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19 June 2015

Memory 143 - A Day at Epcot: Part 12, Reflections of China

** Binaural Audio **
Time: 48:04
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Come and join us for another installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, where I try to make it possible for you relive your Walt Disney World Memories when you can't actually be there.

As I’m sitting down to write this intro, I’m hurrying because today we’re going to Kentucky Kingdom… most of you are saying “where?” and well, you’re right. It’s our small amusement park here in Louisville Kentucky, but it has charm, it’s great for the kids, and it has a pretty good size waterpark, which for the price of a season pass actually is cheaper than getting a summer pool membership for the family. So yeah, it’s worth it sometimes, especially when the weather today is supposed to break 90. But it’s definitely not Walt Disney World. Not even close. Nowhere in this park are there attractions like the ones we’ll be visiting today. There is no theming, and you definitely don’t feel like you’re standing in China waiting for an immersive movie to show you more about an amazing country. Sadly, it just makes me long for our next trip to Walt Disney World, so instead of just thinking about it, let’s get back to our day in Epcot shall we?

For those just joining us, we’re spending what was a rainy day in Epcot in early March of 2014. It’s Flower and Garden Festival, but the crowds are light (a 3/10 on TouringPlans.com), and the rain from the morning has given way to a beautiful evening. In Memory 142 we managed a quick ride on Maelstrom, and got to see “The Spirit of Norway” movie at the end. As we exit the movie theater, we quickly make our way through the gift shop, opting not to buy a sweater, and head to the next pavilion on the promenade, China. If you remember, my in-laws have rejoined us after seeing the American Adventure show, and we are going to head into the China pavilion together.

We’ll join the memory as we are walking through the pavilion to try to find the entrance to the movie. The main Temple of the Sun is closed for a private party, but the movie is still running, and they are sending all that want to watch to the exit area. This causes us a bit of confusion, but once we finally understand we get comfortable and enjoy this time to let the kids wander free and maybe figure out what we’re going to the rest of the evening, since we have 15 minutes to kill before the movie. Finally we’re let in and the movie begins shortly after.

This movie is what I wanted Norway’s to be. This is the Gold Standard in my mind of all the country movies. China takes time to show us history, culture, and the diverse natural beauty of China. There is no lack of things to see. I’ve seen this movie dozens of times, and there is always something new to see, just because you can’t watch every single screen at the same time. It’s really one of my favorite attractions in Epcot.

Today’s memory is in binaural, so I’d suggest putting those headphones on to fully immerse yourself in the memory.

Now sit back. Relax. Close your eyes. And come with me as we reflect on the wonders of China.

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