|Map of Epcot||Future World||World Showcase|
Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened in 1982. It was conceived by Walt Disney to "take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry."
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.
In the very front of the park is the iconic Spaceship Earth. Located inside the iconic "golf ball", Spaceship Earth tells the history of communication and where communication may be headed in the future.
of Energy features Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy heading back to prehistoric
times to find the origin of energy.
Over in The Land Pavilion, you can find Epcot's most popular ride, Soarin'. Timon, Pumba and Simba are your hosts at the Circle of Life film and the Living With The Land boat ride takes you on a tour of greenhouses and fish-production.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a fun-filled trip into the underwater world of Nemo. The action centers around the 5.7 million gallon aquarium that is home to thousands of fish including sharks, sea turtles and dolphins. This pavilion features all of the characters from Finding Nemo. You can ride on Clam-Mobiles, have fun with the hands-on activities, and you don't want to miss the interactive Turtle Talk with Crush show.
At the Imagination Pavilion you can take a fun-filled look at the senses on your Journey Into Imagination With Figment. It's rarely crowded and is a perfect ride for the days when the park is busy and you need a break. Also located in the Pavilion is the Disney & Pixar Short Films Festival which previews 3 delightful short films.
Test Track takes you on an unforgettable ride. Riders get to design their own custom concept vehicle, then test it out on the track in a six-passenger SimCar. This is a great attraction but it does have a well deserved reputation for intermittent delays.
Mission Space simulates a realistic launch into space as you and your crew pilot your capsule to Mars. There are two versions, so choose wisely. If you have the slightest inclination towards motion sickness, pick the tamer option.
Innoventions was once a "mish-mosh" of sorts with different hands-on activities featuring the latest technology. Innoventions is currently under an extended refurbishment and there's not a lot left in either of the East or West buildings, save for a few meet and greets in the Character Spot locations. Innoventions is still a great way to escape from the central Florida heat and humidity.
Centered around a beautiful reflective lagoon is Epcot's World Showcase. Each country features entertainment, dining and shopping unique to their culture.
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 that was done 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. Take advantage of the Kidcot stops and think twice about some of the movies at several of the countries. If your child balks at one of them, they don't get better at the others. All isn't lost though; in Mexico, there is the Gran Fiesta Tour, which is a nice slow boat ride that kids will definitely like. And of course in Norway, Frozen Ever After is an extremely popular attraction with kids, but be warned: this attraction can garner very long lines.
Every evening Epcot presents IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. This is well worth waiting for and is the perfect way to end your day at Epcot.
One of the absolute best features of this park is how wide open and expansive it is. If you're feeling hemmed in at the other theme parks, hop on a boat, bus or monorail and get yourself to Epcot.
Epcot World Showcase
|Map of Epcot||Italy||United Kingdom|
Epcot Future World
|Map of Epcot||Mission: Space|
|Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival||Spaceship Earth|
|Imagination!||Universe of Energy|
|The Seas with Nemo and Friends||Restaurants/Dining|
|Turtle Talk with Crush||Shows and Events|
Today's Theme Park Hours
Epcot Future World:
Epcot World Showcase:
9:00 - 7:00
9:00 - 9:30
11:00 - 9:30
9:00 - 7:00
9:00 - 7:00
10:00 - 5:00