Epcot is home to Spaceship Earth, the iconic geodesic sphere. It comprises four neighbourhoods celebrating our world and its people; World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature, and World Showcase. Each section has several dining and shopping options, as well as rides and attractions.
The EPCOT International Gateway is an entrance to the park used by guests staying in an Epcot resort or those arriving on the Skyliner. You can find the pathway in World Showcase between the France and UK Pavilions. Here you can access several Disney resorts, such as Beach Club and Yacht Club, and the shops and restaurants on the BoardWalk. If you fancy a trip to Hollywood Studios, you can also jump on a friendship boat or the Skyliner.
The Skyliner connects Epcot to Hollywood Studios, Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and Disney’s Riveria Resort. The station is located at Epcot International Gateway.
The monorail is one of Disney’s most iconic modes of transport, and it stops right outside Epcot’s main entrance! The monorail to Epcot runs between Epcot and the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). At the TTC, guests can switch lines to get to Magic Kingdom or one of the monorail hotels.
How to Meet Disney Characters in EPCOT
EPCOT is a great place to meet an array of Disney characters, including a lot of Disney princesses! They often appear in their home pavilions and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway is home to Princess Storybook Dining. You can find all the information you need in our guide to Disney characters in EPCOT.
World Celebration encompasses the main entrance into Epcot and includes the famous Spaceship Earth ball. It aims to connect guests to each other and to the world around them. This section has two exhibitions, Project Tomorrow and ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs, featuring interactive games and activities. There are several shops in this area, including the main Epcot store, Creations Shop, and Club Cool, where you can try different Coca-Cola products from around the world.
Connections Eatery: A large quick-service restaurant which sells food items such as burgers, pizza and Liege Waffles.
Connections Cafe: Starbucks.
Popcorn Carts: There are two popcorn carts in this section.
Rides & Attractions
Spaceship Earth: A slow dark ride that takes you up into the “giant golf ball” and gives guests a lesson on human communication and how it has evolved.
Journey Into Imagination With Figment: This is another slow ride, but this time it’s through the sensory labs of the Imagination Institute with Figment, a small purple dragon, as your guide.
The Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival: An 18-minute show where you can relax and enjoy three Disney and Pixar movies in 4D with special effects.
World Discovery is where “stories about science, technology, and intergalactic adventure come to life”. Many stores, rides and restaurants are space themed, including the Advanced Training Lab, an interactive area with games and activities.
Joffrey’s: Coffee, tea and doughnuts.
Space 2020: A signature-dining restaurant where guests can choose one appetizer and one entree for a fixed price. The theming in this restaurant is pretty great – you can see Earth right outside the window as you dine from space!
Snack Stands: There are two stands that sell snacks such as pretzels, ice cream and popcorn.
Rides & Attractions
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind: Epcot’s first rollercoaster features your favourite Guardians of the Galaxy characters in a thrill ride through space and time.
Test Track: Put your car to the test as it accelerates quickly, swerves around corners and reaches a speed of up to 65mph.
Mission: SPACE: Mission: SPACE is known for causing motion sickness and offers two missions, one more intense than the other. The ride launches you into space on a mission to Mars, and the intenser ride spins and tilts imitating the speed and G-forces of a rocket launch.
World Nature celebrates the beauty of the natural world. The attractions and restaurants in this section focus on the Earth and seas.
Sunshine Seasons: A quick-service restaurant in The Land Pavilion sells a range of food from roast beef sandwiches to pizza rolls and spicy fish tacos.
Garden Grill Restaurant: Character dining with Chip ‘n’ Dale and friends.
Coral Reef Restaurant: This unique restaurant has stunning underwater views of The Seas with Nemo & Friends and serves a range of fish and meat dishes.
Snack Stands: The Land cart sells pretzels as well as fruit and vegetable plates.
Rides & Attractions
Soarin’ Around the World: Guests sit in a hang glider and soar above the wonders of the world. The ride uses a 180-degree, 80-foot IMAX digital projection dome to immerse riders, and gentle movements give the sensation you’re flying!
Living with the Land: A relaxing boat ride through the Disney greenhouses, this attraction teaches you about the history of farming.
Awesome Planet: A 10-minute film that celebrates our planet and its future. The film has special effects such as wind, water and scents.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends: Climb aboard a clam and head under the sea to look for Nemo. This dark ride takes you into the aquarium.
SeaBase: SeaBase is large aquarium that is home to fish, sharks, dolphins, turtles and manatees. Guests can also go on a self-led scavenger hunt with Dory or pose for photos at Bruce’s Shark World.
Turtle Talk with Crush: An improvised show where Crush interacts with the audience.
World Showcase features eleven pavilions based on eleven nations. Each pavilion celebrates the food, architecture and culture of the country it is inspired by. The pavilions border the World Showcase Lagoon, the site of Epcot’s nighttime show.
The Canada Pavilion’s main feature is the Hotel du Canada, inspired by Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier. It sits among beautiful gardens, a canyon and a waterfall.
The quaint British street features a thatched roof cottage and a colourful garden with a bandstand. Guests can also wander down cobblestone streets lined with brick buildings and charming old-fashioned street lamps.
A Parisienne neighbourhood overlooked by the Eiffel Tower, the France Pavillion is a great place to eat and shop.
The Morocco Pavilion celebrates Morocco with a replica of the Koutoubia Minaret in Marrakesh, North African plants and mosaic art.
The entrance to the Japan Pavilion features a red Torii gate and a Japanese Pagoda, modelled after the Horyuji Temple in Nara. This is another section with a beautiful garden featuring native plants, trees and streams of colourful koi fish.
This pavilion is a single building which celebrates the USA. There are quotes from famous Americans, including Walt Disney himself, and the Hall of Flags, which exhibits flags throughout America’s history. On display, you can also find American paintings and the Spirits of America, twelve statues which represent American values.
The buildings in the Italy Pavilion are inspired by beautiful Italian architecture and feature St Mark’s Campanile, a fountain inspired by the Trevi Fountain and the Columns of San Marco and San Todaro.
The little German town features a medieval castle, a clock tower that chimes on the hour and a statue of St. George and the Dragon. There’s also a miniature village complete with model trains.
The China Pavillion welcomes guests with its towering ceremonial gate. There’s an impressive replica of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven and beautiful white Chinese bridges over fish-filled ponds.
The Norway Pavilion celebrates a range of Norwegian architecture and features Oslo’s Akershus Fortress, a statue of Olaf II Haraldsson and a stave church with a Norwegian culture and Norse mythology exhibit inside.
The Mexico Pavilion is a replica of a Mesoamerican pyramid. Inside you will find a Mexican village with an “outdoor” marketplace under a twilight sky. Nearby diners eat by a lagoon with a smoking volcano and the grand Mayan pyramid in the background.
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