All right! So Epcot! I’d wanted to get there before the park opened, but the tent slowed us down some, and so did my reminding myself not to rush D. Nobody has fun if we’re nailed to a schedule. Meanwhile, I was pretty excited for the Food & Wine Festival, but I knew not to assume D would want to eat much from it.
D’s favourite ride from before was Test Track; I had FastPass+ selections for Test Track, Soarin’, and the Maelstrom for the evening, so we decided to do whatever we could in the morning and just have fun. 🙂 I also had a (somewhat rough) itinerary in hand, with our FP+ times on them as well as a schedule for the earlier part of the day. I’ll be honest: most of the times on the schedule did get shuffled around. And I honestly think that’s how it should be. 🙂 FLEXIBILITY!
But our first priority for the first ride of the day was still: New Test Track!
A quick side note to mention that one of my favourite things about this trip was running, hand in hand, with D to get to our destination. Except for the times we skipped. That was awesome too. 😀
Test Track’s new ride is very, very streamlined. It was weird to be in there and try to remember what the queue used to look like! It’s a completely different experience now. The interactivity is neat: getting to design your own car is a fun way to pass the time while you’re waiting to board. Low light levels made it very hard to get a good set of pics on this ride’s queue, but just remember, I was trying FOR YOU. 😛
Once we’d designed our cars and we were allowed into the next queue area, it wasn’t a long wait to board our ride simulator whatsit, whatever they called it. Simulator was in there somewhere (unless it wasn’t). There was a little boy who was very, VERY sad that the car he designed was not the car he got to ride in. He was crying and we heard him shout “I HATE this ride!” as that family departed… poor baby! I wonder how much disappointment that ride can create. 😄
The ride was certainly fun, and D *loved* it, so I was glad I already had FastPasses to ride it again in the evening; however, speaking for myself, I have to be honest that I preferred the old version. As clunky and unattractive as it was in parts, you knew what was going on in each test. I found this version hard to follow, especially because we didn’t properly load our car’s data on the first time we went through, so it took me a while to figure out that they were ranking the specs of the cars.
What they do is, as you design your car the computers rate that design on certain areas of performance. Then when you go through the ride, as you’re having fun being bumped around on the track, they run your car’s data with the cars from the other riders, and rank them in each area. Then at the end they rank each car overall.
Personally, I miss the heat, cold, and corrosive acid rooms. But, that’s me. 🙂 I mean hey! Tron is fun too. ;P No, but seriously, it’s still a fun ride and other than missing what’s not there anymore, I don’t think there’s much to complain about. Plus that fast loop at the end is still there. 😄
Having finished the necessary step 1 for the day, we moved onto my second one on the itinerary: Ellen’s Energy Adventure. I was a little bit on the fence about it, since it’s VERY long, but I had a couple of reasons for choosing it: one, I was honestly trying to do the science-type stuff while we were there so that D would pick up some information. (In fact, I made her write a tiny little report about this ride later.) Two, D loves dinosaurs but I knew “Dinosaur” would be beyond her – too much scary things jumping out at you in that ride. And three, I hadn’t done it since 2005 and it really does deserve SOME attention.
On the walk, I explained to D that the lady starring in it was the voice of Dory in Finding Nemo (D: “Oh. Wow.”), and also that the animatronic dinosaurs were only in one part and that they kind of snort at you but not much else. We got to the theatre just about five minutes before the next pre-show started, and we’d just gone inside when D asked more about the dinosaurs. Somehow she got it into her head that it was a movie only, and that the animatronics would come *into* the room and like, sit near her and mess with her or something. I’m not clear on this. 😀
She nearly kiboshed the whole thing and in fact got herself into a slight panic so we had to leave the building, but outside I explained to her that it’s not scary, it’s no worse than the Great Movie Ride, and I’d be there with her the whole time. She finally relented and we’re both glad she did! The movie is fun, it honestly is – though largely because Ellen DeGeneres is such a delight. 🙂 And Bill Nye the Science Guy was just cute in the 90s. 😉 She did indeed write the report on the attraction. I’ll look for it later and see if I can put up a picture.
For what it’s worth, as a frequent Disney-goer, I don’t recommend going on Energy Adventure every trip. If you’ve never done it, DO IT. If you have, but you’re on a long trip and will be spending at least 2-3 days at Epcot, do it. If you’ve done it and you’re only going to be at Epcot for one day, skip it. It doesn’t change. It may or may not be there next time you come, but at least you’ve done it in the past. I say this with love, but it’s just so LONG, and there are other things at Epcot to discover if you’re limited on time. But DO make an effort to see it if you haven’t before; D and I sacrificed nearly an hour of our single Epcot day for it and neither of us regret it. 🙂