Epcot is a favorite park of many guests visiting Walt Disney World because if features two distinct halves which come together to celebrate both the future and history. The front section of the park is called Future World and it features attractions and experiences which celebrate technology and nature. While visiting Future World guests can dive into the ocean, soar over amazing landmarks, design their own car, and blast off into space. Part of what makes Future World so amazing is the attention to detail found everywhere. Small details help to bring the area to life, and there are many hidden secrets in the details for guests to find and enjoy. These hidden secrets can be historical, pay tribute to previous attractions, and even feature Hidden Mickeys. Here are six hidden secrets in Future World in Walt Disney World.
6. Horizons Logo –
Mission: SPACE is a popular attractions in Future World and it brings guests into the fictional International Space Training Center where they embark on a simulated adventure to outer space. Before Mission: SPACE opened, the area used to be home to Horizons, an attraction which took guests on an exploration of the possibilities of technology used in the future. When Epcot first opened, each attraction or pavilion had its own logo and Horizons was no exception. Guests who enjoy Mission: SPACE today can still spot a tribute to Horizons while moving through the first area of the indoor portion of the queue. As guests move past a massive gravity wheel on the right hand side of the queue, they should pay close attention to its center where the Horizons logo can still be seen today.
5. Familiar Faces –
The flagship attraction of Epcot’s Future World is Spaceship Earth which is housed in a massive geodesic sphere that is the first thing guests see from the parking lot. Taking guests on a journey from the beginning of time to present day to explore the development of communication, Spaceship Earth is beloved by many guests. The attraction features countless Audio Animatronics in scenes depicting important moments in history like the Renaissance, Ancient Rome, and man landing on the moon. Since so many Audio Animatronics were needed when constructing Spaceship Earth, Imagineers opted to reuse existing molds which were previously used in The Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom. By using preexisting molds, guests who enjoy Spaceship Earth can look for Teddy Roosevelt as a Roman, John Adams as a monk, James Buchanan as Gutenberg, and William Taft as an Egyptian.
4. A Historic Fountain –
Located behind Spaceship Earth is a massive plaza which branches off into many different paths that guests can use to move around Epcot. The focal point of the plaza is the huge Fountain of Nations which puts on a show of dancing water and beautiful music several times an hour. While the show is beautiful to watch, many guests don’t realize that there is also a wonderful history behind the fountain. When the Fountain of Nations was dedicated, Walt Disney World invited guests from twenty nine nations to come and contribute water from twenty five different bodies of water around the world. All of these different cultures came together to combine their history and water into one beautiful Fountain of Nations.
3. A Historic Plaque –
The Seas with Nemo and Friends invites guests along on a journey with the characters from Pixar’s Finding Nemo to dive under the surface and explore the ocean below. Guests can relive the story from the animated film, interact in live time with Crush the turtle, observe sea creatures like dolphins and manatees, and learn all about the different ocean environments that exist. Before the pavilion featured Nemo and friends, it was titled The Living Seas and its main attraction brought guests down to the sea floor to explore SeaBase Alpha. While the original pavilion no longer exists, guests can still find a plaque bestowed to The Living Seas in 1987 by the American Society of Civil Engineers just outside a set of double doors.
2. An Interesting Address –
Guests who enter into The Seas with Nemo and Friends enter directly into the queue for the pavilion’s attraction of the same name. While moving through the different areas of the queue, guests at one point pass through a room filled with sandy hills and a lifeguard stand. A sign in the beach room features a reference to the address 1401 Coastal Highway which many guests just assume is a made up beachy sounding address. The sign actually pays tribute to Walt Disney Imagineering in California which is located at 1401 Flower Street in Glendale!
1. A Long Lost Vehicle –
Journey Into Imagination with Figment is a whimsical attraction which brings guests into the Imagination Institute where Dr. Nigel Channing is waiting to take them on a tour of five different sensory labs. Along the way Figment, a loveable purple dragon, intervenes and shows how imagination works best when it is set free. The original version of the attraction was titled Journey Into Imagination and it featured Figment and Dreamfinder who traveled throughout the world collecting imagination in their Dream Catcher. Unfortunately Dreamfinder is no longer featured in the attraction, but guests can still find several tributes to him in Epcot. Guests who are shopping in the massive Mouse Gears store can look up near the ceiling to stop the original Dream Catcher and remember a lost friend.