Epcot is the favorite park of many guests and it is not hard to understand why. From the futuristic and natural elements of Future World to the authentic cultural details and history found throughout World Showcase, guests can experience so much in one single place. Epcot also has a unique balance of making learning fun, and guests continue coming back for more after each visit. While guests truly love Epcot, they might be overlooking some great details and gems hidden throughout the park that share history, entertainment, and even Hidden Mickeys. Here are the top seven hidden gems for guests to find on their next visit to Epcot.
7. Living with the Land’s Hidden Mickey –
While serenely gliding through the greenhouses of The Land, guests pass through one section of the attraction which features red lighting and tubes featuring various creatures. Sharp eyed guests will quickly be able to find a Hidden Mickey in one of the tubes shaped out of what looks like a mesh material. It only forms a classic Hidden Mickey at the right angle, so guests have to be quick in spotting it!
6. Morocco’s Fountain –
One of the quietest pavilions in World Showcase is Morocco as it features winding streets set up like an authentic marketplace. For those guests who wander to the far back of the pavilion, there is a fountain to enjoy for a few moments. This fountain is comprised of beautiful bright mosaic tiles and features a trickle of water coming out of an upright wall. What makes this fountain a hidden gem is the peaceful atmosphere surrounding it. Since it is in the rear of the pavilion, few guests wander all the way back making it a quiet and peaceful place to relax in World Showcase.
5. Mexican Folk Art Gallery –
When visiting the Mexico pavilion in World Showcase, many guests breeze right through the doors of the pyramid and into the air conditioned Plaza de los Amigos which is home to the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. By moving right into the heart of the pavilion, guests are missing out on a gem hidden in plain sight. Just inside the entrance to the pyramid is the Mexico Folk Art Gallery which features beautifully carved statues of figures including animals and skeletons. There are several displays to enjoy and often times a Cast Member working on a carving for all guests to see.
4. Spaceship Earth’s Hidden Mickey –
While moving through time, guests pass by several Hidden Mickeys on Spaceship Earth but one of the best to spot can be found in the Renaissance scene. Just before passing a sculptor on the left hand side of the attraction vehicle, look for a table with various paint supplies on it. There is a classic Hidden Mickey formed by three residual paint rings. This Hidden Mickey can be hard to spot from the right, so be sit on the left hand side for the vehicle for optimal viewing.
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3. Japan’s Balcony –
One of the best places to take in the sights of World Showcase Lagoon and Spaceship Earth is hidden in plain sight in Japan. Located above just outside of the restaurant Tokyo Dining, there is a balcony open to all guests, though many don’t realize they can access it. The balcony offers a gentle breeze and great views for guests to enjoy. Come nighttime, guests can head up to the balcony to take in an ideal view of Illuminations! Just be aware that sometimes the balcony can become a little crowded with photographers at night, so try to get there early for a good spot before the show starts.
2. Figment’s Tribute –
Journey into Imagination with Figment is the third variation of the attraction since it opened in 1983. The original version of the attraction titled Journey into Imagination featured Figment and his friend Dreamfinder teaching guests about the power of imagination and gathering ideas from all aspects of life. When the attraction was updated in 1999 to Journey into YOUR Imagination, both Figment and Dreamfinder were noticeably absent to the dismay of many guests. The attraction was then revamped and opened in 2002 as its current version once again featuring Figment but missing Dreamfinder. While guests still miss him, Dreamfinder has his own unique tribute on the current attraction. Guests should look to the right of the attraction vehicle after passing a room filled with a large computer. There is a door reading “Dean Finder” which is a clever tribute to a missing friend.
1. Voices of Liberty –
Found in the America pavilion of World Showcase, the Voices of Liberty are a great example of a gem hidden in plain sight. The Voices of Liberty are an a cappella group who perform a medley of patriotic hits before each showing of the American Adventure. Many guests miss their performances though because they either get to the pavilion as the show is starting or they bypass it all together. The Voices of Liberty perform under the building’s rotunda and interact with the crowd after each performance. They are hands down some of the best entertainment in World Showcase and are a must see in Epcot!