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It’s true that most when most people think of Orlando, they think about Disney, and especially about the Disney family of theme Parks. Epcot is one of the four theme parks in the Walt Disney World collection, and it encompasses 300 acres of rides, amusements, food and fun for the entire family. Known for tremendous hospitality and impeccable guest services, Epcot is a theme park that offers shows, rides and personal greetings from some of your favorite Disney characters.
Epcot is divided into two themes--Future World and World Showcase. Future World is all about combining fantasy with real world sensibilities. Whether it’s space or some other magical angle to explore the future, kids will find it here. World Showcase is a collection of pavilions that take visitors on a pseudo trip around the globe. Pavilions include Mexico, Japan, Italy, Germany, and many more. In each pavilion, guests will find restaurants and attractions representing each of the countries highlighted.
Attractions and Amenities
From rides to dining, Epcot has everything to keep the entire family busy and entertained for the day. Rides at Epcot include a “test track” where guests ride in specially designed cars and simulate a real race. If it’s a more out of this world experience you crave, then head on over to Spaceship Earth, an educational ride that gives viewers a glimpse into the future. “The Seas with Nemo and Friends” is a vibrant, but gentle ride for young visitors, taking them into a fantasy world underneath the ocean to meet with beloved characters from Disney’s classic “Finding Nemo.” Catch beautiful fireworks in a nightly display called Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, or take a stroll through one of the many international pavilions.
Dining options at Epcot are also abundant with over a dozen restaurants. Guests can sample international cuisines such as Italian, Chinese or Japanese at any one of the world pavilions, or opt for traditional American fare. Themed restaurants such as the Coral Reef or The Garden Grill are known for creating a fun and colorful atmosphere. Other options include grab-and-go food and dessert shops. Restaurant menus are diverse and plates can range from 15 to 35 dollars.
Onsite stores, including the Mouse Gear store, gives visitors a chance to pick up a souvenir. Other shopping options include baby gift stores, a teddy bear shop and stores specializing in food and gifts.
Tickets to Epcot can be purchased online. Single tickets, along with package tickets giving access to one theme park each day can be purchased. Other options include booking full vacations including hotel and entrance to theme parks.
Epcot is normally open from 9am to 9pm. However, there are instances of extended hours or special hours. Stay updated through Epcot’s online calendar, which features day-by-day information on park open hours.
ATMs are available onsite.
Things to Know When Visiting Epcot
When visiting Epcot, wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Sunscreen or a shade hat is also a good idea, as is a light rain jacket. Consult guest services with any special requests.
Guests staying at the Disney World Resorts can enjoy complimentary shuttle services to any one of the four theme parks. Visitors who are not staying at the Disney World Resorts can access surrounding parking lots, but must pay a parking fee. Other places to visit around Epcot include downtown Disney and Disney’s Boardwalk.
Special vacation packages include spa services, shopping and dining. Full-service spa treatments can be arranged with Disney resorts.