“So that’s what E.P.C.O.T is… an experimental prototype community that will always be in a state of becoming. It will never cease to be a living blueprint of the future, where people actually live a life they can’t find anywhere else in the world.” –Walt Disney
Completed in 1982, this theme park was designed to reflect Walt’s vision of the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), which aspired to showcase American innovation in urban living.
Its symbol, the immense geodesic sphere called Spaceship Earth, whose facade is constructed almost entirely of isosceles triangles, is a structural marvel that only gets more dramatic the closer you get to it.
Epcot is divided into 2 “worlds” — Future World, which you enter from the main entrance and opens first (usually 9 am); and World Showcase, which usually opens 2 hours later, (typically at 11 am) and features food, architecture, entertainment and shopping in international pavilions representing 11 different countries. World Showcase is where you’ll also find fun adult beverages like flights of tequila and frozen Grand Marnier slushies.
Epcot is the second largest park, with the most square feet to traverse (much of Animal Kingdom’s square footage is devoted to its wildlife). A second entrance near France is for those transiting by the new Skyliner Gondola system and Friendship boats between Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and by foot from Epcot resorts (Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk, and the Marriott-run Swan and Dolphin hotels).
CONSTRUCTION ALERT: Epcot is undergoing a huge re-imagining and multi-year park transformation. New additions will include Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster attraction, a Ratatouille-inspired attraction in World Showcase, and new restaurants. While it’s sure to be spectacular in the months and years ahead, it’s substantially less spectacular in its current phase of construction. You’ll want to keep tabs on this as you plan your trip.
Epcot Forever Evening Show–a rousing display of fireworks and technology every night at park close – including, pyrotechnics, water fountains, fire effects, and laser – on the World Showcase Lagoon, between Future World and World Showcase.
This is a limited-event that replaces IllumiNations and will be replaced by HarmonioUS, which debuts in the Spring and will soon the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park!
Hop aboard the Skyliner and soar over World Showcase’s “skyline” to enjoy a breezy, birds-eye view of the park.