Four days into our Disney World in February trip and on a full Epcot rope-drop-to-nighttime day, we always start at the same place: Test Track! After testing our vehicles with nearly no wait, we took the short walk next door to blast off on a Mission: Space journey around the Earth, a new experience for the less intense green mission while the original Mars flight remains on the more intense orange option.
Continuing in a clockwise path around the park, we entered World Showcase on the Mexico side and grabbed a quick snack at the quick service restaurant, La Cantina de San Angel. A FastPass was reserved for our first post-Maelstrom adventure to Arendelle on Frozen Ever After in Norway. Despite my initial aversion to adding this ride to the touring plan (Maelstrom die-hard here!), I really enjoyed it and look forward to it now being a part of every Epcot visit. I may still always hear “you are not the first to pass this way” on the first hill climb, but the Frozen ride is gorgeous and fun.
Table service meals are rare for us, but years of rave reviews for the pizza at Italy’s Via Napoli prompted an exception. Our half Margherita, half Quattro Formaggi pie was as delicious as we’d hoped while Jasper devoured a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. For dessert, the boys requested their Festival of the Arts favorite Artist Palette Cookie for dessert at the Artist’s Table booth in the American Adventure. We enjoyed the Voices of Liberty inside, but the American Adventure show was closed for refurbishment.
After shopping in Mitsukoshi in Japan and taking in a showing of my favorite Impressions de France and finishing the World Showcase loop, we headed to the Odyssey building for a Festival of the Arts Animation Academy drawing class. We LOVED this! Our first lesson was drawing Figment and we knew we had to go back for more this week!
Mommy enjoyed a few more festival food treats. The sous vide chicken from Pop Eats and mushroom risotto offered at Masterpiece Kitchen were favorites. The boys’ Pop’t Art was surprisingly food – like a fresh, homemade pop tart. A stop by Club Cool for Gavin’s favorite Bibo was also a necessity.
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A typical, glorious Epcot day ends in The Land with a same-day FastPass for Soarin’ – a favorite for all four of us – and leisurely boat ride through the greenhouses of Living With The Land. Daddy and the boys prefer to not graze on small food portions at festival booths so a proper dinner was in store at Sunshine Seasons which its huge menu that is sure to have something to please everyone in the family.
The final stop, another family tradition, is a ride through Spaceship Earth. Ah, such a full and perfect Epcot day!