EPCOT Future World (part 2)

Since World Showcase doesn’t open until 11:00, after our breakfast at Akershus we headed back to Future World. Our plans for the day included:

  • 9:00-10:00 am – Test Track Fastpass+
  • 10:00-11:00 am – Spaceship Earth Fastpass+
  • 4:30-5:30 pm – Mickey & Pals Fastpass+
  • 6:15pm – Via Napoli reservation

Since we’d already ridden Mission Space on our first day in Future World, the only things we really wanted to do on the left side of Future World were Test Track, Spaceship Earth, and Sum of All Thrills. We had missed Journey Into the Imagination due to it being down on Monday, so we thought if we had time we might do that as well.

When we came out of Akershus, it was still raining. We then got “the email” saying that Test Track was down due to weather and our fastpass would now be good for any time or for a different attraction. We really wanted to do Test Track, so we decided we’d wait and see if it opened up later. In the meantime, we decided to split up for a while. M took the boys to Sum of All Thrills while G & I went over to the Land Pavilion. The kids had really loved Living with the Land, and M grew up on a farm so he loves all types of agriculture stuff. Knowing that, we decided to see if there was a chance of getting in on one of the Behind the Seeds tours that afternoon. So while the boys designed roller coasters, G & I got tickets for the 2:15pm tour. Then we headed back over toward the old Innoventions building to meet up with the boys.

It turned out that they LOVED Sum of All Thrills so much, that they wanted to go through again. We checked the Disney app, and Test Track was still down, so we said why not? This time all 5 of us went. You spend a few minutes watching a video, and then you go into the creation area and design your ride. Then you take your card and give it to one of the ride operators who load it into the program. Then you get to ride in a simulator of your ride. It really is a lot of fun, and if you have kids who like engineering, you could easily spend a LOT of time here. I know we could have spent hours playing here and they would have been happy, but we had other things to accomplish, so 2 rides was it (for now).

After the second time through, Test Track had opened up so we went off to use our fastpass. Again, you start off designing your vehicle. I worked with G and M worked with J. C got to do his own. Any guesses on whose car is whose?

We then got to ride our cars (simulated) through the track. The kids thought this was great. My stomach didn’t really agree. I don’t think I’ll do this one again, but at least I can say I did it.

Test Track
Test Track

We got off and went to take a picture of the kids in front of a concept car, which is when M discovered that his phone must have popped off his belt clip when he was riding. PANIC!!! So, he headed back into the ride to see if he could figure out what to do. Luckily, he was able to get the number of our photograph, give it to a cast member who could then ID the car we were in. When the car came around again, sure enough, there was his phone on the floor!! Ain’t technology grand?

Test Track
Test Track

We took the picture and headed out. It was time for our fastpass to Spaceship Earth, so we headed that direction. We enjoyed the ride through the giant golf ball, even though it was a little cheesy. Then we stopped for some family pictures.

Epcot in the rain
Epcot in the rain

You can see it had stopped raining, but was still pretty overcast and there were a lot of puddles. Luckily, that meant that park was really empty, too. We love it that way. A little rain won’t stop us!

So, we’d pretty much finished up Future World and it wasn’t quite 11, so World Showcase wasn’t open yet. We decided it was time to head over to the Imagination pavilion and make up for our trip on Journey.

Figment
Figment

We weren’t fans.  Just not overly impressed is all.

At the fountains outside the Imagination Pavilion
At the fountains outside the Imagination Pavilion

And that finished up our time in Future World until our tour. It was time to head over for some snacking through World Showcase and experiencing the rest of that part of the park.

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