EPCOT

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EPCOT

200 Epcot Center Drive

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

(407) 939-5277

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EPCOT

 

At EPCOT you can travel around the globe, under the sea, into outer space and beyond, all in one day!

 

Launched in 1982, EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort invites you to explore global culture, space, the seas  and Mother Nature, not to mention the future, all without leaving present day Orlando.

Your journey begins at Spaceship Earth, inside the iconic geodesic globe that serves as the park’s centerpiece. In this attraction, which is part of EPCOT's World Celebration, you’ll travel through the history of communication, stretching from humanity’s first cave paintings through today and tomorrow.

From there, you can venture left to World Discovery, where you can explore the stars at Mission: SPACE, or adventure to your right and discover World Nature, featuring the oceans at SeaBase, and our ecosystem at Living With the Land.

 

Head further into the park and you have arrived in World Showcase, featuring faithful homages to 11 different nations. Here, you can experience the culture and cuisine of Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway and the United Kingdom, as well as the U.S., without having to cross any borders.

The World Showcase is home to attractions such as Norway’s Frozen Ever After and Mexico’s Gran Fiesta Tour. And you’ll get to meet characters, including Snow White in Germany, Mulan in China and Belle in France.

Foodies will find much to love here too, starting with autumn’s EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. You can sample gourmet cuisine and exotic beverages from around the world at Global Marketplaces, see legendary performers at the Eat to the Beat concert series, participate in chef special events, and much more.

In spring, enjoy food and fun with a focus on agriculture at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.

 

Creativity takes center stage literally, during winter’s EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, and the year comes to a spectacular close during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

It all adds up to a stunning salute to humanity’s achievements and dreams, and you’ll only find it in Orlando.

 

What To Expect In EPCOT

EPCOT has two entrances, the main 'front gate' and a secondary park gate located between the France and United Kingdom pavilions of World Showcase and is known as the International Gateway, this entrance is directly accessible to guests arriving from the nearby EPCOT Area Resorts and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

World Celebration, World Nature & World Discovery

These neighborhoods in EPCOT consists of a variety of pavilions that explore innovative aspects and applications including technology and science, with each pavilion featuring self contained attractions.

 

World Celebration serves as the park's main entrance and features the park's iconic landmark, Spaceship Earth, a large geodesic sphere structure which is home to a themed attraction inside.

 

The various pavilions and attractions include: Spaceship Earth, Mission: Space, Test Track, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, The Land (Soarin' and Living with the Land) and Imagination! (Journey into Imagination with Figment).

World Showcase

World Showcase is reminiscent of a permanent world's fair containing 11 pavilions, each themed and dedicated to represent a specific country and it's culture, the pavillions surround the World Showcase Lagoon, a lake in the center of World Showcase.

 

In clockwise order, the 11 pavilions are: United States Of America - Japan - Morocco - France - United Kingdom - Canada - Mexico - Norway - China - Germany - Italy

Each pavilion offers themed architecture, shops and restaurants representing the country's culture and cuisine.

 Some pavilions contain themed rides, shows, and live entertainment representative of each country.

Harmonious Nighttime Show

In the evening, EPCOT comes to life with Harmonious, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for Disney Parks. The show is a beautifully crafted medley of classic Disney music and visuals reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from all around the world. Come and be dazzled by all of it as you discover how Disney music and stories have the power to inspire and unite us all, overcoming any language or border.

This magnificent new show brings to World Showcase Lagoon an innovative combination of floating giant screens, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers in a 360-degree view. Enter amazing worlds inspired by Moana, Aladdin, Coco, Brave, The Lion King, Mulan, and other classic stories. Colorful images and effects dance and change as Harmonious weaves familiar Disney music and stories together in brand-new ways. Through unique perspectives as diverse as the world itself, Disney songs hop from language to language as the show brings people from different parts of the world together to unlock the magic of possibility.

Attractions & Ride Guide

Epcot offers a distinctive theme park experience with not only a fabulous variety of attractions and rides,

but also unparalleled entertainment and amazing seasonal events and festivals.

 

World Celebration, World Nature & World Discovery

 

Awesome Planet

At The Land Pavilion, this new film explores the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic story of Earth using in-theater effects that include wind, scents and water. Featuring narration by Ty Burrell.

Journey Into Imagination With Figment

Figment, a small purple dragon, serves as your lovable host as you embark on ride vehicles through the clouds to Dr. Channing’s sensory labs. Little ones will learn about the five senses while Figment interferes with the doctor’s experiences, causing chaos for the senses!

ImageWorks - The "What If" Labs

Upon exiting Journey Into Imagination With Figment, prepare to be treated to unique interactive experiences. Stepping Stones: Play music as you step on colorful picture panels that play musical notes. Create a Figment: Design your own customized Figment character, then email it. Figment Melody Maker: Wave your arms to and fro like a conductor and direct Figment to play an instrument.

Living With the Land

Cruise through greenhouses and witness how Disney’s horticulturalists are developing cutting-edge growing techniques to sustain the growing global population, as well as the diverse eco-systems

where you can view alligators and eels.

 

Mission: SPACE

Enter the International Space Training Center and plunge into deep space exploration, beginning with an orientation that leads you into a space capsule for your space mission. Select the Orange or Green option, depending on whether you’d like a more or less intense ride, and also whether you prefer the spin or no-spin version. Either way, don’t miss this thrilling simulation.

 

Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab

Space-themed activity and action laboratory where astronauts are trained to deal with the challenges of outer-space missions.

 

SeaBase

Home to over 4,000 amazing sea creatures, the Aquarium is one of the largest man-made ocean eco-systems in the world. Take in the magnificence of sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and stingrays gliding below the surface. Experience the wonder and learn more about how the aquarium is taking part in several large-scale conservation projects. Catch fish feedings at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

The Seas With Nemo & Friends

Board a clamshell sea cab for a fascinating underwater exploration, which includes an aquarium and creative ocean exhibits. Don’t miss the hungry seagulls from Finding Nemo squawking “Mine, mine!”

 

Sea Turtles

Behold green sea turtles and loggerhead turtles while learning more about their fascinating journey from egg to jet-streaming in the ocean.

 

Sharks & Stingrays

Observe eight species of stingrays and six species of sharks. As a special experience, you can even snorkel with the sharks and stingrays.

 

Soarin’ Around the World

Hang glide in a flight simulator that gives you a breathtaking aerial view and tour across the globe. There’s nothing quite like it.

 

Spaceship Earth

You can’t miss Spaceship Earth, an impressive icon that’s become the symbol for the Epcot experience.

Set off on a trip back in time to a beautifully performed musical score by Emmy Award-winning composer, Bruce Broughton. Madame Judy Densch serves as the narrator to this fascinating presentation.

Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Take off in a giant slot car and gain first-hand knowledge of the daunting evaluation testing done by

General Motors on their concept cars. Car buffs will happily embrace this experience.

 

Turtle Talk With Crush

You can’t help but smile as your 153-year-old sea turtle host, Crush, gives you the rundown on life as a sea turtle. An interactive theater show takes you by surprise once you see Crush actually conversing with audience members. A must-see show for all ages.

World Showcase

Enter a global showcase where the sights, sounds, culture, and cuisine of 11 incredible countries can be explored without ever having to board a plane. Explore far-off lands and ever-evolving cultures.

 

The American Adventure

 

jJourney through the nation’s fascinating history with Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin as our expert guides. The Story of America is richly woven with imagery accompanied by patriotic songs.

American Heritage Gallery

 

The Kinsey collection, celebrating some of the best in African-American art and history on display.

Peruse over 40 pieces in this masterfully curated collection.

 

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

At the France pavilion’s Palais du Cinémais, this new, 15-minute entertainment event is directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action Beauty and the Beast films.

 Narrated by Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film,

the sing-along invites you to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time.

 

Bijutsu-kan Gallery

Kawaii, the art of cute, is explored in this quirky and special collection. Check out a replica of a modern Tokyo apartment, as well as study the historical artifacts that showcase Kawaii origins.

 

Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360

In this updated edition of the classic Epcot Circle-Vision 360 presentation, explore Canada with a breathtaking look at the Great White North featuring new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington, and new narration by actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

 

Frozen Ever After

Embark on a dark and imaginative boat ride in a Norwegian vessel and enter Arendelle. The Scandinavian wintery world of Frozen awaits you as Anna, Elsa and Olaf join you along the way.

 

Gallery of Arts and History

The essence of Morocco is brilliantly captured with artifacts and artisanal beauty: ceramic pottery, ancient musical instruments and hand-crafted jewelry.

 

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Float past a Mayan pyramid as you take a lively boat ride hosted by Panchito, one of the Three Caballeros. The caballeros chase after Donald Duck on his mischievous escapades. Music, silly antics and a traditional Mexican setting add to the south-of-the-border fun.

House of the Whispering Willows Gallery

Inside this serene setting, guests discover  “Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China.”

Walk through and size up a replica of the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang, depicting terracotta soldiers that were buried with the emperor for protection in the after world circa 210 B.C.

Impressions de France

Fall in love with the charm and romance of France. Find yourself amid enchanting castles, in a hot-air balloon over the Loire Valley, and right in the middle of a spirited market in Normandy. Set to the music of famed composers like DeBussey, this 18-minute film is truly a Gallic gem.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure 

Feel like you’ve shrunk down to Chef Remy’s size for a 4D culinary adventure based on the Disney and Pixar film Ratatouille. When you’re small, life is a big adventure!

Mexico Folk Art Gallery

Discover traditional Mexican wood carvings while learning about the fascinating legends of the culture of the Oaxacan. The Oaxacan believed that they released the spirits of the beings they carved into the wood.

 

Reflections of China

A breathtakingly beautiful showcase of the diversity and natural wonders of China are featured in this popular Circle Vision 360 presentation. Float down the Yangtze River, stare in awe at acrobats, and feel like you’re standing in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.

 

Stave Church Gallery

Soak up Norwegian culture and history as exhibits share the inspiration for the movie, Frozen.

Kidcot Fun Stop

 

Brightly colored craft stations can be found at various countries in the World Showcase.

Participate in a fun discovery experience collecting activity cards at each country in World Showcase!

Entertainment

Music, dance and artistry all combine to enhance your Epcot experience.

A special treat is just around the corner as you happen upon the most whimsical array of entertainers.

 

Harmonious Nighttime Show

In the evening, EPCOT comes to life with Harmonious, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for Disney Parks. The show is a beautifully crafted medley of classic Disney music and visuals reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from all around the world.

JAMMitors

A trio of nutty custodians can be found jamming on their trashcan drum sets, plonking out lively beats. Musical comedy and drumming bits combine to create a spirited performance.

 

Jeweled Dragon Acrobats

Unbelievable feats involving flying Chinese acrobats, see-saws and human ladders are just some of the elements that make this a visually stunning show in the China Pavilion.

 

Matsuriza

Listen to the booming sounds of Taiko, a form of Japanese drumming. Performances by the percussion troupe include synchronous dramatic dances in front of the Japan Pavilion.

 

Rose & Crown Pub Musician

It’s the perfect place to sit down, order a pint and sing along to fun-loving and traditional songs from the pubs of the United Kingdom. Rambunctious fun can be counted on across the pond.

 

Sergio

Watch the humorous mime Sergio’s juggling antics set in an Italian piazza-style performance.

 

British Revolution

Rock on with the ultimate British rock tribute band. High-energy covers of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen and The Who keep the crowd jamming with some of rock’s greatest hits.

Mariachi Cobre

There’s nothing like a traditional 12-piece mariachi band to serenade you with classic Mexican melodies. Mariachi Cobre has shared stages with legends such as Santana and Linda Ronstadt.

 

Serveur Amusant

Marvel at French acrobats as they perform thrilling balancing acts that will leave you holding your breath.

 

Voices of Liberty

Gather around the American Gardens Theatre and listen to an eight-person a cappella group costumed in 1800s attire. Choral arrangements are enhanced by the perfect acoustic setting in the rotunda.

Character Meet & Greets

 

World Showcase Characters

Traverse the globe as you meet and greet characters from around the world.

 

 

Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus

Catch up with the royal sisters from Frozen at Sommerhus in the Norway Pavilion. Anna and Elsa will be excited to welcome you to their Scandinavian summer retreat.

 

Meet Disney Pals

Mix and mingle with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and other Disney friends. Meet up in an indoor, air-conditioned space to take photos and get autographs.

 

Meet Donald Duck in Mexico

It’s a fiesta when Donald Duck takes a tour break from The Three Caballeros. Dressed in traditional Mexican attire, a happy sombrero, and a colorful serape. Donald Duck will be ready for autographs and photo opportunities.

 

Meet Mary Poppins in the United Kingdom

What’s better than a spot of tea? A jovial encounter with the beloved British nanny, Mary Poppins. She’s a hit with kids as well as grown ups.

 

Meet Mulan in China

Mulan will share her warrior tales with kids near the Temple of Heaven. It’s not every day you get to catch up with a noble warrior princess.

 

Meet Princess Jasmine in Morocco

You don’t need to take a magic carpet ride to meet Princess Jasmine. Visit with her at the Moroccan Marketplace.

 

Meet Snow White in Germany

You’ll want to chat with the fairest one of all near the special wishing well. Share a moment or catch a fun photo opportunity.

 

Meet Alice in Wonderland in the United Kingdom

 

No need to tumble down a rabbit hole: Alice happily greets guests and shares her stories in a splendid garden setting.

Dining Hot Spots

Epcot is the quintessential foodie destination with its carefully curated international restaurants, bakeries, and eateries.

 

Here are a few guest favorites:

 

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Set in a cozy cellar tucked below in a Canadian chateau, Le Cellier excels at presenting patrons with a diverse menu reflective of the various Canadian provinces with an old-world charm. Tender filets and inventive seafood dishes are highlights; the poutine fries and the cheddar cheese soup will please foodies.

 

La Hacienda de San Angel

Come in and feel the warm welcome of waterfront dining in a replica of a Mexican hacienda. Beautiful artwork and artisanal pottery add to the ambience. But it’s the food that will surprise you: Dine on pork empanadas, shrimp tacos and more and you can order amargarita and catch the evening fireworks show.

 

Coral Reef Restaurant

What could be more incredible than dining while being surrounded by the splendor of the Caribbean Coral Reef Aquarium watching sea turtles and schools of vibrantly colored marine life? It’s the ultimate in theater-style dining. Try the popular seared Mahi Mahi and be sure to dive into The Chocolate Wave for dessert.

 

Teppan Edo

Experience the fun of community dining as you assemble around a giant hibachi grill. Watch lively Japanese Teppan chefs create your meal right before your eyes. Chicken, steak, seafood and vegetable entrées are chopped, tossed and grilled to perfection. Udon noodles or steamed rice accompany meals. Hand-rolled sushi and deep-fried tempura are also offered.

 

Akerhus Royal Banquet Hall

Set in a Scandinavian medieval castle with cathedral ceilings, this restaurant gives guests the opportunity to meet characters at specific times throughout the day. The Norwegian meatballs are deliciously savory, and seafood fans are bound to love the fresh scallops and shrimp platter. The Taste of Norway is not to be missed, though: It’s a wonderful sampling of imported cheeses, cured meats and vegetables.

 

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Italian food-lovers will be enamored with the variety and quality of this eatery that focuses on Southern Italian cuisine and wood-fired pizza. Quality ingredients make all the difference here - San Marzano tomatoes and real Caputo flour create top-notch flavors and textures. The eggplant parmesan is a house specialty, and the gelato is definitely the way to finish the meal!

Shopping Highlights

 

La Maison du Vin

A well-appointed wine and cookery shop for Francophiles and foodies alike. Assorted culinary goodies and wares include: ceramic pots of herbs de Provence, Le Creuset cookware, specialty chocolates, French cookies and snacks, and apparel and fun souvenirs.

 

Mitsukoshi's Department Store

Iconic Japanese items are easy to find here. From Hello Kitty and Pikachu plush toys to bonsai trees and Japanese tea pots, there’s an endless selection of merchandise. 

 

Creations

This is the spot to pick up your Mouse ears and just about anything else Disney-related, such as clothes, toys and wonderful souvenirs.

 

Plaza de los Amigos

It’s easy to fall in love with this typical Mexican market where guests can buy everything from festive sombreros to hand-blown beverage glasses. Expect an authentic experience, except  no price haggling!

Karamell-Küche

A waft of sweet Werther’s caramel will lure you in, and rest assured you won’t leave emptyhanded.

A caramel apple or chocolate-covered strawberry is an essential experience, don’t leave without one.

Special Events

Epcot has played host to internationally known festivals that attract people from all over the world. It’s where food, fun, culture and unique adventure come together to craft the finest events and experiences.

 

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Don’t miss this winter gem, a thoroughly original festival experience merging a trifecta of artistry into one: performing, culinary and visual arts. Promising to captivate, this experience will feature opportunities to sample artisanal cuisine with a Disney flair at a variety of inventive food stations. Guests will soak up curated art exhibits and also have the opportunity to participate in exclusive art workshops. Topping things off, festival-goers will be treated to performances from an array of Broadway stars and more!

 

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Stroll through exquisite garden spaces and exhibits at this renowned garden festival. Gardening gurus will be on hand sharing their expert tips, and special guided tours are available. Springtime beauty is enhanced by an outdoor concert series as well as outdoor kitchens offering culinary goodies.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Sample a global array of food, wine and desserts at this fall festival. With over 30 tasting stations, you’ll quickly understand why it’s a yearly favorite for many. Featured musical artists add to the special atmosphere. Want to learn the art of sushi rolling or crafting the perfect cocktail?

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Included with admission to Epcot, this treat-focused event glitters with music and entertainment, including the signature Candlelight Processional and live gospel, R&B and holiday songs. The event also hosts Holiday Kitchens and food-and-beverage kiosks where you can enjoy an array of bites, sips and treats.

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Celebrate the holidays at Epcot with each country’s unique customs and pageantry. Start off at the American Adventure, where you can find out if you made the nice list upon meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus.