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September 25th, 2021            

Today's park of choice was Epcot, thanks in large part to the reservations we were able to make for the passholder preview for the new Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride.

Our morning started off a little slow, due in part to the late night that Drew and I had due to his hockey game, and we kind of needed to work on picking up around the condo (we had extended our stay by an extra night, meaning we could pack up tomorrow morning to head home). Once we loaded up the cars, we headed off to the park to meet up with Aunt Erica and Samantha, who were joining us from home this morning.

Once inside the park, we made our way through the entrance maze of construction walls to find ourselves at Test Track. We were thrilled that this ride is finally back to its pre-COVID state, where the design studio is back open. We paired up and designed cars to compete with each other before enjoying the ride itself. The car that Drew and I designed got the highest score, even despite the -2 we got for fuel efficiency!

We next left Future World East to head over to Future World West and The Land. Our first stop here was Soarin' Around the World, which everyone enjoyed (except Erica, who opted to sit this one out). We really love this ride (though I would place it a step behind the Avatar attraction at Animal Kingdom) but it is in need of a redo due to all of the changes that are taking place at Epcot itself! While we were in The Land, we decided to take a moment and enjoy our lunch before our next stop. This is a good spot to eat, as we are usually able to find a table, and as a bonus it is indoors!

After we finished eating, it was time to head over the the World Showcase, with France being our destination, as it was finally time for passholder preview for the new Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride. In order to gain access to the part of the France pavilion where the ride is located, we were required to show our confirmation email and scan in with our MagicBands. When we made our reservations I wasn't able to secure a spot for Grandpa Gary, Grandma Terry, or Samantha. To top it off, Grandma Terry couldn't find her confirmation email! I asked what to do so they could come back to their reservation date on Monday, but the fine folks at Disney allowed them to join the rest of us today, saving them a trip back tomorrow! We made our way to the back of the pavilion, which was limited to just reserved passholders, allowing us to enjoy the area without giant crowds. We took our turn on the ride itself, and really enjoyed it. In fact, we asked about riding it again, and were told it was OK! Most of us went back for a second go-round, taking in the coolness that comes from being rat-sized in Gousteau's restaurant.

After we finished exploring the new part of the France pavilion, we continued our trek around the World Showcase, finally stopping in Norway. We got a Disability Access Service (DAS) pass for Frozen Ever After. Since it was hot out, we decided to head indoors to the Florida Blue Lounge, which is located in the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, which has yet to reopen to its pre-COVID state. We were treated to free beverages and snacks. It was a good way to get out of the sunshine for a bit, and off of our feet as well. After we finished our snacks, it was off to the cold of the Frozen Ever After ride! I liked this ride before it was switched over to Frozen, but I honestly can't recall what it was like before the re-theme!

It was getting late and we were getting hungry, so we decided to take in one last ride (at least for some of us) - we opted for Mission: SPACE as our last ride of the night. Those who didn't ride headed off to shop at the new Creations Shop.

With our trip to Mars complete, it was time to call it a day. Aunt Erica headed home for the night, while the rest of us head off to find a place to have dinner. We settled on Chili's, which may have been a mistake. While the food was good, the wait was looooong. Considering how empty the restaurant was inside, the wait had to be due to the lack of waitstaff. Oh well... we had waited long enough that we weren't changing our mind and having to wait somewhere else anyway, so we stuck it out. The food hit the spot, so it was ultimately worth it. After dinner we headed to the condo to call it a night.

Until next time, Disney!

 


Epcot


A look at Spaceship Earth from the front of the park.

A closer look at Spaceship Earth.

A close-up at Rodney while in line for Test Track...

...and one of Grandma Terry, compliments of the kids.

The Chevrolet Design Studio at Epcot sign inside Test Track.

The car that Drew designed in the design studio.

Jayden's car design...

...and Samantha's car design.

The kids complained that there aren't enough pictures of Tara and I on the website, so here you go!

The final design standings - 1) Drew, 2) Jayden...

...3) Samantha.

A Chevrolet Corvette C8 on display in the Test Track showroom.

Uncle Steve rolling through the Chevrolet showroom.

A Jayden selfie!

Tara's favorite Disney character - Figment!

The inside of The Land building, and the seasonal balloons...

...including Spring...

...Winter...

...Summer...

...and Fall.

The entrance to the Ratatouille part of the France pavilion.

Some of the sights inside of the Ratatouille part of the France pavilion...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Jayden jumping up to photobomb my picture.

The wallpaper in the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure queue.

Some more sights from the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure queue...

...including this one of Drew and Tara making their way through...

 

...and some pictures from the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride...

 
 
 
 
 

Drew on Chef Skinner's scooter, and Jayden with Colette's scooter.

Drew walking away as Jay tries to sit on the hot seat of Colette's scooter.

Samantha as Chef Skinner and Jay as Colette.

A couple more pictures from our second ride on Remy's Ratatouille Adventure...

 

A look at the Eiffel Tower in the France pavilion from the Ratatouille area...

...and one as a Disney Skyliner passes by.

Jayden posing for some pictures with the Eiffel Tower...

 
 

Some pictures from our time on the Frozen Ever After ride...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Grandpa Gary & Grandma Terry...

...walking through the World Showcase.

Walt Disney World has placed Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statues all over the parks - here is Miguel and Dante from Coco...

...one of the Rocket and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy...

...and Olaf from Frozen with Pascal from Tangled (for some reason).

Jayden posing with Olaf!

Here is another of the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statues - this one of Pua and Hei Hei from Moana.

Samantha posing with the Pua and Hei Hei statue.

A look at Spaceship Earth from the Showcase Plaza walkway.

Here is another of the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statues - this one being Figment from the Journey Into Imagination With Figment ride.

Drew finally got his ultimate donut from a food booth near the Test Track ride.

Here are some looks at Spaceship Earth as night falls...

 
 
 
 

...and a couple from the Entrance courtyard...

 


 

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