It was a perfect day at Epcot except that we got there at 4pm. We were able to jump on some cool rides before everything turned dark.
I didn't get to tired Test Track though, freaken line was sooo long! =T Then we wandered around to the World Showcase and walked from country to country.
At about 9pm, there was this firework show which included music throughout the park and there was this special effects globe.A really good firework show....well worth the price of admission if you just came in to see only that.
Epcot is the only park I went to when I was in Florida. It is one of the more informational ones and very unique. The park has different houses which stand for different parts of the world. You get a taste of each country so it feels like you're traveling to each place. It is definitely worth a visit.
EPCOT is prolly one of the best parks in Disney World. Up until a few years ago it was a little outdated as far as the attractions but they have done some renovations in the past years adding new rides and refacing things which definately improved it. It is basically two sections, one with attractions/rides that are educational and fun and a circle of psuedo countries which seem quite real. Each country has its own resturaunts. I have eaten in all of them and the only one that I had a problem with was ther service in France was terrible.
I must say, after reading all the negative reviews I wasn't sure that at age 62 (almost), that this ride was for me. I almost chickened out, and am I glad I didn't!
It was my first trip to Epcot. Originally being from Orange County, California, I had done all the rides at Disneyland, California Experience and Six Flags tons of times. But this ride was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, it is intense, but what an incredible thrill. I was ready to turn right around and do it again, had it not been for the line. From the moment I spun off the launch pad and floated off into the stratosphere, to the touchdown back on Earth, I truly got the feeling of suspending my Earthbound awareness. The blast off, slingshot off the Moon's gravity and firing of the second stage rockets set you deep into your seat at 2-1/2 G force in a matter of only a couple seconds. I have yet to find that experience on any other ride.
I wouldn't recommend this ride for the kiddy car and twiddly-winks set, but for anyone adventurous enough to try something different and truly thrilling, Mission:SPACE is a must!
I should have read the reviews first before going on this torture machine! I was at EPCOT over the weekend and decided to ride this thing out of curiosity. The ride is divided in two sides, one a "less intense one", the second one the "intense" ride. Stupid me choose the intense one - WRONG CHOICE!!! Later did I find out the intense ride is the spinning one that mimics very strong G forces during a rocket's take off. The "less intense" side does not spin or create the strong g-forces. I ride all sorts of coasters and have experienced g-forces but nothing like this ride. The g-forces last a rather long time not seconds like a coaster. It made a lot of people sick and nauseous including me. The "capsule" is a very tiny enclosure and when the ride begins the "instrument panel" moves right up to your face. The sensation is like a clam closing and you are stuck inside...I am not claustophobic and this ride made me claustophobic! I felt like I was inside a coffin or something like that! The Instrument panel has a small "window" where you see the simulated take off, the space travel then the landing on Mars. Between all the flashing lights on the panel, the g-forces and the tiny enclosure, I was extremely nauseous afterwards. I had to run to bathroom to "expel" food(lol) then I had a horrendous headache for hours afterwards. Many riders felt the same and some people were so sick they had to lay down. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS RIDE AT ALL!!!!
Cons: Too many to list
Dessert lovers won?t want to miss the French pavilion, which boasts a cafe packed with patisseries, as well as carts making crepes and serving authentic wines. The pavilion?s main restaurant, Chefs de France, is hit-or-miss in my view depending on what dishes are currently on the menu. The staple onion soup, however, is always fantastic every time I?ve ordered. In any case, France at EPCOT is not to be missed. Between the food, French film attraction and the Parisian architecture, this pavilion will leave you saying ?oh la la? for sure!
Not only does this 360-degree indoor film serve as a nice break from the weather, but also gives a beautiful overview of Canada?s countryside and cities to an incredibly moving soundtrack. It?s important to point out however, that there are no seats in the theater in order to encourage guests to take advantage of the full-circle movie experience. Railings, though, are provided for viewers to lean against.
My family always loved seeing the various singing groups that would perform under the rotunda of the majestic American pavilion. (Watching the acts inside the building was also a great break from nature?s elements!) The pavillion?s actual theater show though felt a little outdated with overly stiff, mechanized figures taking you through a history of our nation. The story is also too complex a storyline in my opinion for the littler ones to follow. If you only have less than a day at EPCOT, see the singers, but skip over the history show.
Literally housed in a jazzed-up wine cellar underground, the Le Cellier restaurant at Canada serves some of the tender and juiciest steaks I?ve ever enjoyed in my life. I also really love the fluffy pretzel bread they serve while you wait for your food, as well as the cheddar cheese soup on the appetizer menu. Trek toward the back of the pavilion through the gardens to find the Canada film. The 360 movie tour of country is filled with exquisite views and a moving soundtrack, but be prepared to stand for its 20+ minute duration. (There are no seats inside the theater in order to encourage full-circle viewing of the film.)
World Showcase is my favorite part of all of Disney World. I love sampling the food and seeing the different buildings at the 11 different country pavilions, which include Japan, Morroco, Germany and more. The Norway and Mexico pavilions both have rides, while France, Canada and China all have short movies. Most of the countries have various shows and story-telling performances. Highlights include the Beatles cover band at Great Britain and the children?s acrobatics show at China. All the pavilions however have a variety of cute shops and sit-down restaurants. The steakhouse at Canada, the bistro at France and the buffet at Norway are my personal favorite places to dine.
Highlights in Future World in the front half of EPCOT include the popular three-tiered Soarin? over California simulator attraction, and for adrenaline junkies, the Test Track car adventure thrill ride. (FYI: Fast Passes for Test Track usually run out for the day by around noon and stand-by lines typically are at least an hour.) Learn about the history of communication on the slow yet steep ride inside EPCOT?s iconic, giant, golf ball-like globe and experience weightlessness on Mission to Mars ride (not for the claustrophobic or sensitive stomachs). There?s also pavilions decided to learning about the human body, the ocean and more. However, as a foodie and travel lover, I prefer spending time over in the other half of EPCOT, World Showcase, experiencing the cuisine and culture at France, China, Norway and all the other country pavilions.
The secret is out about the Dragon Legend Acrobats, who perform at the EPCOT?s China pavilion. These little children are some of the most incredible tumblers and contortionists you?ll ever see! Show up at least a half hour before show times as the viewing area is tiny, and all the performances draw large crowds. Meanwhile, the 360-degree movie tour of China inside the main rotunda is visually stunning and worth seeing as well.
You?ll get your money?s worthy sampling the beer and snacks at the Germany pavillion; the portion sizes are huge! Kids will particularly enjoy the shops at this country, which contain more toys and dolls on average than at a lot of the other countries. Yet another pavilion with no ride or movie, though.
From view of the Aztec temple outside, a lot of visitors don?t realize how big the inside Mexico pavilion? or that there is a wonderful, relaxing boat ride inside. The lazy voyage by water highlights Mexican history and culture in a manner that at times feels reminiscent of the iconic Disney attraction, ?It?s A Small World.? The ride at the beginning goes right by the main restaurant, the San Angel Inn, which is situated at the back of the pavilion. The Inn is romantic, right by the water and illuminated by candles, but the food I found to be average and the menu choices to be quite pithy. (If you?re craving a margarita, just go to the pavilion?s fast food counterpart right outside the temple). The main section of the pavilion?s interior though is the adorable Mexican market place, where visitors can also peruse the remarkable glasswork, jewelry, sombreros and other souvenirs. Under the dimly lit and starlined sky of the pavillion, one loses all track of time... and the feeling that they're in a theme park.
Pros: ride, shopping, ambience, architecture
When I was there a few years ago, the pavilion throughout the day offered traditional, Japanese drumming performances, with some instruments towering in size over the musicians themselves. There was also a candy-making display, where artists crafted sugar into colorful, not mention edible, animal figurines. While there was no actual ride or movie at Japan, the shop containing clothing to toys and jewelry proved to be entertaining, particularly for anime fans. Plus, I think Yakitori Noodle House.is one of the better quick-stop eats at EPCOT. The teriyaki chicken and miso soup there was DELICIOUS, and dining in the secluded Japanese garden patio area made you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the theme park.
Pros: food, shopping, ambience, performances
Cons: no ride or movie
Who wouldn?t want to ride the ride inside of EPCOT?s iconic globe structure? Well anyone scarred of heights, first of all. There?s a steep, decline backwards at the end of the ride that always leaves me feeling very queasy. FYI, the attraction is almost all in the dark, so it could be scary for some little kids. However, the story the ride tells of the history of communication through mechanic figurines and movie clips is relatively enjoyable. However, I?d say the outside of the globe for the most part is far more interesting than what?s inside. Skip this ride if you only have a few hours at EPCOT and check out World Showcase instead.
This ride, in my opinion, is one of the most unique theme park rides ever. The attraction puts riders in a car and takes them through a mock (and obviously milder) version of how real vehicles are tested for the road. The highlight comes at the end of the ride, when the open-air cars accelerate up around 50 mph or so for a circle around the ?test track.? FYI, this ride is the most popular at EPCOT, so Fast Passes for it are usually all handed out for the day by noon-ish. Also the ride, as it is so complex, often breaks down and has to be closed for hours, much to the dismay of those who have been waiting in the long line.
Pros: unique, great thrill ride
Cons: breaks down frequently
I have ridden this ride three times now, hoping each time I would actually end up enjoying it. And on each occasion, I felt immediately felt sick afterward and had a pounding headache for hours. And I?m not a person who gets queasy on upside-down roller coasters! The few seconds of experiencing no gravity was definitely not worth how miserable I felt afterward. I avoid this ride like the plague now when I go to Disney. And considering this simulator-like ride takes place in close, compact quarters, it?s not for people who are claustrophobic, either.
Le Cellier is one of the best restaurants in EPCOT, and the Canada pavillion is relaxing and peaceful. Cast members working in the shots are always friendly (and more importantly efficient). The Canada film is getting a little dated though- Disney needs to update the attraction.
Pros: Le Cellier!
The Mexico Pavilion is one of my favorites in the the world showcase. It is a very nice set up inside that looks like a Mexican market. There are several shops. The small ride inside is not the best Disney has to offer, but it is cute and it is a good chance to sit and be cool for a moment. San Angel Inn Mexican restaurant is very pretty, but unfortunately the food does not live up to the look of the restaurant. I really think it was some of the worst food at Disney. Go just to check it out and eat at the cheaper, better place across the street, the mexican place on the water.
Pros: Very nice Pavilion
Ride this ride only if you are prepared to be sick! I had a headache for hours and I have never seen so many people laying on the floor outside of a ride. People were literally crying and holding up their friends. It is nice that Disney tried to make something very authentic, but they over did it on this one. This is the only Disney attraction that I would rate a not recommended.
Pros: Authentic feel
Cons: Too authentic!!! Riders beware!
Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot has the best food! The steaks, hamburgers, and salmon are delicious. However, my favorite thing on the menu is the cheese soup with pretzel bread.
Pros: The food
Cons: hard to get a table unless you call ahead for a reservation
i know this ride isnt all high tech, but i think it is so cute!!!!!!!!! it is so relaxing and chill to be sitting in air conditioned, watching the little mexican muppets, it was so cute
Me and my family loved innovations. You could spend hours in there making and playing games on computers, joining on high tech game shows, seeing and even testing the latest gagets. I go in there ever time I come to disney world, to see all the new things and and play my favorite older ones.
Fun ride! For those not into roller coasters, fear not -- this ride is about speed and cornering, not about falling from high places. The Fast Pass option worked wonderfully and soon we were zooming over, around, and through. It's hot; it's cold; it's fast; it's faster! Definitely left with a smile on my face.
Pros: Fun not scary, Outdoor track
Cons: Long lines, Noisy outside
This is a fun show, but in my opinion, it's now been outdone by "It's Tough to be a Bug" in Animal Kingdom. They could easily skip the introductory slide show, which annoyingly screws up the lyrics to "True Colors" and seems to be one long commercial for Kodak. But the main show is worth waiting for! The 3D effects are great and the storyline is fun. Don your safety goggles and enjoy the show.
Pros: 3-D Effects, Theater w/seats
Cons: Pre-show movie: blech
It was a real treat to visit Epcot and the Spaceship Earth ride this year. To my nostalgic heart's glee, I found that they're using the same props, scenery, and voice-over soundtrack from when I was last there 15 years ago. Those robo-people look like they could use a fresh coat of paint and some grease. But, all in all, this ride is cheesy good times.
Cons: Same props as 1988, Same soundtrack as 88, Robots need greasing
I love this place because it is one of the most peaceful places in all of WDW. It is air conditioned and beautiful and the outside gardens have little benches that are perfect for a mid afternoon siesta! The restaurants (there are two) are very good and the employees are always friendly and informative. The slow boat ride is a nice break after test track and really brings an authentic feeling of Mexican life. This will always be one of my favorite countries!
Pros: Beautiful, Quite, Great Food
Cons: Not a thrill ride
Ok.....France Pavilion is all about one thing! Pastries. The food at France is wonderful and they have some of the best architecture in the World Showcase. I went to Paris about 2 years ago and just kept saying, "this looks just like Epcot!" Also the wine store is great-they have tastings and a wonderful selection of wines. Just remember to stop and eat the chocolate!
Pros: Great Food, Great Shopping, Great Pastries
Cons: Kinda pricey
Test Track is my favorite ride at EPCOT. I always want to ride it everytime I go there. It goes fast and there is many different parts to it. The only bad thing is that the lines get really long. My suggestion is that you get a fast pass or go on as a single rider.
Pros: Fast, Fun, Fastpass/Singe Rider
Cons: Long Lines
Innoventions is a good place for kids and adults. The kids can play video games while the parents learn new things. I enjoy innoventions.
After attending Ellen DeGeneres' Universe of Energy Exhibit last April during Spring Break, I found it extremely informative, exciting, hilarious, and fun. It's basically crossed between IMAX and Jeopardy, and is filled with Ellen's unusual dry sense of humor and constant rambling, which is what this famous Emmy-winning comedienne and actress is truly known for! I'd recommend it to anybody who appreciates her natural comedic styles, abilities, and talents, regardless of who she is :~)
Pros: Funny, educational, informative
Will out going to every country in the world. would be expensive. I really like the world show case.
Pros: food, staff
Cons: expensive, crowded
My 5 year old LOVES this ride. Hard to explain, but everytime we go to Epcot he has to ride that ride first. I like the fact that it's educational. :)
IT COULD BE SOME MUCH MORE. AND NOW THEY CLOSED DOWN THE MOVING TRACK. NEEDS A MAJOR RE-DO. iF THEY DID IT RIGHT THEY COULD PUT THE BEST OF SEA-WORLD IN ONE SPOT
This ride is a duplication of the old If You Had Wings attraction over at the Magic Kingdom. The cars are the same, the technology is the same and the corny presentation is the same but you do get to sit down in an air conditioned ride for a good few minutes and that can mean the difference between a heat stroke and keeping moving for the rest of the day! This is one of those do it if you get time rides not a gate buster. Youll enjoy the Maelstrom more so see it first.
Pros: air conditioned, comfortable seating
Cons: corny,corney,corney, strictly low-tech
This is one of those rides that entertains AND informs you at the same time and provides a handy commercial for its sponsor at the same time. E.P.C.O.T. Center was SUPPOSED to be the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow but its turned out to be just another theme park so much for following Walts vision. At least this ride makes somewhat of an attempt to teach something as well as entertain. Its somewhat of a cross between the old If You Had Wings and Pirates of the Caribbean with the moving cars and Audio Animatronic characters but no matter how many times I go back I simply cant miss seeing this one!
Pros: informative, interesting, neat building!
We stayed late and our 18 month old loved the fireworks once I covered his ears. We picked a spot where we could both watch the Tapestry of Dreams and IllumiNations.
Find a spot early, it can really get crowded.
Don't head for the exits after the show it is really crowded. Find a place where you can shop or grab a snack for about 30 minutes.
Pros: Fireworks, Music
Cons: Crowds, Noise
The sea cabins were not operating when we were there a year ago, very disappointing.
How the up and operational when we go back.
Pros: Fish, Mammals, Various Sea Equip.
Cons: Noisy, Can be crowded
This is the best show in the World. Music, lasers and fireworks envelope the World Showcase at Epcot nightly at 9pm. Be sure to stake out a viewing spot early, because it draws quite a crowd, and you don't want to miss this.