March 14th, 2008


Observation Station

Yeah, I know I said my next post would be about EPCOT, but bethje hasn't finished adding her comments to that entry, and I thought you deserved to know that my pictures are now online. It seemed to take forever to get these up, too, so you'd better take a look! {g}

Disney World

Flickr's free accounts only allow up to 200 pictures, so there were some that I wanted to post and didn't get to. Maybe I'll put them on Photobucket or some other uploading service. These are most of the better ones, though. A lot of the others are just not-as-good pictures of the same things.

And, while I'm making a post, I might as well mention a few things I noticed the other day:

1. When I got into the bus terminal in Philadelphia, I noticed that Dr. Laura was on TV, promoting a new book or something. You mean there are people who still listen to that harpy?

2. Speaking of people that I'm not sure why anyone still listens to (that was awkwardly phrased, wasn't it?), I noticed at a newsstand that the Sun has another cover story about how Nostradamus predicted that the end of the world will come soon. Haven't they been running that exact same story for years now? I mean, what did Nostradamus' prophecies actually say? "The world will end in 2000. No, wait, I mean 2001. Or maybe 2002. Would you believe 2003?" But maybe we can't totally blame the old seer himself, as people have known to twist around and add to his actual quatrains to make it look like he predicted something. There was a lot of that going around at the time of the September 11th attacks.

3. And while I'm on the subject of tabloids, the National Enquirer says that Obama is close friends with a terrorist, has taken money from gangsters, and fights with his wife about other women. Is it typical for the Enquirer to get political like that? Did the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth convinced them that character assassination of presidential candidates was fun? Or do they run stories like that every election season, and I just can't remember?

4. This isn't actually an observation, but I had a dream where I came to my old hometown in a helicopter, and found that the main street was totally flooded. A sign sticking up from the water identified it as the worst flood the town had ever had. I think it was inspired by the time the river flooded and I had to wade through waist-deep water on my way home from school.

Welcome to the world of tomorrow!

Once again, bethje's comments are in green.

On Tuesday, we made our first visit to EPCOT. (That is supposed to be spelled out in capital letters, right? It is, after all, an acronym, but I sometimes see it spelled out with lower-case letters. Also, no one seems to use the "Center" part of the name anymore.) It's easy to spend a lot of time there, as it has both the Future World and World Showcase sections. I'm not sure that the rides there have the same re-riding value as the ones at the Magic Kingdom, but if you mostly want to look at things, EPCOT is probably your best bet. We didn't get the chance to go Soarin', although I would have liked to. We did ride Test Track (if I could drive, the first part of Test Track would probably traumatize me, particularly the part about breaks locking up) and Spaceship Earth, though, the latter of which is really new. It includes animatronic recreations of historical scenes, and there's also an interactive part where the computer sticks pictures of the riders' heads onto drawn bodies. It provides a vision of the future that seems more like something they would have thought up in the fifties than anything I would expect to actually happen but I love retro-futuristic, but I guess that really fits the whole theme of EPCOT (and Tomorrowland, for that matter). I wore my Futurama shirt there (because of the future theme, see?), and one of the Spaceship Earth attendants said he liked it, and asked where it was from. (It was from Hot Topic, by the way.) We also went on Ellen's Energy Adventure, hosted by Ellen DeGeneris and Bill Nye. I'm sure the fundamentalists love that ride, since it features a lesbian AND talks about the Big Bang. {g} I also noticed how Bill Nye played it safe with the global warming part saying only that there are a lot of questions about it. I guess it wasn't Al Gore's Energy Adventure, after all. I did think it was pretty funny, the parts that were supposed to be, that is. And Alex Trebek was in it and everything. We also went on Mission Space. We went on the orange part, which is supposed to be more aggressive. I don't know how the green part is. I like how everyone got to play a role. Nathan was the navigator and I was the pilot.

The pavilions for different countries are pretty neat, and I should be getting some pictures up sometime soon. I do think it's weird how some of them have films and/or rides, while others only have shops and
restaurants. It's a little imbalanced, if you ask me. I wish they each had a ride and a film. Oh, well. Also, it's kind of odd that there are no countries from Eastern Europe or the Southern Hemisphere. You'd think they would at least include Russia and Australia. Maybe they're planning on adding in some more in the future, assuming there's any more room. The Norway pavilion featured a boat ride with trolls, and a bakery where Beth bought an almond-covered and frosted pretzel, and I got some school bread, which is a pastry with coconut icing on top and stuffed with vanilla custard. It was really good, but a little too much. Oddly, it cost exactly the same amount on the meal plan (one snack) to get that school bread as to get some cherry ice at Tomorrowland on Monday. After watching The American Adventure (a film accompanied by robots of Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, and others), we had dinner in Italy. I had the penne pasta and I had cannelloni and a chocolatey dessert (but I had a chocolatey dessert everywhere I ate), and I actually thought it was better than what I'd had the day before at the California Grill, yet it only cost one meal for each of us. I didn't really care for the fresh mozzarella appetizer, though, since it was cold like fresh mozzarella always is. As it was, we managed to see all but three countries (France, the United Kingdom, and Canada) on Tuesday, so we came back on Friday to finish up. We never did get to see the film on China, though. Unfortunately, we missed the fireworks, because we were at dinner that night.

Stuff about each country (remember, I like looking at stuff in stores):
Mexico: I liked all of the pretty painted animals for sale in Mexico. They also had margaritas for sale, but I never got one. We went on the little boat ride, which featured the Three Caballeros.
Norway: I loved the little pastry shop. The store was full of things with crazy trolls on them. The  boat ride for Norway was very different in tone from the one in Mexico. Mexico was about music and parties and bright colors, but Norway was all about adventure and potential danger. The movie had a similar tone.
(here's where I forget the order of the countries)
Germany: I knew they had beer in Germany. I thought I might get one, when we got there, but I ended up not. The toy store was full of those Playmobil toys and some other toys that I had seen at Target one Christmas.
China: I lament not seeing the movie, and I wanted to buy all of the pretty teacups in the store.
Italy: We got our photopass and got a picture of ourselves taken in front of a fountain. We also had dinner there, as written above.
Morocco: I loved Morocco possibly the most, for the sounds and architecture and everything. I'm kind of sad that we didn;t eat there. No couscous for me. And I don't know what kind of plant or whatever is in Morocco, but it smelled like the best thing I've ever smelled.
Japan: The store was full of fun/cute things and lots of pretty little bags with flowered patterns, maneki nekos, and I was surprised that there were some Mario Kart toys by the register.
The little American part. I liked the show, but we didn't really look around that one too much.

Is that all of 'em? Not counting the three we didn't see that day. EPCOT, I think I will miss you the most.