Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Maelstrom, Land Pavilion After 9pm Update, Soarin’ Merch – Epcot 5/12/12

The June operating schedule update should come out tomorrow or this Friday.  At that time, December’s schedule should also be released.

Heading out to Epcot on Saturday May 12th for dinner at Akershus in the Norway Pavilion and to check on the current status of the Land Pavilion operating through 10pm.

Unfortunately, the settings on my camera were wrong, so all of the pictures are going to look like this.  Just kidding.  But this one certainly does.  This is the current state of the Test Track Pavilion refurbishment!  What you can’t see is that the front of Test Track is clear of debris.

It’s 6:06pm and we have a bit of a wait for Spaceship Earth.  It’s not nearly as bad as it might look on initial inspection because the right side is completely empty and the extended portion only goes up about half way.  You can sort of see up at the top left that the queue up there is also empty.  You’re looking at about a five minute actual wait.

You may notice that I am rocking blue nail polish today.  Lost a bet.  Deal with it.

Wait times at 6:09pm.  They’re about what we can expect with Test Track closed down.  Obviously the 70 minute wait at Soarin’ is longer than we’d like, but it’s the reality with only one attraction most people have on their “must ride” lists at the moment.  Everything else looks pretty nominal, including the 20 minute wait at Character Spot.  This website had Epcot as the “most recommended Park.”

Some of the 40th anniversary merchandise is going on sale.

Not a great job with the nail polish.

A couple oven mitts that we may or may not have seen before:

I feel like I wouldn’t really want to stick Minnie’s face on a hot pan.


A set of three cute kitchen towels.

His and hers aprons.

And more towels:

Might want to put them away before the neighbors show up.

In case you want Mother to never speak to you again, you could buy her one of these bears.

He is sort of cute.  I think the thing that hinders him is the fact that his face is sort of a “hidden Mickey.”  Makes him look sort of weird.

Over to Akershus for dinner.  It’s located on the right side of the Norway Pavilion across from Kringla Bakeri.

Lunch menu:

Dinner menu:

We’ll take a closer look at the dinner menu, including wine and drinks, in a moment.  The shadows were unforgiving outside the restaurant.  Currently, breakfast is $32.99/adults and $19.99/kids; Lunch is $35.99/adults and $21.99/kids; Dinner is $39.99/adults and $22.99/adults.

I really like Akershus, so much so that it’s listed as my “third best Epcot table service restaurant.”  It has a lot going for it.  First of all, the picture package is included in the cost of the meal.  For every four people in your party, you’ll receive a picture with Belle.  So if you have five people, that means you’ll come away with two pictures.  You can either bring home two copies of the same picture or two pictures each with different poses.  Just that picture would run you about $35 at most other buffets.  They do a nice job with them and present the pictures to you during the course of the meal.  If you don’t like it, you can request that another be taken.  Second, you get to meet Belle along with four other princesses.  For tonight’s dinner, we met Snow White, Aurora, Cinderella, and Ariel.  They come to the table, snap pictures, take photographs, and mingle.  There are also princess parades scheduled throughout meal times so the kids can march around the restaurant with the princesses in tow.

For this particular meal, they had the characters set up nicely.  We got to meet each of the four mingling princesses within a span of about 15 minutes towards the end of the meal.  I prefer that to the sporadic appearances you might see at other buffets like Crystal Palace, where the characters seem to appear out of nowhere randomly throughout the meal.  The kids can watch the princesses as they greet other guests and you only have to clean/prep the kids the one time.  If the princesses pop up one every 15 minutes, you’re constantly getting the kids ready for the pictures, making sure everyone is back from the buffet, etc.  A handler came by to make sure all princesses had visited.  When we told her we were missing Snow White, she got her over within a matter of a few minutes.  Finally, the meal includes the cold buffet and a plated entree.  So while you wait for the characters and entree, you can load up on shrimp, cheese, meat, fish, and so on.  We’ll take a look at the options next.  Dessert is also a nice selection of three different items served family style.

A nice simple backstory behind this one.  No mention of seatbelt specialists, General Motors, or singing a cappella on your break outside of Test Track.

Akershus probably isn’t going to win any awards based solely on theming.

But it’s neat enough with the lighting and paintings.  This is the dining area to the left of the cold buffet.  You can see people lined up for shrimp in the back right of the picture.

You’ll take your picture with Belle first.  Remember that she doesn’t visit the tables, so this is it.  Another very special thank you to Steven Milz and family for inviting me along.  I imagine it would be awkward for me to sit by myself at a princess buffet.  I’ve never done it, but I feel like it would be pretty weird.

We were seated in the main dining area, which isn’t much more than an arm’s length away from the buffet.

Looking up, we have nice wood details and very fortress-y chandeliers.

The full menu.  Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports3/akerdinner.jpg.

And individually:

I would imagine there isn’t a ton of wine coming out of Norway.  The shot of aquavit is probably the most authentic thing on the menu.

The cold bar is pictured below.  All of the items are duplicated on both sides except for the fish-y items in the middle.  The right side is almost always less crowded because fewer tables are over there.

(The “Brown Cheese”)

The fruit is in the top left.  It should be full of assorted melon.

Not a great shot of the shrimp salad here, obviously.  We’ll take a look at it on my plate (half eaten, of course).  It’s one of the best items at the buffet.

Also about to be replenished.

It’s a nice variety of items that may be slightly “out there” along with a lot of items that most people should enjoy.  That’s one of the nice things about an Epcot buffet like this one or the one over in Germany.  You might find that you like peppered mackerel, glassmeister herring, or gjetost.  And if not, there’s plenty of shrimp, salad, rolls, roast beef, fruit, turkey, cheese, and salami to fill even the biggest appetite.

I tried some of each:

I enjoyed just about everything.  It’s all certainly worth trying.  I wish the shrimp weren’t “peel and eat,” but you know why they do it instead of your prototypical cocktail shrimp.  The shrimp salad, peppered mackerel, glassmeister herring, and goat cheese were all interesting items that I wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to try.  The “regular” meats and cheeses are all fine too.  About what you would expect.

Service was very good.  Just note that they’ll probably try to sell you a $6.50 bottle of water if you ask for glasses of water along with the included soft drinks.  Our table was amused that the server had been there for eight months and didn’t know what Living with the Land or Journey into Imagination with Figment were.  I’m not sure if that information is available online for her to look at or not.

Here we have the princesses parading around with the kids:

I used it as an opportunity to take buffet pictures, which is one of the my least favorite things to do.  Luckily, there aren’t as many items as there are at say, Boma, which takes 20 minutes to photograph and everyone in line thinks I’m an annoying loser.  Which is accurate, but I like to downplay it, you know?

If Akershus struggles in one area, it’s the entrees, which are never particularly good.  This is the Pork Tenderloin.  It was just fine, but certainly nothing out of this world.  The pork was a little on the tough side and there’s no way anything is cooked to order.

The Meatballs, which I would guess are the most popular item.  These are about what you would expect as well if you’ve ever had the similar dish at Ikea.  There’s a little spice there and the lingonberry sauce is a nice complement.

The Kids Meatballs served with corn and mashed potatoes.  A large portion.

The kids cheese ravioli.  The sauce looks a little onion-y if I were eight years old again.  I always made mom order the sauce on the side because you just never know!

For dessert, they bring the kids cookies.

And the dessert, served “family style” with the chocolate mousse on the left, rice cream in the middle, and the puff pastry on the right.  You’re going to be pretty hard pressed to be hungry after all of the food that came before it, but all three of the desserts are good too.  The mousse has a rich, decadent chocolate flavor.  The rice cream is light and cold.  The puff pastry was as flaky as one might hope for.  Not a ton of flavor from the pastry itself, but it accompanied the fruit and mousse well.  Save a touch of room if you can.  They’ll bring more.

A punchable HDR picture.

One last look at the dining room.

Overall, I recommend Akershus for what it is.  If you’re looking specifically for the best appetizers/entrees/drinks in terms of quality and presentation, then you’ll probably want to take a look elsewhere.  On the other hand, all of the food is at a minimum, good.  There’s a ton of it and it’s varied enough that you should be able to find a lot of food that you enjoy, even if you fall into the “picky” side of the spectrum.  Service is usually excellent.  We never waited for soft drink refills or plates to be cleared.  Unlike Biergarten, where our plates mysteriously vanished if we blinked incorrectly, the server always asked first.  Consider the fact that the photo package is included in the price, unlike most other meals.  You also get great character interaction from four of the major princesses.  It may be a nice alternative to the more expensive Cinderella’s Royal Table over at Magic Kingdom, especially if reservations are full over there.  I left completely satisfied.

We’ll pop in Maelstrom to complete the FULL MEAL DEAL that was started a few weeks ago.  That included a look at Kringla Bakeri, the Stave Church, and the various shops.  Part 1Part 2Part 3.  Standby lines at Maelstrom have seemed longer because it isn’t offering FASTPASS at the moment.  You may remember that there’s a refurbishment wall around the waterfall outside the attraction.  Even if the line is out the door, the actual wait is only going to be about 15 minutes.  This was around 10.

The map at the back of the queue explains some of Norway’s accomplishments over the years:

Not sure why they seem to focus on 20th century “history.”  That, and no mention of populating the entire country with babes.  That seems worth pointing out.

As I’ve mentioned before, Maelstrom is one of my favorite attractions and I love the video at the end.  By far some of the funniest five minutes ever recorded.

The eye!

Not sure if it starts out well or not.  I can’t really imagine rolling through the ocean on a viking boat with no lower deck!

A good helping of trolls.

And polar bears, not something you might equate with Norway.

This peeping troll is going to send you down a short drop.   It isn’t much more intense than Pirates of the Caribbean.

HDR oil rig!

Always a pleasure pulling into port.

Sadly, they usually stop running the video around 8:15pm.  We just missed it!

I’m not sure when they’ll reopen the FASTPASS machines.  Soon, hopefully.

Popping in to check on crowds inside the Land Pavilion from 9pm to 10pm.  It’s 8:56pm here, so we’ve got about five minutes until IllumiNations starts.  I’ll stick around for the “stampede” that comes this way after IllumiNations ends.

In the opposite direction towards Living with the Land, it doesn’t look like anyone is actually headed to any of these attractions.

Living with the Land is running completely empty boats.

At 9:05am, the posted wait for Soarin’ is 10 minutes.  That’s accurate if you include the time it takes to walk to and watch the preshow video.  There’s no one in line.

Big crowds.

As I mentioned last time, Living with the Land is really neat in the dark once you make it out to the greenhouses with no natural light coming in.

Do you see what it says?

It’s 9:23pm and this is the stampede rolling in from IllumiNations.

Soarin’ merchandise outside the attraction while we’re here:

Those pins are a little goofy, but I like that Mickey logo!

So it’s 9:31pm.  Everyone from IllumiNations should be here by now.

The posted wait is still 10 minutes.

I think I see somebody up there walking.

I can definitely make out three people.

But that’s it.  They were still flying half full flights.

The scene inside looking across at Soarin’.

Maybe three people headed up at 9:36pm.

So yeah, the Land Pavilion continues to operate until 10pm basically with no warning or announcement.  If you’re visiting Epcot and are able to stay through 10pm, you definitely want to head over after 9pm.  You could ride Living with the Land once and Soarin’ at least twice between 9pm and 10pm.

The Character Spot is the only attraction that advertises it’s running until 10pm.

There’s one group in line.

The Art of Disney Store and Mouse Gear also continue operating until at least 10pm.

The Monorail was still a bit backed up at 9:45pm.  I didn’t make it onto the one that’s parked now, but got on the next one.  Unless you’re among the first people out of World Showcase after IllumiNations ends and head quickly to the Monorail, I recommend hanging back until around 9:40pm.  It’s either stand here in a long line or enjoy the World Showcase at night or shop a little bit.  The backup for the trams won’t be as bad though and the waits at the buses aren’t usually too long either because Disney knows what to expect.  They can’t do much about upping capacity on the Monorail though.  Finally, remember that Disney is still shutting the Monorail down one hour after regular Park close, or 10pm in most scenarios.  Buses are available to the Transportation and Ticket Center, Polynesian, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian Resorts at that time.


  1. patricia says

    Hey, that’s a good tip that the photo comes with the meal, who knew? The blue nail polish is cool, even f you lost a bet with yourself

  2. Meghan says

    Akershus is nearly if not completely identical for lunch. If you have a shellfish allergy, it’s not for you. I still liked what they brought me. I got the kids grilled chicken, only they brought me a slightly larger portion since I was a special diet. The price wise compared to Cindy’s, Akershus is a no brainer. 5 (sometimes 6) princesses and a picture? Pretty good deal.

  3. RebeccaMcK says

    Josh, do you happen to know (or maybe someone else here knows) just how “mushroomy” that mushroom sauce is that is served over the seared beef tips at Akershus? Just wondered, because Hubby is even fussier than most kids I know about what’s on his food. He likes mushrooms for flavor but picks them out of sauces if he can. He’s not allergic, just fussy. I figure if we ever go there that might be the one entree on the menu that might appeal to him.

  4. Desh says

    I’m sorry, but that buffet looks nasty, not well kept. And while I don’t know about how new most of that merchandise is, I know the Minnie oven mitt is not. I bought it in 2009. Glad to know that The Land is still operating with no crowds between 9:00-10:00! Looking forward to that next week!!!!!

  5. Elizabeth says

    I hope the Land Pavilion stays empty between 9 and 10 for at least another month. I’ll be there in June and would love to ride Soarin’ with no wait!

  6. keri says

    Was the grilled asparagus cold? It looks like it might be, and there’s nothing worse than cold-but-once-hot grilled asparagus. (because when it’s hot it’s soooo good)

    Do you think the Land Pavilion might be open until 10 come the first weekend of June? We just switched dinner reservations from 6 to 8 to accommodate my sdad not getting off work until 3 and needing to drive down, and I’d like to take him to Soarin’ if possible – he’s never ridden on it, and it might be a nice late night thing to do after dinner, if we finish eating early enough.

  7. Mossy1 says

    I second what Elizabeth said!!! Hoping they keep this open thru June!! Thanks for the update Josh!!

  8. Peaches says

    I like the blue shorts nice change from the khaki. Akershus sounds good and looks pretty with the wood ceiling. My buffet phobia will prevent me from ever giving it a try. I bet those people in front of you at Soarin are easywdw readers, how else would they have known to be there .

  9. Kevin says

    Ok, let’s stop telling people about 9-10 pm secret. All we need is one DISer to find out, and the place will be full of annoying, obnoxious DISers looking for an upgrade or some kind of free “magical” moment.

  10. Melanie says

    Nice to hear the props for Maelstrom. I can remember visiting Epcot many years ago when Norway first opened, and Maelstrom was the closest thing to a thrill ride at the park. Like I said, that was a long time ago. Later when now 6′ 1″ tall son was only 4, he spent the entire passage shaking his fist at the trolls, saying “Why don’t you pick on somebody your own size?” Good memories.

  11. Jill Marie says

    “Lost a bet”….riiight. I do like the blue shorts. Did you pick those to match your nails? Next time, be sure to put a top coat on those nails.

    I actually like the “hidden” Mickey face on Duffy. My grandma collects bears so she’d probably love it.

    I have to say…I wish men were required to have sleeves when food is present. Armpit hair really grosses me out when I’m trying to eat. I know…Florida is hot. But still. Yuck.

    Dang…people are kind of slobs when dishing up their plates, aren’t they?

    I’ll tell you one thing…that buffet doesn’t seem “pregnant lady-friendly.”

  12. Katie says

    Akershus looks like it would be worth the cost, I always debated that one but the food looked decent enough and I didn’t know the picture with Belle was included!

    I just noticed the creepy kid gutting the fish with the sick smile on his face on the mural as you enter Maelstrom. Weirdo!

    Living with the Land at night looks amazing! It’s one of my favorite rides (nerdy I know) but I never realized how cool it could look at night. Thanks josh!

  13. Jen says

    Great blog, as usual!!! Thanks for the review of Akershus – we have an ADR there. One of the other comments said that if you have a shellfish allergy, it’s not for you. Does that mean there is a lot of cross contamination? My daughter is allergic to shellfish, so is that going to be an issue? I sure hope not because she loves the princesses.

    Also, are these low crowds normal for this time of year? Is this similar to what to expect in September?

  14. Peaches says

    @Jill Marie, I was thinking the exact same thing about the sleeves!! Pit hairs in a buffet my phobia just went up 100 points.

  15. keri says

    @Jen – if you include the shellfish allergy on the ADR info, they’ll make sure to bring out food that has not been contaminated. Also, I think you might be okay on the buffet if you keep her away from anything that’s near the fish section. Or you might be able to have them bring whatever she wants from the buffet freshly cooked from the kitchen so that there isn’t any contamination. Shellfish allergies are fairly common, so I’d think the kitchen would be set up to reduce any potential hazards.

    (I count my lucky stars that my shellfish allergy doesn’t manifest as closing of my airways, so that if there is contamination, I am not at a huge risk. Only a smaller one. Except that I did have some lobster-touched mac’n’cheese recently (deeeelicious, but normally served with lobster and I have to special request it) that might be a harbinger of future airway closure. So I just avoid seafood altogether. Plus, the way shrimps and fish are harvested makes my heart break, especially after reading about seahorses in Poseidon’s Steed.)

  16. Jen says

    @Keri – thanks for the info. I will let the restaurant know! I don’t know if her allergy would cause airway closure or not! We’ve known about it for a couple of years since she was 3 b/c of allergy testing and have avoided her being exposed. I do know that allergies can get worse with every reaction.

  17. sherry says

    “They come to the table, snap pictures, take photographs, and mingle”

    Whats the difference between snap pictures and take photographs??

  18. Abby says

    Thanks for the info. Somehow in my research I missed that Soarin was open until 10. My kids don’t like Illuminations so we’ll be at Soarin late for sure on Epcot Day. (Now we need to take down the post before too many folks read it.)

  19. tracey says

    Iam another one who doesnt think that buffet looks too good. The food lookes nicer once its actually on the plate though!!
    Thanks Josh for the report. Its amazing how Soarin is a walk on after 9pm. I really hope this is still the case in August…

  20. susan says

    Great walkabout, Josh! I am LOVING those pics of the land after 9.

    I enjoyed the salmon entree at akershus. To the poster who asked about the asparagus, they were cold in september. But the most delicious thing on the buffet! There is some kind of balsamic dressing on them. Delish! (And i normally prefer mine hot too).

  21. mlm says

    What I want to know is: where is this mythical ‘Steven Milz family’ you went with? I say you *did* go to a princess buffet by yourself. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

    PS–any tips on picking up princesses?

    PPS–Sicko! :)

  22. Ana says

    I like the blue shorts matching the blue nail polish…it’s cute. :-)

    Awesome review on Akershus. Last time I was there it wasn’t a Princess meal but BFF and I are trying it this September and we are SO excited. Are you joining us for dinner, Josh? If that doesn’t work, we have 5 other ADRs 😛

    Really hoping The Land Pavilion secret remains a secret until at least September – I’m looking forward to visiting an empty Soarin at night

  23. LaurenT says

    Hey Josh, Do you know if the friendship boats would still be running to the Dolphin if we stayed at The Land until 10 pm and then headed out the IG?

  24. tanya says

    Can’t thank you enough on The Land’s late hours secret. We walked right on Soarin’ at 9:10, got to choose where we wanted to sit, walked off and then right on again, again choosing where to sit. Awesome! It ended up being the only time we could get on the ride since we only made it to Epcot in the afternoons with no fastpass option.

    Glad you got to experience a Princess meal. I’m sure Cinderella loved your blue nail polish.

  25. Levon says

    I can’t believe all those pictures and not one of Josh with a princess. SOOOO disapointing!!!!!!

    Thanks for the review though. Planning to take my 3 little princesses to CRT but this is our fall-back in case we can’t get the times we are looking for.

  26. patriot14 says

    Were the buffet trays that empty before or after you filled your plate? Seems to be a little unattended to me. Perhaps if the princesses weren’t out walking around so much they could fill the buffet bins?

  27. Vikki says

    I agree with Levon … how can you properly report princess interaction and taking good photos in Akershus if we have none of you as an example? :)

  28. wareagle818 says

    We ate at Akershus two years ago and we didn’t get a picture included (that I remember). Is that new. We have an ADR at Cinderella’s Royal Table in August. Does CRT come with a picture too?

  29. Jill Marie says

    @Tricia – You can find both aprons at disneystore.com The Mickey apron is $21.95 and the Minnie half apron is $14.95

    @mlm – Steven Milz is a member of the easywdw forum. :) But yeah….I won’t believe it until I see photographic proof.

    @Levon and Vikki – I agree! We need some pictures of Josh with the princesses at this meal.

  30. jcarwash says

    Josh, I think your in-shadow Akershus lunch and dinner menus are flipped.

    @waeagle818 I have Belle photos from Akershus going back to Sept 2008, so it’s not all that new.

  31. Steph says

    We also enjoyed the late hour in The Land. After an afternoon break in April, we returned to Epcot at 8pm and were able to do Nemo, Crush, Nemo again, Spaceship Earth, Character Spot/Illuminations (the group split up), Soarin and Living with the Land. It was the best 2 hours of our vacation. Only, look out for roaches on Living with the Land at night. They were crawling over over the fish tanks.

    I am also rocking blue nail polish today. No bets involved.

  32. Mike says

    Well, My wife and I will be there Sunday. We may just have to take advantage of Soarin after Illuminations. Though I do plan on “sampling: some drinks from around the world, so that assumes I can still find Soarin after Illuminations.

  33. BeckyW says

    Thanks for the awesome walk-about Josh! We had breakfast at Akershus in May 2010 and it was definitely one of our faves! We’re planning on doing b-fast there again this Oct if you’d like to check out the breakfast offerings! (Yummy cheesy potatoes!) In fact, the buffet area was only cold things, like fruit, yogurt, maybe some danish/etc, and then the hot items were served family-style. (Eggs, meats, potatoes) Not your typical buffet for those anti-buffet folks!
    And @wareagle818 – You DO get a photo w/ Cinderalla included in the CRT reservation, similar to the Belle one incl here. But we met less princesses at CRT then we did at Akershus… and Belle is wearing her blue house dress at CRT (blah) LOL!

  34. Miami says

    Looks like a bad night at Golden Corral. I imagined a much nicer dinner due to all the rave reviews online.

  35. Peaches says

    @LauernT The Friendship boats will still be operating, I believe they operate one hour after the park closes. You can always walk back, I like the walk myself I cut through the Yacht and Beach Club. You can even grab an ice cream at Beaches and Cream. Or an adult beverage on the Boardwalk.

  36. Amanda says

    Hey Josh…I’ve been reading your blog for about a month or so now & i love it! you give such great advice & ideas…i’ll be visiting wdw at the end of sept. for my 4th trip, i can’t wait & i will be reading your blog for more advice =)

  37. Meghan says

    @Jen- I just stayed away from the buffet. It was just as messy as it is in Josh’s pics, and I was too scared to try anything. As far as entrees are concerned, they’re up to disney standards. The chef came out and cooked something specific for me, as I’m sure they’ll do for your little one.

  38. Anjie says

    Any insights to doing Epcot on an EMH evening? I’m assuming Soarin’ won’t be deserted during/after Illuminations, correct?

  39. stevenmilz says

    I can confirm that Josh did join our family of four, and suffered through the antics of my ds5 and dd3 at Akershus. Photo evidence will have to wait until I can scan the photo at home.

  40. Dan Young says

    I hated it when they changed Akershus to a princess thing, as it used to be one of my favorite restaurants. It looks like the food is more or less the same as it used to be. I just can’t pull the trigger on it – a single male doing a princess buffet.

    Oh, and the blue fingernail polish confuses and frightens me. . . . .

  41. Brenda says

    Thank you for reviewing Akershus. We are going in Oct and now I have a good idea of what to expect.

  42. vinotinto says

    They’ve been including the pictures since at least Oct 2009. We do Akershus every time we go to WDW. Purely by coincidence, my DH wore the same shirt the first two times we went (in 2009 and 2010). After that, he has requested that we go every trip. Now we are up to 4 pics with Belle and my DH in the same shirt. Needless to say, we are booked for our October trip, and yes, the shirt will be packed. That’s how family traditions begin.

  43. KJay says

    Akershus is one of my faves! Your pics make the buffet look hilariously unappetizing. Your plates looked pretty good though :)

  44. keri says

    Ew, palmetto bugs swarming the fish tanks at night in Living With the Land? Grossssssss.

    Seriously, that must be one of the creepiest things ever, with the red lights. I try to ignore that the things exist, it makes my life much easier, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to ride Living with the Land the same way again.

  45. Stephanie says

    I love Malestrom, but that mural on the wall when you’re boarding – the boy with the fish – that always creeps me out a little.
    Great post, as usual, Josh!

  46. Steph says

    @Keri – It was pretty creepy. I was paranoid for the rest of the ride, just waiting for one another one to show up. Eew. Living with the Land will never be the same for me either.

  47. Katie says

    Love the Soarin’ merchandise! Also, when we went through that part of Living with the Land, it was a hidden Mickey. I guess they like to change things up!

  48. Marina says

    We were at WDW from May 2nd-12th and rode Soarin 3 times, always after 9pm, something I would have never known about if it wasn’t for this website.

    My mum was impressed with all the little extras I knew about, like watching Wishes from the beach at Poly and going to Epcot and skipping the fireworks(we watched another night) only to ride Soarin and Living with the Land.
    I have a great picture that says ‘1 minute until next departure’ at Soarin :)

    Thank you Josh, everything you write here made our trip so much more enjoyable, especially skipping EMH was the best advice ever.


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