Previously known as EPCOT Center (1982–1993)
Spaceship Earth, the icon of Epcot
LocationWalt Disney World, Bay Lake, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates28°22′16″N 81°33′00″W / 28.371°N 81.550°W / 28.371; -81.550
OpenedOctober 1, 1982 (41 years ago) (1982-10-01)
OwnerDisney Experiences
(The Walt Disney Company)
Operated byWalt Disney World
Key people
Kartika Rodriguez (VP)[1]
Javier Rossy (GM-Operations)[2]
SloganThe magic of possibility
Operating seasonYear-round

Epcot, stylized in all uppercase as EPCOT, is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Experiences division. Inspired by an unrealized concept of the same name developed by Walt Disney, the park opened on October 1, 1982,[3] as EPCOT Center, and was the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World. The park spans 305[4] acres (123 hectares), more than twice the size of Magic Kingdom.[5] Often referred to as a "permanent world's fair", Epcot is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, particularly technological innovation and international culture.[6][7]

Epcot was originally conceived by Walt Disney during the early development of Walt Disney World, as an experimental planned community that would serve as a center for American enterprise and urban living. Known as "EPCOT", an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, the idea included an urban city center, residential areas, industrial areas, schools, and a series of mass transportation systems that would connect the community. After Disney's death in 1966, the "EPCOT" concept was abandoned, as the company was uncertain about the feasibility of operating a city. In the 1970s, WED Enterprises began developing a second theme park for the resort to supplement Magic Kingdom as that park's popularity grew. The new park reprised the idea of showcasing modern innovation through avant-garde edutainment attractions as well as the addition of a world nations exposition. The newly designed park, featuring two sections—Future World and World Showcase—opened as EPCOT Center in 1982. In 1994, the park was renamed to "Epcot", dropping the acronym and "Center" from the name. From the late 2010s to the early 2020s, the park underwent a major multi-year overhaul, including several new and replaced attractions as well as the revision of the existing two sections of the park into four: World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase.

In 2019, Epcot hosted 12.444 million guests, ranking it as the fourth-most-visited theme park in North America and the seventh-most-visited theme park in the world.[8] The park is represented by Spaceship Earth, a geodesic sphere.


1960s: Experimental concept

Main article: EPCOT (concept)

The remaining portion of the Progress City model, the original concept for the city of EPCOT, seen on display from the Peoplemover at Magic Kingdom in 2022

The genesis for Epcot was originally conceived as a utopian city of the future by Walt Disney in the 1960s. The concept was an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, often interchanging "city" and "community."[9] In Walt Disney's words in 1966: "EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed but will always be introducing and testing, and demonstrating new materials and new systems. And EPCOT will always be a showcase to the world of the ingenuity and imagination of American free enterprise."

Walt Disney's original vision was for a model community that would have been home to twenty thousand residents and a test bed for city planning as well as organization. It was to have been built in the shape of a circle with businesses and commercial areas at its center with community buildings, schools, and recreational complexes around it while residential neighborhoods would line the perimeter. This radial plan concept is strongly influenced by British planner Ebenezer Howard and his Garden Cities of To-morrow. Transportation would have been provided by monorails and PeopleMovers (like those in Tomorrowland). Automobile traffic would be kept underground, leaving pedestrians safe above ground. Walt Disney was not able to obtain funding and permission to start work on his Florida property until he agreed to first build Magic Kingdom. He died nearly five years before Magic Kingdom opened.[10]

1970s: Concept evolves into park

After Walt Disney's death, Walt Disney Productions decided that it did not want to be in the business of running a city without Walt's guidance. The model community of Celebration, Florida has been mentioned as a realization of Disney's original vision, but Celebration is based on concepts of new urbanism which is radically different from Disney's modernist and futurist visions. However, the idea of EPCOT was instrumental in prompting the state of Florida to create the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) and the cities of Bay Lake and Reedy Creek (now Lake Buena Vista), a legislative mechanism, enshrined in laws like the Reedy Creek Improvement Act, allowing Disney to exercise governmental powers over Walt Disney World. Control over the RCID is vested in the landowners of the district, and the promise of an actual city in the district would have meant that the powers of the RCID would have been distributed among the landowners in EPCOT. Because the idea of EPCOT was never implemented, Disney remained almost the sole landowner in the district allowing it to maintain control of the RCID and the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista; Disney further cemented this control by deannexing Celebration from the RCID.

The original plans for the park showed indecision over the park's purpose. Some Imagineers wanted it to represent the cutting edge of emerging technologies, while others wanted it to showcase international cultures and customs. At one point, a model of the futuristic park was pushed together against a model of a World's Fair international theme, and the two were combined. The park was originally named EPCOT Center to reflect the ideals and values of the city. It was constructed for an estimated $800 million to $1.4 billion and took three years to build, at the time the largest construction project on Earth.[11] The parking lot serving the park is 141 acres (57 ha) (including bus area) and can accommodate 11,211 vehicles (grass areas hold additional 500+ vehicles). Before it opened on October 1, 1982, Walt Disney World Ambassador Genie Field introduced E. Cardon Walker, Disney's chairman and CEO, who dedicated EPCOT Center. Walker also presented a family with lifetime passes for the two Walt Disney World theme parks. His remarks were followed by Florida Governor Bob Graham and William Ellinghaus, president of AT&T.

1980s: Opening and operation

The Fountain of Nations, a large musical fountain, was a central park feature from opening day until its removal in 2019.

As part of the opening-day ceremony, dancers and band members performed "We've Just Begun to Dream".[12] The Sherman Brothers wrote a song especially for the occasion entitled "The World Showcase March".[13] During the finale, doves and many sets of balloons were released. Performing groups representing countries from all over the world performed in World Showcase. Water was gathered from major rivers across the globe and emptied into the park's Fountain of Nations with ceremonial containers to mark the opening. The theme park opened on October 1, 1982.[14]

On opening day, Future World featured six pavilions: Spaceship Earth, CommuniCore, Journey Into Imagination, The Land, Universe of Energy, and World of Motion. During the 1980s, several additional pavilions opened: Horizons in 1983, The Living Seas in 1986, and Wonders of Life in 1989. Spaceship Earth's content was revised in 1986, and Maelstrom opened in the Norway pavilion in 1988.

1990s–2000s: Change in vision

Spaceship Earth in the evening hours.

Despite its initial success, Epcot was constantly faced with the challenges of evolving with worldwide progress, an issue that caused the park to lose relevance and become outdated in the 1990s.[15] To maintain attendance levels, Disney introduced seasonal events such as the International Flower & Garden Festival and the International Food & Wine Festival in 1994 and 1995, respectively.[16][17] In the mid-1990s, Disney also began to gradually phase out the park's edutainment attractions in favor of more modern and thrilling attractions.[18] As a result, many of the attractions within the Future World pavilions, were either overhauled or replaced entirely. Spaceship Earth was updated with music by Edo Guidotti and narration from Jeremy Irons in 1994. Universe of Energy was reconfigured as Ellen's Energy Adventure in 1996. Journey Into Imagination closed in 1998 and was replaced with Journey into YOUR Imagination on October 1, 1999. World of Motion was replaced with Test Track, and Horizons was demolished in 1999 and replaced with Mission: Space in 2003.[19][20] In 2000, Walt Disney World held the Millennium Celebration with the central focus of the event at Epcot, and a 25-story "magic wand" structure was built next to Spaceship Earth. Journey into YOUR Imagination closed in 2001 due to strong negative reception and was replaced with Journey into Imagination with Figment on June 10, 2002. The Living Seas was closed in 2005, and rethemed with the introduction of characters from Finding Nemo, as The Seas with Nemo & Friends. That same year, Soarin', a flight simulator ride originally developed for Disney's California Adventure, was added to The Land (replacing Kitchen Kabaret) following its massive popularity in California. The Wonders of Life pavilion closed in 2007, with the pavilion being occasionally used for the park's annual festivals until permanent closure. The Mexico pavilion's El Rio del Tiempo attraction closed on January 2, 2007, and Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros opened in its space on April 6. After the "magic wand" structure was removed from Spaceship Earth, the attraction's fourth version, narrated by Judi Dench, soft-opened on December 8, 2007. Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure opened at EPCOT on January 28, 2009.

2010s–present: Transformation and redesign

As part of Future World's overhaul from 2019 to 2024, several original structures were reutilized, such as the CommuniCore Pavilion being repurposed as Connections Cafe.

Test Track closed for refurbishment on April 12, 2012, and reopened on December 6 as a new version presented by Chevrolet. Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure closed on May 17, and was rethemed a month later to Agent P's World Showcase Adventure on June 23. The Norway pavilion's Maelstrom attraction closed in 2014 to be replaced by Frozen Ever After, which opened on June 21, 2016. On January 4, 2016, it was announced that the original version of Soarin' was closed until it reopened on June 17, 2016 with the new film Soarin' Around the World. In November 2016, Disney revealed that Epcot would be receiving “a major transformation” that would help transition the park into being “more Disney, timeless, relevant, family-friendly”.[21] On June 5, 2017, Mission: SPACE was closed for refurbishment, then reopened on August 13, now divided into the new green/Earth mission, and the original orange/Mars mission. In July 2017, Disney formally announced that Epcot would undergo a multi-year, redesign and expansion plan that would introduce Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille attractions to Future World and World Showcase, respectively, as well as maintaining the original vision and spirit for the park.[22] As part of the announcement, Ellen's Energy Adventure closed the following month, and the pavilion's show building was reused for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.[23] That same year, the park reported the first drop in overall attendance ranking among the four Walt Disney World Resort parks, dropping from second to third place, the first in its history.[24]

On August 25, 2019, at the 2019 D23 Expo, Disney expanded on the plans for the improvements to Epcot.[25] One of the most significant changes announced was the creation of four distinct "neighborhoods", with the subdivision of Future World into three areas (World Celebration, World Discovery, and World Nature) and World Showcase remaining as the fourth one.[25] Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, a walkthrough attraction, was also announced.[26] Disney began to stylize the name as "EPCOT" as an homage to both the park's original name and Walt Disney's original concept, although the name is no longer an acronym.[18] In late 2019, EPCOT installed new directory signage in Seabase Alpha, restoring the former Living Seas logo, as the pavilion was renamed to The Seas Pavilion.[27]

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure closed on February 23, 2020; it was slated to be replaced with DuckTales World Showcase Adventure, which did not open until 2022. The park was closed from March 16 to July 15, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida.[28][29] Modified operations were established, including a pause on concerts and fireworks, in order to promote sufficient physical distancing. Spaceship Earth: Our Shared Story, the World Celebration attraction's fifth update, the Wondrous China film in the China pavilion, the PLAY! pavilion in World Discovery, and the United Kingdom pavilion's Cherry Tree Lane expansion were indefinitely delayed until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On September 29, 2021, the new nighttime spectacular, Harmonious, made its debut as part of the resort's 50th anniversary celebration.[30] The show ended its run on March 31, 2023, in preparation for a new nighttime spectacular, Luminous: The Symphony of Us, which debuted later that year on December 5. Remy's Ratatouille Adventure opened in the France pavilion on October 1 as part of the same celebrations.[31] The attraction is a copy of the Disneyland Paris version. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, part of the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion in World Discovery, would open on May 27, 2022.[32]

Journey of Water opened in World Nature opened on October 16, 2023, the day of the Walt Disney Company's 100th anniversary. World Celebration Gardens, divided into five sections (Inspiration Gardens, CommuniCore Gardens, Connections Gardens, Creations Gardens, and Dreamers Point), opened on December 5, 2023 to commemorate Walt Disney's 122nd birthday. On March 21, 2024, following the announcement, EPCOT revealed that CommuniCore Hall, the single-level CommuniCore Plaza festival pavilion, and Mickey and Friends meet-and-greet will open on June 10 in the park's World Celebration section. Test Track is scheduled to close for refurbishment on June 17 to make way for the attraction's third itineration.[33]

Park layout and attractions

See also: List of Epcot attractions

The Walt Disney World Monorail System passes through Epcot's World Celebration, providing transport from Magic Kingdom and the TTC.

Epcot is divided into four main themed areas, known as "neighborhoods": World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase.

The park consists of a variety of avant-garde pavilions that explore innovative aspects and applications including technology and science, with each pavilion featuring self-contained attractions and distinct architecture in its design. Currently, the park features ten major pavilions: Galaxy, Imagination, Journey, Land, Motion, Odyssey, Seas, Space, Spaceship Earth, and World Showcase, which itself has eleven individual nation pavilions.[34]

World Celebration, Discovery, and Nature were originally grouped as one area called Future World, which debuted with six pavilions: Spaceship Earth, CommuniCore, Imagination!, The Land, Universe of Energy, and World of Motion. The Horizons pavilion opened the following year, and The Living Seas and Wonders of Life pavilions were added in 1986 and 1989, respectively, bringing the lineup to nine. CommuniCore, World of Motion, Horizons, Wonders of Life, Universe of Energy, and Innoventions closed in 1994, 1996, 1999, 2007, 2017, and 2019, respectively. The Fountain of Nations, a large circular musical fountain which debuted with the park, was removed in 2019 as well. Each pavilion was initially sponsored by a corporation which helped fund its construction and maintenance in return for the corporation's logos and some marketing elements appearing throughout the pavilion.

Additionally, each pavilion of Future World featured a unique circular logo designed by Norm Inouye (except for the Wonders of Life logo due to its later introduction), which was featured on park signage and throughout the attractions themselves.[35] The pavilion logos were gradually phased out in the early 2000s, as the pavilions instead were identified by name and recognized by the main attraction(s) housed inside. Several homages remained scattered throughout the park, including merchandising. However, in 2019, the circular pavilion logos were revived as part of Epcot's transformation, with both classic logos reprised and refreshed and newer logos introduced.[36]

World Celebration

World Celebration serves as the park's main entrance and central hub that honors global human interaction and connection, including communication, imagination, creativity, and the visual and culinary arts.[37] The neighborhood features three major pavilions—Spaceship Earth, Imagination, and Odyssey—as well as additional attractions, shops, and restaurants.[34]

Guests enter through the main entrance and walk underneath Spaceship Earth, an eighteen-story-tall geodesic sphere structure and the anchor pavilion, which also houses an eponymous dark ride attraction that depicts the history of communication.[38] Directly behind Spaceship Earth are the World Celebration Gardens and Dreamers Point, featuring lush interactive gardens, lighting fixtures and Walt the Dreamer, a bronze statue commemorating Walt Disney. The Imagination! pavilion celebrates the concept of imagination and features Journey into Imagination with Figment, a dark ride starring Figment that explores the senses. The Odyssey Events Pavilion serves as an exhibition space during the park's annual festivals.

World Celebration is also home to Creations Shop, the park's main gift shop; Connections Eatery & Cafe, a quick service restaurant and Starbucks themed to global food history; and Club Cool, an Coca-Cola-themed attraction and shop, featuring complimentary samples of Coca-Cola soft drinks from around the world.

Future attractions include CommuniCore Hall, which will act as a multi-use festival pavilion which will be used for exhibitions, gallery space, mixology bar, demonstration kitchen and more. CommuniCore Plaza will be able to host large-scale music concerts as well as smaller musical performances.[39] CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza are scheduled to open on June 10, 2024.[40]

World Discovery

World Discovery centers on space, science, technology and intergalactic exploration. Lying on the east side of World Celebration, the Discovery neighborhood features three major pavilions in clockwise layout—Galaxy, Space, and Motion—each featuring thrill ride attractions.[34]

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, as became part of the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion, an "other-world" showcase pavilion, is an enclosed spinning roller coaster based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Centered on space exploration, Mission: Space is a centrifugal motion simulator thrill ride that replicates a space flight experience to Mars and a low orbit tour over the surface of Earth. Next to it is Space 220, a themed restaurant simulating dining aboard a space station located 220 miles above Earth.[25][41] Finally, Test Track is a high-speed slot car ride inspired by the rigorous automobile testing procedures that Chevrolet uses to evaluate concept cars. Prospective future attractions include the Play! Pavilion.

World Nature

World Nature focuses on understanding and preserving the beauty, awe and balance of the natural world.[25] Located on the west side of World Celebration, the Nature neighborhood features three major pavilions in counterclockwise layout—Seas, Journey, and Land—inspired by human interaction with the Earth, specifically ocean exploration, hydrology, agriculture, horticulture, ecology, and travel.[34]

Based on ocean exploration and inspired by the Finding Nemo series, The Seas pavilion features the sixth-largest aquarium in the world with marine life exhibits; an Omnimover attraction inspired by Finding Nemo; and Turtle Talk with Crush, an interactive show hosted by Crush from Finding Nemo. Connected to the building is the Coral Reef Restaurant, a themed seafood restaurant that provides views into the aquarium. Nearby is the Journey of Water pavilion, an outdoor walkthrough water attraction depicting the Earth's water cycle, inspired by Moana.[39] Finally, the Land pavilion features three attractions; Soarin' Around the World, an attraction that simulates a hang gliding flight over various regions of the world; Living with the Land, a narrated boat tour through Audio-Animatronics scenes, a greenhouse and hydroponics lab; and Awesome Planet, a short documentary film presented in the pavilion's Harvest Theater about the Earth's biomes and the perils of climate change.

World Showcase

World Showcase is the park's largest neighborhood, reminiscent of a permanent world's fair dedicated to representing the culture, history, cuisine, architecture, and traditions of 11 nations from across four continents—North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Each nation pavilion features attractions, shops, restaurants, and landscaping that celebrate or portray authentic settings from each country—several pavilions contain recreations inspired by existing buildings and landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Itsukushima Shrine, Hampton Court Palace, Château Laurier, St. Mark's Campanile, and the Kutubiyya Mosque.

The nation pavilions surround the World Showcase Lagoon, a man-made lake located in the center of World Showcase with a perimeter of 1.2 miles (1.9 km), which is the site of the park's nighttime fireworks display, Luminous: The Symphony of Us. In counter-clockwise order, the 11 pavilions are:

The American Adventure is the host pavilion of World Showcase, sharing its name with its marquee attraction in Liberty Theatre: a titular stage show detailing American history and hosted by Audio-Animatronic versions of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. On the shores of the lagoon is the America Gardens Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater that hosts the park's festival concerts. The France Pavilion hosts Impressions de France in Palais du Cinéma, an 18-minute Cinerama-style film depicting the culture of France, and along with Beauty and the Beast: Sing-Along. Tucked behind the lagoon-facing portion of the pavilion is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a 3D dark ride inspired by Pixar’s Ratatouille. The Canada and China Pavilions each host Circle-Vision 360° filmsCanada Far and Wide and Reflections of China—that depict the diverse cultures and countrysides of their respective countries. Two dark boat rides reside within the Norway and Mexico Pavilions—Frozen Ever After and Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, respectively—inspired by Frozen and The Three Caballeros.

There is a small transitional pavilion between China and Germany called the Outpost, not included as one of the official World Showcase pavilions.[42] A secondary park gate is located between the France and United Kingdom pavilions of World Showcase and is known as the International Gateway. The International Gateway is directly accessible to guests arriving from the Disney Skyliner and from watercraft transport, and by walkways from the nearby Epcot Area Resorts and Disney's Hollywood Studios.[3]

Of the 11 pavilions, only Morocco and Norway were not present at the park's opening, as they were added in 1984 and 1988, respectively.[43] Each pavilion contains themed architecture, landscapes, streetscapes, attractions, shops and restaurants representing the respective country's culture and cuisine. In an effort to maintain the authenticity of the represented countries, the pavilions are primarily staffed by citizens of the respective countries as part of the Cultural Representative Program through Q1 visa agreements. Some pavilions also contain themed rides, shows, and live entertainment representative of the respective country. The Morocco pavilion was directly sponsored by the Moroccan government until 2020, when Disney took ownership of the pavilion.[44] The remaining pavilions are primarily sponsored by private companies with affiliations to the represented countries.

Originally, the showcase was to include partnerships with the governments of the different countries. According to Disney's 1975 Annual Report, the Showcase would:

...offer participating countries a permanent installation for such features as themed restaurants and shops, product exhibits, industrial displays, cultural presentations, a trade center, and even special facilities for business meetings.

Major sponsorships for each participating nation will be asked to provide the capital to cover the cost of designing, developing and constructing its attraction and/or ride and all exhibits, as well as the Pavilion itself. It will also have the responsibility for funding the housing for its employees in the International Village. Its land lease will cover the cost of maintaining the attraction for a minimum of ten years.

The Disney organization will be responsible for area development, including the construction of transportation systems and utilities. We will also build and operate the internal people moving system, the Courtyard of Nations and central theater facility.[43]

Proposed pavilions and unused locations

Pavilions for Brazil, the Philippines, Equatorial Africa, Puerto Rico,[45] Russia,[46] South Korea, Denmark, Poland, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Holland, Costa Rica, Spain, Soviet Union, Australia/New Zealand, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, and Israel have occasionally been rumored as potential future pavilions but have never made it past the planning phases to date. However, Disney did go as far as announcing three of the pavilions in the 1980s with signage throughout the park.

The Israeli, Spanish, Venezuelan, and an Equatorial Africa pavilion blending elements of the cultures of countries such as Kenya and Zaire, were announced as coming soon in 1982,[47] and a model of the last was shown on the opening day telecast, but never took off. Instead, a small African themed refreshment shop known as the Outpost currently resides where Equatorial Africa was to be.[43] More than 50 nations, among them Israel, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and five African countries (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa), took part in the Millennium Village, a project that took place in Epcot during Millennium Celebration (1999–2001) to pay homage to the cultural achievements of these nations.[48]

There are currently eight undeveloped spots for countries around the World Showcase—including the space occupied by the Outpost—in between the locations of the current countries. Two of the potential locations, on either side of the United Kingdom, are currently occupied by World ShowPlace (successor of Millennium Village). Two more lie on either side of the American Adventure, though this pavilion's use of reversed forced perspective may preclude the construction of additional buildings as they would ruin the illusion.[43]

Alcohol policy

Unlike Magic Kingdom, which up until 2012 did not serve alcohol and now only serves it in all table service locations,[49][50] most stores and restaurants at Epcot, especially in the World Showcase, serve and sell a variety of alcoholic beverages including specialty drinks, craft beers, wines, and spirits reflective of the respective countries. The park also hosts the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, an annual event featuring food and drink samplings from all over the world, along with live entertainment and special exhibits.

The World Showcase Adventure

Originally based on the Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible, the World Showcase Adventure is an interactive mobile attraction taking place in several pavilions throughout the World Showcase. The attraction is an electronic scavenger hunt that has guests using special "Kimmunicators" (in actuality, customized cell phones) to help teenage crime-fighters Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable solve a "crime" or disrupt an evil-doer's "plans for global domination." The "Kimmunicator" is able to trigger specific events within the pavilion grounds that provide clues to completing the adventure. Launched in January 2009 and presented by Verizon Wireless, the Adventure is included in park admission. It was succeeded by Agent P's World Showcase Adventure, based on Disney's Phineas and Ferb, on June 23, 2012.[51] Agent P's World Showcase Adventure was later closed on February 17, 2020, and was replaced by the DuckTales World Showcase Adventure, based on the 2017 reboot of DuckTales on December 16, 2022, as part of Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary celebration.[52]

Annual events

Epcot during the annual Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot hosts a number of special events during the year:


The Walt Disney Company generally does not publish attendance figures for its theme parks,[57] so industry groups such as the Themed Entertainment Association estimate these figures.

Year Attendance
2011 10.8 [58]
2012 11.0 [59]
2013 11.2 [60]
2014 11.4 [61]
2015 11.7 [62]
2016 11.7 [63]
2017 12.2 [64]
2018 12.4 [65]
2019 12.4 [8]
2020 4.04 [66]
2021 7.75 [66]
2022 10.0 [67]

The Official Album of Walt Disney World EPCOT Center

The Official Album of Walt Disney World EPCOT Center[68] was the official album for EPCOT Center in 1983. It was originally released by Disneyland Vista Records on LP and audio cassette and is no longer being produced.

Track listing

Side 1
  1. "Main Entrance Medley (Instrumental)" – 3:29
  2. "Golden Dream" – The American Adventure in the World Showcase – 3:27
  3. "Energy (You Make the World Go 'Round)" – Universe of Energy – 1:48
  4. "The Computer Song" – Epcot Computer Central – 2:32
  5. "Magic Journeys" – Journey Into Imagination – 3:36
  6. "Canada (You're A Lifetime Journey)" – Canada in the World Showcase – 3:22
Side 2
  1. "Universe of Energy" – Universe of Energy – 2:14
  2. "Listen to the Land" – The Land – 2:59
  3. "One Little Spark" – Journey Into Imagination – 3:40
  4. "It's Fun to Be Free" – World of Motion – 2:14
  5. "Makin' Memories" – Journey Into Imagination – 3:26
  6. "Kitchen Kabaret Medley" – The Land – 2:20
    • Boogie Woogie Bakery Boy
    • Meat Ditties
    • Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit

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Transportation and Ticket Center
Epcot Line Terminus
Preceded byNashua, NH Host of FIRST Robotics World Championship 1995–2002 Succeeded byReliant Park