Epcot is the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. It was opened as EPCOT center on October 1, 1982 and spans in 300 acres which is more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom Park. Epcot is a kind place where you can experience eleven different nations, participate in interactive presentations and view the latest in cutting edge technology all in one vacation. Over the years a constant influx of new attractions within the park has kept it a favorite among visitors who are fascinated with the dazzling shows and amazing wonders from around the world. It is divided in to two “worlds”: Future World and The World Showcase. Future World focuses on science and inventions and technology from both the past and the future. On the other hand The World Showcase features a variety of countries celebrating their culture and history.
Main attractions and rides:-
Epcot is made up of two major areas- Future World and The World Showcase. Also it is home to illuminations which are nightly laser, music and firework show held over the World Showcase lagoon. Epcot is oriented towards adults, teens, young children and some ride may be restricted due to height and age requirements.
Future World: - Future World begins with Spaceship Earth; the ride that is located inside the geosphere that is Epcot’s icon. It is an audio animated journey through the history of communications. It also include the scenery and narration cave paintings. Space is the ultimate interactive thrill ride and as close as you can get blast off into space without leaving Earth. You will feel the force of lift off and have an exhilarating ride with some frightening snake and loin 3-D effects that might not be suitable for young children. It is a full sensory attraction that goes beyond 3-D.
The World Showcase: - At The World Showcase, eleven nations display authentic wares and cuisine from their homeland along a 1.3-mile promenade. In addition, as part of the show, holidays and festivals are celebrated just as they are in each country, allowing guests to experience these international celebrations. Here is the list of each country:
Mexico offers an authentic marketplace with lively Mariachi bands and a six-minute boat ride through The River of Time where passengers greet a Mayan high priest and watch performer’s dance.
Norway allows visitors to travel through time beginning in a 10th century Viking Village. Guest’s board 16-passenger, dragon-headed long-boats that are inspired by the Vikings, on a five minute voyage that glides through a mystical forest complete with trolls and a maelstrom.
Visitors to China will see the House of Whispering Willows, an impressive exhibit of ancient Chinese art and artifacts, along with a vast array of merchandise including silk robes, paper umbrellas, embroidered items and much more. Next be transported to authentic surroundings inspired by towns of Bavaria at the Germany exhibit. Shop for limited edition steins and glassware and visit a unique toyshop that offers one of the best selections of toys found at Walt Disney World.
Germany also offers an allyear Christmas shop and shops that offer German chocolates, Austrian crystal jewelry, beer mugs and wine glasses.
You will find romance and beauty featured in a detailed reproduction of Doge’s Palace of Venice at the Italy display. Italian chocolates and pastries, fine leather goods, delicate Armani porcelain figurines and other fine wares are also available here.
The American Adventure is considered the centerpiece of The World Showcase, which highlights important moments in U.S. history.
Japan includes spectacular landscaped gardens and a small museum of cultural items, traditional Japanese art forms and other exhibits. The Mitsukoshi Department Store offers traditional Japanese kimonos in silk, cotton, and polyester, headdresses, and a vast selection of bowls and vases meant for flower arranging.
The country of Morocco’s architecture was captured using nine tons of handmade and hand-cut tile, while an ancient working waterwheel irrigates beautiful gardens and musicians play western music with an Arabic twist.
At the France display you can shop in fresh bakeries and boutiques, tour gardens and wine shops, and watch an enchanting film that tours France’s cities and peaceful countryside.
At the United Kingdom visitors can stroll lovely gardens and cobbled streets to visit the corner pub or the Sportsman Shoppe, which centers on clothing such as Wimbledon tennis garb and Rugby shirts.
Canada has its own mountain and waterfall, a rushing stream, rocky canyon, mine and spectacular garden. Shop for Canada-themed collectibles, plush toys, items with an Anne of Green Gables theme, pewter and more items crafted by Canadian artists.
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