Epcot

World's Fair-Like Ode to the Future and World Community

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New for 2015

Christmas at Disney World- See what the park has planned for the 2015 holidays, including the Candlelight Processional.

New in 2016

(tentative opening date): Ride based on Frozen 
Read my preview of the attraction based on the hugely popular film.

Note: For more travel planning info, including ticket details, how to use MyMagic+ and Fastpass+, hotel resources, restaurant tips, and more, go to my Disney World main page.

Park Intro

Originally envisioned by Walt Disney as an actual "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow" (EPCOT, get it?) with real residents living and working in a Disneyfied utopia, his successors instead developed a world's fair-like park. Future World focuses on emerging technologies while World Showcase features pavilions devoted to a rainbow of nations. Originally the park took itself far too seriously and even banned Mickey and his pals. Now, the tone is lighter and attractions like Test Track have even given Epcot a bit of an edge.

Highlights

  • Illuminations nighttime show
  • Mission: SPACE- Ride review.
  • Soarin'- Ride review.
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends Ride- Ride review.
  • Test Track
  • China's Land of Beauty, Land of Time 360-degree film
  • The American Adventure
  • Turtle Talk with Crush- Mind blowing interactive show with on-the-fly animation.

Top Epcot Thrill Rides

Epcot for Wimps- A park guide to help thrill-ride challenged visitors decide which attractions to avoid and which to consider.

Five Best Rides for Kids at Disney World- Includes two Epcot attractions.

Dining

With Epcot's international flair, there are some interesting choices:

  • Restaurant Marrakesh- Delicious and exotic Moroccan fare.
  • Bistro de Paris- Very good, very expensive.
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse- Who knew Canada had such great food? Reasonably priced too.
  • Les Chefs de France- Good food, not as pricey as the Bistro.
  • Disney World's Best Restaurants- As you might expect, Epcot is well represented on this list.
  • Tips for Eating Healthy at Disney World- An exclusive About.com video based at Epcot.

Park Tips

  • Miss Illuminations and you miss one of the very best shows at WDW. Grab a spot at least 45 minutes before it begins. Try to get a good view of the lagoon near the U.K. pavilion.
  • Skip Spaceship Earth first thing in the morning; that's where everyone heads. Later in the day, you should be able to walk on.
  • The Mission: SPACE, Soarin', and Test Track queues explode as soon as the park opens. Use Fastpass but pick your passes up before midday as they may be gone after that. Also, consider using the single-rider lines.
  • If you're hot and weary from all the lines, head to Club Cool where the soft drinks are free. (Sponsored by Coca-Cola. And I dare you to try "Beverly.")

New at the Park

New in 2013
MyMagic+
Find out how to use Disney's new (and free!) visit planning program.

New in 2012
Redesigned Test Track
Late in the year, Epcot reopened the attraction with a fresh, new look, and a new pre-show.