Don & Sandi at "home", back in the Stockton area.

Friday, October 15, 2010



We spent the day today at Disney's EPCOT attraction in Orlando, Florida.  We didn't quite know what to expect, but we had a great time on the rides and visiting the various countries in the "World Showcase".  

EPCOT has the "Soaring" ride that is also at California Adventure at Disneyland in of our favorite rides at any amusement park.   We also rode the "Sum of All Thrills" ride...that was a very unique "virtual reality" ride.  You get four minutes to design your own roller coaster ride using some very sophisticated but user-friendly software to determine what type of virtual ride you would like.  We selected the "roller coaster" option and we "designed" a steep climb, followed by a screaming dive downward, two loops, a figure eight, and a tight curve to the finish.   We then walked over to the virtual-ride machine, sat down, and the 3-D hood was lowered over us and our simulator ride "took off"!  The feeling was very realistic and lots of fun.   Every physics department in every school in the nation should have one of these rides to take real math and science and convert it to instant fun...and nausea!

We also rode the "Mission: Space" ride.  This is probably the most intense amusement park ride we have ever been on.  When we got off the ride, we both thought we might have an unfortunate experience sometimes refered to as "losing your lunch".  We didn't, but it took about an hour to fully recover from the experience.   Highly recommended, but be careful what you eat before the ride!

All-in-all...we loved EPCOT!

We plan to visit the Kennedy Space Center tomorrow and the Magic Kingdom on Monday.

Take care.
Don & Sandi

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