In preparation for our trip, I’m making my daughter do all kinds of planning stuff without actually telling her we’re going for sure. Because she lives in a perpetual state of “maybe we’ll go soon!” anyway, and I feel like giving her a specific day is going to drive her nuts. 😉 I’m going nuts enough for the both of us!
Anyway, last night we made our first “Must Do” list, which since I’m me and I love Top 5 lists, we made as Top 5s. Not that she has any idea what a Top 5 list is.. yet. Oh, but she will soon enough. 😉 I asked her which park she wanted to look over, and she picked Epcot; I found the results really interesting and not exactly what I had expected! The first two were actually exactly what I had expected, but then she kind of deviated from what I thought a 7-year-old would gravitate towards…
1: Soarin’. Boy did she love Soarin’ last time! We used a baby-swap so she got to ride twice in a row, once with me and my friend Amanda, then again with her father and Amanda (lucky Amanda, lol). I’m not sure if she’ll take well to not getting on twice in a row this time. 😉 In spite of her excitement for Soarin’, she doesn’t actually remember it all that well, though she remembers the idea. She loves to hang out of the car window – as much as we’ll let her, anyway – so I can see why this one holds a big appeal for her. So this was not a big surprise, though I was taken by surprise that she chose it for her #1… I had thought that the #1 slot would go for the next one.
#2: Test Track. For weeks, nay months, nay YEARS, this was D’s favourite Disney World attraction. She thought it was the greatest thing she’d ever seen! Again, that whole ‘Hanging out the car window” appeal is showing. 😉 I’m not sure why D’s ranking changed slightly when we made this list, but it might just be because the memory is fading and she likes the idea of “flying” now a little bit more than a fast car ride. She also is aware that the stuff she remembers from the first trip isn’t there anymore – well, most of it. The part she remembers best is the loop outside, and I know that hasn’t gone anywhere. 😀 She still does refer to Test Track as her favourite ride, but it doesn’t seem to be the one she’s most anticipating anymore, that’s all.
#3: Surprise number one: her next choice was Living With the Land! I recall she had liked this ride a lot when we did it before but I didn’t think it would stick with her. I mean everyone likes being on a boat (I, well… that’s a generalization, but you know what I mean), but when you’re making your “MUST DO!” lists, and you’re the kind of kid who enjoys sticking her head out of moving cars, do you put a slow-moving boat ride in your precious limited space? Apparently you do if you’re D, who remembers the ride going past the Garden Grill restaurant and thinking that was just SUPER COOL. She also likes the whole scene with the buffalos where the storm is in the background. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dissing on Living with the Land in any way, shape or form. I love it! And I think it’s a great ride for kids! But I expected her to pick, like, The Seas with Nemo or Mission Space or something. Nope!
#4: Surprise number two, D turned the rest of her attention to the World Showcase for the remainder of her list. So no Seas with Nemo at all! Her first choice? “O Canada!” in the Canada pavilion. 😀 Since her father is Canadian, I’m not surprised, but I am pleased. 🙂
#5: And the final choice was, without hesitation, “The American Adventure” in the America Pavilion. You know what? I have NEVER SEEN THIS. So it will be a first for both of us together. 🙂 I love that she wants to celebrate and explore her dual heritage by poking around Epcot’s World Showcase. I love that she wants to poke around World Showcase to begin with! This is a reminder to me that kids naturally *do* want to learn. It’s often up to parents and other adults to keep that interest in learning going, instead of assuming “Oh, she’ll think that’s boring” and letting it extinguish. D surprises/reminds me of this all the time.
#6: Well, she insisted on getting a bonus one. But she couldn’t pick what other World Showcase country she wanted, and I told her I was still going to do my list so why didn’t she see if there was another Future World attraction she liked. Then she remembered Journey Into Imagination with Figment, so TA-DA! I think D likes this ride more because I love and repeatedly sing the theme song than because of the ride itself. Though she certainly does remember the scene with the skunk smell. 😄 I have a weird sort of pendulum emotion towards this ride. I don’t recall ever having gone on the original, but I’ve become obsessed with the Dreamfinder. I miss him without having any idea what he was like in the ride. 😛 So I like this ride but I feel like it’s sorry in comparison with what it was… which I never experienced. Oy.
For the sake of comparison, here’s my list (done after hers, so not too much crossover):
#1: Spaceship Earth
#3: Mexico/Gran Tour Fiesta
#5: Universe of Energy
We intend to walk through the full World Showcase this time too, since we barely set foot in it last time, but we’re making a point to definitely do the ones on the lists this trip.
Got an Epcot Top 5? Favourite World Showcase country? Any comments at all? Leave me a note! 🙂