Escape to Epcot
Updated: Feb 16, 2019
Epcot at Disney World is a very different type of park. Today it is a theme park with rides and of course, Disney flare. But the Epcot we know today is not what Walt Disney had in mind when he was creating Disney World.
Once upon a time, Walt Disney dreamed that Epcot would be:
“EPCOT will be an experimental prototype community of tomorrow that will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry. 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. And EPCOT will always be a showcase to the world for the ingenuity and imagination of American free enterprise.”
From what I understand Walt truly intended for people to live at Epcot and build the ideal utopian city for America. Unfortunately, Walt passed away and what we have today is just another theme park!
Epcot is broken into two sections: Future World and the World Showcase. Continue on to learn more about each area.
Future World at Epcot
Future World explores innovative ideas and technology. Many of the rides and attractions have really cool techy themes that I just haven’t seen at any of the other parks. So many of the rides also have interactive areas after the ride for guests to experiment. It’s seriously cool.
A perfect example is Epcot’s fastest ride, Test Track. In the line queue, guests are able to design their own car, creating specifications for Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness or Power. Also you choose color and design. It’s really cool. BUT THEN. Once you get into the ride, your car is actually put up against other designed cars in the vehicle. And they are compared and tested throughout the ride. I actually won Efficiency during our ride, and once we got off, the ride showed the scores for the whole day and I was in the top 5 of the day!!! Look at me go!
Also after the ride, you could actually play a digital racetrack with the car you created. It’s seriously so cool!
The iconic structure at Epcot is Spaceship Earth, the giant white orb in the middle. It’s actually a ride, too! It’s sort of boring, because it’s just a slow dark ride that goes through types of communication through out time. But sometime near the end, it actually goes through this crazy section that is all black except all these little blue lights. I was unable to get a cool pic, but it was seriously cool in that little section.
From what I understand, Epcot has some of the longest line queues in all of Disney World. A cast member told me that the Soarin’ ride is over a mile long! The lines for Test Track and Spaceship Earth are pretty long, too. But it’s good to keep in mind that most of these lines are inside, and so are the rides. Meaning, during hot humid months in Florida, you can cool down inside!
Sustainability at Epcot
Part of Future World includes The Land. The Land is a ride that goes through some of Disney’s Imagineering projects. I was really surprised at the type of projects Disney is working on. The Land is not only a ride, but it’s a research facility where Imagineers test with experimental horticulture techniques in hydroponics, irrigation methods, and integrated pest management.
It was really cool to see how Epcot is growing fruits and veggies, fertilizing, and watering. A bunch of geniuses!
World Showcase at Epcot
The World Showcase is by far one of the coolest areas at Disney World, but maybe that’s because I really like traveling and I haven’t been to most of the countries so I felt like I got to see more areas of the world. Who knows!
The World Showcase at Epcot consists of eleven pavilions, all representing different countries. The World Showcase pavilions include Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. Each is themed and decorated to the customs of the country, and in my opinion, they’re each just so well done.
One of my most favorite parts, obviously, was the food and drinks that are served in each country. I spent some serious time researching the best things to eat at Epcot, so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to get.
I took so many pictures in all the beautiful pavilions. Here are just a few of my favorites. ALSO! So many of the pavilions have super special Memory Maker Special Effects, some of the best in all of Disney World!
Pin Trading at Epcot
I consider myself a pretty serious Disney Pin trader. I have quite the collection. I was determined to get some cool pins while at Disney World. Turns out, the serious collectors hang out at Epcot at the small pin shop right under Spaceship Earth. It’s basically the area between the front of the fountain and Spaceship Earth. Here, collectors prop out their pins to trade with other traders. I’ll be writing a more in depth post about pin trading at Disney World, so keep an eye out for that.
Overall, Epcot is a really cool park. It’s so different from anything I’ve ever seen at Disneyland Resort. It’s definitely a place where you can spend hours exploring. I cannot wait to go back again!
Interested in learning more about Epcot and some of the other areas at Disney World? Check out all my posts from my Disney World trip!
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