Epcot was first opened in 1982, and was originally called Epcot Center. Walt Disney’s second theme park, it changed from Epcot Center to the simpler EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) in 1993, and has been providing endless amounts of high-tech fun and incredible cultural experiences ever since.
Epcot is split into two distinct realms connected by a large bridge. The first realm is Future World, which has attractions based around science and innovation. Here you can ride Mission: SPACE and feel like you’re an astronaut in outer space with simulated weightlessness and real 2.4G acceleration.
The second realm is World Showcase, which lets you explore 11 countries in one day! Travel the globe, taking in the dining, shopping and entertainment each of the 11 countries has on offer as you go.
Experience the thrill of the attractions, interact with the futuristic games, browse the many shops, and taste all the different cuisine of the world. There’s a lot of Epcot fun to be had in one day, so here are some highlights you definitely won’t want to miss.
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Things to do
With so much going on in Epcot, you’ll want to start planning your time way before your holiday starts. But don’t forget to pick up your guide to Epcot when you arrive too, as this’ll tell you when and where you need to be to experience awesome displays from all around the world. We’ve listed the ones we think you shouldn’t miss, but you’ll find countless more going on in all the World Showcase zones throughout the day and night.
The fantastic thing about Epcot is you can make it your mission to eat in a new country every single day of your holiday, should you want to. There are so many incredible places to dine; it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. Why not book a Character Dining experience? These take place in certain restaurants at a particular time and allow you to meet the stars whilst enjoying a delicious meal at the same time. Below are just a few places we’ll think you’ll enjoy, so pick your favourites and be sure to make a reservation well in advance of your holiday starting.
Food on the go
Waiter service restaurants
Epcot might not be the biggest Disney Park, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need any help seeking out all of your favourite Disney Characters as you go about your day, as it spans more than 300 acres. Each Character has its own favourite place that it likes to hang out, whether that be in a particular restaurant or area of the Park, so take a look below at where you’ll be able to find them to ensure you don’t miss out on that all important autograph and photo.
It would probably be easier to tell you what type of shops you won’t find in Epcot; there are that many to browse. You’ll find every kind of gift shop and clothes shop known to man and you’ll never be short of somewhere to buy themed souvenirs from all the different countries that you can visit in around the World Showcase.