Fantastic Friday Blog - Visiting The Continents - Visit Seven Continents, 42 Countries - Travel the World in a Day! & A NEW WOE Short Story; The Hate Within.
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends,
Hope your week has been uneventful and you're ready for the weekend! Spring is finally here, and soon the cold weather will be too.
I have released a new WOE Short Story called The Hate Within, An angry, hateful middle-aged man, finds company online. But he soon realizes he didn’t make the best life choices.
As you know, these stories come from the WOE Employees' and the Guests. Some are real-life experiences, and others are dreams they have had while visiting here. I do hope you enjoy it!
The NEW Web Page that debuted Monday has been updated with very important phone numbers and web links to additional resources. WOE Care Cards can be critical to a teenager and could save their life. Please check out the page, WOE Cares and if you feel anyone could benefit from it, please pass it along to them.
I will continue to update the page over the next few weeks with information on specific drugs and mental health. Feel free to send me your suggestions or comments, or maybe even share something that may have happened to you that could help someone else.
I have attached the latest WOE HR Poster - The Vanity Mirror.
Today, I will take you on a tour of The Continents, at the WOE Complex. If you like Epcot at Disney World, then you will absolutely LOVE this Section of the WOE. The tour with Sally is extracted from the WOE Story, Chapter 17.
I hope you Enjoy it!
"The Continents were recently added two years ago. This section is laid out just like Show Town, in a rectangular shape, but instead of having one large building, like the Comedic Co. in the middle, it has two 12-story towers which each house an attraction.
Each Continent (except Antarctica and Australia) represent multiple countries from that region that reflect the taste, sights, and sounds of each country so that you are immersed in it, just like you were there. Each three-story Continent hosts the countries food and drinks on the first floor, education, entertainment, and their identity (how they dine, clothes, how they live, etc.) on the second floor and art on the third floor. I’ve never been in The Continents before, and I was really looking forward to it.
As Sally and I arrived at the Family Hotel Station at the Complex, we took the escalator down and walked up to the archway that led to the Continents. Since you need reservations to enter the Continents, we scanned our fingers and were let in for the full day slot. It is recommended that you reserve the whole day for your first visit and then you can reserve half-days after. The half-days allow for you to reserve times for other shows outside The Continents during the day. You can book another full-day in advance, but only if you’re staying more than one week on the property. The reservations keep the crowds low and allow the guests to really enjoy their experience, without bumping into each other or waiting in long lines.
As we entered, we were immediately immersed in The Continents, with Asia on the right and Antarctica to our left. We headed right and moved into Asia. The lighting over the street was illuminated with Chinese lanterns, just like you would see on the street in Beijing. To the right of the street was the Chinese Market, featuring fresh food from all over China. We meandered through the different stations, some selling food and some selling other goods from China. You have the choice of paying $10 for a multiple sample card or use a meal credit, like lunch or dinner, from your meal plan. You can sample all you want in any country, for up to a four-hour time allotment for each meal bought or used from the meal plan. Of course, drinks form each country are free. This allows you to sample many countries unique beverages, including soda. Alcoholic beverages are only sold in the sit-down restaurants for a small charge and are monitored.
Sally and I used our lunch credit and received a card to get our samples for a four-hour period. We walked around and sampled the different foods, and each time, our card was scanned. We sampled many foods and desserts from multiple countries, sharing many so that we didn’t fill up so quickly.
We walked through China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and others, sampling many different tastes and delicacies. The portions are only a few bites each, enough to get an idea of what each taste like. But you can go back for more if you wish. One of the tips I’ve heard from those who have visited in the past is to pace yourself. You can quickly fill up before you make it to the next continent. Most countries also have sit down restaurants. You can sample beforehand, and if you find items you like, you can then order full portions off the menu the next time you go. Of course, the restaurants do charge more, but again; you can use a meal plan the next time or pay for it yourself.
Once we finished all our Asian noshing, we headed upstairs to the education and entertainment floor and watched a few street performers before riding the Asian Express. This immersive sight-seeing attraction is designed to make you feel like you’re seeing all of Asia’s top sights in a flying theater. You sit down in seats that lift and then thrust you into an enormous plasma screen, which surrounds you. The seats move as you turn and go up and down like you’re floating through each area of Asia. The 45-minute show is incredible and takes you on a tour like no other. You can hear, smell and really feel like you are there.
The third floor features the art and culture of Asia. This area is divided into each country. You can easily see the differences between the clothes and art of each. Sally and I took the Artmobile. This is a 12-person vehicle that travels around the third floor on every Continent. Each vehicle has a transparent dome cover that keeps the vehicle quiet for the other guests who are walking around the exhibits. Inside the vehicle, a recorded narration describes many of the exhibits as you go by. Of course, going by foot will allow you to see more, and in greater detail, but the Artmobile lets you cover much more territory in only an hour and highlights the key pieces of art and culture. The Artmobile travels the third floor of every Continent and has stops in each for loading and unloading.
When the Artmobile came back to Asia, we had covered all The Continents’ third floors. So, we went back down to the first floor and walked into Europe, which is next door.
Just like Asia, we sampled foods and drinks from France, Germany, England, Italy and many more. Then, we went to the second floor to see the entertainment and let our bellies digest all the tasty food we just ate. We checked out all the landmark sights from Europe on another attraction; Europe Tours - one that made you feel like you were riding in a double-decker bus. The bus traveled from country to country, riding along each street as it passed a famous attraction or landmark. This attraction lasted about 40-minutes and made you feel like a tourist.
Sally and I continued our visit to the Continents for the next three hours and traveled through sights in North America, South America, Africa, and Australia. In Africa, we rode a magic carpet to see some of the sights of the Middle East and took a Safari vehicle through the Savannah. In North America, we rode an above ground subway to see Canada, Mexico and the United States.
By the time we visited each continent, it was already 3 p.m. We now needed to visit the two cylindrical tower attractions in the center of the Continents; The History of the World and The History of Art. Each one takes about an hour to complete and is the best way to see a museum ever! The moving, sit down vehicles, hold 28 guests each and move independently with full narration. The vehicles face inwards as they ascend on an incline (which you can’t feel, due to the vehicle compensating for it) and you see pieces of art or history displayed in Super Hologram 3-D visuals. As you go up, you slow briefly at each exhibit and learn about that period or piece. Once you reach the top, your vehicle turns outward, and you descend and face the visual exhibits in the perimeter of the tower. The History of the World covers the significant pieces of history, and The History of Art includes the most significant pieces of art. Specific exhibits turn 360 degrees so that you can see around the back.
I love museums, but I absolutely hate walking around reading one thing after another. On one family visit to Washington D.C., we spent an entire week visiting museums. Once our D.C. trip was over, we headed to museums in Virginia, Williamsburg, and Atlanta, and were so tired of learning, that we had a tough time enjoying anything. We felt like we were “museum exhausted.” We would walk past the information plaques and probably missed a lot of details, just because we were so tired of stopping and reading so much. Plus, you must wait for others to finish reading or have others in your party that must wait for you to finish reading. I had a tough time reading many informational pieces that were set further back, due to my eyesight.
The History of the World and The History of Art attractions are relaxing, informative and entertaining. I guarantee you will leave The Continents knowing more about the world around you than you ever did before. In fact, many had said they learned more here than when they traveled to those countries themselves. The history of both the Art and World puts all the significant pieces of art and significant world events in chronological order. The Artmobile Tour also covers many of the vital pieces of art, but with information about that county’s history. Combined, you obtain more than either one individually.
The Continents have received so many great reviews that many have called it the most exceptional educational and entertainment combination in the world. The attractions, food, and entertainment are all authentic. Many of the employees working there are living on the property, for up to a year. Then others from their home country come in to replace them.
Sally and I finished our tour of The Continents around 7 p.m. and could have easily gone longer. We also used our dinner credit for our meal plan and ate in even more counties. In total, we ate around the world for eight hours. There is so much to see and do. So many other live shows to watch and art and culture to see. As I said earlier, many of the guests will reserve a half-day visit for their subsequent trips or days there on their vacation. Some will reserve just to eat and enjoy their favorite attractions again. Unfortunately, you need at least a half day reservation to even eat at one of the sit-down restaurants. Again, this is to keep the crowds down, so you can take your time and enjoy everything and not feel rushed or needlessly have to wait in long lines for the attractions.
There is absolutely nothing that can quite match the immersive experience you will get by visiting The Continents. Other theme parks may offer a few of these experiences, but not to the variety, artistic and culinary comparison from one country to another. You could come to the WOE just to see The Continents. But there is so much more to do here."
Thanks for reading! I hope you have a safe and joyous weekend! Until next time,