When you’re at EPCOT, stop to smell the roses
|January 12, 2013||Posted by John Saye under EPCOT||
I probably won’t ever get tired of this message. I like to stick it in here and there on posts but I’m going to lay it all out there in as direct a method as I can here. Disney Parks are huge. The Magic Kingdom is almost manageable, and Disney Hollywood Studios is also not that large (but you don’t want to huff it from Star Tours to Fantasmic if you can help it), Animal Kingdom and especially EPCOT are massive behemoths that you should really think twice about. Millions of people pass through the gates of these parks and never think about what they are doing when they go there. I’m not trying to be an alarmist, but I know what it’s like to be a mile from the front gate with a burst blister the size of a half dollar on the bottom of my big toe that took six or eight weeks to heal fully with the care of a podiatrist.
What I’m saying is to take it easy when you visit these huge parks. Know that you’re not going to get to see everything. They are just too big for that. Pick a few things that you really want to do, get in there, do them and then kick back. Smell some flowers. EPCOT’s got tons of them, and if you’re there during the garden festival then there will be eve more. Check out the seasonal events. See shows. Sit down more often rather than hi-tailing it from one side of the part to the other for your massive list of must-sees.
Relax. Slow down. Check your feet every once in a while. If you’re not planning to return to the hotel mid-day (which I seriously suggest) then make plans to sit down and take your shoes off at some point. Make sure you aren’t starting up any blisters. Dry your feet off, and change your socks. Apply a little more powder, and slow down. Smell a couple more flowers, and allow yourself to do a little people watching.
Visiting with kids? Hit a character meet and greet to slow down. Visit the Princesses in Akershus and hang out long enough to see them all twice.
Put your feet up on someone else’s chair for a moment.
Don’t worry about doing it all.
You can’t really anyway.
Plan to come back instead. Hit something you missed another day in your vacation.
Give your feet a rest in those big parks, and enjoy it.
Don’t push through the pain, like me, until you’re standing near the American Adventure with a bleeding ulcer on your foot. It’s not worth it.
Miss something, and give your feet a rest. They will thank you.