Around the World in 80 Ways (Disneymoon Part 6)

A lifetime is simply not enough to explore the great big world out there, but we’ll try anyway. It’s lovely to travel to new cities and countries, especially while we’re young and have relatively few responsibilities. As a couple, we’ve travelled to just a few places: Penang, Macau, Shenzhen, Bali, Orlando, and New York. If all goes well, we’ll have more to add to the list this year!

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Similarly, a day is not enough to take in all that Epcot has to offer. Epcot has two realms: Future World and World Showcase. Its sheer size makes it hard to cover everything in a day, doubly hard if you’re travelling with children and/or seniors. Moreover, the pavilions have such rich detail and you’ll want to see every attraction, try every snack, and visit every shop. I didn’t know this until we were actually there, so next time (which could be a decade later – SIGH), we’ll definitely spend two days at Epcot.

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Future World is fairly self-explanatory. We may not be in the sparkling space-age Walt Disney imagined the future to be, but the rides will definitely keep the engineers and science geeks happy for hours. Test Track (pictured) has a design-your-own-car-function element, although it doesn’t actually affect how fast or bumpy the ride is. TIP: Sum of All Thrills, a design-your-own-coaster simulator, features some amazing technology and is a must-do.

World Showcase features the culture of 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Of the lot, I’ve only been to two (China and USA), and I wonder how many of the remaining nine I’ll get to see later in life. In the meantime, it was great to explore the world on a smaller scale, complete with cuisine, architecture, and history, all in a tidy little package.

Oh, and booze, if that’s your thing. It’s probably why the adults enjoy Epcot so much. It was Oktoberfest all year round in “Europe”, parents chilling with their alcohol of choice while the kids ran around, faces stuffed with caramel.

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“Run along, darlings. Let Mummy enjoy her special drink.”

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This will probably be the closest I’ll ever get to dining with royalty! The princesses were impossibly perky and bubbly, and also very chatty. Aurora never stopped talking, and was more animated than an animated character. She’s no sleeping beauty!

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If you’ve been following the Disneymoon series, you might have noticed the two round badges I wore every day of the trip. One says “1st Visit!” while the other says “Happily Ever After”. When we booked our vacation package over the phone, they asked if it was our first visit, and if it was a special occasion like someone’s birthday. And then on arrival, we were given these badges after checking in.

“Happily Ever After” is given to honeymooners and couples celebrating their anniversary. You may get some perks from displaying the badges, depending on your luck. In one of the attractions, a cast member led us to a special telephone, which played a message from Mickey and Minnie. We also got lots of congratulatory messages from the cast players, and even other guests, which was nice. 🙂

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So yes, back to Epcot. Let’s head over to “China”!

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I’ve actually been to the original site! The replica is quite cute, with fewer steps to climb too!

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Stereotypes galore! Apparently this is what all Chinese babies look like. Also, the doll on the far left says “Kungfu Maiden Mei Ling”. If anyone needs me, I’ll be outside laughing. And practising my kungfu.

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Guten Tag! And yes, I’m probably overdressed. Maybe just a little.

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The future is beyond the horizon… Okay, that’s Future World across the lake.

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Needless to say, we were in love with everything in “Japan”. The gift shop sold everything from Hello Kitty pyjamas to fancy origami paper to Japanese pearls! I wanted to get one of everything, but finally settled on getting just a cookbook. But not just any cookbook…

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This insanely adorable bug of a book. A feast for the eyes, indeed!

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Getting artsy in the winding alleys of “Morocco”.

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Nous sommes arrivés en France! I wonder if Paris really is as dreamy as the movies will have us believe.

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Epcot’s a great place to indulge in snacks from all over the world. French crepes, Chinese dimsum, Moroccan baklava… It’s a good thing you get to walk it all off!

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Yes, another character meal, this time at the Garden Grill! It was a toss-up between this and a fancy restaurant. In the end we went with this because…

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CHIP CHIP CHIP CHIP aaaaaaaaand DALE!!!

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Honestly they have got to be the cutest duo.

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The food was rather good too! Plus the rotating restaurant meant that we could get a 360 degree view without even leaving the table!

Alright, this wraps up the last of the Disneymoon series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and stay tuned for stories on Universal Studios Orlando and… New York!

And for some reason, I really feel like eating an apple now. A big apple. I wonder what Snow White would say to that?

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