Park Spotlight: EPCOT

Like Animal Kingdom, EPCOT wasn’t my favorite park either when I first visited. I thought it lacked the sparkle that a Disney park was supposed to have. But once I got past how different Future World is and got to the World Showcase, I realized that the park had a different kind of sparkle.

EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, which was what Walt Disney wanted to call the area where he had hopes for a community of the future. Unfortunately, Walt passed before he was able to see this dream through, and instead the company decided to create EPCOT as a tribute to that. EPCOT features Future World which has some similarities to what Walt wanted to see. This area pays tribute to the technological innovations that he hoped to see in the future. Future World is more of a hands on area of the park that features many ways to learn about science and innovation at your finger tips. I highly recommend checking out Spaceship Earth. This ride looks like it could be boring, but there’s magic sprinkled in throughout that make it so popular. Plus, it’s an omnimover, so the wait times are rarely more than 30 minutes at most, so it’s a good ride to get on if you need a break from the hot Florida sun.

There is also the World Showcase, which is my favorite part of the park. This area highlights different countries from around the world. I love that the majority of the cast members who work in each country are actually from that country. It helps to add to the authenticity of the areas.

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There are 11 different countries to visit in the World Showcase: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. My personal favorites to visit are Canada (for the Moosehead Lager they sell there, YUM!) and France (because of the crepes, duh). There is so much history on display at the World Showcase. If you were to spend your time there you would have to book a multiple day trip just to experience World Showcase.

As a fun thing to do in EPCOT, many people have jumped on the bandwagon of “drinking around the world“. This fun activity, or challenge, rather, is where you enjoy one drink that is particular to each country. We tried it on my last trip there and I only made it about half way through the countries before I had to tap out. I challenge you to try this next time you go (only if you’re over 21 of course)! And I challenge you to drink lots of water as well because that sun is killer.

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