Brenda & Roger

Planning MORE Fun at Disney World (Day 2)

In Dreams Come True on February 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

Sunday, March 6: Epcot!

PassPorter's Map of Epcot

Epcot is our Focus of Fun for this trip: specifically, the International Flower and Garden Festival.

Brenda–My Internet Bride–is a spectacular gardener, and so we try to get to this event every year.

Epcot’s Icon is “Spaceship Earth,” a geosphere symbolizing the planet earth.

Epcot's "Wienie": Spaceship Earth

The “sphere” is actually a “dome”: the geodesic dome designed by legendary American inventor Buckminster Fuller. For more on Fuller’s many amazing achievements, check out the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

For those of us lucky enough (and old enough) to remember Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada, the US pavilion there illustrates the true shape of the exterior of  Epcot’s “Spaceship Earth” (oh, “Spaceship Earth” was a phrase coined by–wait for it!–Buckminster Fuller).

US Pavilion at Expo 67

As you can see, it’s a dome sitting on the ground.

Disney Imagineer John Hench created the illusion of a full sphere by resting the dome on legs, and building the bottom part of the structure to complete the spherical shape.

In his book, Designing Disney: Imagineering and the Art of the Show, Hench says:

The geoesphere we built was 164 feet in diameter, standing eighteen feet off the ground on three sets of double legs, with more than two million cubic feet of interior space. It has so far withstood winds of up to 200 miles an hour.

After planning it out, Hench asked engineers if it would work; they told him it would, but that it would be expensive. This gives you an idea of what you get for your money at the Disney Parks.

Once we get to Epcot, our first stop will be Soarin’. We use the same strategy as we do for Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney Hollywood, though Midway Mania is the most popular attraction at WDW, so it’s not quite as stressfull! (It will be interesting to learn if the newly designed 3-D Star Tours takes over as numero uno; we thought we would be able to check it out this trip, but our first opportunity will be when we return in December for the Osborne Family Lights, Holiday Decorations, 10th Wedding Anniversary, and Brenda’s mystery-th birthday celebration.)

We’ll check out Living with the Land (especially the ride through the gardens–one of Brenda’s favorites!), Seas with Nemo (just fun), and Spaceship Earth.

Originally imagined as two separate parks, Future World and World Showcase were, literally, pushed together to form one large park. World Showcase opens by 11:00 AM, and so after the above list, we will stroll into the World Showcase to “Oooooh” and “Aaaaahhhhh” at the spectacular topiaries, floral sculptures, and attend a few lectures by renowned gardeners.

Enjoying the Festival on a previous visit

Dolphins swim through the greenery

Lady & the Tramp, behind the scenes

Pretty Pansies

Any spare time we have will be spent enjoying singing sensations: The British Invasion and, our constant favorites, The Voices of Liberty.

Oh, don’t worry, we’ll also eat lunch: 1:20 PM at the newly recreated Mexican Restaurant. Can you say Caisa dia? And–please, please, please–Carnitas burrito with black beans.

We’ll wind down the day either strolling about Epcot, or dashing to Downtown Disney to drop more cash on much needed Disney essentials.

"I hope we never lose sight of one thing – it was all started by a mouse." WD

Next stop: Animal Kingdom!

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