Epcot Center

So you want to travel the globe, but don’t have the time, or maybe the money, to book an around the world flight to different nations and the far corners of the earth.  Well, worry not, because at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, your transcontinental experience awaits you in Orlando, Florida.  At Epcot Center Florida, you can explore the world in a day and spark your imagination at one of the 11 various country pavilions, or catch a glimpse into the future with exciting space and science exhibits.  Enjoy foreign cultures, intriguing shows, interactive experiences, and entertain the whole group or family at Disney Epcot Center.  There are also a series of side events that occur at Epcot Center Orlando throughout the year, including the annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Among the different exhibits found at Disney Epcot Center are six that you won’t want to miss.  A big hit with kids, The Seas with Nemo and Friends showcases the stars of the hit movie in their real-life counterparts.  Kids get the chance to relive the Disney story of Nemo while they gaze into a gigantic aquarium.  Also fun for the kids is Turtle Talk with Crush.  This interactive show offers a digital underwater experience where youngsters can chat with Crush, the 152 year-old sea turtle from “Finding Nemo”.  This show is the first of its kind, and the congenial Crush actually interacts with guests, and even recognizes them.  Finally, make sure the kids don’t miss Journey into the Imagination with Figment.   At Figment’s Imagination Institute, test your recognition of sounds at the Sound Lab, and see if you can satisfy Figment as you sort through scents in the Smell Lab.  This playful purple dragon will have you working out your imagination in a fun-filled atmosphere. 

At the Epcot Center Florida, make sure your group heads over to Mission Space.  This interactive, thrilling adventure gives would-be astronauts the chance to blast off into space and team-up on a cosmic mission where you have to dodge meteors and navigate nebulae.  Mission Space gives you the chance to join one of two missions, either a role on the more intense Orange Team, or a less intense adventure on the Green Team.  At Test Track, your group packs into a six-seater test car to run through one of the longest and fastest rides in Disney history.  The ride involves racing up bumpy terrain, ripping through hair-pin turns, speeding through cold chambers, and hitting 50-degree curves at 60 miles an hour.  IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, is a must-see nighttime event with erupting fireworks, and a giant globe with LED screens that display an array of wonders from around the world.  Original music and a laser show accentuate this feast for the senses.  Finally, make sure not to miss the show, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.  If you like to laugh, this 3D interactive adventure will have you almost rolling out of your seat.  Large images of animals will have you feeling extremely small, revolving around the idea that professor Wayne Szalinski shrunk you and everyone around you. 

Epcot Center Orlando has all your dining needs covered when you break from the attractions to further enjoy the full experience at the lunch or dinner table.  The 24 different restaurants fall into five categories, including Character Dining, Signature Dining, Special and Unique Dining, Casual Dining, and Quick Service Restaurants.  There are also a number of Epcot Center Orlando tours, where for an extra fee you can go backstage for an up close and personal experience among the varying nature, science and world cultures exhibits.

Park hours at Epcot Center Florida range a bit from month to month, however generally the Future World exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m., and the World Showcase section is open from 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.  Tickets to Disney theme parks often interchange, and there are a myriad of options to maximize your trip.  If you buy online and tailor your package ahead of time, you can receive your tickets in the mail and bypass the possible long purchase lines.  With Magic Your Way Tickets, you can enter one Disney park each day.  The starting rate is $67/day for ages 10 and up, and $56 for ages 3-9.  Discounts increase with the more day tickets you buy. For example, if you buy a 7-day pass, the average price per day is half the cost of just one day.  You can also mix and match valuable options for entry into various Walt Disney World theme parks and water parks.  The “no expiration” option allows you to credit any unused days to future visits.  For those who plan to frequent Walt Disney theme parks throughout the year, there are annual passes that will save you big bucks.  If your Orlando vacation includes Disney Epcot Center and other Orlando theme parks, it is a good idea to look for the various Florida vacation packages when booking your stay at Orlando hotels or Kissimmee hotels.

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