When I was a kid, Epcot bored me to tears. I guess, after the magic of The Magic Kingdom and all it’s Mickey Mouse splendor, learning about technology couldn’t really compete in my mind. However, my kids love Epcot, and now I think it’s one of the best Disney parks (they can all be the best, can’t they?).

We like to hit the park before it even opens, though I think we only manged to do that one time this past year. No matter, because I usually plan out our visit beforehand, and I give credit to The Official Home of the Unofficial Guide Touring Plans . I bought the book when we received our season passes, and then downloaded the free app on my Android. Once I saw that I could get real-time line waits and information about crowds, I bought the year subscription to the site and have never been sorry! It’s great because I personalize our trip, print it out with a map, and then I don’t have to worry about it at all.

By far, my favorite ride is Soarin’ . Wow! It engages all the senses, and I cannot wait until The Younger is tall enough to ride it! Even for me, a person who is not thrilled with heights, this is a truly amazing adventure. We always make sure to get to The Land Pavilion first (along with 80% of the park guests, it seems) to grab a FastPass before they’re all gone. Then we ride the Living with the Land boat ride (admittedly, this is completely amazing to me since my hydroponic garden seems to grow weeds and not much else), see The Circle of Life movie which is a great piece on how we affect the environment and brings me to tears every time, and then we hit the rest of the park in the order which I have mapped out… Usually.

We spend the majority of our time at Innoventions , which is fine by me. It’s indoors and air conditioned! Actually, I love it because both kids can play and explore and learn here, and they have a great time together.

They made their own paper this day. The Older has his in his room, and he’s waiting for ‘something special’ to put on it. The Younger, however, decided to stamp the tar out of it.

The best thing about Epcot is that it’s great for all ages. There’s something for everyone, and there are things to do for adults and children so there is no boredom (or minimal anyway). I’ve also never stood on line for more than 15 minutes, and a lot of the rides had no lines at all. Can’t be that at The Magic Kingdom, that’s for sure!