Welcome to Disney’s EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) located in Orlando, Bay Lake, Florida USA.
Epcot is inspired by an unrealized vision developed by Walt Disney during the early development of Walt Disney World as an experimental planned community that would serve as a center for American innovation and urban living. After Disney’s death in 1966, this version of the “EPCOT” concept was abandoned.
On October 1, 1982, the ‘EPCOT Center’ opened as the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World resort. The new park maintained the idea of showcasing modern innovation and enterprise through avant-garde edutainment attractions, as well as the addition of a world nations exposition. The newly-designed park, featuring two sections, Future World and World Showcase.
In 1994, the park was renamed to Epcot (stylized as EPCOT) hosting an average of 13.4 million guests a year, ranking it as the fourth-most-visited theme park in North America and the seventh-most-visited theme park in the world.
The 21st Century Begins October 1, 1982
Future World consists of a variety of avant-garde pavilions that explore innovative aspects and applications including technology and science, with each pavilion featuring self-contained attractions and distinct architecture in its design.
Future World also serves as the park’s main entrance and features Spaceship Earth, a large geodesic sphere structure and the anchor pavilion, which also houses an eponymous dark ride attraction that depicts the history of communication.
Future World Pavilions;
Imagination! is themed to imagination and creativity and features two attractions; Journey into Imagination with Figment and the Disney-Pixar Short Film Festival.
The Land depicts human interaction with the Earth, focusing on agriculture, ecology, and travel. The pavilion contains Soarin’ Around the World, an attraction that simulates a hang gliding flight over various regions of the world; Living with the Land, a narrated boat tour through Audio-Animatronics scenes, a greenhouse and hydroponics lab; and Awesome Planet, a 4D film about the Earth’s biomes and the perils of climate change.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends is based on ocean exploration inspired by Finding Nemo and features an Omnimover attraction, Turtle Talk with Crush, and an aquarium with animal exhibits.
Mission: Space, centered on space exploration, is a centrifugal motion simulator thrill ride that replicates a space flight experience to Mars and a low orbit tour over the surface of Earth.
Test Track is a thrill ride inspired by the rigorous automobile testing procedures that General Motors uses to evaluate concept cars.
The Odyssey Events Pavilion currently features a Walt Disney Imagineering preview exhibit detailing the forthcoming redesign plans for Epcot.
EPCOT’s World Showcase is a large area reminiscent of a permanent world’s fair which contains 11 pavilions, each themed and dedicated to represent a specific country around the globe. These pavilions surround the World Showcase Lagoon, a large man-made lake located in the center of the showcase with a perimeter of 1.2 miles (1.9 km).
The 11 pavilions are:
Most stores and restaurants at Epcot, especially in the World Showcase, serve and/or sell a variety of alcoholic beverages including specialty drinks, craft beers, wines, and spirits reflective of the respective countries.
The park also hosts the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, an annual event featuring food and drink samplings from all over the world, along with live entertainment and special exhibits.
Le Cellier Steakhouse serves up sensational savor tender steaks sound, fresh seafood with cheesy poutine fries and other regional cuisine inspired by the provinces of Canada.
Under sweeping stone arches and flickering candle sconces, this sizzling steakhouse recalls the wine cellars of grand château-style hotels like Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and Fairmont Château Laurier.
Chefs de France will transport you to the heart of Paris through this charming café. With its high ceilings, intricate mosaic flooring and expansive windows looking out onto the promenade, this bright and airy restaurant features innovative French cuisine.
Celebrating fresh and simple ingredients, the menu changes seasonally but may include such delicacies as beef tenderloin, classic onion soup and roasted duck with cherries. Bon Appétit
Enjoy intimate dining and spectacular views of a living coral reef—and seasonal cuisine at the Coral Reef Restaurant where you can dive right in to ocean-fresh specialties from around the globe or feast on classic gourmet favorites.
Start off with a sumptuous appetizer like lobster bisque. Then, select from our seasonal menu, where entrées may include sautéed shrimp and grits or oven-roasted chicken breast. Small fries will love our kid-friendly fare featuring the grilled fish, grilled chicken or pasta with parmesan cream sauce.
Discover vibrant flavors from regions around Mexico at La Hacienda de San Angel, as you dine under colorful globe lamps and star lanterns.
Corn tortillas are house-made each day, and fresh salsas—ranging from sweet to spicy—are prepared with chipotle and serrano peppers, mangos and more.
Zesty appetizers include Queso Fundido, a dish of warmed cheese with poblano peppers and sausage. Share a meaty mixed grill with a parrillada for 2.
Delight in the culture and flavors of France that renowned chef Paul Bocuse has shared with the world for decades at restaurant Monsieur Paul.
Here, you’ll discover a focused wine list, inventive twists on traditional French dinner and breathtaking views of World Showcase. This is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or simply savor delectable cuisine in a serene setting.
Nine Dragons Restaurant is where you can take delight in Cantonese, Mongolian, Szechuan, Hunan and Kiangche-style specialties under the soft glow of Chinese lamps.
Greeted by a stunning glass etching of 2 dragons chasing a glowing pearl, diners can feast on such favorites as honey-sesame chicken, peppery shrimp and fried rice. Request a table by one of the windows for a sweeping view of the World Showcase Lagoon promenade.
Restaurant Marrakesh is a culinary Oasis where you can feast on such Moroccan delicacies as roast lamb, shish kebab, couscous and brochette of chicken.
Stained-glass chandeliers bathe diners in a warm, dim glow, all while intricate tile mosaics evoke timeless majesty. Select an à la carte favorite—or partake in a culinary adventure with a feast featuring hearty meats, Moroccan pastries and more. Children can also choose from kid-friendly fare like chicken tenders, pasta and hamburgers.
The Rose & Crown Dining Room is your typical family-friendly British pub features traditional favorites, waterfront dining and lively entertainment.
Delight in such specialties as fish and chips, bangers and mash, and more. In addition to British selections, the kids menu includes favorites like turkey meatballs and butter chicken.
Dine inside or outside on the patio overlooking World Showcase Lagoon. Just be sure to leave room for sticky toffee pudding!
San Angel Inn Restaurant takes you south of the Border to taste Mexican specialties served with Old World hospitality in this intimate, twilit setting.
Start out a romantic meal with zesty appetizers like tortilla soup topped with avocado, cheese and tortilla strips. Then, delight in steak, chicken and fish entrées served with such sauces as chipotle pepper, chocolaty mole and green tomatillo. And later, top off your meal with creamy Bavarian mousse, or cheesecake covered in caramel sauce!
Cozy up to Mediterranean-Inspired cuisine at Spice Road Table and drink in the unforgettable sights provided by this quaint locale’s scenic dining area.
At Spice Road Table, you’re invited to stop in on your adventure around the World Showcase Lagoon to savor Mediterranean small plates and specialty entrées—spicy garlic shrimp, fried calamari, beef and chicken skewers, and coriander-crusted rack of lamb, to name a few—while absorbing the décor inspired by outdoor cafés from the Moroccan seaside.
Delight your senses at the stunning at Takumi-Tei where you dine on brilliantly prepared dishes.
You’ll be seated in one of 5 rooms, each inspired by a natural element—water, wood, earth, stone or washi paper. Choose from our a la carte or multicourse tasting menus offering creatively prepared, Japanese-inspired dishes like braised wagyu beef, roasted duck, maki sushi and yuzu cheesecake.
Japanese dishes, artfully folded cloth napkins and gleaming wooden tabletops greet you at restaurant Teppan Edo gaurenting a feast for your Senses.
Celebrate authentic Japanese cuisine in the communal ritual of Teppan-yaki-style cooking, skillful chefs chop and stir-fry dishes on grills at your table.
Select from steak, chicken, seafood and vegetable entrées, which are served with Udon noodles and steamed rice. You can also enjoy such favorites as teriyaki chicken, assorted sushi rolls, tempura and edamame.
Enjoy traditional Japanese Cooking at restaurant Tokyo Dining where you’ll be transported into a true cultural experience through the harmony of traditional Japanese food and hospitality.
Dine on grilled steaks, fresh fish, a variety of unique items and popular Bento Box presentations—perfect for both the traditionalist and those who like new and exciting tastes.
Relax in Old World ambience at Tutto Italia Ristorante
and enjoy authentic italian cooking including chicken, fish, handmade pasta, lasagna and more.
On the outside patio or in the airy dining room amid murals of ancient Rome and sparkling chandeliers, relish the rich, textured flavors of authentic Italian dishes from a menu created by award-winning chef and California restaurateur Joachim Splichal.
Discover authentic Italian cooking, including hearty pastas, fresh salads and pizzas perfected in wood-burning ovens at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Start your meal with fried risotto balls, vegetable soup or prosciutto e melone. Then delight in lasagna napoletana, chicken parmigiana and wood-fired pizzas.
After dinner, treat yourself to Italian coffee—as well as tiramisu and chocolate gelato.
Space 220 – Coming Soon!
Dine among the stars when you step inside Space 220—a celestial panorama of a space station—for a delicious meal! As you dine, peer out and enjoy amazing daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up.
To begin your journey, board a special space elevator that will ascend to the stars! Along the way, viewports will give you an aerial view of Epcot as you travel high above the planet.
Upon your arrival, you will dine from a menu featuring modern American cuisine, more than 1,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines and a wide selection of craft beer.
Her Highness the Queen is holding a feast at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in honor of the world’s best-loved Storybook Princesses—and you’re invited! Dine in a medieval castle as Disney Princesses and Friends mingle with Guests to give autographs and pose for pictures.
Start the day with American breakfast favorites served family-style, and enjoy Norwegian-inspired fare for lunch and dinner.
At lunch and dinner, every Guest’s royal feast begins with a “Taste of Norway”—featuring the finest Scandinavian seafood, imported cheeses, cured and sliced meats, and a vast selection of salads and fruits. Then, take your pick from a rotating menu of hot entrées, including grilled fillet of salmon, oven-roasted chicken breast and a Norwegian meatball dish called Kjøttkake.
Be transported to a traditional Bavarian village at the Biergarten Restaurant as you feast on German fare to the oompah beat of a lively band.
At communal, biergarten-style tables, enjoy such rotating buffet selections as bratwurst, rotisserie chicken, pork schnitzel and a variety of salads. Save room for Bavarian cheesecake and hand-pulled apple strudel, made fresh daily!
Polka on down to the dance floor, or simply relax in the twilit atmosphere and raise a stein to over 200 years of Oktoberfest celebrations. Guests 21 years of age and up can enjoy a slew of German beers and wines.
At Garden Grill Restaurant, Guests of all ages are invited to imbibe visuals from Living with the Land—such scenes as a rainforest, farmhouse, thunderstorm, sandstorm and prairie—while indulging in an all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style meal.
Hungry for a little mealtime magic? Bring your camera and autograph books to capture an enchanted dining experience as Chip, Dale and other popular Disney pals stop by to say hi—and don’t forget your appetites! Palates of all ages are sure to love our farm-fresh picks, like fluffy scrambled eggs and seasonal fruit for breakfast.
For lunch or dinner, choose from a smorgasbord of savory, allergy-friendly starters and entrees. Delectable menu highlights include a harvest-inspired garden salad, grilled beef with chimichurri and all-natural sliced turkey with gravy. Best of all, many of the veggies are grown in our own Living with the Land greenhouses!
When it comes to grabbing a bite to eat between those all important rides & attractions, Epcot has you covered with 26 different quick service restaurants across the park offering choices from American, French, Italian, Mexican,Chinese, German, Moroccan and Bakery style menus.
Mobile Ordering: Ordering Meals and Snacks on the go has never been so easy. Whether you’re waiting in line for your favorite attraction or standing in front of a tasty looking restaurant you’d like to try, the mobile ordering option at some of the quick service outlets make it quicker & easier for you to order, pay and pick up your food orders throughout the park and all you need is your smart phone and the My Disney Experience app.
Epcot has over 53 specialty stores across its vast theme park, ranging from gifts, souvenirs & apparel to traditional collectibles and attraction merchandise. Whether your looking for that collectible piece of Disney art work or a souvenir from one of the showcase’s pavilions, they have it all and while some stores have a lot of similar items, there are loads that have unique memory making collections in to!
Test Track – Presented by Chevrolet®
Cruise over to the gleaming Chevrolet Design Center to create your own virtual concept car. When you’re done, buckle up in a 6-passenger “SIM Car” and take it for an exhilarating spin on the test track.
Reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour as you put your car through its paces. After each test, check the scoreboard to see how your vehicle performed!
Soarin’ Around the World
Feel the thrill as you’re raised high in the air and swept from one scenic locale to the next. See the world’s wonders—natural and manmade—like you never have before. No mountain is too high. No landscape is too far.
The 180-degree, 80-foot IMAX digital projection dome, spectacular aerial footage, pleasant scents and graceful motion raise the soothing sensation of flight to incredible new heights.
Frozen Ever After
Voyage to Arendelle aboard an ancient Nordic vessel as you take a musical tour of the wintery world of Frozen.
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Figment the playful dragon is your guide on this delightful ride through the sensory labs of Imagination Institute.
Blast off on a thrilling simulated NASA-style mission to Mars—or orbit the Earth on a more gentle ride through space.
Travel through time and explore the remarkable history of human communication from the Stone Age to the computer age.
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Take in the sights of Mexico and the antics of 3 feathered amigos on this gentle boat ride through the Mexico Pavilion.
Living with the Land Presented by Chiquita®
Cruise past greenhouses on a gentle boat tour and discover the surprising history of farming.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Attraction located in Future World at Epcot
Go under the sea—without getting wet—on this gentle ride based on Disney and Pixar’s Finding Nemo, which finds Nemo lost again.
World Showcase Lake
Celebrate the past, present and future of Epcot through this dazzling fireworks and special-effects spectacular.
Witness the wonder as the story of Epcot and its next incredible chapter come to life in this new nighttime spectacular. Behold the single “spark of imagination” that started it all. Watch it grow, evolve and transform into an epic nighttime extravaganza that stirs the senses and captures all you love about Epcot—and all that’s to come—with dazzling fireworks, stunning laser effects and choreographed kites set to tunes that have become theme park favorites.
JAMMitors in Future World West
This rhythmic clean-up crew breaks it down as they drum up fun with some unlikely instruments!
Jeweled Dragon Acrobats
Witness an acrobatic troupe from China perform incredible feats of strength, agility and balance.
Music of Mexico
Sway to exuberant mariachi music as you catch a performance by this spirited band.
Laugh along with master juggler and mime Sergio as he delights you with his lighthearted, Old-World act.
These French acrobats enthrall audiences with their astonishing acts of balance and coordination. C’est magnifique!
Bang your head to the best of classic British rock as this 4-piece band plays everything from psychedelic to punk.
Entertainment at Canada Mill Stage
Discover fantastic live entertainment at the Canada Pavilion, featuring renowned Canadian bands.
Experience the thundering sound of Taiko, an ancient form of Japanese drumming.
Rose & Crown Pub Musician
Pop inside this boisterous British pub for some jolly evening entertainment performed live by our resident songsmith.
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, inaugurated in 1994, uses specially-themed floral displays throughout the park, including topiary sculptures of Disney characters. Guests can meet gardening experts and learn new ideas they can use in their own home gardens. The 18th annual event was scheduled for March 2 – May 15. Each event takes more than a full year to plan and more than 20,000 cast member hours.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, inaugurated in 1995, draws amateur and professional gourmets to sample delicacies from all around the world, including nations that do not have a permanent presence in World Showcase. Celebrity chefs are often on-hand to host the events. In 2008, the festival featured the Bocuse d’Or USA, the American semifinal of the biennial Bocuse d’Or cooking competition.
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts inaugurated in 2017, is a festival showcasing visual, culinary, and performing arts. The first annual event took place on weekends from January 13 through February 20, 2017.The 3rd annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts took place January 18 – February 25, 2019.
The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is Epcot’s annual holiday celebration. The World Showcase pavilions feature storytellers describing their nation’s holiday traditions, and three nightly performances of the “Candlelight Processional” featuring an auditioned mass choir and a celebrity guest narrating the story of Christmas. During the festival, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth features a special extended ending.
On New Year’s Eve, the park offers a variety of additional entertainment including live DJ dance areas throughout the park and a special New Year’s Eve countdown edition of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.