Future World World Showcase


Epcot - Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, Walt Disney's Epcot

EPCOT Rides and Attractions

Future World East Future World West World Showcase

EPCOT Overview

EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened on October 1, 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 primary 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. Centered around a beautiful reflective lagoon is EPCOT's World Showcase. Each country features entertainment, dining, and shopping unique to their culture.

Map of Epcot Italy United Kingdom
Mexico United States Canada
Norway Japan Shopping
China Morocco Restaurants/Dining
Germany France

EPCOT is also the home of year-round Festivals that change throughout the seasons. You can learn more about each of the EPCOT Festivals by visiting our EPCOT Events page.

In the very front of the park is the iconic Spaceship Earth. Located inside the iconic "golf ball", Spaceship Earth is a slow-moving attraction that tells the history of communication and where communication may be headed in the future.

Over in The Land pavilion, you can find Soarin' Around the World which simulates the experience of flying over landmarks around the globe! The Living With The Land boat ride will take 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 Finding 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.

In 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 short films. You can also meet Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph!

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 West is now closed. Innoventions is still a great way to escape from the central Florida heat and humidity.

Don't miss the "EPCOT Experience" that is located in the Odyssey Events pavilion between Test Track and Mexico. This pavilion presents guests with the opportunity to look into the future at the upcoming projects that are coming to EPCOT in the near future. The exhibit helps guests visualize park projects throughout the entire period of transformation.

For many years, EPCOT was considered an 'adult' park. Disney 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 Fun Stops in World Showcase. Kids can create a free (yes, you read that right!) souvenir to take home with them. Take advantage of the Kidcot Fun Stops and think twice about watching 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.

NOTE: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth had its final presentation on September 30, 2019.

In 2021, Harmonious will debut and will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world. Harmonious will be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created and will feature music and images that have been reimagined by diverse cultural musicians and artists from around the world. This nighttime spectacular will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. No exact premier date has been announced.

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, the Disney Skyliner, or monorail and get yourself to EPCOT.

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Upcoming EPCOT Attractions and More!

EPCOT's New Entrance, New Play Pavilion, & Experience Center Coming for 50th Anniversary!

The information in this section contains some of the details that were shared at the 2019 D23 Expo with regards to updates that were said to be coming to EPCOT. Guests who visited the The EPCOT Experience have discovered that any evidence of the changes announced for Spaceship Earth or the Mary Poppins-themed Cherry Tree Lane project set for the United Kingdom pavilion is missing. Disney has not officially confirmed that either of these projects have been cancelled.

Walt Disney once said EPCOT “would always be in a state of becoming” – it is a place that changes with the times. Over the next several years, the Walt Disney World Resort theme park will live up to that promise in a whole new way as it continues the biggest transformation of any Disney park in history, bringing the next generation of immersive storytelling to life through a plethora of new attractions and experiences.

EPCOT will be unified with four neighborhoods that each speak to important aspects of the world and its people: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. These neighborhoods will be filled with new experiences rooted in authenticity and innovation that take guests to new destinations, where the real is made fantastic in a celebration of curiosity, discovery and the magic of possibility.

The new entrance plaza to EPCOT will have new pathways, greenery areas, along with a newly reimagined fountain. The new design will pay homage to the theme park's original entrance with a fresh take on classic elements.

As you can see above, the Leave A Legacy monoliths have been moved into a new setting located just outside the park’s gateway. There will also be additional significant redevelopment in the area between the Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade.

World Celebration

World Nature

World Discovery

On the ride, guests will experience the thrill and adventure of space travel. Disney says that Peter Quill visited EPCOT as a kid. This attraction will open in 2021.

World Showcase

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