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You Haven’t Truly Done Epcot Unless You’ve Done These 7 Things

Epcot is a favorite park of many guests who visit Walt Disney World thanks to its two distinct halves. The front section of the park features Future World which celebrates the unity of technology and nature and the back section of the park is home to World Showcase which features eleven different countries in a grand celebration of the different cultures of the world. With such a vast array of places to explore in Epcot, it is no wonder why guests love spending time there. Unfortunately, since there are so many amazing experiences to be had in the park, some of them often end up being missed due to not having enough time. Certain attractions and experiences are so amazing that guests should definitely not miss them. Guests truly haven’t done Epcot unless they have experienced these seven things.

7. Spaceship Earth

As soon as guests enter into the parking lot of Epcot they can spot the massive structure of Spaceship Earth. Covered in hundreds of geometric silver triangles, Spaceship Earth is futuristic and a perfect fit in the front of the park. The massive structure houses an attraction of the same name which brings guests from the beginning of time to modern day to celebrate how communication has evolved. Guests who board Spaceship Earth’s Time Rovers travel through scenes depicting important moments in history including the Renaissance, the burning of Rome, man landing on the moon, and the creation of the first personal computer. The attraction culminates with a beautiful view of our Spaceship Earth and a fun interactive look into guests’ futures through animated vignettes.

6. Soarin’

Located on the lower level of The Land Pavilion, Soarin’ is one of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World and can easily have wait times exceeding two hours on busy days in Epcot. The attraction brings guests into a massive airport hangar where they embark on a hang gliding adventure over beautiful sights around the world. Guests who experience Soarin’ truly feel as though they are taking to the skies and hang gliding, making it a must do in Epcot.

5. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Also found in Future World is a thrilling attraction which allows guests to design their very own cars. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet invites guests into the design studio where they have the opportunity to create their very own SIM car and then test it on the track in Responsiveness, Capability, Power, and Efficiency. The experience culminates with a thrilling outdoor loop which offers up beautiful views of Future World. Guests will find themselves wanting to return time and time again to Test Track Presented by Chevrolet to see if they can best their last design!

4. World Showcase

The rear portion of Epcot is home to World Showcase where different cultures, styles of architecture, cuisines, and histories are celebrated each day. Guests who visit the area can explore eleven different pavilions each showcasing a country and sharing its culture. Each pavilion is home to shopping locations, entertainment, and dining options and several feature amazing films and attractions. Guests visiting the Mexico Pavilion can enjoy The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros and embark on a scenic tour of Mexico while attempting to find Donald. Schedule a FastPass+ for Norway’s Frozen Ever After attraction. Those stopping in the China Pavilion can watch the circle vision film Reflections of China which showcases the beauty and culture of the country.

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The American Pavilion is home to The American Adventure which utilizes film, artwork, and Audio Animatronics to tell the story of the people of the United States. Guests who spend time in the France Pavilion should enjoy the film Impressions of France which features sweeping views of the beauty of the country combined with the music of classic French composers. Finally, guests who visit the Canada Pavilion can watch the circle vision film O Canada! which is hosted by Martin Short and explores the beauty and culture of the country. With so many amazing attractions to enjoy and areas to explore guests should definitely not skip out on spending lots of time in World Showcase enjoying everything it has to offer.

3. Dine In World Showcase

An experience that every guest should have in Epcot is enjoying a full service meal in one of the countries of World Showcase. Each country features at least one full service dining location which serves up traditional cuisine from the culture in unique and amazing settings. Guests who dine in Mexico can sample traditional cuisine while enjoying a quiet river and distant volcano. Those dining in the Canada Pavilion can travel to a cozy wine cellar and dine on delicious steakhouse offerings. No matter what country a guest chooses, they are sure to have an amazing meal in World Showcase.

2. Mission: SPACE

Another thrilling attraction in Future World is Mission: SPACE which brings guests into the International Space Training Center (ISTC). There guests are invited to partake in training for a mission to space, making history in space exploration. Since the attraction is rather intense, guests can choose to be a part of the Green Team and experience a calmer version of the attraction, or opt for the Orange Team and experience full intensity. Once strapped into their space crafts, guests soon find themselves on an out of this world mission full of surprises and adventure!

1. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Note: Illuminations final showing will be September 30, 2019. October 1 will begin the new nighttime show titled “Epcot Forever”. This is a temporary nighttime spectacular as we wait the arrival of the permanent show.

Each night, World Showcase Lagoon comes to life with the spectacular Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. The show combines laser lights, pyrotechnics, fireworks, a beautiful score, and dancing water to convey the unity of all people. Guests symbolically gather around the fire and can enjoy the show each night from many different amazing viewing spots around World Showcase Lagoon. No day in Epcot is complete without a nighttime viewing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

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.