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Epcot

At Walt Disney World, Epcot was the park on Walt Disney's mind. Magic Kingdom was the park he would build to pay the bills but he had big plans for E.P.C.O.T. (as it was known back then). According to his plans, it would be a demonstration community, a new idea in urban planning. Unfortunatley, Walt Disney died before anything but the most preliminary of plans could be drawn up and by the time the park opened in 1982 it was more of a traditional theme park, though the giant geodesic dome remained the centerpiece.

In many ways, Epcot is two theme parks combined into one. The Future World portion of the park is a kind of super-Tomorrowland with the attractions being focused on science and technology. The World Showcase half of the park, however, is a circle of national pavilions where cultures and cuisines from around the world are highlighted.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: Southern side of the Walt Disney World property.
  • Date Opened: October 1, 1982
  • Approximate Annual Attendance: 10.9 million
  • Size: 300 acres
  • # of Lands: 13
  • # of Rides and Attractions: 20
  • # of Entertainment and Shows: 30
  • # of Dining Locations: 40
 
Park Hours - Hide Section
  • Park Hours: The Future World part of the park is usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The World Showcase portion is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Early Entry: The Extra Magic Hours program offers guests of the on-property hotel resorts to enter one of the parks an hour earlier than the posted opening time. Only limited attractions will be open during the extra hour; see Disney's Extra Magic Hours Web page for the current schedule of Extra Magic Hours days.
  • Late Departure: The Extra Magic Hours program offers guests of the on-property hotel resorts to spend an extra three hours at the park. The schedule of evening Extra Magic Hours days differs from the morning Extra Hours Days.
Facilities - Hide Section
  • ATMs: There are three ATMs at Epcot. The first is to the left as you enter the park, the second is on the bridge between Future World and World Showcase, and the third is in the American Adventure pavilion.

  • City Hall: Immediately inside the park, to the right.

  • Disney Dollars: Disney Dollars are the private currency of Disneyland. Any cash-accepting location inside of the park will accept Disney Dollars as well.

  • Equipment Rental: Strollers, manual wheelchairs, and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) can be rented on the east side of the Entrance Plaza (just inside the park) or at the International Gateway entrance from Boardwalk Inn. Stroller replacements are also available (with receipt and on an as available basis) at Glas and Porzellan in the Germany Pavilion.

    Strollers rent for $15 per day for a single and $31 for a double. Length of stay rentals are available for $13 and $27 per day. Manual wheelchairs rent for $12 per day or $10 per day for length of stay. ECVs are $50 per day with an additional $20 refundable deposit. No length of stay rental is available. If you are renting a wheelchair or ECV you may also want to stop by City Hall to request the Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities which will provide information on ride access and other issues.

     

    In-park rentals do not allow you take strollers out of the park, but rather you must get a new one at each park. Your rental receipt will allow you to get a new rental the same day (supplies permitting) when you get to another park.

    For additional information on getting around the parks with wheelchairs and ECVs, see our Walt Disney World Mobility page.



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  • First Aid and Baby Care: Both are in the building between Test Track and World Showcase.

  • Lockers: There are lockers to the left of Spaceship Earth as you enter the park and another set at the International Gateway between France and United Kingdom pavilions. Locker rentals cost $7 per day for a standard size locker and $9 per day for a large locker, plus a $5 refundable deposit.

  • Restrooms:

  • Kennel: Epcot (and all of the Walt Disney World parks no longer (as of September 1, 2010) has its own kennel facilities. Best Friends Pet Care is now operating a 50,000 square foot pet resort at 2510 Bonnet Creek Parkway in the Epcot resort area.

     

    In additional to single day visit or overnight boarding for cats and dogs the facility can also handle a certain number of other pets such as hamsters, birds, and pot-bellied pigs. It is not required that you either be visiting the parks to kennel your animal in the facility although a discount is given to people staying at one of the on-property resorts.

    Reservations are not required but are strongly recommended, especially during peak seasons. Hours vary but the center is generally open from an hour before that day's earliest park opening to an hour after the last park closes, so remember to take pet retrieval time into account when planning the end of your day.

    Overnight boarding starts at $37 for dogs ($34 if a resort guest), $23 ($21) for cats, and other animas range from $12-$23 ($10-$21) depending on size. Full day kenneling of dogs is $27 for basic kenneling, cats are $15; less than six hours is $16 and $15 respectively.

    For more information or reservations, call 1-877-493-9738 (877-4 WDW PETS) or visit their web site. See MousePlanet contributor Vance Cope's article (September 10, 2010) on the opening of Best Friends Pet Care.



  • Smoking: Smoking is permitted only in designated areas throughout the park; there is no smoking inside buildings, attractions, or queues. Every pavilion has a location nearby. Consult a guide map for specific locations.
The Lands (Areas of the Park) - Hide Section
Epcot is broken into two very different sections: Future World and World Showcase. Future World showcases technology, life sciences and environmental topics. By contrast the aptly named World Showcase features pavilions highlighting a handful of countries from around the world.

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