EPCOT(The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) was the second park to open at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1982. It was originally conceived by Walt Disney to be a working and thriving city showcasing the ever-changing possibilities of modern and futuristic living. A place where people could live, work and play in state-of-the-art homes and community areas. After his death, the plans for EPCOT shifted to a theme park split in two, heavily influenced by the World’s Fairs of the past. One area called Future World to serve as a look at our planet, its resources, and what’s in store for our society in technology and innovation. The other area, called World Showcase to feature countries from around the world and give guests an immersive look into their cultures, art, and food.

Reimagined Epcot Entrance
Reimagined Epcot Entrance Concept Art

Epcot is currently a park in transition as new expansive renovations and inclusions announced in 2017, are rapidly changing the landscape and offerings.

**At this time Walt Disney World is moving through a phased reopening after an unprecedented closure. During this time some attractions, restaurants, and experiences may not be available.

Future World at Epcot

Future World

Future World serves as EPCOT’s main entrance. After passing under the massive Spaceship Earth attraction, guests have access to specially-themed areas that focus on innovation and technological advancement as well as examining the environment around us. Areas like The Land and The Seas with Nemo and Friends give guests educational and entertaining looks at our planet and it’s oceans while attractions like Spaceship Earth and Test Track explore the past, present, and future of technology and its use in society. It’s also the area of the park that is currently receiving the most work. During this time many areas of Future World are unavailable or repositioned to another location within EPCOT. Check your park guide for the current state of the park.

Attractions and Rides

Spaceship Earth
Mission: SPACE
Test Track
Awesome Planet
Turtle Talk with Crush
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Soarin’ Around the World
Living with the Land
Journey Into Imagination with Figment
Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Coming Soon)

Dining

Coral Reef Restaurant (Table Service)
Garden Grill (Table Service)
Sunshine Seasons (Quick Service)
Space 220 (Table Service, Coming Soon)

Shopping

Gateway Gifts
ImageWorks
Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay
Mouse Gear
Pin Traders – Camera Center
SeaBase Gift Shop
Test Track SIMporium

U.K. Pavilion at Epcot

World Showcase

World Showcase is comprised of 11 countries placed in a half-circle around the World Showcase Lagoon. This half of the park gives guests a chance to step inside and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of far off lands. Each pavilion was designed and created with the help and approval of each country represented.

World Showcase Epcot

The attention to detail in these areas is some of Disney’s best, and they even go so far as to staff each area with Cast Members native to that country. There is also a park entrance to Epcot in this section, located near the France pavilion. This entrance also serves as the Disney Skyliner station for the park.

Attractions and Rides

The American Adventure
American Heritage Gallery
Beauty and the Beast Singalong
Bijutsu-kan Gallery
Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360
Frozen Ever After
Gallery of Arts and History
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caaballeros
House of the Whispering Willows
Impressions de France
Kidcot Fun Stops
Mexico Folk Art Gallery
Palais du Cinema
Reflections of China
Stave Church Gallery

Dining

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Table Service)
Biergarten Restaurant (Table Service)
Block & Hans (Quick Service)
Chefs de France (Table Service)
Choza de Margarita (Quick Service)
Crepes des Chefs de France (Quick Service)
Fife & Drum Tavern (Quick Service)
Funnel Cake Stand (Quick Service)
Gelati Stand (Quick Service)
Joy of Tea (Quick Service)
Kabuki Cafe (Quick Service)
Katsura Grill (Quick Service)
Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe (Quick Service)
La Cantina de San Angel (Quick Service)
La Cava del Tequila (Table Service)
La Hacenda de San Angel (Table Service)
L’Artisan des Glaces (Quick Service)
Le Cellier Steakhouse (Table Service)
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie (Quick Service)
Les Vins des Chefs de France (Quick Service)
Lotus Blossom Cafe (Quick Service)
Monsieur Paul (Table Service)
Nine Dragons Restaurant (Table Service)
Refreshment Port (Quick Service)
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (Quick Service)
Restaurant Marrakesh (Table Service)
Rose & Crown Pub (Table Service)
San Angel Inn Restautante (Table Service)
Sommerfest (Quick Service)
Spice Road Table (Quick Service)
Takumi Tei (Table Service)
Tangierine Cafe (Quick Service)
Teppan Edo (Table Service)
Tokyo Dining (Table Service)
Traveler’s Cafe (Quick Service)
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Table Service)
Tutto Italia Ristorante (Table Service)
UK Beer Cart (Quick Service)
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Table Service)
Yorkshire County Fish Shop (Quick Service)

Shopping

Art of Disney
The Brass Bazaar
Casablanca Carpets
The Crown and Crest
Das Kaufhaus
Der Teddybar
Die Weihnachts Ecke
Disney Traders
El Ranchito del Norte
The Fjording
Glaskunst
Good Fortune Gifts
House of Good Fortune
Il Bel Cristallo
Karamell-Kuche
Kunstarbeit in Kristall
La Bottega Italiana
La Gemma Elegante
La Princesa de Cristal
La Signature
La Tienda Encantada
L’Espirit de la Provence
Les Vins de France
Lords and Ladies
Marketplace in the Medina
Mitsukoshi Department Store
Northwest Mercantile
Plaza de los Amigos
Plume et Palette
Port of Entry
The Queen’s Table
Ring Carvers
Souk-al-Magreb
Souvenirs de France
Sportsman’s Shop
Stein Haus
Tangier Traders
The Tea Caddy
The Toy Soldier
Trading Post
Village Traders
Volkskunst
Wandering Reindeer
Weinkeller
World Traveler

Fireworks

EPCOT is currently without a nighttime show. A new nighttime show Harmonious is set to debut very soon that will feature some of the biggest displays in Disney parks’ history. Harmonious will bring to World Showcase Lagoon an innovative toolkit of massive floating set pieces that house a variety of show effects, including custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, colorful lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, and more.  

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