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Old August 22nd, 2002, 03:51 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I just read Pat Hagan's excellent article about dining at Epcot (http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...all/epcot1.cfm). I thought I'd add a comment about one thing, though:

>Mexico and Norway have thrill rides.

The ride in Mexico, which is my favorite one in the park, is actually not a thrill ride at all. It's a slow-moving, lazy boat ride that takes you past a Mayan temple, past scenes of Mexico's indigenous heritage, through a fiesta, and finally past a scene of Mexico City, the last two featuring dolls that look like escapees from "It's a Small World." It's a short but pleasant ride, no dips or thrills. (Unless you find the part where you ride past vendors trying to sell things to you thrilling!)

One thing fellow Florida residents might be interested in is the "Epcot after 4" annual pass. It allows you to get into Epcot any day for a year after issue, after 4 p.m. It's great for a night out at one of the restaurants, or just to go ride your favorite ride, or to view the spectacular fireworks. My fiance and I have been spending the past year trying to eat our way around the World Showcase! It's always a quandry whether to try someplace new, or eat at one of our favorites.
I think I paid $99 each for our passes. Considering that general admission to one park on one day is running $48 for adults, going to Epcot twice makes the pass pay for itself.

Here's some info from the Disney site. Note that only Florida residents qualify for this pass.
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wal...r4PassBenefits

Here's a tip on how to avoid paying for parking at Epcot: drive to Disney's Boardwalk resort and park there for free. From there you can walk or take a ferry to the World Showcase, where there's another entrance to the park.

Cheers,
Michelle B.
(who is off to Epcot tonight to try the restaurant in Italy!)

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Old August 23rd, 2002, 07:55 AM
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Hi, Michelle ...

What terrific info. I think I remember the Norway ride as being a "flume" sort of thing? It's been a while.

However, I agree that they are not "thrill" rides as compared to Space Mountain (I close my eyes and count out how long until it's over).

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Old August 23rd, 2002, 08:38 AM
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Yes, the Norway ride ("Maelstrom") has a couple of flumes, one of which takes you backwards. It's definitely not Space Mountain caliber. Since I hate rides that drop, it always makes me nervous to be in line for it, but the anticipation is worse than the actual ride - I always get out of the boat and say "that wasn't so bad." The drops are more Pirates of the Caribbean caliber.

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