…literally. Although we didn’t have breakfast reservations that forced us to get up early, they still felt the need to drag us from our beds around 6am. Since we were up so early, we decided to head on over to Epcot for their early magic hours. We were in line when the park opened and Mickey and the gang walked us into the park at 9:00.
I had heard great things about Soarin’ and convinced Carter to go ride with me. Seth wasn’t tall enough to ride so Zach took him to the Nemo ride. I had read all about Soarin’ in my “Unofficial Guide to Disney” book (awesome book…carried it everywhere!). It mentioned avoiding the ride if you are prone to motion sickness. Carter or I neither one had ever experienced that so I wasn’t worried. However, right before we were about to board, I noticed a sign that mentioned avoiding the ride if you are afraid of heights. That worried me a bit. I definitely do not like heights. I tried not to worry about it – I couldn’t. I had Carter with me and definitely couldn’t back out now. I had talked it up to him all morning so he would ride with me. Oh. my. goodness. I was so scared. Don’t get me wrong, it was not a scary ride – unless you are afraid of heights. The first scene you “soar” into was over the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is amazing (and terrifying) how real it feels. I took a peek at Carter and he was just fine…not scared at all. I did not want him to see me scared, so I pretended to like it. 🙂 Let’s just say that ride will NEVER be on my agenda again.
While we were riding Soarin’, Seth was beginning his obsession with Nemo. Zach said they rode the ride 6 or 7 times in a 20 minute time period. Seth wanted to ride it again, but we also wanted to explore more of Epcot. After walking around Epcot, playing some games, and picking up a fast pass to the Test Track, we ate lunch at the Coral Reef Restaurant. Seth was getting really tired so I headed back to the hotel with him while Zach and Carter rode the Test Track. While Seth and I were walking out we ran across Daisy. Seth was SO excited!
Zach and Carter riding Test Track. The two guys in the front (which we don’t know) and Zach have such great looks on their faces as they race around the track at 60 MPH. Carter, on the other hand, looks as calm as can be – so funny!
After Seth’s nap and Carter and Zach’s time at Epcot, the boys wanted to spend some time at the pool. Carter couldn’t wait to use his floaties again and get in the pool. I am just amazed at how far he has come. He also wanted to go down the dragon waterslide. I really didn’t think he would do it, but he definitely proved me wrong. He went down several times all by himself while Zach waited at the bottom to catch him. He had so much fun!
After an hour at the pool, we cleaned up and headed over to Animal Kingdom for extended hours. We had a great dinner at Flame Tree Barbeque and then went to see a special showing of the Lion King. It was amazing! I don’t think our boys moved (or blinked) for 30 minutes. It was definitely one of my favorite things of the entire trip. The boys talked about it the entire ride to the hotel and even most of the next day.
After the show, we rode the Triceratops ride (just like dumbo) a few times and then headed back to the hotel. It was another full day!