My 17-year-old is PADI certified and will be doing the DiveQuest tour at 4:30 on our second Epcot day. I’m trying to figure out how to work it into our day there. We were planning to arrive in time for lunch and a couple of rides, Club Cool, etc., then go to the Seas pavilion to watch him in the tank, and leave after his tour. But someone said they really want to see IllumiNations so I’m re-thinking things.
Can anyone who has done the tour tell me the actual time it takes (they said three hours - so for a 4:30 start, would he really not be done until 7:30?)? Does that time include getting dressed, buying the DVD, and everything?
I’d also like to hear about getting checked in if we are already at Epcot, and where they let you back out when you are done. Especially if anyone has had a minor go alone.
Basically at this point I’m thinking we all spend a few hours together, then one parent brings DS17 back to the front to check in by 4:15, everyone rides Nemo around 4:45 and waits to see him in the tank, then most of the party goes on to do a couple more things (Soarin’? Figment? Agent P. adventure in the U.K.?).
If I schedule a 7:30 dinner at Chefs de France, would he be able to make it in time? Would we then be able to finish eating in time to step outside and watch IllumiNations? If one person has to stay inside to finish paying the bill, it’s okay but not ideal - one or two of us don’t like fireworks that much. I was thinking we could then walk to Beach Club and catch a Lyft or Uber from there to our hotel (Shades of Green - otherwise, we’d need to take the monorail and catch a bus from the TTC).
The rest of the party is: the 17yo’s 14, 8, and 6yo siblings; his parents; and one set of grandparents. DD14 is a major francophile and Grandma loves fireworks. We will already have had a full day at Epcot, which we plan to RD and leave around dinnertime.