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  1. ^ Wow, you're so famous...can I please have your autograph??


    Shari, I totally agree with you, I find that couple so annoying! She doesn't seem to be contributing much and the way he works no wonder he was taken so easily as a POW!!!


    Elissa "my prediction is that the mother/son will lose pretty soon" Alvey

  2. The Okura looks closer, but I believe that it's doors were farther away. It was also one of the hotels that couldn't guarantee that there would be someone who spoke english there.


    As for other stuff to do...I mean we're not into the shrines and gardens and stuff, but walking around the Shinjuku and Akihabara areas were very cool!


    Elissa "all about flashing lights!" Alvey

  3. The Hilton is the best location for the "non-official" Disney hotels! You literally walk about 5 minutes from the front of your hotel to the Monorail Station, hop on the Monorail and get to the parks. VERY EASY. You could walk to the parks but it would probably be about 30 minutes!!! They're big!


    Elissa "we only used the bus once because it was about to leave" Alvey

  4. Pompeii is good...it's basically a "shoot the chutes" with elaborate theming. Definitely a must do. Keep in mind they're also opening up some sort of "Spiderman Type" Dark ride...it's not themed to spiderman but it's that sort of ride system from what I understand.


    You'll have fun! It's a nice park...not one that I visit more than once every 5 years, but still really nice!


    Elissa "my fav coaster there is Big Bad Wolf" Alvey

  5. ^^ Luckily I made a miraculous recovery just in time to see your awesome log flume "technique".


    Elissa "was sandwiched between Tommy and Brian!!!" Alvey

  6. I would bring extra cash with you since many places in Japan do not take credit cards. Luckily most of Disney does, but in case you have any 'contingency' you should have extra cash.


    How much money to bring? Well, that depends on where you're staying. You're going to need money for transportation each day (more if you're staying farther away), money for food, drinks, admissions to other parks, etc.


    Do a budget to figure out how much you need.


    Elissa "Japan isn't as expensive as everyone thinks" Alvey

  7. How do you define 'off the road'. I mean Knoebels is pretty far 'off the road' but still a pretty big destination...


    I guess that would be my answer, unless you give me different parameters!


    Elissa "Cliffs is right off the interstate, but far away from everything else!" Alvey

  8. If you mean Sega Joypolis and LaQua...you can easily do them on the same day, but keep in mind if it's raining at all you might not get Thunder Dolphin and Linear Gale at La Qua.


    As for Japanese, you most certainly need to learn probably about 50 - 100 words to get buy. The vast majority of people over there (including at Disney) do not speak any english.


    Learn polite conversation, numbers, how much, that one, etc.


    I recommend the "Japanese For Dummies" book. It was very helpful and comes with an audio cd so you can actually hear the pronounciation.


    Elissa "San-nin desu - 3 people...we had to use that at every attraction grouper!" Alvey

  9. Hey everybody!


    This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Walt Disney World's Epcot, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.


    Official Park Website


    Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!







    March 5th, 2005 - Epcot closing early for Disneyland 50th press event (see below)

    June 14th, 2005 - 4 year old passes out on Mission Space, dies afterwards



    April 12th, 2006 - 49 year old woman falls ill on Mission Space, dies afterwards

    May 3rd, 2006 - Tamer option for Mission Space to be offered

    June 2nd, 2006 - Lawsuit initiated over death of 4 year old on Mission Space

    July 10th, 2006 - 35 year old woman collapses after riding Mission Space

    September 9th, 2006 - Kim Possible adventure game coming to Epcot!



    January 31st, 2007 - Disney settles Mission Space lawsuit

    February 11th, 2007 - El Rio del Tiempo to be re-themed to Three Caballeros

    April 11th, 2007 - Spaceship Earth to be re-imagined with Siemens sponsorship!

    June 25th, 2007 - Gary Sinese to host Candlelight Processional!



    August 11th, 2009 - La Cava del Tequila coming to the Mexico Pavilion!

    October 14th, 2009 - "Sum of All Thrills" robocoaster to open in 2 days



    January 7th, 2010 - Test Track may lose GM sponsorship

    January 18th 2010 - The Making of Me remembered

    January 25th, 2010 - Authentic pizzeria coming to the Italy pavilion

    March 28th, 2010 - First look at Italy Pavilion pizzeria revealed!

    March 29th, 2010 - Cantina de San Angel coming to the Mexico Pavilion!

    July 8th, 2010 - Via Napoli pizzeria at the Italy Pavilion opens next month!



    November 13th, 2011 - New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

    December 5th, 2011 - Holidays around the World photo report posted!

    December 13th, 2011 - Holiday Illuminations Video

    December 23rd, 2011 - Katsura Grill & new Test Track car photos posted!



    January 6th, 2012 - Re-imagined Test Track confirmed for Fall 2012!

    January 21st, 2012 - Photos of Tutto Italia undergoing major refurbishment

    February 3rd, 2012 - New 'Habit Heroes' exhibit opens in Innoventions

    February 9th, 2012 - Fastpass return times to now be strictly enforced

    March 13th, 2012 - Agent P's World Showcase Adventure announced!

    April 1st, 2012 - Epcot 30th anniversary merchandise revealed

    April 2nd, 2012 - Test Track closes on April 16th for overhaul

    April 3rd, 2012 - Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival photo report

    April 5th, 2012 - Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar coming to the Italy pavilion

    April 10th, 2012 - Test Track to close on April 15th for major overhaul

    April 16th, 2012 - Test Track update concept art released!

    April 25th, 2012 - Test Track closing night photo report

    April 30th, 2012 - Tutto Italia & Tutto Gusto open on May 1st, 2012

    May 1st, 2012 - Tutto Italia & Tutto Gusto are now officially open!

    May 16th, 2012 - Agent P's World Showcase Adventure concept art posted

    May 30th, 2012 - Brave - The Highland Games Tournament coming to Epcot for a brief run

    May 30th, 2012 - Food & Wine Festival to run for record 46 days in 2012!

    June 7th, 2012 - Agent P's World Showcase Adventure live chat transcript

    June 7th, 2012 - D23's Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration announced

    August 15th, 2012 - France Pavilion to receive major dining updates!

    August 21st, 2012 - General photo update shows updates through the park

    August 27th, 2012 - New Test Track revamp details revealed in live chat

    September 11th, 2012 - Food & Wine Festival booth preview photo update!

    September 23rd, 2012 - Epcot 30th Anniversary October 1 offerings revealed!

    October 9th, 2012 - "3D" Disney's Dessert Discovery event photo report!

    October 24th, 2012 - Frozen Kirin Beer available at the Japan Pavilion!

    October 29th, 2012 - Test Track's new entrance look revealed!

    November 9th, 2012 - Great new Test Track interior concept art revealed!

    November 10th, 2012 - Starbucks moves into the Fountain View in 2013

    November 12th, 2012 - Even more Test Track details released!

    November 12th, 2012 - Test Track Chevrolet Design Center pre-show details!

    November 26th, 2012 - Agent P's World Showcase Adventure set to expand!

    December 2nd, 2012 - New Test Track POV, photos & review now online!

    December 9th, 2012 - Complete Test Track Re-Launch Party Report!

    December 11th, 2012 - Monsieur Paul replaces Bisto de Paris & is now open!



    January 20th, 2013 - Expanded France pavilion opens with expanded menu!

    January 20th, 2013 - Le Cellier moves to all day menu

    January 20th, 2013 - Reworked Habit Heroes reopens in Innoventions

    September 28th, 2013 - Food & Wine Opening Day Report

    November 12th, 2013 - Photos from the closing day of Food & Wine



    February 20th, 2014 - Food & Wine Festival extended! Flower & Garden Festival gets more food!

    March 6th, 2014 - Opening Day Report from Flower & Garden

    September 4th, 2014 - Opening Day Report from Flower & Garden

    September 12th, 2014 - Frozen attraction officially replacing Maelstrom!

    October 5th, 2014 - Report from Maelstrom's Final day!

    November 14th, 2014 - New experiences coming to Holidays Around the World in 2014!



    March 5th, 2015 - Soarin' adding third theater, new projectors and screens

    March 5th, 2015 - Flower & Garden 2015 Report! Photos & Video!

    March 21st, 2015 - Innoventions West exhibit closures confirmed

    April 23rd, 2015 - Tomorrowland film preview now open!

    May 2nd, 2015 - Inside Out preview & A Cappela group coming to EpcotJune 23rd, 2015 - Gourmet Grilled Cheese booth debuts near Test Track

    July 18th, 2015 - Food & Wine Festival booth menus officially released



    May 27th, 2016 - Via Napoli serves ONE MILLION pizzas!

    June 20th, 2016 - Soarin' Around The World & Royal Sommerhus now open!

    June 22nd, 2016 - Frozen Ever After now open! Photos online!



    December 3rd, 2017 - Epcot Festival of the Holidays! New Christmas Event!



    February 12th, 2018 - Guardians of the Galaxy attraction to be among the world's longest indoor coasters!

    December 22nd, 2018 - Garden Rocks 2019 concert series lineup released!



    October 21st, 2020 - New info on Festival of the Arts 2021!

    November 4th, 2020 - New info on the Festival of the Holidays 2021 event!

    November 5th, 2020 - New Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind train photo!

    December 22nd, 2020 - New entrance fountain unveiled!



    March 9th, 2021 - Ratatouille Opening Oct. 1 - Confirmed!

    July 27th, 2021 - Preview of Harmonious nighttime spectacular!

    August 13th, 2021 - Space 220 opening soon! Harmonious music sneak peek!

    September 21st, 2021 - Space 220 Restaurant Grand Opening report posted!



    April 4th, 2022 - Guardians Cosmic Rewind opening May 27th!


    Original Post:


    Just heard that Epcot will be closing at 3pm on May 5th for a Disneyland 50th Press Event...


    I don't totally get it...I do believe it makes even less sense than closing down Disneyland for a whole day!


    Elissa "anyone have details on what they're doing?" Alvey

  10. I know that some of our friends used Priceline.com for their hotel in Tokyo. It was very nice, had english speaking staff, and was about a 20-30 minute train ride to Disney. Maybe you could try that? What sites are you having trouble with? We found that most of the Japanese sites had english ones or we could use babelfish to translate.


    Elissa "You're going to have a great time!" Alvey

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