Observations from Epcot: May 3, 2013

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013Today I visited Epcot to collect and update menus. To break up the day I also visited some of my favorite attractions, wandered around World Showcase, and had lunch. It was a gorgeous sunny day with a few sprinkles (I managed to leave the park before the heavier evening rain) and a perfect day for exploring Epcot.

I began the day by visiting Journey into Imagination with Figment. I know, I know…It’s a shell of its former self…but honestly, I think it’s a cute ride. I’m sure this is only helped by the fact that I don’t really remember the original (I hadn’t been on it since I was 2) and don’t feel the same nostalgia many do. While nothing significant was different on the ride, I did notice the post-show was in great condition. Okay, wait. Let me rephrase that. The post-show is still fairly plain and unexciting for most people…but for ages I felt like a lot of it was broken or turned off whenever I went through. Today everything was turned on and working properly, and there was nothing roped off. It looked great for what it is.

024Next up was The Land Pavilion and my favorite ride in Epcot: Living with the Land! I love to visit this attraction regularly to see the progress of all the plants in the greenhouses. It’s such a nice, relaxing boat ride, and the farming systems they use are so fascinating! There were a couple of changes I saw today that I hadn’t noticed before. First was that the little alligators in the aquaculture section seemed to have been switched out for even littler baby alligators. Also, in the last greenhouse is a large trellis shaped like a Mickey head on which they are growing hops. Even though I don’t remember the previous incarnation of the attraction, I’ve fallen in love with the Listen to the Land song and spent the rest of the day singing it to myself.

047I then headed to The Seas with Nemo and Friends. After a quick trip on the ride I wandered through the aquariums in the post-show. This is another one of my favorite areas in Epcot. Although nothing was new, I really enjoy watching the manatees and dolphins play and seeing the fish swim in their big schools.

On the way out I noticed at the ice cream cart that they added a new item: the Nestle Orange and Cream Bar for $3.75. Throughout the day I checked at the other carts and saw that the change was park-wide. It is most likely a change all across property like what happened last week when the Itzakadoozie Bars were added.

After a quick pit stop at The Great Piggy Bank Adventure in Innoventions West (if you haven’t played this game, you should totally check it out), I headed into World Showcase. Nothing different was going on, but it was a beautiful day and wonderful being on the lagoon. As I looked at the various menus, I noticed there weren’t any significant changes yet, but I expect the menus will start changing for summer very soon.

089Since nothing was new I decided to try something I’ve never had for lunch: Fish and Chips from Yorkshire County Fish Shop. This is an Epcot classic that I have heard so much about, but I never managed to try them. One thing I noticed right away upon receiving my food was that the portion was smaller than I expected for $8.99. It was two fish fillets, but one was a good deal smaller than the other. There were also fewer chips that I expected. The fish was good, although it was very greasy. I have heard others complain about this as well. The chips were excellent! I may not get the fish again, but I will definitely stop and get just chips for a snack. I also got an English ┬áBay Sugar Cookie. While this was very good, I would rather have something from the Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France or a churro at La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico.

When I was done with lunch I finished up my round of World Showcase, made a detour into Club Cool for some Smart Watermelon soda from China, and then headed out. All-in-all it was another wonderful day exploring Walt Disney World.

Posted on May 4, 2013

7 Responses to “Observations from Epcot: May 3, 2013”

  • Great update. Love The Land ride, too, so was glad you included it in your visit/comments.

  • Always enjoy your posts Scarlett. The fish & chips portions you received do look disappointing in size! I tried these in Dec for the first time and don’t recall it looking so puny…

  • The Great Piggy Bank Adventure is one of our family favorites. We found it quite by accident during a downpour that had us quickly ducking into Innoventions West to stay dry. Now we tell everyone about it!

  • Thanks for the updates! We did the Behind the Seeds tour last summer and the CM explained that they “borrow” the alligators from a local gator farm, and return them to the farm when the gators become teenagers. Apparently teen gators can be quite rambunctious, so they exchange the teens for babies. Something tells me a lot of parents would like to be able to do the same with their teenagers!!

  • I wish we had eaten at the La Cantina de San Angel. Unfortunately, we chose the San Angel Inn. Incredibly expensive plus my son got food poisoning from what he ate.

  • The fish and chips meal was changed about two years ago. The fish portion was drastically decreased. Also, you got the famous (can’t remember the manuf.) shortbread cookie. I always thought this was a great meal, but I will not be going back after these changes.

  • I agree that the portion size at the fish shop keeps getting smaller and smaller, but I still love it. Four years ago I remember never being able to finish my fish but now I can so I guess it’s actually a better size for me. No waste!