Monday, October 20 (Disney’s 2nd birthday!!) – Started off bright and early in Orlando with a time share presentation – yuck. We’ve been to a few of these, and we try to schedule at least one every time we’re in the Orlando area because they pay well. This time, we got $100 cash. It took over 3 hours, but hey, that’s over $30/hour – well worth it in my opinion. I could go on and on about time share presentations because there are always certain things they do to get you to buy one – there must be a formula to the presentations. And let’s face it, they’re one of the biggest rip-offs that exist. The last few we’ve gone to, we’ve played a little game where I think of a random word my husband has to say to the time share people. This time it was “gondola”. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the word in because the presentation took much longer than they said it would (big surprise) and we had our friend jamiahsh waiting for us. This also saw us getting to Epcot later than we would have liked, but we still got to do most of everything we wanted at Epcot. If you’ve been to a time share presentation (or 2 or 3 or more), then you should check out the South Park episode about it. I’m not a huge fan of the show, but the time share episode is hilarious. It was actually recommended to us by a time share salesman once!
The manatees are my favorite thing at Epcot. My husband makes fun because we have manatees right here at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, but that’s 3 hours away and I’ve only been there once. Besides, I’ve been to Epcot a bunch and I’m starting to get to know their manatees. Last time I was lucky enough to see them hugging! A peaceful feeling comes over me as I watch them swim. We did miss the Crush (from Finding Nemo) show, and we meant to go back for it but forget – oh well. And for those of you who’ve been to Disney World before, you should know that they’ve updated the Spaceship Earth ride – that’s the one in the big huge golfball that is Epcot’s signiture. I don’t like the new version nearly as much as the old one. The ride needed updating. It takes riders through the history of human communication, and ome of the scenes had become outdated as time passed because people don’t communicate in the ways that they visualized we would when the ride was built. Soarin’ is my favorite ride at Epcot, but it always has HUGE lines. This time we were able to get a fastpass, but we could only ride once and my husband wasn’t able to ride because our 2 year old was in a Daddy-clingy kind of mood. We ended the night at Epcot by running all over the park in a desperate search for a soft pretzel. Our 4-year-old was being so uncharacteristically well-behaved that I was willing to get her anything she wanted, especially since she was asking about it nicely.