Disney World Epcot Center

Disney World Epcot Center

The original idea for the Disney World Epcot Center was that it would be an ongoing world’s fair.

A place where the latest technologies and progress could be showcased for all to enjoy.

Walt Disney had this idea way back in 1966.

He said:

“Epcot will be an Experimental Prototype Community OTomorrow that will take its cue from the new ideas and technologies that are emerging from the creative center of American industries.”

He intended for it to never be completed – always evolving to keep up with the latest and greatest. Well, since its opening in 1982, Epcot has done just that.

It is an awesome place where families can explore the wonders of science and the diversity of our world’s cultures.


Disney World Epcot Center is divided into two separate areas, Future World and World Showcase.

Future World is all about science and technology. Each pavilion showcases a different topic in fun and exciting ways. Future World is also where you’ll find some of Disney World’s best thrill rides.

World Showcase is exactly what its name implies. It is a sampling of eleven countries arranged around the expansive World Showcase Lagoon. You can take a leisurely trip around the world in one afternoon! Strolling along the wide promenade, you will experience authentic costuming, entertainment, and cuisine.

You might be thinking that your tiny kids won’t enjoy the experience of Epcot. Please don’t think that Epcot is only for adults!

Even the smallest Disney fans will enjoy a relaxing day at Epcot. There are special areas scattered throughout the park called Kidcot Fun Stops. This is where the kids can do an activity and interact with Cast Members.

There are also plenty of Character Greeting opportunities in Epcot. So strap the little ones in a stroller and take on the world – all in one day!

My family usually visits Epcot on our second day of our vacation, after the Magic Kingdom. My kids really enjoy the fun technology of Future World and love wandering amongst the countries of the World Showcase (and sampling the food!)

Our favorite things in Epcot are Soarin’ and the Illuminations fireworks extravaganza each night. We are a huge firework-loving family and sometimes manage to see Illuminations three or four times in a single trip!

While all the nighttime entertainment across the entire Disney World Resort is superb, Illuminations at Epcot will always be our favorite. We love it so much that we frequently listen to the soundtrack at home!

EPCOT - Monorail
EPCOT – Monorail

Getting to and from Disney’s Epcot Center is sometimes an attraction in itself! There are many transportation modes available, including buses, monorails, boats and trams. Be sure to know the location of the pickup/drop off point for whichever mode you choose.

My boys absolutely love the excitement of riding the monorail, but they are just as entertained by the novelty of riding the Disney buses, since that is not something they do at home!

Let’s explore the Disney World Epcot Center!

Epcot Map

Upon entering Disney World Epcot Center, you will find yourself in Future World at Spaceship Earth. Be sure to stop at Guest Relations right next door to pick up Park Maps and Showtime Schedules. You can also make ticket upgrades, dining reservations, find out where you can meet the characters, or pick up Disney Dollars or Birthday Buttons. The Cast Members at Guest Relations can pretty much help with any questions or concerns you may have. This is also the location of the Lost and Found.

You can find Epcot tips, show times and even attraction wait times at the digitized Guest Information Board in Innoventions Plaza just past Spaceship Earth.

Some other important locations at the Disney World Epcot Center:

Guest Relations at Entrance Plaza on the right
Guest Relations at Innoventions East
Guest Information Board Innoventions Plaza
Camera Center Entrance Plaza
Camera Center World traveler at International Gateway
Baby Care Center Odyssey Center
First Aid Odyssey Center
Lockers on the right under Spaceship Earth
ATM Main Entrance on left
ATM walkway between Future World and World Showcase
ATM The American Adventure
Package Pickup next to City Hall
Stroller Rental Main Entrance on left
Stroller Rental International Gateway
Wheel Chair Rental Main Entrance on left
Wheel Chair Rental International Gateway

The Disney World Epcot Center is open daily throughout the year.

Park Hours vary by season and sometimes depend on Epcot Special Events. Epcot also has Extra Magic Hours. This is when the park opens early or remains open late on certain days during the week. Guests staying at one of the Disney Resorts can take advantage of these extra hours.

Chubby Checker at Epcot

Live entertainment and fireworks displays are a big part of the day during a Disney vacation. Disney World Epcot Center definitely delivers in this area!

Throughout the day there are numerous live performances in both the World Showcase and Future World. Be sure to grab a Times Guide when you enter the park so you don’t miss out on these outstanding shows.

EPCOT - Japan drummers

We particularly enjoy the acrobats in China and drummers in Japan. My sons also really got a kick out of the JAMMitors in Future World! Try to see some of the shows – you won’t regret it.

Epcot Illuminations

Whatever you do, please don’t miss the grand finale of a day at Epcot – the fireworks!! Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is a breathtaking kaleidoscope of fireworks, color, and light all set to an incredible and moving score and lyrics. This truly is a spectacular way to finish a day.

The Epcot dining locations offers an array of culinary fare. There are a multitude of Table Service restaurants (ADRs are strongly recommended), many Counter Service locations, and a plethora of places to grab a snack or a quick bite. Character Dining is also available at certain meals and restaurants.

Each pavilion or country in Epcot thoroughly presents its theme with authentic costumes, food, and landscaping.

Below you will find a listing of all the sections of Disney World Epcot Center, along with the attractions, shops, and dining options offered in each.


Spaceship Earth 

Future World 
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Gateway Gifts and Camera Center


Universe of Energy

Future World 
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure


Mission: Space

Future World 
  • Mission: Space
  • Advanced Training Lab
  • Mission: Space Race
  • Space Base
  • Expedition: Mars
  • Postcards from Space


Test Track 

Future World 
  • Test Track



Future World 
  • Innoventions East
  • Opportunity City
  • Innoventions West
  • Rockin’ Robots
  • Mouse Gear
  • The Art of Disney Epcot Gallery
  • Electric Umbrella
  • Fountain View Espresso and Bakery


The Seas with Nemo and Friends 

Future World 
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Caribbean Coral Reef
  • Bruce’s Shark World
  • Coral Reef Restaurant


The Land 

Future World 
  • Living with the Land
  • Soarin’
  • Circle of Life
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Garden Grill Restaurant



Future World 
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Imageworks: “What If” Labs
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
  • Imageworks Shop

These are some photos from Epcot Future World.

Also – an aerial photo of Epcot.



World Showcase 
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • Casa Mexicana
  • Plaza De Los Amigos
  • El Ranchito del Norte
  • La Familia Fashions
  • Cantina de San Angel
  • San Angel Inn



World Showcase 
  • Maelstrom
  • Stave Church
  • The Spirit of Norway
  • The Puffin’s Roost
  • Stave Church Gallery
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall



World Showcase 
  • Reflections of China
  • House of Whispering Willows
  • Yong Feng Shangdian
  • Lotus Blossom Café
  • Nine Dragons



World Showcase 
  • Das Kaufhaus
  • Volkskunst
  • Der Teddybar
  • Kunstarbeit in Kristall
  • Sussigkeiten
  • Sommerfest
  • Biergarten



World Showcase 
  • Enoteca Castello
  • Il bel Cristallo
  • Lo Bottega Italiana
  • Tutto Italia


The American Adventure 

World Showcase 
  • The American Adventure Show
  • American Heritage Gallery
  • American Gardens Theater
  • Heritage Manor Gifts
  • Liberty Inn



World Showcase 
  • Bijutsu-Kan Gallery
  • Mitsukoshi Merchandise Store
  • Teppan Edo
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Kaki Gori
  • Yakitori House



World Showcase 
  • Moroccan National Tourist Office
  • Tangier Traders
  • Marketplace in the Medina
  • The Brass Bazaar
  • Souk al Magreb
  • Tangierine Cafe
  • Marrakesh



World Showcase 
  • Impressions de France
  • Plume et Palette
  • La Signature
  • L’Esprit de Provence
  • Les Vins de France
  • Souvenirs de France
  • Boulangerie Patisserie
  • Les Chefs de France
  • Bistro de Paris


United Kingdom 

World Showcase 
  • The Crown & Crest
  • Sportsman Shoppe
  • The Tea Caddy
  • The Toy Soldier
  • The Queen’s Table
  • The Magic of Wales
  • Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop



World Showcase 
  • O Canada
  • Northwest Mercantile
  • La Boutique des Provinces
  • Refreshment Port
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse

Enjoy your visit to the Disney World Epcot Center!

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