Epcot (an acronym standing for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) opened in 1982 in Orlando Florida and has welcomed millions of visitors ever since. The park is both an educational experience (inspired by World Expositions) and a prototype of the city of the future.
Epcot includes two major sections – Future World and World Showcase. Future World focuses on emerging technologies while World Showcase features pavilions devoted to a rainbow of nations. In Future World section the park is the home of experimental rides like the star motion simulation attraction, Soarin, which simulates flying over California in a safe environment (see video).
However, one of the first attractions that any guest must go on is the “Spaceship Earth” tour, the impressive silver sphere, which is 18 stories high, and that takes you back in time. From cave man days to the technological advances of today’s world, it’s 16 minutes that’s well worth your time. Other good rides are Test Track (a ride that gives you the ability to design your own custom concept car), Universe of Energy, Innoventions and The seas with Nemo and Friends.
The World Showcase is made up of 11 different countries. Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, American, Japan, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, and Canada are represented with impressive pavilions. Also everyone should see the spectacular night-time IllumiNations, a display of fireworks and much more, over the World Showcase Lagoon. Each year the park hosts a Flower and Garden Festival and a Food and Wine Festival.
The park is huge (300 acres, it’s twice the size of Magic Kingdom) and see it all can be an exhausting experience. Two days is the average amount of time you would need to be able to take full advantage of everything this park has to offer.
A piece of advice: equip yourself with a par of sport shoes and light cloths and don’t take any bag. Food is diversified at the park according to the country pavilions you’re at and at reasonably prices, so don’t bother to take other or sandwiches to the park.
Thrill seekers will probably be disappointed, but thrills are not the main draw at Epcot. Really, most of the fun of the park can be found in walking around and stopping for a few seconds to admire some scenery. Epcot was really designed for the purpose many early parks were designed for; to provide a fun day out, occasionally riding a couple rides, but spending most of the time walking around and having a fun time.
By Carlos Canaes, Ana Rita Mendes and Roberto Brito. Updated 9/6/2017
Tickets From 99,50€ (73€) – Ages 10 + – 93€ (68€) – Children
Open all yearTop Rides
Soarin’, Spaceship Earth, Test Track