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Epcot Guide

Epcot at Walt Disney World Florida

The Epcot Center is one of four theme parks in Disney World Florida, and the third most-visited theme park in the USA!

Epcot is divided into two areas:

  • Future World: Where you can see all kinds of technological innovations, and also one of the fastest attractions to be found in any Disney theme park!
  • World Showcase: In which you can explore the culture and cuisine of 11 countries.

Even if you’ve never been to Disney World, you’ll definitely recognise its mascot - Spaceship Earth - which very much resembles a giant golf ball!

What does EPCOT stand for?

EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and this theme park was based on an idealistic, utopian vision of the future envisioned by Walt Disney himself.

Overview of Future World

Epcot Rides & Attractions – Our Top Picks at Future World

This is the place where ideas become reality!

Future World is made up of pavilions featuring inspiring entertainment, sensational attractions and shows. Everything in Future World is focused on innovation and technological advancements.

Spaceship Earth

*Slow ride

This 16-minute ride takes you on a journey back over 40,000 years to see the landmark moments that made some of today’s amazing technology possible!

From the Stone Age to the computer age, you can see how early man painted his thoughts on cave walls, and the Phoenicians devised the alphabet, right up to the televised broadcast of the moon landing and beyond.

Fun fact: The Spaceship Earth ride is narrated by none other than Dame Judi Dench!

You can use your FASTPASS on this ride

Spaceship Earth

Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future (Spaceship Earth Pavilion)

An interactive area where you can build, create and play with all kinds of exhibits which bring innovative ideas and brand new technologies to life.

The exciting games and activities in Project Tomorrow include:

  • Body Builder: Assemble a digital human body in a 3-D interactive game that simulates the technology developed to perform remote surgeries.
  • Super Driver: A driving simulator that shows off a still-under-development accident avoidance system.

Tip: In Project Tomorrow you can also view some digital images from the future that you created while riding through Spaceship Earth – why not email them to your family and friends from one of many kiosks!

Power City: Discover how to responsibly go about managing power and energy within a growing city.

Test track control

Mission: SPACE

*Thrill ride

Ever daydreamed about being an astronaut? This shuttle simulator is your chance to experience authentic NASA-style training and even a space launch!

Tip: You can pick your level of intensity on Mission: SPACE, so if you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend to go for the Green Team, which is less intense but still thoroughly exhilarating!

Each member of your 4-cadet crew will assume an important role, which all play critical parts in your mission as you dodge meteors, navigate nebulae and slingshot around the moon. Don’t forget - your crew is counting on you!

Height Restrictions: You must be 44” or taller for this ride

You can use your FASTPASS on this ride

Mission: SPACE

Epcot Character Spot (Innoventions West Pavilion)

Head for this brightly-coloured cartoon clubhouse of the future for the chance to meet and greet your favourite Disney characters!

Characters you can meet here include Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse – so don’t forget your camera for some awesome photo opportunities and lots of hugs!

Epcot Character Spot is open throughout the day, with various characters appearing at set times (you can find out more at Epcot Guest Relations).


The Seas with Nemo & Friends (SeaBase Pavilion)

*Slow ride

That pesky clownfish Nemo is missing again! Can you help Marlin and Dory find him?

Jump on board your “clamobile” and get ready to descend below the waves into Nemo’s Big Blue World filled with colourful coral and gently swaying sea anemones.

Then it’s time to meet some real fish when the “Finding Nemo” characters join real, live sea creatures in the gigantic aquarium, with lots of hands-on activities to teach smaller children about marine biology, shark safety and more!

You can use your FASTPASS on this ride

Finding Nemo

The Circle of Life

Simba teaches Timon and Pumbaa an important lesson about the environment in this 20-minute film.

Learn and laugh along with this magical mix of animation and live action, which is a wonderful opportunity to introduce youngsters to the concept of eco kindness, and how caring about our planet can help us to avoid disaster!

Overview of World Showcase

Attractions at Epcot World Showcase – Our Top Picks

Epcot World Showcase pavilions are based on 11 countries from around the world, with restaurants, shops, live entertainment and attractions which represent the culture of each country.

The 11 countries featured at World Showcase are:

  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Morocco

Live Entertainment at World Showcase

The Epcot live shows are usually around 20 minutes long. Some of our favourite shows at World Showcase include:

Mariachi Cobre

Everyone loves a mariachi band! Make sure you pass through the Mexico Pavilion to see this one perform the traditional folk music of Jalisco, Mexico.


Feel the thunder of Taiko, a time-honoured style of drumming, performed with synchronized movements by an entertaining percussive troupe.

Jeweled Dragon Acrobats

These guys are simply amazing – an energetic acrobatic troupe from China whose performances will leave you speechless at their strength, agility and balance.

Off Kilter

Get ready to rock out like only the Scots can, with this rip-roaring, kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing band!

Character Meet & Greets at Epcot World Showcase

In the different pavilions around World Showcase you can meet lots of Disney characters for photos, autographs and hugs! Just some of the characters you might see include:

  • Princess Aurora in France
  • Snow White in Germany
  • Winnie the Pooh & friends in the UK
  • Mulan in China
  • Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco
  • Alice in Wonderland in the UK
  • Belle in France
  • Mary Poppins in the UK
  • Donald Duck in Mexico

Please Note: Characters may change seasonally, so you may not be guaranteed to meet a certain character at a certain place.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

*Fireworks Event

The Epcot Fireworks are legendary, and are a definite can’t miss when you’re here, so make sure you stick around to catch them at around 9-9.30pm (depending on the season)!

This incredible fireworks display celebrates the past, present and future of Earth with three parts to the show:

Part One: The Earth Is Born Earth’s fiery birth begins with flames and fireworks erupting from the lagoon.

Part Two: The Triumph of Life The illuminated surface of the globe reveals the history of humanity and our achievements.

Part Three: Hope for the Future Comets of light race into the sky, and the entire lagoon dances with bursts of joyous white light.

Fun Fact: The Epcot Fireworks show is narrated by Jim Cummings—the voice of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and other Disney characters!

You can use your FASTPASS+ for the Epcot Fireworks

Epcot Restaurants

Future World Restaurants – Our Top Picks

Coral Reef Restaurant

*Gourmet Dining

Like seafood? You’ll love this restaurant in more ways than one!

The Coral Reef restaurant really lives up to its name – as you dine you’re surrounded by all kinds of beautiful sea creatures—including sharks, turtles, rays and fish – through the panoramic windows of Epcot’s aquarium.

The Coral Reef serves up delicious gourmet meals like lobster orecchiette pasta and other seafood favourites, as well as tender chicken and steak dishes.

Tip: With the help of your souvenir Fish Guide you’ll be able to identify the marine life while you wait for your next course!

The Garden Grill

*Character Dining

This is the perfect opportunity to meet some of your favourite Disney characters while you eat!

This rotating restaurant has fabulous views of Epcot’s “Living with the Land” attraction, with scenes like the rainforest, farmhouse, thunderstorm, sandstorm and prairie

Feast on all-you-can-eat family-style fare including:

  • Platters of beef, turkey and sustainable fish
  • Fresh salads
  • Warm dinner rolls with maple butter
  • Buttermilk mashed potatoes
  • Harvest skillet cake.

Electric Umbrella

*Food Court

Tuck into delicious meatball subs, vegetable flatbread, chicken caesar salad, chicken breast nuggets and more quick bites underneath the colorful canopies of this eaterie.

Epcot World Showcase Restaurants – Our Top Picks

Most of the World Showcase restaurants are themed according to the country (pavilion) they’re located in, so you can really “Eat your way around the World”!

Joy of Tea (Chinese)

Tea is one of the world’s most popular drinks, and the Chinese definitely know how to make a simple cup of tea into a special occasion! Choose from the various aromatic flavours – from delicate and refined to bold and strong.

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (British

This traditional British pub serves up old favourites like fish and chips, bangers and mash, vegetable cottage pie, as well as a kids’ menu including turkey meatballs and grilled chicken. You can dine outside on the patio overlooking World Showcase Lagoon, and don’t miss the brilliant evening entertainment over a British beer, cider, scotch or signature cocktail!

Tip: The Rose & Crown is very popular so reservations are recommended

Biergarten Restaurant (German)

Celebrate Oktoberfest all year round with authentic German eats and lively entertainment!

Gelati (Italy)

The Italians are known for making some of the finest ice-cream in the world, so when you’re in the Italy pavilion, make sure you stop off at this fabulous gelato parlour!

Lotus Blossom Café (American, Asian, Chinese)

Chow down on Chinese favourites like egg rolls, orange chicken, shrimp fried rice, noodle soup and more. Then take your taste buds on a trip with ginger ice cream and wash it all down with some of their plum wine!

Tokyo Dining (Asian, Japanese, sushi)

Watch the talented sushi chefs prepare their culinary works of art, with views of World Showcase Lagoon through the floor-to-ceiling windows!

This restaurant has a vibrant feel of modern Tokyo, serving authentic Japanese cuisine – go for your tried and trusted favourites and try something totally new, like one of their colourful sake cocktails!

Tip: Tokyo Dining is very popular so reservations are recommended

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival

This annual festival takes place every autumn at Epcot.

You can look forward to sampling all kinds of unique, exotic, new and traditional foods from around the globe – as well as some of the finest wine country offerings!

Please Note: Some of the experiences may require a separate entry fee.

Dietary Requirements & Healthy Options

Most of the restaurants at Epcot are able to cater for special dietary requirements, food allergies and intolerances, as well as healthier meal options. When you arrive at the restaurant, please ask to speak with the chef about your needs.

Epcot Facts

Epcot Park Opening Hours

Epcot Future World is open from 9am to 9pm or 10pm depending on the season.

Epcot World Showcase is open from 11am – 9pm

Parking at Epcot

Epcot has a huge paid parking area, from which you can walk to the Disney parks or take a tram right to the park entrance.

Parking Prices

Parking costs are not included with your theme park ticket, but once you’ve paid for parking at one Walt Disney World park, you can park at any of the other parks for free that day.

  • Car/Motorcycle/: $20 USD
  • Camper/Trailer/RV/Shuttle/Limo: $22 USD
  • Bus/Tractor Trailer: $25 USD

Staying at a Disney Hotel?

If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can park at Epcot for free. Just make sure you have a valid Key to the World Card or Resort Parking Permit.

Parking Tip:

The car parks at Disney World are BIG! Make sure you don’t lose your car by writing your row and lot number on something that won't run if it gets wet.

If you do forget where you’ve parked, find a car park tram driver and let them know the approximate time you arrived - they should be able to direct you to the right area.

Directions to Epcot


2901 Osceola Pkwy, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States

Getting to Epcot:

  • Walt Disney World Resort is located southwest of Orlando, off Interstate 4, west of Florida’s Turnpike.
  • Take exit 67 from the Interstate to go directly to Epcot.

What can I bring into Epcot?

Food items like snacks or food that does not require heating can be brought into the Disney theme parks – but you should inform a Security Cast Member if you have any food items entering the park.

You are not permitted to bring alcoholic drinks into Epcot.

What to wear at Epcot

It’s highly recommended to dress casually and comfortably for a day at the Disney Parks. You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so comfy, sturdy shoes are a must!

A waterproof or poncho is also advisable in case of rain showers.

Shoes and tops must be worn at all times at the Disney parks.

Clothing that you are not allowed to wear at the Disney parks includes:

  • Adult costumes or clothing that could be viewed as representative of an actual Disney character
  • Masks
  • Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
  • Excessively torn clothing
  • Revealing clothing that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment
  • Objectionable tattoos

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