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11 Reasons Your Family Will Love Epcot At Walt Disney World

Epcot opened on October 1, 1981 and features a diverse range of attractions, dining, and entertainment. With Future World focused on technology and the environment and World Showcase featuring eleven pavilions of countries from around the world, there is so much to see on a day in Epcot. Add in unique dining options, live entertainment, and thrilling attractions and Epcot is sure to please every guest. Here are eleven reasons why your family will absolutely love Epcot on your next Walt Disney World vacation.

11. It’s Educational

Epcot is able to uniquely balance education with entertainment which makes learning fun. With education as its primary goal, Epcot offers a vast array of different pavilions which each focus on a certain topic or country. In Future World guests can learn about the oceans at The Seas with Nemo and Friends, imagination at Journey into Imagination with Figment, and agriculture in The Land. World Showcase offers guests the opportunity to learn about eleven different cultures through architecture, exhibits, dining options, live entertainment, films, and attractions. With so many interesting and fun things to experience, your family will never even realize how educational a day in Epcot can be!

10. It’s Like 2 Parks in 1

Future World and World Showcase were originally intended to be two separate parks until Imagineers mashed them together to create the Epcot guests know today. Guests who experience all that Epcot has to offer can feel as though they are actually visiting two different parks conveniently located together. Future World offers guests a look at technology and the environment while World Showcase takes a cultural approach offering two different experiences in one park.

9. A Chance To Fly

There is no experience as close to really hang gliding over beautiful sights around the world as Soarin’. Located in Future World, this attraction allows guests to take to the skies and see gorgeous aerial views set to a sweeping score. For those who have always dreamed of flying, Soarin’ is as close as they can get!

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8. Nemo and Friends

For guests who are fans of the Pixar film Finding Nemo, there are plenty of ways to interact with Nemo and other characters from the film at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. There is an attraction of the same title which takes guests through the film’s story, areas to learn more about the ocean with familiar faces, and a chance to interact with Crush in real time at Turtle Talk with Crush.

7. A Chance To Blast Into Space

Epcot offers up the unique chance to blast into space as part of training course for a mission to outer space. At Mission:SPACE guests enter the International Space Training Center and can pick a more intense (Orange Team) or tamer (Green Team) experience. They are then blasted into space for an out of this world adventure. Guests who opt for the Orange Team feel G Forces close to those that real astronauts feel!

6. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

The new version of Test Track takes guests into the design world of Chevrolet and teaches them about the advantages of efficiency, power, capability, and responsiveness and their relationship to design. Guests are then each given the opportunity to design their own unique vehicle and see how it holds up on the attraction. Your family will love Test Track as it offers everyone the chance to create their own unique design and have some friendly competition.

5. Spaceship Earth

This flagship attraction of Epcot tells the history of communication from the beginning of time to modern day. Filled with interesting scenes including the Renaissance and Ancient Greece, guests especially love this attraction for its unique ending. For the final portion of the experience, guests get to answer a series of questions and are offered a cartoon segment of what their future could be like complete with their pictures! It’s a great interactive element that all guests love!

4. Frozen Ever After 

Frozen Ever After is located in the Norway Pavilion and boasts extremely long wait times in the stand-by line. Save the time… FastPass this one! Frozen Ever After is a family-friendly boat ride that took the place of the former Maelstrom and follows a similar track, winding through multiple experiences up and down the river. It’s a fun attraction with beautiful surroundings, top notch animatronics, and of course… the forever popular Frozen characters and songs to sing along with. Plus, the family can meet Anna and Elsa after in a character meet and greet!

3. Traveling the World

World Showcase offers guests the amazing opportunity to travel the world and experience eleven different cultures without leaving Central Florida. Featuring countries such as Mexico, China, Germany, Morocco, and Canada guests can spend a whole day exploring each pavilion and enjoy shopping, dining, exhibits, and live entertainment native to each country. Guests will really feel like they have crossed the globe- and still be able to go back and ride Soarin’ a second time!

2. Food For Everyone

Every family is sure to love Epcot because of its vast and unique dining options. Future World is home to The Garden Grill which serves up fresh produce grown in the greenhouses of The Land and Coral Reef Restaurant which offers beautiful views of the massive aquarium in The Seas with Nemo and Friends. In World Showcase, every pavilion offers a full service dining location for guests to try out foods native to those countries that they may have never experienced before. With all of these dining options, even the pickiest eater will be able to find something to enjoy! Even better – visit during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the fall for even more food and beverage selections.

1. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Note: Illuminations’ last show will be September 30, 2019. “Epcot Forever”, a temporary fireworks spectacular, will begin on October 1.

Each day in Epcot ends with a nighttime spectacular on World Showcase Lagoon. Illuminations combines a beautiful story with fireworks, pyrotechnics, lasers, and a sweeping score. Each member of the family will be sure to enjoy this memorable show and find it a great way to cap off a trip to Epcot!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.