Travel to Fort Wilderness and a Visit to EPCOT

Monday April 25th 2022

Today was a short travel day to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. As is the norm for travel days I was up before 8AM. The checkout time was 11AM, so I had plenty of time to get ready. I pulled out of the Orlando Southwest KOA right at the checkout time.

I had completed the early online check into Fort Wilderness on Saturday with a request for a noon check in. They only promise 3PM, but as I was approaching the Disney area I got a text message with my site number. When I arrived at Fort Wilderness I went directly to my site. I was setup a few minutes after noon.

Site 1929 at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground

My plan was to visit the Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT today and stay until closing time to watch the Harmonious night time show. It didn’t happen that way. I arrived at EPCOT shortly after 3PM and started wandering around checking everything out. Not only is the park filled with flowers and topiaries for the Flower and Garden Festival, but many things have changed since my last visit in the spring of 2019. Most of the old Future World area is filled with construction walls and a few completed new buildings. There was lots to see and lots of other people doing the same thing. It was very busy.

My first mistake of the day was my decision to ride Test Track. The regular standby queue had a seventy minute wait, but the single rider line was much shorter. The single rider line is used to fill in gaps created by the size of parties in the regular line. The ride got stopped for maintenance twice while I waited, but I was in a ride vehicle in about twenty minutes. My day turned sour on the ride. Some rides cause me to become motion sick. This one has come close in the past. Today it came a little closer. For the next hour and a half I was not a happy camper. I slept through the ten minute Awesome Planet film by design and I had an early dinner. These activities got me back close to normal, but I was tired.

I completed a loop around the World Showcase and road a few more rides like Finding Nemo and Living with the Land. By 8PM I was starting to really drag, so I decided to skip the night time show and head back to my RV home. It took almost an hour on a packed bus to get home.

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