Epcot Theme Park: around the world in a day
At Epcot's entrance, you will be greeted by Spaceship Earth, in the shape of a giant golf ball. Take this 16-minute ride inside Spaceship Earth that chronicles the history of man.
Epcot has been called the more educational of the Disney Theme Parks, for its cultural World Showcase, which features 11 countries. Visit Mexico, Norway, China, Japan, France, Morocco, Italy, Germany, Canada, the UK and the United States. These countries are so convincing — from the food, drink, architecture and employees — that you might forget you're still in Orlando.
Ride an exciting Viking boat ride in Norway, delight in the pastries and sip on a fresh beer. In the UK, groove to the tunes of the Beatles tribute band, squeeze into the classic red phone booths with your friends or sample some fish and chips.
Step inside an Aztec pyramid in Mexico, shop at the marketplace and take a lazy boat ride through the lagoon under a smoking volcano. Look for Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in Morocco and try the delicious authentic food at Restaurant Marrakesh.
Jump into a car at Epcot's Test Track. On this 5-minute ride — one of the longest at Disney — you will experience tests that General Motors executes on all of its cars. Zoom downhill from three stories high, experience extreme high and low temperatures in the environmental chamber, and speed along the bumpy road that tests suspension and brakes.
Visit the Land Pavilion to learn about new techniques in agriculture. You'll find the ride Soarin' here, where you can ride over the Californian landscape. Examine alternative energy sources at the Universe of Energy Pavilion with Ellen's Energy Adventure, narrated by comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
Special events, like the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, will have guests coming back for more. Held annually in the fall, this six week celebration includes concerts, food and wine industry speakers, demonstrations and seminars, tasty authentic bites in each of the different countries, wine and beer tastings and more.
Park tickets can be purchased on their website. To visit more than one park in a day, add the Park Hopper pass. Discounts may apply, so check the website for details.
Posted on August 13, 2009 by Jessica Bates