• Top Tips 21.05.2010 No Comments

    Tree of Life

    Expedition Everest

    The Tree of Life  pictured here (left) is to Animal Kingdom what Cinderella Castle is to The Magic Kingdom and what Spaceship Earth is to EPCOT Centre.  Far from being just a tree, it has been carved by artists from all over the world and is really worth closer inspection, stroll the discovery trails and take a look.  There is also alot going on inside the tree!  Flik, Princess Atta and the other star’s  of a Bug’s Life invite you to sit back and relax and learn about the world of bug’s in a 3D adventure and how important they are in our world.  Watch out for Hopper and the Stink Bug’s though!

    Away from this central focal point of Animal Kingdom there are several different areas of the park.  Africa includes a great safari ride with the chance to view many different types of animals including, impala, elephants, giraffes, hippo’s and rhinos.  Look out for the poachers and don’t forget to say ‘Jambo!’  To Wilson for us!

    Asia offers a leisurely stroll through the jungles, at the Mahraja Jungle Trek.  You will meet all kinds of birds, fruit bat’s and tigers and if you are very luck a dragon!  For the more adventurous try out the Kali River Rapids (you might need a change of clothes!)  or dry off by trying out Expedition Everest , look out for the Yeti!  (Picture above right)

    Join the dig at Dinoland USA where children can become palentologists and enjoy the Xylobone and maze.  The Dinosaur ride is great and is indoors so a little relief from the heat or shelter from a summer rain shower.  Or take a turn on the Triceratop Spin.

    These are our favouites but don’t miss Rafiki’s planet and the affection section. As well as Oasis and Camp Minnie-Mickey.
    Don’t forget to check the show times for ‘Festival of the Lion King ,’  you will discover ‘Finding Nemo’ the musical in Dinoland USA and Flights of Wonder (a birds of prey show) is set in the Asia section of the park, again check the daily schedules for show times. 
    Mickey’s Jammin Jungle Parade loops through the park at a set time each afternoon, you will need to check the schedule at the gate as times do change.
    Characters do also appear round the park for meet and greet sessions a good place to find them is in Camp Minnie-Mickey.

    Let us know what your favourite things are in this park.

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  • Top Tips 11.09.2009 No Comments

    EPCOT Centre

    First of all – do you know what EPCOT is an Acronym for?  There are a lot bandied about – my favourite being  Every Person Comes Out Tired!
    EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.  This park was something Walt Disney had envisioned but sadly didn’t get to see before he died.

    Our Top Tips for visiting EPCOT Centre!
    On entering the park make sure that you grab a map, and a show schedule, remember to mark off any shows you want to see, and make a mental note of the time for the Fireworks and laser show.  The park is split into two distinct areas ‘Future world’ and ‘World Showcase.’    The World Showcase area  tends to open a little later than ‘Future World’
    The big iconic Globe is home to the slow moving journey of communication through time from the Stone Age, the Egyptians and Romans and on through to the creation of the Printing Press and modern technology.  If when you approach ‘Spaceship Earth’ the line is short ride it right away.

    Future World

    Usually best to head off towards the more white knuckle of the EPCOT Attractions Test Track and Mission Space and check the lines or get a Fast Pass.  Next head over to Universe of Energy – look out for the Dinosaurs! 
    Don’t forget to check out the Living Seas, where you can had a chat with Crush the Turtle from the Disney Movie – ‘Finding Nemo.’
     The Land Pavillion is home to ‘Listen to the Land’ a great little boat ride where you can find out about how NASA is working on growing food in Space as well as learn about hydroponics.  Within the Land pavillion you will find ‘Soarin’ even the line for this ride is a lot of fun.
    There are lots of places to eat in EPCOT but The Land, foodcourt is great as there is so much choice everyone can get what they like.
    You might want to make a reservation for Dinner later at the unique revolving restaurant.
    After Lunch head over to the big glass pyramid that houses ‘Imagination.’  On the way there look out for the Water ‘up’ and the jumping fountains.

    World Showcase

    Next head over to the World Showcase, start at Canada and work your way around. anti clockwise.  Each country funds its own showcase and is staffed by it’s nationals.  Great Britain features a pub and a Fish and Chip Restaurant.  Beware the price for a pint is far more than in your local! 
    You will find each country has some form of entertainment from 360 cinemas to street theatre and performers as well as Norway and Mexico having very different river rides.

    We reccommend that you get a spot ready for the firework and laser show about an hour before it is due to start.  Great viewing spots are opposite the American Pavillion on the Future World side of Seven Seas Lagoon, or on the bridge as you approach or leave Paris.  Depending on the size of your party, you might want to set up ‘base camp’ and take it in turns to revisit attractions in Future World or any you might have missed.

    Enjoy the Firework and Laser show it really is a fantastic spectacle.

    If you have anything to add or a comment to make we would really love to hear from you!


    *Thirsty and hot?  Why not take a time out in the Coca Cola sponsored pavillion where you can try out soft drinks from all over the world.

    *It is possible to book a boat cruise in the evening to take you onto the water and watch the firework and laser spectacular.  The launches leave from Disney’s Yacht Club and must be booked well in advance.

    *Make sure you keep an eye on the display boards around the park for the latest wait times for rides, and attractions, as well as the scheduled times for the shows.

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