Travel Around the Globe, Under the Sea, into Outer Space… and Beyond! – Walt Disney World

Epcot, the second Walt Disney World Resort opened its gates on October 1st 1982. It spans 305 acres, more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park. Epcot is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as a “permanent world’s fair”

Epcot was originally conceived by Walt Disney during the early development of Walt Disney World, as an experimental planned community that would serve as a center for American innovation and urban living. Known as “EPCOT” (standing for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”), the idea included an urban city center, residential areas, and a series of mass transportation systems that would connect the community. After Disney’s death in 1966, the “EPCOT” concept was abandoned as the company had uncertainty about maintaining an operating city. In the 1970s, WED Enterprises began developing a second theme park for the resort to supplement Magic Kingdom, as that park’s popularity grew. The new park maintained the idea of showcasing modern innovation through avant-garde “edutainment” (Educational Entertainment) attractions, as well as the addition of a showcase of the World’s Nations. The newly designed park, featuring two sections—Future World and World Showcase—opened as EPCOT Center in 1982.

Lands and Attractions

Epcot is divided into two main themed areas: Future World and World Showcase.

Future World

Future World consists of a variety of pavilions that explore innovative aspects and applications including technology and science, with each pavilion featuring self-contained attractions. Future World also serves as the park’s main entrance and features the park’s iconic landmark, Spaceship Earth, a large geodesic sphere structure which houses a themed attraction inside. The current pavilions and attractions located in Future World include the following

World Showcase

World Showcase is a large area reminiscent of a permanent world’s fair. It contains 11 pavilions, each themed and dedicated to represent a specific country. The pavilions surround the World Showcase Lagoon, a large manmade lake located in the center of World Showcase. Illuminations takes place each evening on the lagoon.

The eleven pavilions are:

  • United States United States of America
  • Japan Japan
  • Morocco Morocco
  • France France
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Canada Canada
  • Mexico Mexico
  • Norway Norway
  • China China
  • Germany Germany
  • Italy Italy

The current attractions for World Show Case are

Nighttime Spectaculars

No Park on Disney property has more dining options than Epcot. From American favorites to exotic cuisine you will be able to tantalize your taste buds at Epcot!

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