If you are ever in the Orlando area, then one amusement park that you may wish to visit is Epcot. Epcot is part of the Walt Disney World theme parks and it is located on Walt Disney World Resort property in Bay Lake, Florida. This park has been opened since October 1, 1982 and, as with all of the Disney parks, visitors are welcome any day of the year. Epcot was the second of the Disney theme parks to open, following the Magic Kingdom. Approximately 13 million guests visit Epcot annually.
The Epcot park is divided into two main sections. The two sections are called the Future World and the World Showcase. Future World includes the main entrance to Epcot, as this is where the Disney World monorail arrives with many of the park guests. Spaceship Earth is also located in the Future World. Inside the Spaceship Earth, visitors can enjoy an easy ride as they learn about the history of innovation. In fact, most of the pavilions in Future World are dedicated to innovation, human interactions, advances in technology, and science concepts, too.
Guests can then adventure on to the World Showcase, where they can delve into the distinct cultures of 11 different countries. In the center of the World Showcase lies the World Showcase lagoon, and around the lagoon, visitors can stroll through varying pavilions representing the countries of Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, United States, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, and Mexico. Each pavilion showcases the history, the culture, and the atmosphere of the country that is being represented. Many pavilions are staffed with people that are from the country they represent, which makes each pavilion seem more authentic and interesting. Regional foods are often served inside the pavilions, as well as retail establishments, historical data, and sometimes an interactive ride for guests to enjoy, too.
Epcot is host to a number of annual festivals that helps to attract visitors to the park. Some of the festivals include; the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, and the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. New Year’s Eve is also a very popular time in Epcot, as guests can enjoy unique entertainment and celebrations to help ring in the new year.
There are several hotels that are close to the Epcot park, although any hotel within the Walt Disney World Resort provides easy transportation to Epcot for all of the guests. Some of the hotels that are in close proximity to Epcot include: Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. From many of the resorts that are in close proximity to Epcot, guests may be able to spot the iconic Spaceship Earth or maybe even see Epcot’s nightly IllumiNations show and fireworks.
Epcot is definitely an interesting park, where one can experience the culture of many different countries, all within a short 1.2 mile walk around the World Showcase lagoon. Visitors can also delve into the realm of human achievements and learn about the innovations that make life simpler for all of us, as can be found in the Future World section of the park. Visitors can easily spend a full day, or two, learning and seeing all of the different things that Epcot has to offer. Epcot is certainly a favorite among Walt Disney World fans.
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