Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
January 25 & 26 2013
After spending a day at
The Magic Kingdom Carrie, Bond and I headed on over to Epcot for a couple
of hours. If you stay on property at one of Walt Disney World's hotels
they have a program called "Extra Magic Hours" where each day they either
open a park early for you or keep one open late. For our first day
there Epcot was open late for us.
These anti-tank barricades are an addition to Epcot's entrance plaza since
our last visit in 1997. I guess Walt Disney World is expecting a frontal
armored assault so they put these stone tank traps up to funnel the tanks
into a "kill zone". These are actually stupid up-charge things where
you can pay to have a really tiny blurry picture of yourself burned onto
a metal plate that ruins the aesthetics and usability of Epcot's entrance
plaza. I guess some accountants thought selling a bunch of unrecognizable
photos on a really ugly art installation to block up the parks entrance
was a good idea. I'd rather they offer an upcharge for guests to kick
in for the demolition with extreme prejudice of this eyesore. I'd
gladly put some money in for that.
Space Ship Earth looks just simply amazing at night. As it had no
wait at all the three of us took it for a ride. From the looks of
it little has changed (namely having Judi Dench - Q in the last 7 James
Bond movies...I'm a big fan and am watching Skyfall as I write this narrate
the ride.) with this ride since I first rode it back when I first visited
Epcot about six months after it opened in 1983.
Space Ship Earth takes you through mankind's evolution of communication
to paintings on stone walls to the printing press and beyond to todays networked
world. It is nothing too exciting as Bond said but it is a great time
off your feet.
Space Ship Earth is the visual centerpiece of Epcot's Future World section.
The easiest way to describe Epcot is a permanent Worlds Fair with Future
World showcasing new technologies in varied subjects and The World Showcase
which highlights countries and cultures from around the world.