Hi friends! We last left off with me sound asleep at Beach Club and Franklin burning the midnight oil taking some GORGEOUS photos at Epcot EMH. We were up bright and early the next morning. After a quick breakfast of bagels in the villa (gotta love that kitchenette!), we headed out for our first full day at the parks. I was decked out in my Ariel ensemble (my Ariel T-shirt, an Ariel bow on my Minnie ears and an Ariel necklace!), so I had to stop and take a photo with my favorite mermaid outside BCV. It was just after rope drop, but luckily our quick commute meant wed be at Epcot in no time. Which way would we head once we were through the International Gateway? Where does ANYONE go at Epcot at rope drop? Why to The Land, of course! We followed the streaming crowd downstairs to... Standby was already at 35 minutes, boo! So Franklin grabbed Fastpasses. I know Im in the minority when I say I really like Soarin, I dont LOVE Soarin to the point where I need to ride it multiple times in one day. So I was perfectly fine to just ride it once using the FP. But with Test Track closed for its mondo refurb, an Epcot touring plan really never materialized for that day. We literally looked at each other and had this conversation: Me: What do you want to do? Franklin: I dunno, what do you want to do? Me: Well, weve never done Living with the Land and its right there? Franklin: Okay. Yep, thats right. At 9:30 a.m. we wandered over and hopped onto a Living With the Land boat. If the Disney gods hadnt revoked our park commando cards yet, this act surely sealed our fate. Onward with the tour! It was a very cool ride. It is incredible to see how they grow all those different things in that many different ways, and to get a peak at everyone working in there was truly a treat. Its definitely an aspect of Epcot that would have made Walt very happy. We still had plenty of time before our FP for Soarin would come due, so it was again time to figure out which attraction wed head to next. To continue our backwards rope drop morning, we headed for another non-E-ticket attraction: Nemo! Franklin was VERY excited to photograph this dark ride with his new camera. I think, once again, he outdid himself! First it was like whoa. Then it was like whoa. And then it was like whooooooa. Anyone else find it a little odd that Disney chose to use the exact same clam shells for the new Little Mermaid ride in New Fantasyland? It doesnt bother me, but I expected a little more Disney creativity in that choice. And now for some silly fun before we leave The Living Seas. For as much as we joked about picking all the wrong attractions at rope drop, we were really having one of those glorious stop-and-smell-the-roses kind of morning at Epcot. We had been on two great attractions that we could really sit back and enjoy. And the best part? We still had the whole day ahead of us! Have any of you had a topsy-turvy kind of day at the parks? Which is the most off-the-wall attraction you've headed to first at any of the parks? On a completely different note, I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas, filled with great food, family and friends! Love you all!