Let me start with a review of Future World. It is comprised of a variety of pavilions. They've changed over the years, but currently there are eight: (1) Spaceship Earth, (2) Innoventions, (3) Universe of Energy, (4) Mission: SPACE, (5) Test Track, (6) The Seas with Nemo and Friends, (7) The Land and (8) Imagination!
Spaceship Earth is definitely an icon within Disney World. The attraction within the 18-story geodesic sphere has been refreshed over the years, but still takes guests on a ride through time. It highlights many advancements in technology that have shaped the world as we know it today. In 2007, the ride was renovated and added an interactive feature that allows the guests to build a vision for their own future.
|Group Shot, 2010|
|My cousins in Spaceship Earth, 2008|
|Pretty cool right? Lol.|
Mission: SPACE simulates what it may feel like aboard a rocket to Mars. The g-force it puts you under to simulate take-off is something else. It also slingshots you around the moon for a "gravity-assisted boost", puts you into hypersleep and then actually lands on Mars (following a few landing hiccups). This is a more intense ride, so people with motion sickness really should avoid this one. Our group loved this ride, particularly the boys. It is definitely a "must-do" for those that enjoy a good thrill.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends has guests board their own "clamobile" and moves you along to help find Nemo. Towards the end of the ride, they are able to make the animated fish appear to be swimming along with the real aquatic life. As you exit, you are able to explore a series of exhibits, including dolphins, manatees and a huge tank featuring many species of fish as well as a few sharks.
|Living with the Land in 2008 (cousin Bill and my Aunt Carol and Uncle Norman)|
|Tuck having some fun in ImageWorks' Stepping Tones|
|Me back in 2008|
Mexico was our first stop in the World Showcase. Daisy and I checked out the menu, which was prominently displayed outside all food & beverage kiosks, and decided on the Taco de Chilorio ($3.75) and a 12oz Dos Equis ($4.50).
We ate on the steps of the Mexican "pyramid". I looked across the way and noticed the Cantina de San Angel, which reminded me of the last time I was there enjoying a tasty margarita in 2008.
|Cantina de San Angel, 2008|
After Mexico, Daisy and I wandered over to Argentina where we ordered a Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree ($4.75), and I continued to sip on my Dos Equis beer.
|Street performers on the sidewalks of France|
|In France with Karen and my Aunt Carol, 2008|
My next order was from Japan. They were out of the Spicy Tuna Roll, so I settled for the California Roll ($3.50) and a cold Kirin draft ($7.00).
|Uncle Norman and Aunt Carol in Japan, 2008|
Others ordered kielbasa from Poland, while I scooted over to South Korea (new this year) for Barbeque Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi ($4.25). I was so cold at this point that I barely took out my camera, so apologies for not having pictures.
Maura and Daisy ordered Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Puree ($4.75) from South Africa. Maura had had her eye on this dish all day long. It looked very good but I was holding out for Italy.
Once we arrived to Italy, I quickly made my choices: a glass of Chianti ($4.50) and Baked Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Bolognese Sauce and Melted Mozzarella ($4.50).
Although I skipped Norway this year, it is one of my favorites to visit. They have a delightful bakery that my family and I tend to stop at each year. This country also has the Maelstrom, an indoor boat ride featuring knomes, trolls and other Norwegian folklore.
|Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, 2008|
|Aboard the Maelstrom, 2008|
Germany is also one of my favorites. I typically get a nice,cold draft beer and their signature pretzel.
|Me and Bill amidst Germany's Biergarten, 2008|
After being sufficiently stuffed from our world tour, we called the eating and drinking portion of the night quits. We stuck around for the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth end-of-the-night-show at the World Showcase. It premiered in 1999 and continues to be a guest favorite. Displayed over the center lake, the show includes fireworks, pyrotechnics, laser lights and fountains. If it wasn't so d*mn cold at this point, I would have enjoyed it more this year. Regardless, it is a "must-do" in my opinion.
Next up is a review Hollywood Studios, which will wrap up our Disney World experience this year.