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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. 

Other highlights at Future World include the Soarin'™ Attraction, which simulates a hang-gliding flight over some of California’s most famous sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite National Park and Malibu. 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.


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Lodging Near Epcot®

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$142
Walt Disney World Dolphin

Walt Disney World Dolphin

1500 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
4.1
of 5, from 7,578 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.

$422
Disney's Beach Club Resort

Disney's Beach Club Resort

1800 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
4.4
of 5, from 541 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.

$438
Disney's Beach Club Villas

Disney's Beach Club Villas

1800 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
4.5
of 5, from 25 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.

$206
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 2,132 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.

$432
Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Disney's Yacht Club Resort

1700 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
4.5
of 5, from 483 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.

$163
Walt Disney World Swan

Walt Disney World Swan

1200 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
4.2
of 5, from 3,698 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.

$197
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

1251 Riverside Dr, Lake Buena Vista
4.3
of 5, from 3,359 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.

$423
Disney's BoardWalk Inn

Disney's BoardWalk Inn

2101 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
4.5
of 5, from 380 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This charming lakeside resort is modeled after a seaside bed-and-breakfast inn circa 1940; Epcot is less than a mile away by ferry or a walk along Disney's BoardWalk Resort.