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(formerly known as Future World)

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    Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

    Walt Disney envisioned EPCOT as a real working city. As he stated "it will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed but will always be introducing and testing and demonstrating new materials and systems."

    Walt Disney World's EPCOT may not be what he initially proposed, but it has become a destination that he would be proud of. Featuring a World's Fair atmosphere, there are pavilions of countries representing nations from around the globe, as well as attractions featuring state of the art technology. With diverse entertainment, a tremendous selection of restaurants and beautiful gardens all centered around a glistening lagoon, it's a unique park where you're certain to find something for everyone to enjoy.

    EPCOT, the second theme park of Walt Disney World, opened on October 1, 1982. It covers 260 acres and is almost twice the size of the Magic Kingdom. The main entrance brings you into what is now known as WORLD CELEBRATION. The former 'Future World' was divided into three 'neighborhoods' as part of the reimagining of EPCOT. Guests will now find WORLD DISCOVERY on the MISSION: Space side along with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and more. WORLD NATURE includes the new Journey of Water - Inspired by Moana walk-through attraction along with The Land and The Living Seas pavilions.

    For a completely different experience, WORLD SHOWCASE features eleven countries encircling a lagoon. You'll be immersed in the culture of each country as you explore the shops and taste the cuisine. To add to the authenticity, the cast members are from the country represented and are happy to share their heritage with visitors.


    There's a misconception about EPCOT. Some think it's only for adults, but kids love it too. In front of the theme park, there are fun filled hands on activities that will appeal to children at Imagination and Mission Space. Kids will have the best time at The Seas with Nemo and Friends.

    ARTICLE: EPCOT Isn't Just for Adults Anymore

    A funny thing happens at EPCOT. Kids think they're playing, while the grownups know that they're learning in the process.

    There are two play fountains. One is near Test Track, the other is by the center walkway that goes under the monorail. The kids delight in "testing the water" not knowing if it's going to be a trickle or a deluge. It's a great way for them to cool off, but be sure that they're dressed appropriately or have a change of clothes as they can get saturated. Don't miss out on Journey of Water - Inspired by Moana as there are several spots throughout the attraction where kids can interact with water.

    In World Showcase, there are Kidcot Fun Stops. The little ones are given a mask that they can decorate with a unique item from each station. These are free but you can also purchase a World Passport to bring to the various countries where they will be stamped. (An autograph book is fine to use as well.)

    In each country, fairy tales come to life as the beloved characters from the different lands meet and greet visitors. You'll find Aladdin in Morocco, Snow White in Germany, and Belle in France.

    And finally, no Disney theme park is complete without an appearance by Mickey Mouse. Be sure to allow some time to visit the characters in EPCOT. Visit the My Disney Experience app for locations and meeting times.

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