April 24, 2013

Disney: Days 3 & 4

Yes, I'm still going with this multipart Disney thing. I'm going to blame the fact that I'm shellshocked by the Real World, so much so that this is all I can come up with. And the fact that you're completely emotionally invested in what happens next, I just know it.

Day 3: Animal Kingdom

I'm pretty sure that Animal Kingdom deserves the title of Most Gorgeous Amusement Park Ever. It's vast and breathtakingly cool. A quick walk gets you through the gates and from there you can trek to Africa or the Far East, head out on a safari or float down rapids. We did each of those things, rode a train, played with some smaller animals, and had lunch with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy. A lunch that was awesome and was accompanied by beer.

I guess the only downside to Aminal Kingdom is that if you're looking for a lot of stuff to ride, well, you're a little out of luck. There's the obligatory roller coaster (which both Beth and Mia gave a thumbs down), a pretty decent rapids ride, and some other assorted kids stuff but the main attraction really is the animals and the park itself.

The Park: 4 out of 5 stars
The Food: 5 out of 5 stars (bonus point for beer)
Sheer Awesomeness: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall: 13 out of 15 stars

The verdict: A lot to look at, a bit to learn but not a lot to do. Older kids will dig it more than younger kids and even then you'll get some eyerolls.

Day 4: Epcot

If the Magic Kingdom is the Place Where You Have Fun, Epcot is the Place Where You Learn Something. In other words, yawnsville. The park is divided in two. Part one features someone's view of the future from 1982. The second features a tour of the world via a stroll around a lake. The future looks predictably dated but the world is still pretty cool. Each kid had their favorite attractions. Mia loved the Spaceship Earth "ride" which takes you up into the giant sphere and drives you around while Judi Dench talks to you about the evolution of technology. Owen loved the playgrounds that dotted the park. The downside? There's just not a lot to keep kids - especially little ones - entertained. Tiny Eiffel Towers and miniature tea gardens are not what kids visiting Orlando wake up wanting to see.

The Park: 3 out of 5 stars
The Food: 4 out of 5 stars
Sheer Awesomeness: 3 out of 5 stars
Overall: 10 out of 15 stars

The verdict: Of all the parks, Epcot is the most sedate. We spent a whole day there. It's easy to do. More time than that, though, you'll be struggling to find something to do. On the plus side, it's a gorgeous park, there's a vast selection of food (and beer) and no end to cool stuff to see.

Posted by Chris at April 24, 2013 7:12 AM

We stayed at the Animal Kingdom lodge when did the week at Disney thing. Drinking coffee on the balcony in the morning while zebras and giraffes graze nearby is pretty freaking cool.

And Epcot had a beer festival the day we were there.

Posted by: COD at April 24, 2013 8:22 AM

Dude, you want to know why I know about this blog? Epcot.

No joke. Kerry was there during the most embarrassing video shoot of my life.

Posted by: alektra at April 24, 2013 4:33 PM