with the competition over, we were finally free to relax and enjoy our visit to disney world. and for our first full day of fun at the parks, we had reservations for EPCOT. the old lady and i had been looking forward to this day because we love "traveling around the world" at the world showcase in this park. we knew it would be a little different with the 'rona having driven away all of the international cast members who typically staff their country's pavilions, which was kind of a bummer. still, it promised to be a super fun day of rides, snacks and adult beverages.
i think this is the only place that we got to have a non-selfie family photo.
and it was the first chance we got to recreate an old photo, too. 2013 and 2021:
it also happened to be during the EPCOT flower and garden festival, so there were lots of fun topiaries and floral decor to look at throughout the park.
we made a beeline for the world showcase, with mexico being our first stop. the old lady was really interested in the one ride here, only having seen it once before when she was little. and so while the hub stood in line for margaritas, we headed on inside.
and in germany, i picked up a bag of the fresh caramel corn i'd been waiting over a year for. this stuff is so stinking good, i dream about it. i wish i had some right now. if you make your way to the world showcase, have some caramel corn for me. better yet, bring me a bag. i'll be your best friend.
as we made our way out of the world showcase and back into future world, we joined the line for test track. the old lady knew that the fiancé would enjoy the ride, despite the fact that the interactive section of the queue had been eliminated. you usually get to customize your car, but the system relies on touch screens and we sure can't have THAT right now. oh well. it was still a fun ride anyway.
out of all the times we've been to EPCOT, i'd never sucked it up to experience mission:space. the warnings always freaked me out, and i had terrible visions of spinning and barfing. but i let myself get peer pressured into going along, and to appease my fear the kids chose the less intense "green" version of the ride. still, it was pretty close quarters in there and the oh-so-convenient stack of barf bags on the dashboard didn't do a lot to calm me down:
i am pleased to report that i managed to emerge from that spaceship unscathed and barf-free. phew.
our last ride of the day was spaceship earth. after all, it was the fiancé's first trip and you can't skip it...it's a classic!
we met up with the hub at disney springs and had dinner at morimoto asia, which was fun and delicious. it was a great way to cap off a long day, and i think everyone was pretty happy to get back to the hotel to get cleaned up and fall into bed.
day one of four, check!