EPCOT, Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow was Walt Disney’s idea to show innovation and technology of the future. Epcot is all about change and moving forward, developing new ideas to take us into the future.
During my most recent visit to Walt Disney World in October 2017 I spent a day at Epcot seeking out the new changes in Future World and World Showcase. Future World is where most of the attractions can be found in Epcot. The newest change to Future World was the introduction of the Soarin’ Around The World video which recently replaced the Soarin’ Over California video. Though the same attraction, the new video brings a unique touch to the attraction showing major landmarks from around the world. By October the wait time for Soarin’ had finally settled down to anywhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours. Soarin’ is a popular attraction to get a Fast Pass so if this is your plan make sure to get your Fast Pass as soon as you can. Soarin’ is a sensory attraction and great for families however, if in a wheelchair or scooter you must be able to transfer into the ride vehicle in order to ride.
At this point Innoventions has closed for a refurbishment, we do not yet know the finish date and what will be held within the building when it reopens. The Innoventions buildings were home to interactive exhibits teaching about safety and innovation.
Future World is also home to the Finding Nemo attraction and animal exhibit. Here kids can learn about fish, turtles, dolphins and beluga whales. An interactive attraction called Turtle Talk with Crush, kids can talk to Crush and ask him questions about the Big Blue Sea. The Finding Nemo attraction is unique for those in wheelchairs, certain ride vehicles are equipped to roll your wheelchair right into the vehicle, no transfer required.
World Showcase brings a very different element to the park making Epcot stand out from other theme parks in the world. World Showcase is made up of 11 pavilions representing 11 different and unique countries from around the world. These pavilions are staffed by citizens from their respective countries and are here to teach us about their customs and traditions. Some pavilions have attractions that will engage and provide some views of the country. The most recent addition to World Showcase is a log flume attraction in Norway. Previously the attraction known as Maelstrom has been converted and themed to the movie Disney’s Frozen. Tag along with Anna and Elsa as they save the kingdom from a frozen winter. This attraction requires all guests to transfer into a ride vehicle. For the kids or the kid in all of us there are 2 interactive games throughout World Showcase. 1 requires the purchase of a World Showcase passport. These can be purchased from any merchandise kiosk. Kids can travel to each country in the World Showcase and get their passport stamped and signed. As well Perry from Phineas and Ferb needs your help to stop Dufenshwertz. Kids can follow clues around World Showcase to help Perry save the day.
In the fall World Showcase hosts a music series called Eat To The Beat. This is located at the theatre across from the American Adventure Pavilion. Disney World brings in music acts and bands to perform short sets throughout the evenings. There is special seating for those requiring special assistance or those in wheelchairs.
Also in October guests can participate in the Food and Wine Festival. Countries in addition to those in World Showcase are represented bringing a taste from home with them. Guests can travel around World Showcase tasting sample size portions. Guests can try everything and get a stamp in their Food and Wine passport to show where they went and what they tried.
Every evening gather around World Showcase Lagoon and witness Illuminations, Epcot’s nighttime fireworks show. Fireworks and lasers are used throughout the show and at the centre is a globe which lights up with projections to tell the story of community and togetherness among the world. This show is at park close every night, 9pm and can be seen from anywhere around World Showcase Lagoon. Fast Passes can be booked for this show. In addition a dessert party can be purchased which gives guests wine, bite-sized treats and an ideally located viewing area for Illuminations.
EPCOT is a uniquely amazing place to visit. If you are in the Walt Disney World area, this would be a must see.