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Epcot

Design your own race car and take an international food safari at the theme park that celebrates human achievement.

With a name that stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, expect to see into the future at Epcot®. You’ll also explore the world of today in pavilions dedicated to different nations. Covering 300 acres (121 hectares), Epcot® has two main areas: Future World and World Showcase. Future World’s exhibits look at innovation, technology and science, while World Showcase presents the past and present cultures of 11 countries. 

Epcot® is one of four theme parks at the Walt Disney World® Resort, which is about 20 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of downtown Orlando. As you enter the park, you won’t miss the Future World area as it is marked by Epcot®’s icon, a huge geosphere, sometimes called the “giant golf ball.” Inside the sphere, take a ride on Spaceship Earth for a 16-minute journey through the history of human communication. 

Another highlight at Future World is Soarin'™ Around the World. Whether you're soaring above man-made marvels like the majestic Great Wall of China, cruising over natural sights like Iguazu Falls in South America or swooping past sailboats on Australia's spectacular Sydney Harbour, this is your chance to experience the joy of hang gliding as you never have before.

Budding astronauts should head straight to Mission: SPACE® Attraction, another ride that simulates flying, this time in a capsule headed for Mars. One of the most popular rides at Future World is Test Track® Attraction presented by Chevrolet. Design your own high-performance car and see how it stacks up in a real automobile testing ground.

At World Showcase, make your way through 11 countries without leaving Florida. Each country has its own pavilion and they’re all centered around a peaceful lagoon. Try each country’s cuisine and pick up a souvenir unique to that part of the world. 

The Seas with Nemo & Friends Attraction is a sure-fire hit for kids. It has a huge aquarium, a “clamobile” amusement ride and the Turtle Talk with Crush, during which kids can chat to the turtle from the Disney Pixar movie Finding Nemo. On their way through World Showcase, children can make their own souvenir to take home for free.

Allow at least a full day to explore Epcot®. Popular attractions like Spaceship Earth are busiest early in the morning, so either arrive before it opens or wait until later in the day. Stay at one of the hotels in Walt Disney World® Resort and take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours Benefit available to hotel guests, which provides extra time to explore the attractions before and after the general hours of operation.

Popular Activities at Epcot®

Make the most of your time at Epcot®. Below is a list of the best things to do:

Wondering what activities you can do at this fabulous attraction? We suggest purchasing a Private Theme Park Guide & Customized Day Plan.

For even more activities, peruse our Orlando things to do page.


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Walt Disney World Dolphin $189
Walt Disney World Dolphin

Walt Disney World Dolphin

1500 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 8,892 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Adjacent to the restaurants, shops, and entertainment of Disney's BoardWalk, this resort offers exclusive Walt Disney World Resort benefits such as Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+ access 60 days in advance. SeaWorld and Universal studios are 14 miles away.

    Executive First Class Home - Free Wifi -princess and Avatar Themed- Golf Views
    Executive First Class Home - Free Wifi -princess and Avatar Themed- Golf Views

    Executive First Class Home - Free Wifi -princess and Avatar Themed- Golf Views

    , Orlando
       
      5.0
      of 5, from 6 reviews
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      Located in Lake Buena Vista, this family-friendly vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Walt Disney World® Resort, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Disney's Boardwalk and Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine. Stetson University Celebration and Florida Technical College are also within 32 mi (52 km).

      Disney's Beach Club Resort $399
      Disney's Beach Club Resort

      Disney's Beach Club Resort

      1800 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 578 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This breezy resort—a nostalgic echo of Eastern Seaboard beach clubs circa 1900—is less than a mile from Epcot by ferry or by foot; guests can walk to the World Showcase entrance.

        Disney's Beach Club Villas $378
        Disney's Beach Club Villas

        Disney's Beach Club Villas

        1800 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 30 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located within a half-mile of Epcot and Disney's BoardWalk Resort, this Cape May–style condominium resort, with its pastel colors and wooden porches, evokes the charm of seaside homes of yesteryear.

          Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter $228
          Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

          Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

          2201 Orleans Dr, Lake Buena Vista
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 2,011 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Set on the Sassagoula River and just a mile from Epcot, this resort with its cobblestone streets, flower courtyards, and charming balconies captures the flavor of New Orleans' French Quarter.

            Disney's Yacht Club Resort $374
            Disney's Yacht Club Resort

            Disney's Yacht Club Resort

            1700 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 543 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Inspired by traditional New England yacht clubs, this nautical resort is one mile from Disney's Hollywood Studios by ferryboat, and less than a mile from the Epcot World Showcase entrance.

              Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside $218
              Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

              Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

              1251 Riverside Dr, Lake Buena Vista
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 2,370 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Inspired by the days of riverboats and Mark Twain, this Louisiana-style resort sprawls along waterways 1 mile from Epcot and 5 miles from the Magic Kingdom Park.

                Walt Disney World Swan $205
                Walt Disney World Swan

                Walt Disney World Swan

                1200 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 3,287 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Adjacent to the restaurants, shops, and entertainment of Disney's BoardWalk, this resort offers exclusive Walt Disney World Resort benefits such as Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+ access 60 days in advance. SeaWorld and Universal studios are 14 miles away.