Epcot is my favorite Walt Disney World park. I love exploring the World Showcase, a representation of 11 countries that feature art, architecture, restaurants, and cast members (workers) from that country to make it all the more authentic. Epcot, which is short of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, was created to incorporate Walt Disney’s love of World Fairs and promise of the future. Epcot is twice the size of Magic Kingdom so it does involve a lot of walking. It is a haven for the education minded as well as savviest foodie. Here are 5 more things I love doing at Epcot.
#1 Celebrate the American Adventure at World Showcase
Beat the heat by sitting in an air-conditioned theater for a 30 minute presentation chronicling America’s past and future through the works of Audio-Animatronics, film, and music. The elegant theater is a gorgeous place to get comfortable and cool while watching 35 presidents tell the story of our great nation. Do not miss the Voices of Liberty as well, which feature an a cappella group, dressed in period clothing, that sings wonderful choral renditions of some of your favorite patriotic songs. Pictured below was one of my favorites, the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps, but that has now been cancelled as of 2014.
#2 Take a ride on the Test Track
Found in Future World East, the Test Track ride has been pleasing guests for 17 years now. You may choose to design your own virtual concept vehicle or let the computer choose one for you (which will save significant time). Your vehicle creation then is judged on certain criteria to see how you measure up with other riders. This ride is a thrill ride by Disney standards, traveling 65 mph, and is very fun with its hairpin turns, hills, and a few surprises along the way.
#3 Explore Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth has eluded me for all these years of visiting Epcot simply because I did not know that there was a ride inside “the ball” at Epcot. It was so much fun; I have seriously been missing out! The ride takes you through the history of communications, from the Stone Age to the computer age, and then you are given a series of questions to answer and based on your answers you create a video. The video can then be emailed to yourself upon exiting the ride.
#4 Visit and eat your way through delicious Germany in World Showcase
Germany is designed to make you feel as if you are walking through a Bavarian village with many styles of architecture dating from the 13th to 17th centuries. It is Oktoberfest year round in this version of 16th century town of Rothenberg, Germany. The shopping is great; lovely stores full of beer steins, cuckoo clocks, hand-painted eggs, and German Christmas items. I love having a caramel drizzled cookie at Karamell-Küche (Werther’s caramels) and lunch or dinner at Biergarten. Biergarten is a full-service restaurant with a dynamic Octoberfest buffet with all the typical Bavarian wurst sausages, spaetzle, and cabbage. Enjoy live entertainment while you dine with the oompah band, dancers, or yodelers. Wine tastings are also available. Do not miss meeting Snow White at her Wishing Well (see your guide sheet for times).
#5 Attend the special events Epcot has to offer
Epcot just finished running their 75 day springtime Flower and Garden Show. During these special events, many free activities take place such as guest seminars, concerts, presentations, and at this one in particular, amazing Disney themed topiary’s decorating the park. One of my favorite activities this year was the butterfly pavilion, featuring local and more exotic butterflies. There were signs available to help you identify the species which were helpful. Colorful flowers were blooming all around, catching the attention of the butterflies. The tent they used for the exhibit was perfect for taking great pictures and it was a very popular exhibit. Special flowers and trees were scattered for visual displays throughout the entire park as well. Be sure to see the film that shows how much work goes into Disney providing its guests this awesome show.
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