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Friday, December 1, 2017

5 Reasons to Visit Epcot

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5 Reasons to Visit Epcot at Disney World




Not too long ago, Epcot was the educational but slightly boring park of the Disney World family appealing to history and techie buffs. In fact, in the mid-1990's, certified teachers actually got a complimentary day pass into Epcot. That all changed starting in the late 1990's to the present when Test Track, Mission: Space (now Relaunched, with a brand new adventure), Frozen, Finding Nemo and especially Soarin' were introduced to bring in the crowds (and dollars).

EPCOT means Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Walt Disney himself came up with the idea of building a residential community. After his death, it was decided to create a second theme park instead. The two sections of the part don't seem to match (futuristic, environmental and technology combined with the World's Fair theme), but Disney has been determined to make it work. To that end, they have closed down some attractions while refurbishing a few and still adding new ones that fit in with the earthy and space themes while bringing in the Disney-esque charm. Today's Epcot is not your parents' Epcot that began in 1982. 

So, to start, here are 5 reasons to visit Epcot:





1. What's with the golf ball? It's the spherical ride/exhibition, Spaceship Earth, an informative yet entertaining ride through humankind's history of communication from pre-historic days to an implied salute to the young pioneers of Silicon Valley. After the ride, you get to play with technology yourself.




2. Simulate being under the sea in a huge aquarium after riding Finding Nemo. The Living Seas will introduce you to sea life complete with fish, eels, coral reefs and the real-life inspirations for Nemo, Dory, Crush and the rest of the cast.


La Piazza San Marco, Venice? No, it's the Italy pavilion in Epcot.


3. Take a trip around the world in a few hours in the World Showcase, a replica of the World's Fair. Each pavilion represents a country's culture with exhibits, rides, food and drinks along with authentic personnel on short-term contracts. For a hot second, you will feel like you have stepped into a foreign land. If you have been there, you will appreciate the effort to bring you overseas. Where's Africa and Asia? You'll have to pay for a park-hopper ticket and go over to Animal Kingdom. 




4. Get up and go: take a hang-gliding by Soarin Around the World (in The Land); save the planet in Relaunched! Mission: SPACE or try out a prototype car on Test Track. 




5. Check out a street fair, Disney-style with their 3 annual festivals: The Flower and Garden Show, Food and Wine Festival and Holidays Around the World. Eat, drink and be merry with fine dining samplings and authentic cultural entertainment throughout both Future World and the World Showcase. Extra countries are added for the Food and Wine Festival creating a virtual cornucopia for the senses. You will need more than one day to experience it all.

For more information, visit the website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/epcot/