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INTERCOT > Theme Parks > Epcot

Epcot

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Epcot was to be Walt Disney's dream of the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow.  In some ways, the forward thinking of Epcot's Future World and the diversity of cultures at World Showcase keep a part of Walt's dream alive.  Disney in this case turned the idea of Epcot into a fantastic theme park and it could be argued, moved the spirit of Epcot to the Disney built town of Celebration, Florida, only miles from the Magic of Walt Disney World. 

Epcot is by far the most "adult" of all the theme parks, but don't be fooled.  There is plenty to see and do here and fun for all ages!

 
Future World
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Spaceship Earth  
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Innoventions  
   
Future World East   Future World West
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Universe Of Energy   bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) The Seas with Nemo & Friends
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Wonders Of Life    bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Land (including Soarin')
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Mission: Space   bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Imagination
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Test Track    
     
Future World Extinct Attractions
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Horizons (now closed)   bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) World of Motion

 
World Showcase
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Mexico bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Norway
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) China  bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Germany
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Italy  bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) American Adventure
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Japan bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Morocco
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) France bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) United Kingdom
bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Canada

Map Click here for an Epcot Map

EPCOT FACT SHEET

Excitement of discovery:

Walt Disney envisioned a showcase for innovation. A place where people could experience the cutting edge of technology. A place celebrating human achievement. The embryo of an idea grew to become Epcot, the Disney discovery park -- 300 acres of attractions, shows, interactive presentations, dining, shopping and architectural wonders where guests are immersed in a celebration of both technological accomplishments and international cultural achievements.

Planning the dream:

On Oct. 1, 1978, Card Walker, then president of Walt Disney Productions, revealed plans for Epcot, a theme park inspired by Walt’s philosophies. A groundbreaking ceremony was held one year later.

Epcot was designed with two “lands” of discovery: Future World and World Showcase. Future World showcases the land, the seas, communication, imagination, energy and technology. World Showcase is a kaleidoscope of nations from throughout the world brought together to celebrate their cultural heritage, arts and entertainment.


Celebrating human achievement:

The opening of Innoventions in 1994 marked an exciting addition to the Epcot experience. This ever-changing exposition of gadgets and gizmos in the heart of Future World gives Epcot guests an opportunity to see, feel and touch the latest inventions and innovations that may change the way they live their lives.

Opening Day:

On Oct. 1, 1982, Epcot opened. The dedication plaque still reads:

“To all who come to this place of joy, hope and friendship, welcome.

“Epcot Center is inspired by Walt Disney’s creative genius. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, the wonders of enterprise, and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all.

“May Epcot Center entertain, inform and inspire. And, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.”

…E. Cardon Walker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Walt Disney Productions, Oct. 24, 1982


The lay of the Land:

SIZE:
300 acres


TWO WORLDS:
Two distinct areas: Future World, a showcase of new ideas and technology; and World Showcase, villages celebrating 11 nations situated along a 1.3-mile promenade that encircles the 40-acre World Showcase Lagoon.


ENTRANCES:
Epcot has two entrances. The original entrance is convenient to Epcot’s 162-acre parking area and the Epcot monorail station (the monorail runs between Epcot and the Magic Kingdom Transportation and Ticket Center three miles to the north).

The International Gateway entrance opened in 1990 near the France pavilion in World Showcase, providing park access to guests staying in Epcot resort area hotels -- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk, Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin.


GROUNDBREAKING:
Oct. 1, 1979

OPENING DAY:
Oct. 1, 1982


PAVILIONS:

Future World pavilions:
• Spaceship Earth, 1982
• The Land (presented by Nestlé USA), 1982
• Imagination! (presented by Kodak), 1982
• Universe of Energy, 1982
• The Living Seas, 1986
• Wonders of Life, 1989
• Innoventions, 1994
• Test Track (presented by General Motors), 1999
• Mission: SPACE (presented by HP), 2003

World Showcase pavilions:
• Mexico, 1982
• China, 1982
• The American Adventure, 1982
• Germany, 1982
• Italy, 1982
• Japan, 1982
• France, 1982
• Canada, 1982
• United Kingdom, 1982
• Morocco, 1984
• Norway, 1986

 
What's Going on at  Epcot

Sounds Like Summer
Sounds Like Summer musical revival at Epcot: The whole family will be rockin’ and rollin’ to legendary music this summer at Epcot when popular tribute bands take the stage at America Gardens Theatre. Tribute bands will recreate classic hits from musical icons under the stars as part of the Sounds Like Summer concert series. Concerts, which are included in regular Epcot admission.
 

General Epcot Video
 
rvlogo.gif (1467 bytes) Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
To date, our favorite incarnation of the popular night time show at epcot, combining pyrotechnic, music, laser and fire elements for a not to be missed show!
rvlogo.gif (1467 bytes) Illuminations:
Epcot's night time spectacular takes place every evening prior to the park's closing.  Captured here in RealVideo during the Summer '95 season for your viewing pleasure.  (Content has been edited for time.)
 
rvlogo.gif (1467 bytes) Illuminations 87:
Compare and contrast this clip with the clip from 1995 to see what has changed.
 
rvlogo.gif (1467 bytes) Walt Disney World Monorail System: Ever wonder what it feels like to drive a monorail?  Ride up front with us on our journey from the Transportation and Ticket Center to our approach at Epcot Center. Then travel atop a double decker bus entering the United Kingdom in World Showcase.
 
rvlogo.gif (1467 bytes) Scenes Of Epcot:
A collection of clips from around Epcot center
 
General Epcot Photos

Fountain of Nations
Spaceship Earth 2000
Spaceship Earth 2000 at night
Epcot circa opening year
Sunset over World Showcase
Epcot monorail station

Bonus Material

Spaceship Earth Nighttime Wallpaper

Spaceship Earth Wallpaper: Set your background for black and then make this picture your desktop wallpaper.
 

 




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