Epcot-Walt Disney Park

We visited Florida in the last week of 2018, it was a great 7 days family vacation and we enjoyed immensely. We spent the last day of 2018 in Epcot and what a fun 31st it was.

Like other Walt Disney Theme Parks, Epcot has also many different kinds of attractions, for little ones to the thriller seekers, there are activities for everyone. Epcot features two distinct park sections, Future World and World Showcase, both full of attractions, dining, and entertainment. Besides the rides, Epcot’s seasonal festivals like Flower and Garden in the spring and Food and Wine in the fall are very popular. But by seeing the New Year celebrations with the fireworks and live performances surely one can tell that Epcot is not just a theme park, it is a ‘Grown up’ Theme Park.

We started our day very early in the morning when the line was shorter. Our first stop was the Disney Character Spots, where you can interact with the Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Anna and Elsa, Aladdin and Jasmine and other Disney princesses and capture photos. It was a nice way to start your day with the little ones.

Then we headed to the rides. The most popular rides in Epcot are Soarin’, Test Track, Frozen Ever After, Mission Space, Space Ship Earth. And for the little ones the best attractions are- The Sea with Nemo And Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Living with The Land.

My favorite attractions are mostly from the World Showcase, where you can visit 11 different countries’ pavilions and taste their foods, get to know their heritage and culture, shop authentic souvenirs from the gift shops and can enjoy some amazing attractions. One of my favorites is Jeweled Dragon Acrobats in China Pavilion.

Another favorite is the Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico Pavilion. Illumination: Reflection of Earth is one magnificent show, it is a projection show with laser and fireworks.

Another great activity for kids is the Kidcot Fun Stops, my daughter loves this, it is like exploring around the World. It is fun and entertaining for kids, there are different art supplies provided at each pavilion, to draw, color and collect activity cards from each Country. The Cast Members share rich stories about their native countries and kids make their special keepsake and pick up a memento from that country. Kidcot Fun Stops are located in every international pavilion at Epcot.

It was so much fun to visit Epcot on the New Year Eve, the food, party crowds, live performances, music, dancing on the roads and then the breathtaking fireworks, it was a perfect ending of 2018.

HAPPY BLOGGING

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All Time Favourite 10 Christmas Movies​​

I love to watch Holiday movies, and so do my family. These movies are fun, entertaining and full of colors, perfect mood boosters after the busy weekdays and a nice way to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. When the days are getting shorter and not enough outdoor playtime left for my kiddos in these dark winter evenings, then often to overcome the boredom, we gather in front of our fireplace with a big bowl of caramel popcorn and warm cocoa cups, playing our favorite Christmas movies on Television, hmm, such a bliss.

Here, my family’s favorite 10 Christmas themed movies:

HOME ALONE- 

You will never too old to watch this again and again. Really, I forgot the count.

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS-

A movie that tells about Halloween and Christmas, beautifully created.

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE-

The classic feel-good movie.

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

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THE POLAR EXPRESS-

Who does not love to hear Tom Hanks’s voice as the ticket master? It’s a beautiful story that will be embraced by every future generation. A true Christmas movie.

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

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ELF-

Will Ferrel is awesomely funny as ELF. A nice Christmas comedy movie to light up your holidays.

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

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CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRANKS-

Another comic relief. Crazy and hilarious.

With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.

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HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS-

When Dr. Seuss story meets with Jim Carry, then it has to be a laugh riot. Indeed, a happy classic Christmas movie.

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.

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THE SANTA CLAUS-

Watch how a commoner can become the Santa and the consequences he faced afterward. Nice comedy, feel-good movie.

When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

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JINGLE ALL THE WAY-

Another funny movie.

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

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A CHRISTMAS STORY-

Another Christmas classic movie, that every kid should watch.

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

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Enjoy the festival time.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE

Around the park

We like to go to the park, especially our kids like to go there, and I get a chance to just enjoy the time without worrying about the mess. Sunday afternoon is the most heightened time when my kids are in the disastrous mode. After the heavy Sunday lunch, when I and husband are all set for our most desirable Sunday nap, some extraterrestrial superpower got into our kids’ blood steam. They got supercharged and started doing all the naughtiness. All my magazines were spreading on the floor, the showpieces have been split into halves, cushions were used to make the imaginary fort. The little chair climber dropped every little thing from my kitchen platforms and when we saw that my elder one started doing science experimentation with food, we canceled our much needed afternoon nap and headed to the park.

As spring is here, afternoon stroll in the park is quite a relaxing one. Last Sunday we went to a park. The park is very beautiful, a lot of kids were playing and their parents were watching them from the bench. I saw parents faces and could identify their reasons behind the park visits. Those poor souls were as tired as I was. They were also relaxing while watching their kids. I got a job there too, as my husband was busy to look after our kids, my job was to look after the stroller. After spending some time in the park, I felt that I have become the sole protector of the stroller, not only it is a must needed baby gear, it also carried the jackets, water bottles, snacks and most importantly diaper bag, which can’t get lost. The rest of the afternoon went very well, there, for some time I also enjoyed with my kids, as they were jumping, running, giggling around.

The job of a parent is definitely a tough one, one has to be more patience, responsible, had to give up time for the little ones, it’s a 24/7 tiring job. But when I remember my childhood, I could see myself playing in the local park and running, sliding, bouncing with my friends, I could felt that little park time made me so happy. Then I realized it, even I have to settle down with my priorities, its worth it. Childhood is the most precious time we have in our life, and as a parent, it’s our privilege to nurture it.

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