Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Epcot: A World of Discovery


Todays Basics of Disney is taking us to one of my favorite locations at Disney!

The Experimental  Prototype Community of Tomorrow or EPCOT!



Now like Hollywood Studios Epcot has an extra special place in my heart!  Why?  Well thank you for asking because I can now share that amazing news I told y'all I had in this post.

You are now reading the blog of a Full Time Statused Guest Relations Hostess at EPCOT!  

I've been working toward this for almost 2 years and I cannot tell you how good it feels to know that all my hard work has finally paid off.  Last week was one that I will never forget and I'm so excited to see where working for this great company will take me!

Let's get down to business.

Y'all I could write post after post about Epcot.  But I'll try not to bore you with too many details.  Walt Disney's very last dream was Epcot.  He wanted it to be a place where people could work, play, and live.  Yep, that's what I said.  It was going to be a community where people would have all the latest technologies right at their finger tips and a Magic Kingdom that would help fund the company.  Sadly, Walt passed away before his dream could become a reality.

But the Epcot you see today is inspired by ideas that originated from Walt himself.  From the park itself to the attractions that entertain millions of guests each year.  

Here's a run down of the park.  It's divided into two distinct sections: The World Showcase and Future World.  



ATTRACTIONS: 
The great thing about Epcot is that while you are having fun you're also learning something.  But of course kids don't know they're learning.   We strategically place the learning inside the attractions.

World Showcase
  
Maelstrom- takes you on a Norwegian adventure.
The Grand Fiesta Tour- places you in the heart of Mexico.
The American Adventure- shows you the first 200 years of America's history using film and audio-animatronics.

Future World

Soarin- gives you the sensation that you are hang-gliding over the different landscapes of California.
Test Track- lets you build and test your own car.
Living with the Land- shows you how humans have lived off the land and takes you through Epcot's greenhouses.  
The Seas with Nemo and Friends- is the largest inland aquarium in the United States.

*I personally am not a huge fan of Test Track, but everyone else loves it! So it made the list.


RESTAURANTS 

There are 16 restaurants at Epcot.  We've got the most out of all the other parks combined.  So I'm not going to list every single one of them. There is at least one (some have two) restaurant in each of the 11 countries in the World Showcase, plus two more in Future World.  Trust me, you'll never go hungry in Epcot!

Here are my favorites:

San Angel Inn - Mexico, they have the BEST tortilla soup EVER!
Teppan Edo - Japan, it's a hibachi style restaurant, so the chef cooks in front of you.
Chefs de France - France, their Lobster Bisque is my favorite.
The Rose and Crown - UK, enough said.
The Coral Reef - The Seas, one of the walls of the restaurant is looks into the aquarium.  But no worries, you don't get to pick your dinner!

EXTRAS

Disney Characters: In each country in the World Showcase you will find Disney Characters that come from that country.  For example in the UK you'll find Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland AND in  Morocco you'll find Aladdin and Jasmine.  You can find each characters in the Epcot Maps and on the My Disney Experience App on you phone.

British Revolution - Is a band that plays British Rock favorites.

Illumnations: Reflections of Earth - is the fireworks show put on every night.  The show even tells a story! Making it the most watched fireworks show on property. (I still prefer Wishes though!)



Now remember, I've only given you what I THINK are the must sees.  There are a ton of other fun attractions and extras that you can find in Epcot.  But this will give you a good starting point to the park. 

My best friend Suzanne and I have always said that our idea of heaven on Earth has got to be the World Showcase 30 minutes before Illuminations starts.  There is music playing, torches are lit, and the lighting over the showcase makes for a picture perfect atmosphere.  Add a pastry from France and a Grand Marnier Orange Slush and I will be one happy camper.


Well we've covered all 4 Disney Parks!  Remember if you have any specific questions about each of the parks feel free to e-mail me! :)  

4 comments:

Leah said...

YAY! My favorite of your posts! Epcot is my favorite place ever! My birthday is cinco de mayo, and the last time I was at Epcot was actually a few years ago on my birthday! We ate at San Angel Inn so I'm excited it made your list! And I agree illuminations is soo spectacular!

You only left out one thing... when you leave, the sidewalk has those tiny lights that somehow created within the cement. It's so magical!

Valerie Griffin said...

love EPCOT!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

KATHLEEEEEN!
We will be here tomorrow...together! AHHH :)

I am so excited.
Like you don't even know how bad I need this little bog date! EEEK! I'm lucky to have my own personal tour guide ;)

LOVE!
xo

Meg Cady said...

^^^^ Yall suck.
Use our group text!!
Save me from me watching children take tests!!!

I love EPCOT cause that is where I met youuuuuuuuu!!!