By Melissa Fegely
Epcot is a big park, roughly twice the size of the Magic Kingdom, and it can be overwhelming for both new and more experienced guests alike. With all of the attractions in both Future World and the World Showcase area, along with exciting restaurants, shops, and character meet-and-greets opportunities, it’s very easy to overlook experiences and attractions that are well worth the time.
While Epcot as a whole was originally proposed as a community of the future that showcased new and changing technologies, the Future World area is now themed around ideas of progress and technology in the natural world, in industry, and in creative expression.
If you have more than one day to spend at Epcot, take some time to check out these equally amazing attractions in Future World.
10. The JAMMitors.
Future World has live entertainment, and one popular act is the JAMMitors. This group of talented and fun musicians resemble janitors who play lively music on trash cans. Look for them near Innoventions.
9. Single-Rider Line at Test Track.
Test Track is an extremely popular attraction that allows guests to creatively design a vehicle and then experience firsthand how the vehicle performs on a testing track in the areas of power, efficiency, capability, and responsiveness. This attraction frequently has long lines, so it’s advisable to reserve a FastPass for it. Don’t overlook the single-rider line. While you won’t get to ride with your party, the wait time is drastically reduced.
8. Ellen’s Energy Adventure.
This attraction is often skipped, but it’s worth the time if you have more than one day in Epcot. Featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Alex Trebek, and Jamie Lee Curtis, the attraction explains in an entertaining way about different types of energy and energy issues. The moving theater uses realistic dinosaur scenes to illustrate the origin of fossil fuels. It’s a great way to relax, be entertained, and cool off for about 45 minutes.
7. Animal exhibits in The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a large pavilion with several different attractions. Turtle Talk with Crush and The Seas with Nemo and Friends clamshell ride are the most popular ones, as well as the large aquarium. Be sure not to overlook the smaller animal exhibits on both the lower and upper levels. Various kinds of tropical fish, seahorses, eels, and starfish, and other sea animals in smaller tanks captivate guests daily. A fascinating manatee area can also be found here, and cast members are happy to educate observers on the resident manatees while they feed and swim.
Separated into Innoventions East and Innoventions West, these two areas introduce technological advances ideas in a fun manner. The exhibits change on a regular basis and are a great way to get out of the rain or heat and still have a good time.
5. Disney Visa Picture.
If you are a Disney Visa card holder, take advantage of a free photo with the characters in the Innoventions West building. Just show your Disney Visa and receive a complimentary PhotoPass download. The characters change all the time, so you never know who is going to be waiting behind the curtain to pose with you.
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4. Club Cool.
If you’re in the mood to try out different soft drinks from around the world, check out the Club Cool building. Guests can enjoy complimentary samples of Coca Cola products from several different counties. Some of the tastes may surprise you!
3. Behind the Seeds tour.
Fans of the Living with the Land boat attraction can take their experience one step further with the Behind the Seeds tour. Living with the Land entertains and educates guests on different methods of agriculture in different ecological environments, followed by a trip through several greenhouses which produce food for many Epcot restaurants.
The Behind the Seeds walking tour lets you investigate behind the scenes and learn hands-on about the research in the greenhouses and the latest advances in plant-growing techniques. Tour guests can visit the fish farm, see the alligators, and release ladybugs in the greenhouse as a method of natural pest control. The tour is about one hour long.
2. Character Spot.
Take advantage of this easy and air-conditioned way to get your picture taken with Disney characters. Regulars include Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, and maybe a surprise or two. PhotoPass photographers are available to take the picture and add it to your PhotoPass account. FastPass is available for this experience for a shorter line.
1. Fountain of Nations Water Show.
The magnificent water fountain in Future World, behind Spaceship Earth, is hard to miss, but not as well known is the spectacular dancing water shows set to music that guests can enjoy here. While you’re viewing the show, it’s also a great place to cool off with spray from the fountain.