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Published: November 6th 2011
The monorail into EPCOT
The monorail and golfball as you enter
It was back to Disney World again, this time to EPCOT. This stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, although there didn’t seem to be a lot of that in the park. Parts of it did have a bit of a futuristic theme to it, but then there is also the Tomorrow Land in the Magic Kingdom.
Mission Space was an excellent simulation ride. It had an orange level for harder amongst you, like those of us who had done a proper take-off simulator at the Kennedy Space Center , and a green level for the lightweight scaredy-cats. Soarin’ was an excellent ride with a large screen making you feel that you were flying over various places. The sudden transitions from one place to another spoilt it a bit. The Test Track was rubbish – basically just some cars that went quite fast along a certain piece of track after they had undergone some so called testing.
Much of this park is taken up with the World Showcase, which consists of a number of different areas each themed as a particular country and each staffed by people from that country. These included England , France , America , Mexico
The golfball again and some fountains
, Norway , China , Japan , Germany and Morocco . England featured a pub of course. It’s not (quite) as tacky as it might sound, although some were more convincing than others.
Britain was of course complete with the pub that served pints and fish-and-chips and needless to say there was a red telephone box outside. It’s nice to know what our contribution to western civilisation has been.
Afterwards, we stopped at a Nike Outlet Shop for some trainers and other sporting clothes that were a fraction of the price that they are in the UK. Overpricing – our other contribution to western civilisation.
A Chinese take-away also went down very well once we got back to the villa.
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