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Review of "EPCOT"

published 25/05/2007 | KELLYLOUJ
Member since : 21/07/2005
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About me :
Have worked in the Travel Industry for over 10 years, now a stay at home mum looking after my hardworking hubby and son.
Pro Experience and sample a bit of the most popular countries in the World
Cons A lot to see in one day, plan a few days to see it all
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"Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Fire!!"

Epcot is one of Walt Disney’s Resorts in Florida and is mainly recognised by the Golf Ball Shaped Icon topped off with Mickey’s Famous Hat as seen in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Epcot is supposedly the least popular park out of them all but it ranked pretty high in my opinion, combining two parks in one with the futuristic theme to one side and the World Showcase on the other side of the Lake this park is definitely not one to be shunned.

When visiting Walt Disney World the best advise I can give to you is to purchase your tickets before you go, so many people visit Disney without purchasing tickets and there is an really great value ticket that is exclusive to UK visitors that can only be purchased in the UK for use in Florida, this is the Ultimate ticket valid for 14 or 21 days it offers great value for money and can be used to access all of the Disney parks as many times as you like within the validity of the ticket. We opted for the 14 day ticket which currently costs £115 from reputable suppliers such as Keith Prowse and Attraction Tickets Direct and they also tend to through some goodies in as well, with us we received Disney Dollars which could be used in any of the parks.

Entry to all Disney parks is the same insert your ticket into the turnstile and you will then be prompted to leave a fingerprint, this is so that should you lose your ticket it can be identified back to you should it be lost.
The ticket will then be returned and you will be allowed to proceed through the turnstile, if you have any bags you will be asked to show the contents to the security at each entrance, this can be quite a lengthy queue, so whenever possible try not to carry too much baggage, you really won’t need it.

If you want to leave the park and be re admitted than you must present your ticket to the staff member who will advise you on the process. We found that with the tickets we had we had unlimited visits so just used our card each time, different tickets however have different regulations so if you are unsure, check with a team member.

As you enter Epcot you are greeted by “Leave a Legacy” When you participate, your image is etched in steel and incorporated into the new Leave a Legacy Sculpture at Epcot's threshold. Mark my partner had previously purchased one for his Dad and we were able to locate the small tile about the size if a stamp with their individual message.
I wanted to get one done for Mark and I as we had gotten engaged on this trip and here would always be a reminder of my dream come true at Disney, all you have to do is visit the imaging station near Spaceship Earth any time during your stay at Epcot and your legacy will be left.

*~*Spaceship Earth*~*
This is a slow moving ride inside the Epcot sculpture, weighing 16 million points and located 180 feet in the air this really is an experience. The ride takes you slowly through the centuries of time in a constantly moving car and in each car are speakers that give you a guided tour as you start your slow ascent to Spaceship Earth before slowly descending back down to earth and the present day. A great ride and ideal if you want to learn a little history not so great for the younger children as they could get bored easily.

*~*Ellen’s Energy Adventure*~*
Definitely not one of the best rides to be experienced in Walt Disney World, I actually found this the most boring ride in all of Disney. The ride is based on the infamous Jeopardy Game show starring Ellen De Generes as she travels back to the dinosaur era a very slow moving ride that you can afford to skip…that is unless you have a thing for dinosaurs.

*~*Mission Space*~*
One of the newer rides at Epcot this ride is amazing and allows you to experience what it is like to be an astronaut. The ride even comes with sick bags as this experience really seems unreal. The ride comes with a role and facilitates 4 riders, each rider will have a role of either pilot, navigator, engineer or commander in which you will be required to press a button when it flashes, I forgot so I have to say I spoilt the secret as to whether it actually needs to be pressed!!
This ride is not ideal for those that do not like being in confined spaces as the ride actually moves in around you so that you can sense what it is like to be inside a space capsule.

*~*Test Track*~*
This is a great ride but if you don’t like jerky rides this should possibly be skipped. Test Track is a great ride when you experience the vigorous tests that cars have to go through, it is the longest and fastest ride in Disney and is the best ride at Epcot so be prepared for long queues and take advantage of the Disney Fast Pass.

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Always get to the busiest rides first and if you want to go on them again use the Disney Fast Pass system, where you enter your park entrance ticket and a fast pass will be printed and both tickets returned to you via an automated system , this will provide you with a return time for you to access the ride with minimum waiting.
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*~*The Living Seas*~*
This attraction is designed to show you how the world relies on mother nature. The Living seas contain all the stars of the sea including Nemo!
Turtle Talk with Crush is an interactive show that is great for children where children and adults alike can interact with Crush with questions from the audience, the children will be amazed and really enjoy this attraction but again be prepared for fairly long waiting queues.

This ride in my opinion was a let down, it had been built up to be a really great ride when in fact it was very poor for Disney standards. The ride is based around a large swing which lifts you off the ground and gives you the sensation that you are Soarin’ over forests, seas and experience the feeling of free flying, in my opinion long queues for a ride that is just not worth it.

*~*Living with the Land*~*
This was a very interesting attraction and one I was a bit apprehensive of at first but was glad that Mark had persuaded me to go on. This is a slow moving boat ride that takes tou into various greenhouses which is full of fantastic fruits and vegetables and show you how they grow without soil.

*~*Journey into Imagination with Figment*~*
This ride definitely caters for the younger children but was fun all the same for those young adults!! This ride is designed to alert you to your senses as you experience sight, smells and taste in this fun ride.

World of Showcase to me is the best part of Epcot offering so much packed into the one half of the park featuring the following countries:-

• Mexico
• Norway
• China
• Germany
• Italy
• America
• Japan
• Morocco
• France
• United Kingdom
• Canada

Mexico is contained within a fantastic building as you enter you are immediately in a traditional marketplace selling authentic items from Mexico including sombreros!! Here is a fantastic restaurant offering some great food but there can be very long waiting times so I do recommend either making a reservation or getting there early for lunch.
In Mexico there is a slow moving boat ride which takes you on a tour of Mexico.

Norway is home of the Vikings and also the Maelstrom adventure cruise which similarily to Mexico is a slow moving water ride that tells the story of Norway. Dine inside a castle and enjoy baked goods and sweets in the shops surrounding this country.

Experience the tranquil gardens of China and enjoy the refletions of China presentation and finish off with a traditional Chinese meal, we opted to eat at the Lotus Blossom Café and enjoyed a fast food version of Chinese which was different to the usual burgers and chips sold at many of the other eateries.

Germany was the country that Mark had gotten so excited about as here you could get a huge drink of beer and in quite possibly the biggest glass I had seen! Here there are many exclusive shops that offer hand painted eggs and adorable teddy bears and gorgeous crystal jewellery with great characters representing the company.

Italy is not one of the most memorable countries that stands out after visiting them all, replicas of the Campanile of St Mark’s Square and the replica street pavilion do make you feel like you have stepped into Italy but the atmosphere is not all that traditional compared to the other countries. L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante offers some mouth watering items on the menu and always looked to be busy although we never actually ventured inside.

America, the one country both Mark and I managed to fall asleep in whilst watching The American Adventure theatrical show! The voices of Liberty however were amazing and definitely a sight to be seen. The Liberty Inn is an ideal place to have a pit stop and a nice refreshing drink.

Japan is one of my favourite locations and was yet another stop for my fiancé to grab a drink. Koi filled pools and water features are just some of the attractions that can be found in Japan and who would have thought that you find it at one end of a theme park! We were drawn into Japan by the astounding Taiko drummers, Matsuriza this really is a great sound and what was more I could even buy my own Bonsai Tree although I don’t think it would have passed through immigrations on the way home!

Morocco was the location for many of our photographs namely because they had a fabulous fez house! Mark especially liked the belly dancers that were present in this country and there are plenty of leather goods and carpets traditional of those found in Morocco.

France was almost the location for my engagement to Mark as I had a distinct feeling that this was where he had planned to propose after his first failed attempt and the fact that he offered to get me a second glass of champagne was a dead give away so I managed to quickly drag him away so I couldn’t be proved right.

United Kingdom is the home to traditional 1500’s style thatched cottage and also to the Rose and Crown pub where we both nipped in for a pint of Strong bow costing almost £5.00 a pint each, but they were ever so refreshing.
Traditional British toys can be purchased from the authentic toy shop offering gifts from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Canada did not have all that much to offer in terms of attractions, offering Maple Syrup and great value leather goods Canada was a little disappointing for me having visited the Country itself offering only a Steakhouse to its name and a presentation entitled “O Canada” this can certainly be missed.

Epcot really offers a great deal of attractions before you visit this park I would recommend visiting the website of if you can get hold of a map of the park before you go and plan you day in advance, if you want to watch the shows work them around visiting the rides and attractions that you want to see and try to get to the most popular parks first thing in the morning and this will avoid the longer queues that build up towards the afternoon.

Illumications Reflections of Earth is a fantastic light show with over 1100 pyrotechnic bursts as the lasers provide a fantastic show! Find out from your park map what time the show starts and find a great place to park your bum until the show starts it really is amazing.

Epcot has plenty to offer and if you follow some of my tips I am sure you will have as great a time as I did!!

As with all Disney parks they offer a complimentary transport system between the parks and also to Downtown Disney this saves a fortune and you should certainly take full advantage of this.

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  • Miskah published 08/07/2007
    Great review
  • carly_pussycat published 31/05/2007
    Rated E because you seemed to include everything necessary when considering a visit here. I've never been - not sure I ever will
  • eve6kicksass published 27/05/2007
    I have never been there to be honest, though you have reviewed it beautifully! Chris x
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