Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened in 1982. It was conceived by Walt Disney to “take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that were emerging from the creative centres of American industry.”
For many years Epcot was considered an ‘adult’ park. They worked hard to overcome this reputation and most have discovered that kids can have a blast visiting Epcot, including the ‘boring’ countries.
One of the best things they did was to introduce ‘kidcot’ stations at every venue. Kids can create a ‘free’ (yes, you read that right) souvenir to take home with them. The more spots they visit, the more they can add to their one of a kind creation. Additionally, you’ll find Disney characters associated with each country hosting meet and greets.
Epcot consists of two themed areas, Future World and World Showcase.
Future World features attractions that focus on energy, communication, the land and our environment, the ocean, imagination, transportation and space exploration. Spaceship Earth located inside the iconic “golf ball” traces the history of communication. Over at The Land Epcot’s most popular ride “Soaring” is found. Here you can fly through stunning scenes filmed over the California landscape. You are swept over snow capped ridges, desert canyons, rocky seashores, and gorgeous beaches. The whole experience culminates with a swooping run up Main Street USA to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, ending among the evening fireworks display.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a fun filled trip into the underwater world of Nemo. The action centers around the 5.7 million gallon aquarium that is home to thousands of fish including sharks, sea turtles and dolphins. This pavilion features all of the characters from “Finding Nemo”. You can ride on “Clam-Mobiles”, have fun with the hands-on activities, and you don’t want to miss “Turtle Talk with Crush”.
At Imagination you can take a fun filled look at the senses on your “Journey Into Imagination With Figment”. It is rarely crowded and is one of the perfect rides for the days when the park is busy and you need a break.
The terrific 3-D film “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” transports you into the zany world of professor Wayne Szalinski, famous for “Honey I Shrunk The Kids”. Just be warned, there are some scary elements so it may not be the best choice for everyone.
Test Track takes you on an unforgettable ride. This is a great attraction but it does have a well deserved reputation for intermittent delays.
Mission Space simulates a very realistic launch into space as you and your crew pilot your capsule to Mars. There are two versions so choose wisely. If you have the slightest inclination towards motion sickness, pick the tamer option, but if you like living on the edge, go for it!!!.
Centered around a beautiful reflective lagoon is Epcot’s World Showcase. Each country features entertainment, dining and shopping unique to their culture. This is also where the ‘boring’ part for kids kicks in. Take advantage of the kidcot stops and think twice about some of the movies at several of the countries. If your little guy balks after one of them, they don’t get better at the others. All isn’t lost, in Mexico and Norway there are boat rides that kids will definitely like and most everyone enjoys the ‘street’ performers scheduled throughout the day.
Every evening Epcot presents IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth. This is a great laser and firework display and is well worth waiting for.