Guests who visit Walt Disney World love to spend time in all of the theme parks, but especially enjoy visiting Epcot. The park is unique thanks to its two unique halves which come together to form a cohesive whole celebrating both tradition and the future. Future World occupies the front half of Epcot and focuses on technology, innovation, and nature and World Showcase sits in the rear of the park and celebrates eleven different countries from around the world. While there are plenty of attractions, dining and shopping opportunities, entertainment, and shows to enjoy, guests also love just spending time wandering through Epcot to soak up the atmosphere and details. Epcot is home to plenty of hidden secrets and history thanks to the huge amount of detail found throughout each area, and guests love spotting hidden secrets on each Disney trip. Let’s see if you know these six secrets about Walt Disney World’s Epcot.
6. Recycling Faces –
Guests who visit Epcot simply must experience the classic attraction Spaceship Earth. Located just inside the entrance to the park, the attraction is housed in a massive geodesic sphere which is covered in futuristic silver triangles. Spaceship Earth brings guests from the beginning of time to modern day to celebrate the history of communication by showing important moments in history like the Renaissance and man landing on the moon. Each scene in the attraction features several audio-animatronics meaning there are dozens of characters to look at. When building the attraction, Imagineers decided to recycle faces already created for the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom instead of creating all new audio animatronics. Guests who enjoy Spaceship Earth today can spot Teddy Roosevelt as a Roman, William Taft as an Egyptian, Franklin Pierce as a scholar, James Buchanan as Gutenberg, and John Adams as a monk.
5. A Special Flight –
One of the most popular attractions in Epcot can be found on the lower level of The Land Pavilion in Future World. Soarin’ invites guests to take to the skies in a thrilling hang gliding adventure over beautiful sights around the globe! You’ll fly over new locations, including the Matterhorn, the Great Wall of China, Iguazu Falls, and Epcot. There are plenty of new sights and scents to experience. Those who pay attention closely while moving through the queue of Soarin’ might notice that the flight number is 5505, which may seem like a random string of numbers but actually pays homage to the attraction’s opening date of May 5, 2005.
4. A Lasting Tribute –
Many guests love enjoying the attraction Journey Into Imagination with Figment to lean all about how the mind works best when set free. Guests are treated to a tour of the sensory labs in the Imagination Institute and get into all sorts of antics along the way with Figment. When the attraction originally opened in Epcot in the 1980s, Figment was featured alongside DreamFinder who traveled around the world collecting imagination. While DreamFinder can no longer be seen today, guests can still enjoy a subtle tribute to him in the form of a door marked Dean Finder on Journey Into Imagination with Figment.
3. Hidden Buildings –
World Showcase is a massive area in Epcot and resides all around World Showcase Lagoon. Guests can enjoy gazing across the water at any of the eleven pavilions for beautiful views and classic architecture. Guests who stand in just the right place and look across World Showcase Lagoon towards the Morocco Pavilion might notice that one building in particular seems to be much further away than the rest, but they might not realize that it is located in an entirely different theme park! The building in the distance is actually The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in nearby Disney’s Hollywood Studios. When the attraction was under construction, Imagineers realized that it could be seen from World Showcase so they decided to add architectural elements and a similar color scheme to the Morocco Pavilion to help it blend in seamlessly.
2. Prince Min –
The China Pavilion is one of the most intricately detailed in all of World Showcase and also contains a delicious restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner. Nine Dragons Restaurant serves up traditional Chinese cuisine and even features an interesting cultural element on the roof. Guests might notice a man surrounded by animals sitting on one corner of the restaurant’s roof. The man is a representation of Prince Min, an evil ruler of ancient China who was hanged for his crimes. Chinese culture calls for a representation of Prince Min to warn off other tyrants and a guard of animals to prevent him from ever escaping.
1. Saint George –
Guests who enjoy the Germany Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase can dine on classic German cuisine at the Biergarten Restaurant, shop for beautiful keepsakes, and enjoy a cold beer at the Oktoberfest counter service location. While enjoying the pavilion, guests might notice a statue in the middle of the courtyard with a figure high up on a pedestal. The figure is a representation of Saint George who was said to have saved a princess from an evil dragon. Many villages in Germany feature a likeness of Saint George to protect their people and the Germany Pavilion is no exception!