Epcot

Soarin' Around the World

Future World is open from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

World Showcase is open
11 a.m to 9 p.m.

IllumiNations Most Nights at 9 p.m. Time may be later during Epcot's Food and Wine Festival and Epcot's Holidays Around the World.

Epcot Extra Magic Hours


To all who come to this place of joy, hope and friendship, welcome.

Epcot Center is inspired by Walt Disney's creative genius. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, the wonders of enterprise, and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all.

May Epcot Center entertain, inform and inspire. And, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.

(Dedication Plaque)

 

On October 1, 1979 ground broke for the second Theme Park at Walt Disney World. Three years and $1.4 billion later, on October 1, 1982, Epcot Center opened at the Walt Disney World resort. The new Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow was connected via monorail to the familiar Magic Kingdom theme park.

It was Walt's Dream to have a self-contained city reside here... unfortunately he passed away before it could be built. The Walt Disney Company created a theme park which incorporated Walt's love for World's Fairs and the promise of the future!

Epcot has come along way since the early days.

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OVERVIEW


Welcome to Epcot, a theme park design to both entertain and educate. Epcot is twice the size of the Magic Kingdom, so be prepared to walk. You really won't be able to see it all in one day, so if that's all the time you have, plan carefully.

The 9,000 space parking lot rarely fills. Trams take you to the main entrance of Epcot where you enter the turnstiles and find yourself right in front of Spaceship Earth.

Epcot is made up of Future World and World Showcase. Future World is where you can experience the past and future of technology advancements. World Showcase highlights the art, architecture and culture of the countries that surround the World Showcase Lagoon.

Epcot is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Most of Future World remains open until 7 p.m.; World Showcase opens at 11 a.m. and remains open until 9 p.m. IllumiNations is shown nightly, at closing, around the World Showcase Lagoon. On busy holidays (4th of July, Christmas, Easter) Epcot may remain open until 10 p.m. or later.

Ever wonder what EPCOT stands for? The official answer is Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Epcot visitors and cast members have other answers: Every Person Comes Out Tired, Employee Paychecks Come Out Tuesday, and so on.

What's New?

Holidays Around the World -- November 25 - December 30, 2016

Musique Aramenco - Music of Morocco and Belly Dancer

Margret Almer and the Bavarian Band - Lively and Authentic music of Germany

Norway -- Frozen Ever After replaces the Maelstrom and the Royal Summerhus houses Anna and Elsa for meet and greets - June 21, 2016

The new "Soarin' Around the World" has opened!

Turtle Talk with Crush -While Dory has already been making appearances at Epcot's Turtle Talk with Crush, other characters from the film "Finding Dory" have been added to the interactive attraction.

Joy and Sadness from Inside Out Character Meet and Greet - Near Character Spot

What's Coming?

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Combining visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world, the first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will create a global masterpiece for six inspired weekends. Held Fridays through Mondays starting Jan. 13 through Feb. 20, 2017, the Festival will feature new art each week, making each weekend original.

2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival -- March 1 - May 29, 2017

What's Going - Going - Gone...

Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival - September 14 - November 14, 2016