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.
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 during the 50th Anniversary Celebration, you'll be treated to a "Beacon of Magic" 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.
Harmonious made its debut on October 1, 2021, and celebrates how Disney music inspires people around the world. Harmonious is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created and features music and images that have been reimagined by diverse cultural musicians and artists from around the world. This nighttime spectacular features massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers.
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 will live 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.
Upon completion of the current transformation, EPCOT will be 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 will each be filled with new experiences rooted in authenticity and innovation that will take guests to new destinations, where the real is made fantastic in a celebration of curiosity, discovery, and the magic of possibility.
The new entrance plaza to EPCOT is complete and has new pathways, greenery areas, and a newly reimagined fountain. The new design pays homage to the theme park's original entrance with a fresh take on classic elements.