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Epcot Theme Park - Experience The Magic Of Disney World.

Epcot Theme Park Overview

"But the most exciting and by far the most important part of our Florida fact, the heart of everything we'll be doing in Disney World...will be our Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow! We call it EPCOT."

                                         Walt Disney

 Epcot Theme Park - Experience The Magic Of Disney World

Education, inspiration, and corporate imagery are the focus at Epcot, the most adult of the Disney theme parks. What it gains in taking a futuristic, visionary, and technological look at the world, it loses, just a bit, in warmth, happiness, and charm.

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Epcot consists of two themed areas, Future World and World Showcase. Future World features attractions that focus on energy, communication, the land and our environment, the ocean, imagination, transportation and space exploration.

Future World

World Showcase

A Model Day At Epcot

In 1981, a massive structure began to rise high into the Central Florida skyline. After 26 months of construction, visitors to Walt Disney World found themselves in the shadow of Spaceship Earth, a massive silver and white geodesic sphere looming 180 feet high and 165 feet wide; the newest icon for Walt Disney World and the gateway to Disney's most ambitious theme park ever, EPCOT Center. On October 1, 1982, EPCOT Center opened at Walt Disney World, spanning several hundred acres and featuring two distinct sections: Future World, where huge pavilions showcased the technology and promise of the future and World Showcase, a massive collection of pavilions depicting various countries placed around a 40-acre "Showcase Lagoon." As we enter the new Millennium, Epcot continues to carry on the traditions and dreams of its creators almost two decades later. Epcot is a celebration of life and the human spirit, presented only the way Disney can do it.

For many years Epcot was considered an 'adult' park. They worked hard to overcome this reputation and most have discovered that kids can have a blast visiting Epcot, including the 'boring' countries.

One of the best things they did was to introduce 'Kidcot' stations in World Showcase. Kids can create a free (yes, you read that right) souvenir to take home with them. The more spots they visit, the more they can add to their one of a kind creation. Additionally, you'll find Disney characters associated with each country hosting meet and greets.

Tips for visiting Walt Disney World's Epcot Theme Park

  • Upon entrance to the park, at the front of Future World, proceed to the locker rentals to store all your stuff but, rent a locker in the middle of the park. A locker in the middle of the park will make access and emergency runs a lot easier.
  • When you park, take a picture of your row with your cell phone (everyone has them with camera's, right?) Helps that exhausted memory at the end of the day.
  • If you’ve purchase tickets before hand, and physically have the ticket, enter the park through the Disney Boardwalk entrance near the Swan/Dolphin hotel. This entrance places you in the middle of the park with no walking.
  • To eliminate the crowds, plan to do the World Showcase in the morning and Future World in the afternoon. Lines for rides (most in Future World) will be shorter in the afternoon and you’ll be closer to the exit for departure.
  • Pick up a schedule of shows for both Future World and the World Showcase and sit for a moment to vote on the ones you just can’t miss. The most popular rides, Soaring, Test Track and Mission Space, and a few others will sponsor FastPass, a ticket you get at the entrance of the ride that specifies when you can return. Return during the specified time and you’ll be at the front of the line with minimal waiting.
  • The World Showcase features the cultures of Japan, China, Canada, Morocco, Mexico, Norway, Germany, France, Italy, America and the United Kingdom. All pavilions offer sit-down and counter service food of the region, shopping, activities, gardens, and representation of the architecture and famous monuments. Throughout the day each country has a number of shows that highlight the talent of the country. Don’t miss the rides in Norway and Mexico, the Hall of Presidents in the American Adventure or the outdoor shows at each country.
  • Use the boats that run across the pond to go from country to country, or the double-decker bus, as you’ll be walking throughout the day.
  • If interested in trying the cuisine of different countries, graze the counter service for snacks at each showcase. If a lunch or dinner is on your plans, be certain to use Priority Seating through Walt Disney World Resort for reservations – walk-ins are hard to accommodate.
  • Save the souvenir shopping for the end of your day unless there is something you just can’t live without. Some of the activities in Future World will result in a souvenir. Professional photographs near Spaceship Earth, Leaving a Legacy on stone, or autographs and pictures with characters all are available in Future World. Packages you do end up purchasing can be sent directly to Disney Resorts or to the Exit of the park for pick up upon departure.
  • Ask cast members (Disney’s name for employees) for the best location to see some of the daily parades. Most cast members will be happy to point out places to sit, stand or even offer the best table view if you’ll be dining during the parade time slot.
  • Epcot’s night show, Illuminations, is a spectacular event that can be seen from anywhere in the park. If you need to be in the front row to see the show as well as the lights, be prepared to line up early (about 2 hours early) and wait. Cast members do cut the line off once the maximum number has been achieved so don’t fear that you’ll be standing in line for nothing.
  • Free water! Yes it sounds silly, but any of the drink stands with a fountain will gladly pour you a big cup of ice water for free. Some of the bottled water snobs may not approve, but Disney's water tastes fine to me.
  • Make sure to grab a Photopass if your picture is taken by a Disney Photographer. You can use the same card to store all your pictures. Just make sure to hand it to the photographer.
  • You can get in for free on your Birthday
  • Fast Passes can be used after the time period printed on the ticket.
  • If traveling with kids, having them look for hidden mickeys is a great way to keep them occupied especially when wating in lines or just resting.
  • Ride Soarin' at night just before the Fireworks as there is no queue.
  • If you want a great place to cool off go to the Cool Club. Inside they offer free samples of soft drinks from around the world.
  • If you are looking for a late meal/snack and want a good Illuminations viewing area, grab a chair and a bite at the Cantina de San Angel at Mexico World Showcase around 30-45 minutes before showtime.
  • Epcot is a great park to go to if you know its going to rain all day. Most of the park's attractions are indoors!
  • Wait to get your Autographs at Epcot rather than Magic Kingdom where the lines are much shorter, and all the Characters are found together.
  • The best water fountain at EPCOT (coolest water) is down the main bridge behind the fountain to world showcase on the right, near the water play area. The water there is Ice Cold!
  • Remember to take breaks often, rest your feet, take in the views, the fountains, and the gardens, enjoy an ice cream and cool off. There’s more in Epcot than can be accomplished in one day so return another day or select your fun accordingly.