Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL
The second park to open at the Walt Disney World Resort was more than just a park, but originally a city that came from the mind of the one and only Walt Disney. The future was in Epcot with the way we lived, worked, and played all in one. What was there to do when the future was uncertain after Walt's passing? With that new chapter came a new way for Disney to tell their story.
When Epcot Center opened on October 1, 1982 it was far from what Walt's original vision was. As we all know Epcot is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Walt wanted a real life city of the future, but when he died, Epcot was put on the shelf. When it was finally time to bring Epcot to life, two different plans were merged together. A World's Fair type place, and a park of the future.
Epcot is broken into two lands; Future World and The World Showcase. As of 2013, the World Showcase has 11 countries surrounding the World Showcase Lagoon. Each individual country has everything down to the smallest detail exactly the way it would look as if you were really there. However, there is always that added touch of Disney Magic.
Most of the E-ticket attractions are over on the Future World side of the park. They have 3 big attractions that keep guests coming over and over again. As with all Disney Parks, there is an iconic symbol at the front of every park. At Epcot, a giant sphere, towering near the front entrance houses Spaceship Earth, a dark ride telling the story of human communication throughout time. The Land Pavilion houses Soarin' Over California, a replica of the attraction at Disney California Adventure. Soar through the trees, mountains, and beaches of the great state of California before flying over the one and original Disneyland. Do you ever dream of going to Mars? At Epcot that dream can come true with Mission: Space. A motion simulator ride experience that gives guests two ways to blast off to visit the red planet. Green Team is the less intense version, and Orange Team which goes all out to thrill it's team members. Next door to Mission:Space is the real deal Test Track. A ride unlike anything before, you are placed inside of a car and put through a series of tests that most people never have an opportunity to see. Test Track is an experience that only Disney can bring directly to you.
Epcot has two main festivals during the year. The Flower and Garden festival runs in the spring. Life like sculptures of favorite Disney characters are always a hit with guests. During the fall, the Food and Wine festival brings samples of food and alcohol from various countries all over the world. They also have free concerts of music legends throughout its duration.
Epcot is unlike any others parks. It may not have any coasters, or a huge selection of rides, but Epcot is a park that doesn't need to throw the world of Disney in your face. Epcot shows you a world beyond our wildest dreams. The theme of the past and future is the goal that Walt Disney World wants the guest to have in mind when you are here. Nobody can really say if Walt's original idea of a futuristic city could have lived up to what we thought the future would be, because the future is always one day away.
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