Epcot was Walt Disney's greatest dream, it was in fact his vision for the future. Epcot is an acronym for 'Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow'.
We were given a couple of alternative meanings by one of the staff at Epcot, 'Every paycheck comes on Thursday' or 'Every person comes out tired'.
We had our reservations about this park as Jessica was only 4 years old at the time and thought she may become bored with it, as it is the most adult oriented of the Disney theme parks. However we need not have worried as she absolutely loved it.
Epcot was about 30 minutes ride from the hotel, this included several stops to pick up passengers from neighbouring hotels. The first thing you notice as you approach the park is the giant golf ball like structure that dominates the skyline.
|The large iconic sphere that houses the 'Spaceship Earth'|
ride dominates the skyline at Epcot
The first ride you encounter is 'Spaceship Earth' which is housed in the giant golf ball like structure. This ride depicts how communication has evolved and shaped our lives from the early days of the ice age to the present day. As the queue was relatively short we decided to take advantage of this and this became the first ride of the day.
Epcot is split into two sections, Future World and World Showcase. Future World is the area in which you enter the theme park and is very popular with the younger children. This area celebrates the technological breakthroughs and achievements made by mankind.
|Undersea adventures with Nemo & Friends|
- Test Track
- University of Energy
- Honey. I shrunk the Audience
- Nemo and Friends
- Mission Space
- The Living Seas
- The Land
- The Sum of all Thrills
For this reason we skipped the east section and concentrated on the west section as the rides were more suitable for Jessica. Jessica's favourites were Soarin and Nemo and Friends as well as Spaceship Earth.
|Mickey & Minnie get into the Christmas spirit at Epcot|
When you leave Future World you enter the next section which is aptly called World Showcase. This is a 1 kilometer plus circular walk around the perimeter of a large a lagoon.
It consists of 11 pavilions, each showcasing the architecture and cultures of the country. The countries represented in the World Showcase are:
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
|Don't try this at home|