It’s been a few weeks since we left off at the Magic Kingdom. Now that we’ve explored the Magic Kingdom, it’s time to head off to EPCOT. The above video takes us from the Magic Kingdom to EPCOT via the Monorail. I love that at Walt Disney World, the Monorail is an actual method of transportation! There are other ways we could get to EPCOT. I thought the Monorail was the most fun!
Since we’re at a new theme park, it’s time to get a lay of the land. This video is nearly an hour-long. However, it gives you a good overview of EPCOT. We’re going to stay focused on Future World with this blog post. There is so much to see in Future World. I think you could probably spend close to a day in Future World alone. I absolutely love Space Ship Earth. That big ball is so impressive in person. During my trip to Walt Disney World for the Marathon, I loved seeing each and every time.
Since Spaceship Earth is the first thing we come to inside of EPCOT, let’s start there. I know that this isn’t the most thrilling attraction, but it is kind of fun to ride. After all, you can’t pass by that big ball and not go inside. Especially on a virtual trip where there are no lines to wait in and you can come and go as you please.
We’re going to head to the left and explore Future World East first. This brings us to Ellen’s Energy Adventure attraction. I’ve never experienced this attraction in person. So, it was interesting to watch the video. It’s like we’ve gone from learning about communication throughout the ages in Spaceship Earth to learning about the history of Energy next. One thing I’m unclear on is how much the ride vehicles move. Maybe one of the experienced EPCOT people can chime in on that.
Time for our first thrill ride. Mission: Space is just that. It was so thrilling that they had to alter the intensity after it opened, creating two different experiences. If you’ve ever wanted to be an astronaut, this ride is for you. I love how 3 months of hyper sleep will only feel like a minute to us. If only flying a space ship were this easy.
Now that we’ve survived a trip to Mars, it’s time to head to the Test Track. This is version 2.0. I know there is a lot of controversy around this attraction. I’ve never been able to experience this attraction live. Every time I’ve been at EPCOT, this attraction has been broken down. The queue line looks like tons of fun. The actual ride has such a Tron vibe to it. It’s too bad they didn’t design the ride vehicles to match. After watching the video, I’m kind of sad that I didn’t get to experience this yet. There’s always next time.
Innoventions is a place that is constantly changing. Here’s a fun show called Habit Heroes that teaches us how to build healthy habits. Do you have what it takes to be a Habit Hero? Watch this video to find out.
This video gives you a taste of what Innoventions East and West had going 2 years ago. Since the exhibits are largely interaction, I won’t spend too much time covering each experience. For our purposes, we’ll move along.
What would a trip to a Disney theme park be without visiting some Disney characters? I love that EPCOT has a specific place you can go to meet three characters! In this video, we get to meet Mickey, Pluto and Minnie.
Since one of my readers is a huge Goofy fan, I include the above video. This time at the Character Spot, we get to meet Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends is up next. This attraction has a lot of similar elements to the Nemo Subs at Disneyland. There are differences though. Of course the most obvious difference is that you’re not in a submarine, you’re in a clam shell. This ride is fun. If you’re a fan of Finding Nemo, you should ride this one. Upon exiting, you make your way into the giant aquarium known at The Seas Pavilion.
There’s some overlap with this video and the one before it. However, this video focuses more on the aquarium part of the Seas Pavilion. If you want to skip The Seas with Nemo & Friends portion, jump to 2:40. I absolutely love, love, love the aquarium! When I last visited EPCOT, I spent about an hour or so just here.
Okay, I’ve got to put this here. After all dining at the Coral Reef is a super cool experience. At least that’s what I’ve heard. When I dined here, we had an awful waitress which ruined it for us. However, others had a great time here. One thing that’s for sure, the ambiance is amazing!
The other thing you can to at the Seas Pavilion, is Turtle Talk with Crush. Brooke and I love this attraction at Disney California Adventure. We loved it at EPCOT as well. All I have to say is….YOU SO TOTALLY ROCK! DUUUUUUUUUUUDE!
After exploring The Seas Pavilion, we’re off to the Land Pavilion. One of the attractions I’ve found very fascinating is Living with the Land. One thing you’ll notice about EPCOT is that it’s full of educational experiences. This attraction is one of them. It’s pretty cool to see how environmentally friendly Walt Disney World strives to be. If you’re looking for facts about the inner workings of Walt Disney World, this attraction will give you some pretty interesting information. Enjoy.
Next up is The Circle of Life film. I really like the way they combine animation with real live action shots in this film. Again, this is an educational experience. It totally keeps with the environmentally friendly vibe of the Land Pavilion.
As fun as the last two attractions have been, I’m pretty sure that most people go to the Land Pavilion to check out Soarin’. Over at DCA, it’s Soarin’ Over California. I don’t say this often, but this is one attraction where the experience in California beats the one in Florida. The queue line in California is better and the film itself is geared towards California. I’m actually quite surprised that they didn’t re-do this film. I mean, you end the film at Disneyland. That’s kind of strange. It’s a fun attraction, though. So, even though it fits California better than Florida, it shouldn’t be missed.
Only two attractions left. Journey Into the Imagination with Figment has a cult following. After watching this video, you might just become a fan of Figment like so many others. This is a seriously fun attraction. I can totally see why Figment has a large following.
It’s time to close our time in Future World with taking in Captain EO. I’ve only ever seen this at Disneyland. So, it was kind of cool to see the experience at EPCOT. The main show begins at 13 minutes. So, if you want to skip ahead and just see the show, that’s where you’ll want to jump in.
Or, you can just watch this video. It’s a pretty good version of the movie itself. So, it’s your choice…full experience or just the movie. We are here to change the world!
That’s all for this installment. We’ve actually covered quite a bit of ground. We are not going to venture through the entire World Showcase in one virtual blog post. So, don’t worry about that. The World Showcase is my favorite part of EPCOT. So, we’ll slow down and take in a few countries at a time. We’ll start in Canada and make our way around the showcase from there. See you next Friday! Until then, here is one of my favorite scenes that was filmed in Future World.