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Helena Artmann has a bachelor degree in Communications with a vast experience in PR and the online world. Before moving to Canada in 2005, Helena published a variety of articles in Brazilian magazines and websites, mostly about travel, adventure, outdoor, gear, environment and her favourite activities, mountaineer and hot air ballooning. This is her website: http://artmanncommunications.com

Epcot

As we had ‘studied’ the parks, we knew Epcot didn’t offer more than a few attractions that we wanted to go. The World Showcase was definitely not interesting for Ian nor for me, so I was not worried about it and we needed some zzzz’s, so we decided to sleep as much as we wanted to on the second day, have breakfast at the hotel and go to Epcot.

Our first stop was at Spaceship Earth, a journey through time and communications inside the globe that Epcot is famous for. Ian couldn’t believe how life was before! It was really interesting and relaxing, in a way. I had no idea what was coming after!

Epcot

Next stop made me sick for a good chunk of the day: Mission: SPACE. Someone said that the Orange Team was not too bad and the Green Team was sort of blah… So, the brave mom went to the much length Orange Team line. Signs all over warning us that if you don’t like tight spaces or if you have motion sickness, you should not be there. I ignore all signs and bravely stay till the time I couldn’t give up anymore.

Mission: Space

And so I went. At some point, some video warned us to keep the eyes open and look straight ahead. I started thinking that it was going to be too much for me but, well, my son wanted to go. Oh my. If I knew it. I couldn’t be an astronaut. Period. It was simply awful. Very real feeling – like inside us! – that we are blasting off, passing through the Moon and landing in Mars.

Yes, I have motion sickness and I just wanted to vomit after this attraction. I told Ian I was not going back there. At least, not for the Orange Team anyway! And I found later that because he is not a grown up (he is tall for his age but short for the seat), he couldn’t feel it the same way as me. Lucky him!

Test Track was a big sensation for me and him. Ian designed his own custom concept vehicle and then we ‘tested’ it – he got that it was not his real car but the ride was something and we ended up going once again.

Test Track

The longest line we endured probably during the whole trip was well worth it: Soarin’. Always packed, we just went once but it was probably one of my favorite rides in the whole Disney! ‘Soar 40 feet in the air with the wind in your hair as you glide over  redwood forests, snow-capped peaks and beyond’. It’s spectacular. As soon as we started, Ian asked me: ‘Are we really flying?’ Yes, Ian, we are.

And so he spent the rest of our trip trying to convince himself that it was not real. ‘Mommy, we couldn’t be flying because you can’t move from one place to the other so fast!’ Yes, he is right, but what a movie. And what a fantastic thing they created that reproduce the magic of flying while you are safely sitting down. I loved it.

Soarin

Living with the Land didn’t have any lines so we decided to go there and it was a nice surprise. Ian got really excited with the greenhouses and all the veggies he could spot. I saw vanilla, Brussels sprouts and agave for the first time – the real thing, I mean. A nice relaxing boat ride that I recommend.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends was nice but Turtle Talk with Crush was great. A ten-minutes show with Crush, the turtle from Nemo. Well, with Crush and ourselves, as he interacts with the audience. Ian asked him a question and he asked where Ian was from. Canada! ‘Never heard of it’, said Crush. I had fun and I think Ian loved it.

Crush

We visited just part of the World Showcase. A boat ride got us to the other side, to German, where we got some caramel apple. We ended up eating at Mexico and I completely forgot what a ‘complete’ nachos means to them! I never saw so many jalapeño peppers in one plate in my life! It was hard to find something for Ian to eat but he was not very hungry those days anyway. Way too much excitement.

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