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EPCOT Center

Mission Space Pavilion

Mission Space Pavilion
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EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and it was intended by Walt Disney to be a planned and working city built on-site at Walt Disney World. Walt Disney didn't live long enough to see it happen and instead, in 1982 it became a theme park dedicated to entertainment, education and the celebration of man's achievements.

Over the years Epcot developed a reputation for being more of an 'adult theme park', with kids finding it a bit boring in comparison to the other neighboring parks, but Epcot has fought hard to overcome this reputation, and it now has much to offer in the way of entertainment for every member of the family.

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Epcot is made up of two very different areas: Future World and World Showcase. Future World focuses on communications, the environment, health, energy, the oceans, technology, and more. World Showcase is made up of pavilions that represent eleven different countries of the world. In each country visitors can sample authentic cuisine, marvel at the architecture, and experience the culture of the represented countries.

Use the interactive map below to explore the different areas.

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Future World

When entering Epcot, the main entrance will bring you into Future World. As the name implies, Future World is where the latest technological offerings are located. Through a combination of interactive activities and cool attractions, you'll find exhibits that focus on ocean life, the environment, technology, energy, communication, space exploration and transportation. There are several attractions that will entertain and teach visitors of every age.

Spaceship Earth - Spaceship Earth is located inside Epcot's iconic geodesic sphere, or "golf ball" as it's affectionately known, and traces the history of communication from the caveman era and into the future. The 15-minute attraction is narrated by Judi Dench and features an impressive soundtrack with an orchestra and choir. It is truly a must-see for visitors to Epcot.

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Mission: Space - Mission: Space takes four riders at a time on a simulated trip to the Red Planet. Each rider assumes a specific role in the mission depending on where they're seated, but don't worry, you won't crash if you miss your cue. This intense ride mimics a liftoff and launch, which is wild, but suitable for visitors of almost every age. But if it seems a little too wild, there is a less intense version available.

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Innoventions East and West - Each of these two exhibits focuses on scientific and technological innovations, with a spotlight on fun. Both the east and west versions include interactive and imaginative displays which will keep kids entertained as they learn.

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Ellen's Energy Adventure - Ellen DeGeneres is your host on this multimedia attraction that takes a look back at the prehistoric origins of today's energy sources. The ride is both educational and entertaining with some great effects that take you on a trip back through time.

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Posted youTube: October 12, 2008

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience - Look out audience, you're going to accidentally get shrunk by Professor Wayne Szalinski in this 3-D show. You might even be terrorized by a large cat, and an even larger 5-year-old. Moving seats, crazy lights, and smoke, help make this attraction fun for every member of the family.

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Test Track - This 5-minute ride is a high-speed adventure that carries riders in a six-passenger convertible that follows what looks like an actual highway. But the terrain is a little unpredictable and riders will have to climb hills, handle tight-curves, and of course the brakes have to be tested. At one point the ride gets up to 60 mph making it one of the fastest rides in Disney World.

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Soarin' - Not your typical motion simulator-style ride, Soarin' puts guests in hang gliders that lift up more than 40 feet in the air. If you've ever wondered what it feels like to fly, you'll come pretty darn close with this ride as you fly through sky over the landscapes of California. The projection-screen dome that surrounds the ride is filled with scenic panoramas of the Golden State.

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The Seas with Nemo and Friends - Formerly know as The Living Sea, this family-friendly ride takes riders on a gentle journey past some amazing underwater scenes as they search for the missing Nemo. Animation and puppetry combine to make this an unforgettable experience in the land under the sea.

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Posted youTube: March 08, 2009

World Showcase

Tour the world in a day at Epcot Center! The World Showcase features the unique environments of eleven countries, all encircling a giant lagoon. The represented countries are Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. You'll be immersed in the culture of each country as you explore the shops and taste the cuisine. All of the represented countries also have authentically indigenous architecture, landscaping, and background music. To add to the authenticity, the Disney cast members are from the represented countries and are happy to share their heritage with visitors. If you can't get to the real countries, the World Showcase is the next best thing.

World Showcase is a fairly relaxing area of Walt Disney World. There aren't really any thrill rides per se, but there are many things to keep visitors entertained as they stroll through the pavilions such as movies, boat rides, and exhibits.

Kidcot Fun Stops - These are special areas scattered throughout the park where kids can do an activity, interact with cast members, and create a souvenir to take home. It's a fun way for kids to learn something about each country in the pavilions (there are also a few fun stops in Future World) and a great chance for parents to sit down and relax for a few minutes.

Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure - One fairly new attraction that is sure to please kids (and their parents) is the ultra-interactive Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. An attraction like no other, this unique adventure turns guests into secret agents who need to save the world from super-villains. With the help of an official "Kimmunicator" that helps players maneuver through the mission, participants receive the clues needed to find the dangerous villains and stop their quests for world domination. Top-secret devices are hidden inside seven of the World Showcase pavilions and players must get to them and take part in a special mission to help save the world.

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Tips

  • Epcot Center is a huge theme park, approximately twice the size of the Magic Kingdom, so be prepared for a lot of walking.
  • Use the free boat service to cross the World Showcase Lagoon - it saves a lot of time.
  • Come to Epcot at night and check out the Illuminations fireworks show that takes place over the lagoon. Arrive at least half an hour early to ensure a good viewing spot.
  • Try to catch the little shows that take place outside of every "country". It helps enhance the experience and adds a bit more fun for the little ones.
  • There are a lot of other street shows in Epcot. Grab a times guide and try to see some of them.
  • Give yourself enough time in the World Showcase to explore every country in depth. It's huge, and there are all sorts of fun things just off the beaten path.
  • Mission: Space is one of the top attractions but make sure the little ones can handle the intensity.
  • Soarin' is one of the most popular attractions and Fastpasses often run out in the morning. Make sure you go there first.
  • If you want to visit Test Track and Mission: Space, check out the lines to see which one is longer. Get a Fastpass for the longer one, then ride the other, and go back for the second one at the given Fastpass time.
  • Check the Epcot tip board throughout the day for wait times for the most popular attractions. It's located between the Innoventions plazas.
  • If you want to see the Disney characters, check the times guide for their locations.
  • World Showcase is probably the best place to eat in all of Walt Disney World. There are all sorts of restaurants with fantastic international cuisine, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time. The popular restaurants fill up very quickly, especially during the busy seasons.
  • If you're visiting Epcot Center with young kids, get a stroller. Epcot is very big and there's a lot of walking required. A stroller will make life much easier.

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