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1979: Construction begins at Epcot

This post is part nine in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Joanne McGabe, Walt Disney World Moms Panellist and guest blogger.

In 1979, construction began at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort’s second theme park. Learn all that Future World – one of two park quadrants – has to offer, where entertainment and attractions focus on the technological advancements, innovation and wonder that inspired this landmark theme park.

Ah, Epcot. For me, it’s like coming home. Having worked there many (many) years ago as a cultural representative in the Canada Pavilion, Epcot holds a special place near and dear to my heart. I’m thrilled to share a few pointers with you as you navigate the wonders that together form Future World.

• Once inside the gate, stop. Take a long look at the giant golf ball officially known as Spaceship Earth. Take a deep breath as you take in all the gorgeous flowers and buildings surrounding it. OK, enough already, you’ve got lots to do!

• Resist the temptation to go in the shops. They will be open on your way out. It’s time to explore Future World!

• My family has two must dos: First, head straight to The Land and get a FASTPASSES for Soarin’. If you’re there early enough, you might get on, but we tend to wait for our FASTPASS time, as there’s so much more to do! Tuck your FASTPASS safely away and go to Test Track. This super fast attraction is fun for all ages and really should not be missed. If it’s time to get another FASTPASS, you might want to do this one again! A ride on Test Track is the perfect way to end your day at Epcot.

Here are some other of my Epcot faves:
• There is so much to see and do at Innoventions. Kids can spend hours here, and we parents love it because it makes learning fun!

• The Imagination! Pavilion is another that taps into our creative side. Journey Into Imagination with Figment, and the Captain EO starring Michael Jackson attractions are a blast!

• Living with the Land is a relaxing and informative ride in the Land Pavilion. I was shocked to see how much my then 5-year-old loved it, and she still does. I love the magical way Disney teaches us!

• Don’t miss Turtle Talk with Crush in The Seas with Nemo and Friends, especially if you have little ones. This is also a fun ride, and the sea creatures you’ll see in the aquariums are beyond amazing!

• The Spaceship Earth attraction and Pavilion should not be missed! Be sure to take some time for the super cool interactive activities after the ride.

• Club Cool is one of my (not so) hidden gems, where you can try Coca-Cola products from around the world. Have your camera ready when they taste Italy’s Beverley!

• Ok, not a favorite of mine, but many love it and you should try it once – Mission: Space. Disney kindly provide two options, the orange side for the thrill seekers, and green for those like me who tend to be, well, green.

I always leave the shopping until last, usually after viewing IllumiNations. Epcot has two of my all-time favorite shops – MouseGear and the Art of Disney. Just trust me on this one! Hope these tips help make your visit to Future World at Epcot a magical one!


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