AAA Editor Notes
Epcot®, 1580 Avenue of the Stars, stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. At Epcot®, high-tech fun and Disney imagination are combined with the wonder of diverse cultures in two distinct themed worlds bursting with thrills and excitement: Future World and World Showcase.
Feel like you're flying and even smell what you're seeing as you skim rolling waves, powdery ski slopes, majestic redwood forests, fragrant orange groves and familiar landmarks on the exhilarating Soarin’® attraction.
Design It. Floor It. On Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet, you can design a virtual concept vehicle, become part of the Chevrolet design studio and put your design through its paces (at speeds of up to 65 mph) on the exciting hills, hairpin turns and straightaways of the Test Track circuit. After your “test drive” is over, see how well your car performed. Race it over changing terrain and extreme conditions on a digital driving table, produce a TV commercial starring your “dream ride,” and immerse yourself in a Chevrolet showroom among other highlights.
On The Seas with Nemo & Friends, you don’t need gills to dive into undersea adventure—just a “clam-mobile.” So climb aboard and journey alongside Marlin and Dory on an exciting quest to find Nemo. Along the way, you’ll meet up with Bruce the shark, ride the EAC and come face-to-fin with some real-life fishies in a gigantic aquarium. It’s an ocean of adventure inspired by Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Nemo.”
And while we’re on the subject of our underwater friends, gather ’round a window to the ocean for a real-time Q-and-A session with a totally tubular turtle at the Turtle Talk with Crush experience also inspired by the film. Using his high-tech “hydrophone,” Crush can communicate directly with little dudes and dudettes about literally anything that’s on their minds. Righteous!
Want to find out what it’s like to be an astronaut? Then hop aboard Mission: SPACE® and dodge meteors, navigate nebulae and slingshot around the moon … without leaving Earth. If you think you’ve got the right stuff, join the Orange Team for intense training that lets you feel the force of an actual space launch or become part of the Green Team for a milder mission.
Then come have a ball inside the incredible icon of Epcot—Spaceship Earth! Narrated by actress Dame Judi Dench, this classic attraction will take you from living in the past to picturing yourself in the future. Afterward, you'll get to experience an interactive playground area where you can build, play, create, compete and explore.
Then there's the cartoon clubhouse of the future at Epcot® Character Spot in Innoventions®. The future is here … along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto.
Over in World Showcase, you can travel around the world without needing a passport. Here, 11 great nations offer the best of their food, music, products and culture. Journey through the poetic mountains of China, soar in a balloon over France and sail down a river in Mexico. Plus, you can shop ’til you drop, indulging in tempting Guerlain fragrances, Goebel Hummel figurines, glass etchings, antiques, trinkets, jewelry, gifts, toys and more.
And while you’re in World Showcase, you can become a secret agent and go undercover during Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. Join Agent P (better known as Perry the Platypus) on this interactive quest and help solve clues to thwart some of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s most daringly evil plots.
The grand finale to your day? IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, an inspiration of music, fireworks, lasers and special effects celebrating the planet we call home and the spirit of humanity.
Of course, during special times of the year, there’s even more magic to discover, and it’s included with your admission—like the fantastically fresh Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival (early March-late May), where you can celebrate all things spring. At this incredible event, you can enjoy locally grown gardens and Disney Character topiaries, freshly picked music, garden-inspired recipes at a variety of outdoor kitchens and more.
Then come taste your way around the world in the fall during the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival (late September-early November), where you’ll discover more than 25 international food and beverage marketplaces, signature dining experiences with celebrated chefs, culinary demonstrations and wine seminars. There’s also the live Eat to the Beat Concert Series, featuring nightly performances from popular hit-makers.
Note: Soarin'® is closed for renovations from Jan. 4 to summer 2016; phone ahead to confirm schedule. Lunch and dinner reservations at full-service restaurants should be made in advance of your visit.
Food is available.