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An Ode To Epcot

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By Rohan:

When I was a little kid, my Disney trips would always be filled with awe and magic. Meeting Mickey, Minnie, and friends, getting soaked on Splash Mountain, and enjoying the parks’ nightlife always made me want to come back. Every theme park was unique in its own way. The Magic Kingdom provided a trip down memory lane with our favorite childhood characters. Animal Kingdom let us meet the Yeti on Expedition Everest and come up close and personal to thousands of exotic animals. Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios) brought the magic of the movies into reality. But what about Epcot? What an odd little park; a blend of our future and our past, a celebration of human achievement, an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

Epcot is the crossroads of tradition and promise. It’s where the past meets the present, where cultures from around the world meet the innovations of tomorrow. Enter the park and you are warped into a 1970’s idealistic vision of the future. One of the most educational theme parks in the world, a single tour of Epcot lets you go behind the wheel of a prototype car, travel through the history of human communication and accomplishment, and take to the skies in a space simulator. The magic of Epcot isn’t an enchanted palace or a adventurous safari–it is the ability to peer into the future and experience it firsthand.

Then you enter the second part of the park–The World Showcase. Complete with a dozen countries to explore and cultures to experience, this attraction is a must-see pit stop for anyone’s Disney vacation. Celebrate Oktoberfest the German way or watch a Hibachi chef put on a show as he cooks your dinner with style. With cast members from around the world and food spanning six continents, there is no doubt your senses will be delighted at Epcot.

Epcot is sure to stir you and your family’s imagination. Be reminded of your ancestry on Spaceship Earth and be inspired to change the future at Future World. Relax and learn something from one of the greatest, most innovative theme parks in the nation.

A sidenote from Siddhi:

For me, the highlight of every Epcot visit is the “Reflections” fireworks show, which blows away anything I have ever seen (though Fantasmic comes close). A post will follow on this experience! But if you’re in the park, please, please check it out! It’s just beautiful on every level.

Mythos at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Mythos Restaurant
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By Rohan: 

Amusement parks are known for their towering roller coasters, white-knuckle thrill rides, and refreshing water slides. Theme park critics praise these institutions for constructing record-breaking thrills and entertaining kids and adults of all ages. However, we rarely see critics go nuts for amusement park food. It’s usually the same thing; pizza, cotton candy, and funnel cakes. You can’t walk into a theme park expecting a delicious, quality meal… or can you?

Over Spring Break, my family decided to take it easy in the theme park capital of the world, Orlando. Situated on International Drive is Universal Studios’ sister park Islands of Adventure. While Islands boasts two awesome roller coasters, a collection of great dark rides, and a few spots for the kids to hang out, it also has one of the best amusement park restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.

Mythos is located in the Lost Continent section of the park. The area is themed well… a lost continent. The culture is unknown and seems to be a mix of Middle Eastern, Greek, and Roman heritages.  The restaurant is shaped like a giant mountain with sculptures of Greek deities embedded in the rocks. Inside, you are treated to a beautifully themed restaurant that does not go over the top with gimmicky props. It is majestic, elegant, and a refreshing place to catch a great meal in between two rides. Mythos takes commonplace menu items like pasta, burgers, and salads and puts a Greek twist on them that make them taste truly unique. Their Fettuccine Alfredo with balsamic vinegar, asparagus, and sun-dried tomatoes is a meal fit for an Olympian. The servings are decent and the service is relatively fast (we were in and out in about forty-five minutes).

Mythos wants guests to have a comfortable and delicious dining experience but respects the fact that you are probably at Universal for the rides. Nonetheless, it is a worthy pit stop on your theme park adventure. One very important piece of advice is to go there as soon as you get into the park and make a reservation. If that’s too stressful for you, you can book your reservation online, at your participating Universal Orlando hotel, or at the Universal City Walk tourist center.