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Epcot Center, Walt Disney World

Epcot is one of the most fascinating places at Disney World. Divided into several sections, Future World explores the world of the future and World Showcase features 11 Country Pavilions, encircling Epcot's beautiful lagoon.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Don't miss Epcot's "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" — a dazzling Fireworks, Music and Laser Light Show, featured over the World Showcase water every night — it's truly an amazing sight.

Future World
Spaceship Earth
As you enter the gates of Epcot, you cannot miss the huge silver geosphere – it looks like a giant silver golf ball (see photo above). Spaceship Earth, inside the geosphere, is a ride that takes you from ancient civilizations in history to the present time, exploring mans continuing search for more efficient means of communication. The ride's finale takes you through one of the world's largest star fields. Tip: This is a very popular ride, so we suggest you either get there early when the park opens, or just before park closing time.

Mission Space
The ultimate "out of this world" interactive thrill-packed adventure is fun for everyone.

Honey, I Shrunk The Audience
Don't miss this hilarious 25-minute show, filled with fun special effects. Prior to show time, special 3-D glasses are given to the audience to wear throughout the performance. For best 3-D effects, sit beyond the first three rows. This show is guaranteed to have you screaming —and squirming — in your seats!

Journey Into Imagination
The fun-filled Journey Into Imagination ride takes you into a world of imagination. When you see the flashing lights towards the end of the ride, look straight ahead and smile...because you're on camera! At the end of the ride, your picture is flashed up on a big screen for all to see.

Test Track
Experience 50-degree banked curves at 60 miles an hour in this exhilarating auto test drive — it's one of the longest, fastest rides in Disney history.

The Land Pavilion
Living with the Land
This fascinating and educational boat ride that takes you through a tropical rain forest, an African desert, a prairie and a turn-of-the-century American farm.

Soar high above the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite and redwood forests in this thrilling Disney California Adventure Park attraction, located in The Land Pavilion.


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The Living Seas Pavilion
The Living Seas features stunningly beautiful coral reefs and an enormous six-million gallon tank where more than 65 species of sea life coexist. Check out the sea turtles, parrot fish, sharks, angelfish, barracuda, dolphins and more.

Personal Note: The coral reefs and tanks are impressive, but they're no comparison to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California or the Marine Habitat at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion

The restaurant has huge picture windows that offers diners a spectacular panoramic view of the coral reef and tropical fish. Their seafood is fresh and delicious, although a little pricey. It's a great place for a client or team dinner.

World Showcase
World Showcase is located adjacent to Future World. Walk to World Showcase (depending on the crowds, this isn't very far) or take a boat across the lagoon.

Travel the World
Featured World Showcase countries include: China, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, USA and United Kingdom.

Celebrate the different cultures as you enjoy authentic cuisine, shopping and entertainment from each country. Most of the staff working in the restaurants, shops and attractions hail from the countries the pavilions represent. Here are our favorites:

United Kingdom Pavilion
This is the next best thing to actually being in Jolly Old England. Stop by the pub and enjoy a pint of beer or have a cup of tea and relax in their lovely garden courtyard overlooking the lagoon. Authentic English fare and fun shopping. Enjoy "British" entertainment provided by the World Showcase Players.

France Pavilion
Watch a fascinating 18-minute movie "Impressions de France" featuring France in all its glory. The film is shown on a large five-section semi-circular screen — unlike some of the other theaters showing movies, this one has seats. Entertaining street performers and more...

U.S.A. Pavilion
The American Adventure Show begins with the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock and takes you through to present time — it's a fascinating and historical attraction that you don't want to miss.

Trace historical African roots and influences of contemporary African-American artists in the Echoes of Africa exhibit.

China Pavilion
Enjoy "Reflections of China" inside China's Temple of Heaven. It's a fascinating film, shown in Circle Vision 360. Note: The theater has no seats, so be prepared to stand; but it's worth it. The China Pavilion also offers great shopping, delicious authentic Chinese cuisine, and incredible live entertainment — Dragon Legend Acrobats and stunning Chinese Harp performances.

Epcot Restaurants
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Recommended Books
Featuring Helpful Tips

There is so much to see and do that we recommend two books that we found to be invaluable. Both offer tips to help plan your visit and get you the most for your money.

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Birnbaum's Walt Disney World

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

More Info on Epcot
Epcot Web Site

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