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Epcot from A-Z

“Remember how easy it was to learn your ABC’s? Thank the Phoenicians—they invented them.” This famous Spaceship Earth line couldn’t be more perfect for this article! We are running through Epcot from A to Z and listing all our favorites along the way. Some are new, some are old, and some have yet to arrive… but that’s what makes Epcot such an exciting topic right now. Check out our A to Z below and let us know if you’ve come up with others along the way!





 

A – Awesome Planet

From the roaring seas to the mountain tops and everything in between, we truly do live on an awesome planet! Head on over to The Land pavilion to see the beauty of this wonderful planet we call home. Awesome Planet is a new Circle-Vision film that features the “beauty, diversity, and dynamic story of our earth.” As you’d suspect, Disney took no shortcuts in making this film with outstanding photography and theater effects that put guests in the heart of the film.

B – Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

If you hear some not-so-splendid singing coming from the France Pavilion, it’s likely us as we sing our hearts out along to the new France film, Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along! While the France Pavilion remains home to Impressions de France, the two films will rotate throughout the day to appease all France goers’ preferences. Take a seat, get your singing voice ready, and enjoy a new twist to the Beauty and the Beast storyline.

C – Characters

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, character greetings are temporarily suspended. You’ll see characters come through each park in short parades. Click here for more information on how to see characters during the phased reopening.

While visiting Epcot, you’ll have the opportunity to meet so many different and unique Disney characters. In World Showcase you’ll find many different Disney princesses, Donald in his Mexican attire, and even Pooh Bear! You’ll also be able to meet with some Joy from Inside Out and Wreck-It Ralph and Venelope from Wreck-it Ralph in the Imagination! Pavilion.

D – Dreamer’s Point

In the words of Walt Disney,If you can dream it, you can do it.” So, what better way to dream than to experience Dreamer’s Point coming to Epcot! Imagineers are in the process of designing and building a space in World Celebration (near the Spaceship Earth icon) portion of the park. This space will pay homage to Walt Disney with a statue of him. We’re looking forward to stunning views, gardens, a wishing tree, and an interactive fountain.

E – Epcot Experience

While much of Epcot’s current Future World is under renovation, there is so much excitement and buzz surrounding what’s coming behind those construction walls! Drop by the Odyssey Events Pavilion to check out the Epcot Experience, which features the “Epcot of Tomorrow.” This engaging exhibit shows off glimpses of new attractions and experiences coming to Epcot in a high-tech way!

F – Four Festivals

The four Festivals of Epcot are some of the most popular special events in all of Walt Disney World.

  • Epcot’s International Festival of Arts (mid-January – late February)
  • Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival (early March-early June)
  • Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival (late August – late November)
  • Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays (late November – late December)

Each Festival highlights the theme with entertainment, food, drinks, and experiences! These festivals are included with general park admission, but you can expect extra costs for the food, drinks, and specialty seminars and classes.





 

G – Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

Who’s ready for a reverse launch into space? Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind is a state-of-the-art rollercoaster that will have us all launching into space…Guardians of the Galaxy style! This coaster is unlike any other, as guests will rotate to focus on the action. We can’t wait for this one!

H – HarmonioUS

The temporary nighttime spectacular, “Epcot Forever,” will soon be replaced by the largest nighttime spectacular Walt Disney World has ever had! This new spectacular, located in the World Showcase lagoon, is called “HarmonioUS” and will be filled with fireworks, floating sets, colorful fountains, lasers, pyrotechnics, and more. An official open date has yet to be announced.

I – ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs

As you exit the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction, you’ll enter the ImageWork – “What If” Labs. Let your imagination go as you’re surrounded by fun games and experiences that touch on music, colors, and sound. This is a great place to spread out and enjoy the air-conditioning, especially if you have little ones with you. Plus, don’t forget to meet Vanellope and Wreck-It-Ralph, and Joy at their meet and greet here.

J – Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana”

World Nature is one of the neighborhoods coming soon to EPCOT. Here you’ll have a chance to experience the movement of water in an attraction inspired by Moana. While little is known about this attraction, it is already calling to us as the sea calls to Moana!

Credit: Disney

K – Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

This “K” is a delicious one! Kringla, located in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion, is one of the most popular bakeries in all of Walt Disney World, which speaks volumes for the yummy bites you can find here. With some of the most popular items being the School Bread and Troll Horns, really anything you try will have you ready to come back for more.

L – La Crêperie de Paris

The France Pavilion will soon be THE pavilion everyone will want to be at! As if the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along mentioned above and Remy’s attraction mentioned below aren’t enough, France will soon have a new eatery called La Crêperie de Paris. Savory and sweet crepes will be the highlights here amidst a menu for both quick-service and table-service experiences. Set to be open soon, we are excited to let our taste buds vacation to France!

M – Mission: SPACE

It’s time to blast off to space on the Mission: SPACE attraction! If you’re ready for some major g-forces and thrills, check out the Orange Mission. Orange will have you heading to Mars. For those looking for a tamer experience, the Green Mission is for you as you orbit Earth. Astronauts prepare for liftoff!

N – Nemo

He’s orange, has a lucky fin, and touched the “butt” (aka boat) … it’s NEMO! Epcot is home to the classic attraction “The Seas with Nemo and Friends.” Board a clamshell as you move slowly through an outstanding aquarium filled with aquatic friends – including Nemo’s! It’s a colorful and awe-inspiring ride through the Big Blue.





 

O – Olaf in Frozen Ever After

Step inside the Frozen film in the Frozen Ever After attraction. You’ll instantly be greeted by everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf! Enjoy the boat ride as you see the animatronics come to life, including Olaf and all the Frozen friends.

P – Pavilions in World Showcase

There are eleven different pavilions in World Showcase that celebrate the culture, cuisine, architecture, and traditions of the respective host countries. Explore Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, The American Adventure!, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, and Mexico.

Q – Queen of Hearts’ Enemy (Alice!)

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, character greetings are temporarily suspended. You’ll see characters come through each park in short parades. Click here for more information on how to see characters during the phased reopening.

Shh… don’t tell the Queen of Hearts, but her greatest enemy hangs out at Epcot frequently! That’s right, Alice from Alice in Wonderland visits the United Kingdom Pavilion where she’s available for meet and greets at select times throughout the day – weather permitting.

R – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Remy, the little rat Chef from the film Ratatouille, will soon be scurrying into Epcot’s France Pavilion in a big way! Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure’s opening has been delayed but will open on October 1, 2021. Guests will hurry through Gusteau’s kitchen in trackless vehicles as they experience what it’s like to be the size of a rodent. Hold on tight!

Disney Imagineers work to create Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, an immersive new attraction coming to the France pavilion in Epcot that brings guests on a super-sized adventure with Chef Remy through Gusteau’s restaurant. (Credit: Disney)

S – Spaceship Earth

“S” must go to Epcot’s icon – Spaceship Earth. To us, the massive, white “golf ball” is a sign that we’re home! With the reimaging of Epcot, we are happy that Disney is keeping the structure of Spaceship Earth. The planned reimagining of this iconic attraction has been postponed indefinitely.

T – Test Track

Have a seat and buckle up! With the Test Track attraction, guests get to design a car then see how it compares to other designs while riding along for the test. Most of the track is turning, swerving, and stop and go… but it ends with a speed test around an outdoor track. In your convertible car, you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you speed around the track. Go ahead and put your hands up and enjoy the ride!

U – United Kingdom

Of the 11 pavilions situated around the World Showcase, one of our personal favorites is the United Kingdom. There is plenty to see and taste in the United Kingdom. Rose and Crown Pub & Restaurants boasts fantastic waterfront views and refreshing sips. You can also shop your way through this pavilion with some great boutiques. With character meet and greets during the day and live music at night, the United Kingdom is a happening pavilion.

V – Voices of Liberty

Ever had one of those moments when it feels like your goosebumps have goosebumps? If not, make your way to the American Adventure Pavilion, where you’ll find Voices of Liberty. This acapella group sings beautiful patriotic and modern-day songs. This is one of our Epcot must-do’s each and every trip.





 

W – WORLD – Celebration, Nature, Discovery, and Showcase

Disney has announced with Epcot’s reimaging that instead of the present-day Future World and World Showcase layout of the park, Epcot will consist of four neighborhoods, including World Celebration, World Nature, World Discovery, and World Showcase. We are all familiar with the World Showcase, but the split of Future World into Celebration, Nature, and Discovery is very new and exciting. Each area will hold different elements that “speak to important aspects of the world and its people.” We can’t wait to see how this unfolds!

X – “X” Marks the Spots with DuckTales

Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure will be available soon in Epcot. Using the Play Disney Parks App, guests can search for clues throughout the World Showcase to help find treasure! While using the app, you’ll unlock clues that will set off objects around you in real-time as a response to your game playing. DuckTales characters will help in your treasure hunt along the way.

Y – Year 2022

Editor’s Note: Because of the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, construction timelines and some scheduled openings have been delayed. 

Of course, visiting Epcot today and tomorrow is a definite YES! But, if you are planning that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Epcot, plan a trip in late 2022 when Epcot celebrates its 40th Anniversary and when much of the reimagined Epcot is scheduled to be complete. So, if you’re wondering which year to visit… aim for late 2022!

Z – Ziploc – Kidcot Stations

Are kids tired of being dragged around the World Showcase? Well, Ziploc has a way to keep them entertained! Check out the Kidcot Stations located within each of the 11 Pavilions. Here you’ll find a Ziploc “suitcase” (bag), stickers, and country info card free of charge. As you travel the World, you can place a sticker on your suitcase and store the country information card inside the bag. It’s a fun way to keep the kids on the lookout for the next Kidcot Station.

From A to Z…, a lot is happening in Epcot now and in the near future. We hope you’re able to experience all of the above!



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About Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.