Spotlight: Walt Disney World’s Epcot

Epcot is easily recognized by its signature “giant golf ball” icon, Spaceship Earth.  Epcot is divided into two sections: Future World and World Showcase.

World Showcase is a collection of pavilions with shops, attractions and restaurants that represent the culture and cuisine of 11 countries: United States, Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada.  Some of the attractions inside the pavilions include the Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros, a charming boat ride through a shady lagoon at the foot of a smoking volcano that takes guests on a journey to find everyone’s favorite duck, Daffy! (Mexico).  The newest addition to Epcot’s World Showcase will leave Frozen fans of all ages excited: Frozen Ever After transports guests to Arendelle via an ancient Norwegian vessel, where they will embark on a musical journey featuring fan favorites like Anna, Elsa, Sven, and Olaf! Also located in the Norway pavilion for Frozen fanatics is the Royal Sommerhus, a cozy cabin where visitors have the opportunity to do a meet a greet with Anna and Elsa. Other World Showcase attractions include Reflections of China and The American Adventure. There is something interesting to see in each country.  In true Disney spirit, everything is so realistic-looking; you will feel like you took a trip around the world.

Future World’s attractions focus on technological advancements, innovation, and wonder, as well as inspiring entertainment and shows. Find one of the largest man-made ocean environments in the world at The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion.  Check out the Land Pavilion and learn how scientific techniques are helping farmers to meet the worlds’ food needs. Enjoy the Soarin’ attraction, which has been updated to take you on a hang-gliding adventure that highlights famous attractions from all around the world!  If you have a strong stomach, Mission: SPACE will bring you on a realistic space flight to Mars. Make sure you check out the fastest attraction at Epcot, Test Track, which is a 60 mph thrill ride where you become a test subject in an automobile.  There are many more things to see and do, even inside the ‘giant golf ball,’ Spaceship Earth.

Epcot also hosts two very popular festivals annually: The International Flower and Garden Festival and The International Food and Wine Festival!

Orlando Tourist Tips:

  • To avoid long waits, don’t make the Spaceship Earth attraction your first stop in the morning, because that is it’s most popular time. The wait will be shorter at any other part of the day.
  • Disney’s FASTPASS reservation system reduces time spent in line at popular attractions at Disney Theme Parks. You can start making selections as early as 30 days before you arrive after you purchase your ticket or annual pass. If you like to plan as you go, slip your Park Pass into the FASTPASS machine to receive a ticket with an assigned return time and enjoy the rest of the park while Disney’s FASTPASS service saves your place in line.
  • If you have a weak stomach and a strong desire to ride Mission: SPACE, consider going on the green mission instead of the orange to avoid the intense spinning and g-force that can be too intense for certain passengers, including small children.

If you like rides, use your FASTPASS for Soarin’ or Test Track ASAP – they always have a long line.

 

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