We Are Those Parents

To all the parents at EPCOT who gave us dirty looks Saturday evening as we let our little girls play in the fountain: Getting wet will not make your children sick! I am sorry that you are not as fun and cool as we are, but that is no excuse for perpetuating that old wives tale. Guess what? My girls play in fountains, run in the rain and are encouraged to splash in puddles. They are also allowed to decide for themselves when they need a jacket.*GASP* And their combined days of school missed over the last 2 years for being sick? I can count on one hand. That's 2 girls, 2 school years, 4 sick days. TOTAL.

So don't be hate'n. Look how much fun they had! And me? I got to rest my tired tootsies. We arrived as before they opened the front gates and didn't leave until the smoke cleared from the fireworks 13 hours later. So I earned that down time, thankyouverymuch.

Now I had not been to EPCOT in at least 10 years, so a lot has changed. However, the fact that EPCOT is my least favorite Disney park? Confirmed. I think old Walt rolls in his grave every time he hears someone complain about the horrible layout of the park. I know it's not anything close to what he would've planned. Think about this. The Magic Kingdom and all it's glory is strategically situated on only 107 acres of land. EPCOT? Twice that! And dear gracious, The Land? Who the hell put in those stairs? And WHY? There were over 200 acres to build on and suddenly someone decided building up was a good idea?

On the upside, it was not crowded at all, not as hot as our last 2 trips to the parks, and bonus FIREWORKS!


They do have awesome fireworks.
We took our kids their many years ago, we came late and did not get to see all the countries as they planned on.
It is a terrible layout.
I too am one of those parents....as long as it happens near the END of the day and not the beginning when you get to hear for hours how they are cold/wet/rashy/ etc....
Looks like fun!

September 22, 2008 at 11:21 AM  

I sort of love Epcot. Like, really.

I know there's a TON of walking to be done and I should hate it since we actually LOST Goober in it on New Years. But Epcot holds a special place in my heart... The Man and I kind of fell in love there.

My kids also play in fountains. Isn't that why they're there?

September 22, 2008 at 1:40 PM  

Hmmm...maybe I will play in the fountains this weekend! I love Epcot, but in a special adult kind of way!!

September 22, 2008 at 2:52 PM  

Epcot is my favorite park. I like the world showcase.

Especially when it is just us adults and we can "drink a 'round' the world."

Plus they always have available fart-carts. Magic Kingdom...notsomuch.

September 22, 2008 at 7:51 PM  

Playing in the fountains is the best part of being a kid at those kid of parks!

But then, I've only been to Disneyland, Busch Gardens (Williamsburg-not so awesome; Tampa-great memories), and SeaWorld San Antonio (read my lips: free beer!!)

September 23, 2008 at 12:23 PM  

We are heading to Orlando in a couple of weeks . . . our first time at Disney . . . we only have 3 days . . . we're doing Sea World and haven't decided on what other parks to visit . . . any advice?

September 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM  

Common mom, I have lots of suggestions for things to do in Orlando. I helped Raven from Just Expressive plan her entire trip here, and I think they had a blast. I'll email you ideas later.

September 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM  

I have to cast my vote for the Animal Kingdom as the worst Disney Park. I've never felt so claustrophobic as trying to navigate that huge, carved tree.

How do you know if your kids had a good time if they're not dirty and/or wet?!

September 25, 2008 at 12:06 AM  

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