“But the most exciting and by far the most important part of our Florida Project…in fact, the heart of everything we’ll be doing in Disney World…will be our Experimental Prototype Community of tomorrow! We call it Epcot.”
– Walt Disney
Walt Disney had envisioned Epcot has a community of 20,000 residents who would have lived and worked in an experimental prototype community. He had hoped that new ideas and technologies would have been developed inside of Epcot. However, after his death, Disney management was not willing to manage a city and changed the idea of Epcot to a theme park instead.
EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982. It took nearly 3 years to complete and cost around $1.4 billion dollars. Renamed in 1994, EPCOT used to stand for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Many people feel that EPCOT is like a permanent World’s Fair. Epcot is really 2 parks in one. When you enter the theme park, the first section is known as Future World. The back section is called World Showcase. Future World has 3 main attractions on the left and 3 main attractions on the right. The giant geodesic sphere when you enter is another attraction. Innoventions east and west has attractions that change periodically as well.
World Showcase was supposed to be another theme park all in itself. The imagineers decided to combine Walt Disney’s E.P.C.O.T. with countries from around the world. Epcot became a theme park instead of an actual community. 11 countries currently reside around the lake of World Showcase. They are, from left to right; Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. Supposedly, there are 9 undeveloped possible country locations that can be built.
All the countries are sponsored by major corporations except Morocco. Morocco is sponsored by the country and was the only one to have its own builders come to Orlando to build the pavilion. Every country has at least one restaurant. Some offer a quick service and a table service location. Alcohol is served at Epcot at several locations.
It is 1.2 miles of walking to see al the countries in World Showcase. Test Track is the fastest ride in Disney World, travelling at around 65 miles per hour. On opening day, Epcot had no thrill rides built. The monorail from Magic Kingdom was extended another 7.5 miles to arrive at Epcot. Epcot comprises 300 acres. Water is funneled from the geodesic sphere to refill the lagoon when it rains by hidden channels.
Walt Disney’s final film was actually about E.P.C.O.T. It was on October 27, 1966 and he produced it for Florida residents as a promotional film on E.P.C.O.T.
There are many fine choices for dining inside Epcot. Review the restaurants before reserving a table. A link is included in the tips and tricks section of this E-Book.
Recent news and Rumors:
Frozen is a ride in Norway and based off of the movie. Soarin’ received a new theater to help with the long lines and a new film Soarin’ around the world, has been created as well. Pixar short films replaced the film where Captain EO had been playing since Michael Jackson’s death. Club Cool changed out the free soda samples to new flavors from around the world.
Ratatouille attraction in the France Pavilion is also nearing completion. Rumor has it that it will be completed ahead of schedule. The tentative date was in 20121, now it just MAY be open in 2020!
The new Guardians of the Galaxy should be completed in 2021. It is replacing the old Universe of Energy attraction. A whole new building where the coaster will be travelling has been built. It will be an awesome attraction but not so sure it fits with the whole future technology theme of Epcot. Time will tell.
This is Test Track at night, one of the most thrilling attractions at Epcot