Here I introduce a new post series to
Inside the Magic called ParkSpotting. This series will be home to photos of a random assortment of interesting places, people, or other sights found during visits to theme parks. Each post will be limited to photos from a single park, all taken during a single day’s visit.
Photos in these posts are kept to a reasonable width and height in order to quickly display them all here, but you can always click on them to access higher-resolution copies.
For the first ParkSpotting adventure, we visited Epcot on Saturday, April 24, 2010…
Views like this are why I visit Epcot. Spaceship Earth shines in the background. The Flower and Garden Festival decorations fill the area with color. All while the sun casts a soft orange glow over it all.
While I had visited the Flower and Garden Festival this year one other time, I was struck this time by this juxtaposition as I walked by. It looks like farmer Mickey is staring right at Spaceship Earth.
The "Tronorail" is still running around the Epcot beam, as it will be for many months to come. It's still fun to catch a glimpse of throughout the park.
When I entered the park, I couldn't help but spot this group of girls dressed a even more casually than your average theme park guest. As you can imagine, a lot of heads were turning around this area.
After wandering deeper into the park, I realized why the girls pictured above were visiting Epcot: a USASF dance tournament. It was taking place throughout the day in the World Showplace (former Millenium Village). I wasn't sure if it was open to the public, but I wandered in anyway...
...and saw pretty much what I expected. A large, brightly-lit stage brought the performing dance team to the center of attention while hundreds of seated audience members watched. The building was filled with the sounds of thumping hip hop dance mixes and smelled a bit like a locker room, so I quickly left.
The costumes worn by all the dancers I saw at Epcot were certainly... unique. This group was practicing as I left the World Showplace.
Throughout the day, I (along with any other guests with with eyes) couldn't help but spot dancers around every corner of the park. This group was practicing some moves out by the World Showcase Lagoon. Not a sight you see every day at Epcot.
It also became quite clear to me that dancing must build up a hefty appetite. Whenever I spotted girls with large amounts of peculiar make-up, they were either walking to or from the dance competition - or they were eating. I must have seen at least 20 different girls each carrying a heaping plate of nachos.
And those not in the mood for Mexican went for Chinese.
But it wasn't all about the dancers at Epcot this weekend. There was a long line to meet Chip and Dale near The Land...
...and an even longer line to get ice cream, as it was a rather hot and sunny day. (Though sure enough, a few seconds after I snapped this shot, a few more dancers walked up and got in line.)
This grassy area near Germany in the World Showcase was packed with people taking a break. I don't blame them, though I would have chosen an area with more air conditioning...
...like this. Upon walking through Innoventions, I spotted this unusually empty area across from The Great Piggy Bank Adventure. One can only assume that something fun and interesting will show up here eventually. In the meantime, guests can use it as a place to sit and relax.
I noticed that Vinylmation has taken over one of the MouseGears windows. The craze continues to expand with no sign of stopping. It's a good thing I'm not interested.
I decided to spend some time in The (Living) Seas, as I hadn't been in there in a while. While watching the fish swim and the bubbles bubble, I noticed this Hidden Mickey at the bottom of the aquarium. It's spottable from the top floor on the right side and appears to be made from stones and some metal rings.
Now for the obligatory construction update. Work on the "Via Napoli" pizzeria continues, but out of sight. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Over in Mexico, the enhancements to the "Cantina de San Angel" have gone vertical, mostly blocked by tree-adorned coverings.
Here's a higher-up view of the "Cantina de San Angel" taken from the top of the steps of the Mexico pavilion.
After snapping those two shots, I found myself looking up at the Mexico pavilion from an angle that made it look massive.
While wandering through the United Kingdom pavilion I spotted a couple of kids enjoying a game of Mickey hopscotch. I'm not sure they knew how to properly play (does anyone?) but they were having fun anyway.
Atlanta Rhythm Section was playing the "Flower Power" concert of the day opposite the American Adventure.
Here's a closer look at Atlanta Rhythm Section. I'll be honest, I have no idea who these guys are. I'm happy that the "Eat to the Beat" concert series for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival beginning in October will feature a few more contemporary bands. Well, if you consider early-'90s to be contemporary.
At one point I came across Mo'Rockin playing in Morocco. And no, that's not a joke. That's really their name.
Clearly I was not going to be able to escape dancing girls on this trip. Not that that's a bad thing.
We wrap up this PhotoSpotting trip to Epcot with a lovely view of the sun setting behind the Imagination building while the "Tronorail" passes in front.
My goal with this ParkSpotting series is not only to bring you fun and unique views from theme parks but also to encourage myself to get to the parks more often (did I really need another reason?) and to get some exercise in the process (oh, that’s the reason). So I hope to bring you more posts like this soon and on a regular basis. Comment if you enjoyed it!