EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened on October 1, 1982. It was conceived by Walt Disney to take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry.
“The EPCOT Center logo symbolizes unity, fellowship and harmony around the world. Five outer rings are linked to form the shape of a flower — a celebration of life. The heart of the logo is the Earth, embraced by a star symbolizing hope — the hope that with imagination, commitment and dedication, we can create a better tomorrow.“ - Marty Sklar
EPCOT is now unified with four neighborhoods that each speak to important aspects of the world and its people: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. These neighborhoods are filled with new experiences rooted in authenticity and innovation that take guests to new destinations, where the real is made fantastic in a celebration of curiosity, discovery and the magic of possibility.
EPCOT is also the home of year-round festivals that change throughout the seasons. You can learn more about each of the EPCOT Festivals by visiting our EPCOT Events page.
In the very front of the park is the iconic Spaceship Earth. Located inside the iconic "golf ball", Spaceship Earth is a slow-moving attraction that tells the history of communication and where communication may be headed in the future. If you stick around until dark, you'll be treated to a lighting display as Spaceship Earth lights up in a spectacular fashion.
For many years, EPCOT was considered an 'adult' park. Disney worked hard to overcome this reputation and most have discovered that kids can have a blast visiting EPCOT, including the 'boring' countries.
One of the best things that was done was to introduce Kidcot Fun Stops in World Showcase. Kids can create a free (yes, you read that right!) souvenir to take home with them. Take advantage of the Kidcot Fun Stops and think twice about watching some of the movies at several of the countries. If your child balks at one of them, move on to another one.
Luminous the Symphony of Us made its debut on December 5, 2023. This nighttime spectacular brings guests together around World Showcase Lagoon and shines a light on the shared experiences that connect people across the globe. With a dazzling display of fireworks, fountains, lights and music, the new show will be the perfect finale to a memorable day at EPCOT.
One of the absolute best features of this park is how wide open and expansive it is. If you're feeling hemmed in at the other theme parks, hop on a boat, bus, the Disney Skyliner, or monorail and get yourself to EPCOT.
Walt Disney once said EPCOT “would always be in a state of becoming” – it is a place that changes with the times. EPCOT lives up to that promise in a whole new way as it continues the biggest transformation of any Disney park in history, bringing the next generation of immersive storytelling to life through a plethora of new attractions and experiences.