Tuesday morning Ben was up before dawn, which was fine since we had planned to hit the Extra Magic Hours at Epcot at 8 a.m. Our hotel was an “Epcot resort” with a water taxi ride to the back gate of Epcot, the only park with two entrances. Unfortunately, Jessica couldn’t get to the back entrance, so we had to take a cab a mile to the front entrance.
As soon as we entered the park, we rode Soarin’. First I took the big kids, then Christopher. While Christopher and the big kids were riding, I rode Living with the Land with Ben. He sat calmly during the long, educational boat ride through greenhouses, although he cried in the beginning when there was some thunder/lightning.
Next we rode Test Track. I went with Megan, then Christopher with Gavin and Megan. Christopher went on Mission: Space while I played in Innovations with the kids, then we saw Journey into Imagination, which was fine for Ben up until the end. It seemed as if every attraction or show had some element (darkness, loud noises, flashes of light) that spooked Ben.
We had lunch at Sunshine Seasons, during which Ben and Gavin had meltdowns, so Christopher took them back to the hotel for naps.
Megan and I stayed at Epcot and had a blast. We rode Test Track again, then started our loop around the World Showcase. We rode the Grand Fiesta Tour in Mexico, Maelstrom in Norway, and saw the American Experience. We ate soft-serve ice cream in France. Megan was an awesome person to tour World Showcase with, because she notices everything. While I wanted to blow by the shops, Megan spotted Japanese candy or Moroccan jewelry. We could have spent hours and hours there. Megan also colored a Duffy bear and got stamps from different countries at the “Kidcot Fun Stops”.
Lastly, we rode Spaceship Earth (in the giant golf ball, as we call it) and took the monorail to Magic Kingdom to meet the boys.
As soon as we entered Magic Kingdom, we saw that Tomorrowland was relatively uncrowded, so we headed there. Megan, Gavin, and I walked on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin three times in a row. The first time, I scored 50,000. The second time, 800,000, and on my third try, I managed the high score: 999,999. I was really proud of myself, and got a button and some cast members applauded. While we were in Buzz Lightyear, Christopher took Ben to the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor.
Next we let the kids drive cars on the Tomorrowland Speedway. Gavin and Christopher went twice. Buzz Lightyear and the Tomorrowland Speedway quickly became Gavin’s favorite rides in the park.
We ate a quick dinner at Cosmic Ray’s, then walked up to Fantasyland. Christopher took Megan and Gavin to Mickey’s Philharmonic while I took Ben on the Carousel, which he didn’t like, and on the Winnie the Pooh ride, which he also didn’t like.
Christopher took Megan and Gavin through the Haunted House, which they didn’t like. We decided to call it a day.