“So that’s what E.P.C.O.T is… an experimental prototype community that will always be in a state of becoming. It will never cease to be a living blueprint of the future, where people actually live a life they can’t find anywhere else in the world.” –Walt Disney
Completed in 1982, this theme park was designed to reflect Walt’s vision of the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), which aspired to showcase American innovation in urban living.
Its symbol, the immense geodesic sphere called Spaceship Earth, whose facade is constructed almost entirely of isosceles triangles, is a structural marvel that only gets more dramatic the closer you get to it.
Epcot is divided into 2 “worlds” — Future World, which you enter from the main entrance and opens first (usually 9 am); and World Showcase, which usually opens 2 hours later, (typically at 11 am) and features food, architecture, entertainment and shopping in international pavilions representing 11 different countries. World Showcase is where you’ll also find fun adult beverages like flights of tequila and frozen Grand Marnier slushies.
Epcot is the second largest park, with the most square feet to traverse (much of Animal Kingdom’s square footage is devoted to its wildlife). A second entrance near France is for those transiting by Friendship boats between Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and by foot from Epcot resorts (Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk, and the Marriott-run Swan and Dolphin hotels).
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth — a rousing display of fireworks and technology every night at park close – including, pyrotechnics, water fountains, fire effects, and laser – on the World Showcase Lagoon, between Future World and World Showcase.