What Is Epcot Center?

What Is Epcot Center?
Epcot Center is one of four theme parks that make up Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Opened in 1982, the park consistently ranks in the top five most visited theme parks in the world.

Two Areas, One Park

Epcot features two large themed areas stretched over 300 acres of land. Future World consists of most of the rides and attractions, including the iconic Spaceship Earth. The World Showcase is home to representations of 11 different countries. Each "country" has its own restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

Notable Attractions

"Test Track" lets riders experience the testing environment for vehicles, including different climates, braking and high-speed driving. "Soarin'" simulates the feeling of flying. "Mission: Space" simulates a spaceship launch.

Entertainment

Scheduled entertainment is performed on the streets of the World Showcase. Taiko drum performances are held in Japan, for example, while belly dancers entertain guests in Morocco. Younger visitors may enjoy the show featuring Crash from Finding Nemo.

Getting Around

Walking through Epcot Center is good exercise but if you want a more leisurely way to move between areas, shuttle boats cross the lake between Future World and the World Showcase every 15 to 30 minutes. The monorail system can also take you to the Magic Kingdom or a few other locations in Disney World.

Nighttime

"Illuminations" is the nighttime Epcot Show. Visitors gather around the lake to watch a laser light, fireworks and musical show.

Article Written By Amy Jorgensen

Amy Jorgensen is a freelance writer and college instructor from Indiana. In addition to freelancing, she has also taught writing, public speaking, business communication and customer service courses at two different colleges. Jorgensen holds a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Liberal Studies degree.

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