Epcot is Disney World’s second-opened park and it opened on October 1st, 1982. Originally, Walt Disney had imagined Epcot as a functioning utopia-like “city of tomorrow”, but after his death, Imagineers saw that they just couldn’t control how people behaved in a city. Therefore, they decided to make Epcot a theme park. Since it opened, Epcot has seen many changes, including the removal of the Wonders pavilion. Recently, it has been under A LOT of construction, as it is receiving a lot of change, in addition to all the new safety protocols. Despite all this change, Epcot still has many good rides, and today I’m going to tell you about my three favorite ones.
3. World Showcase
Where in Epcot: The World Showcase is very easy to find because it takes up half of Epcot. It surrounds the lake and can also be accessed from the International Gateway entrance to the park (the International Gateway is mainly accessed from the Yacht/Beach Club, Boardwalk, or Skyliner.)
What it is: The World Showcase is, well, what the name implies. It is a showcase of the world! You can travel around it, looking at each individual country and what’s unique about them. Also, the cast members in each pavilion are actually from the country, which is very cool. Each country has special architecture from that country, like the Eiffel Tower in France, or a Mayan temple in Mexico.
Why I love it: I love the World Showcase because of how unique it is. It is so much fun to walk around and view all the different countries. It’s like having the world’s fastest jet that can go to any country, and is driven by you! My personal favorite country is Germany because of the architecture and the fun restaurant there, Biergarten, which is a German buffet with wiener schnitzel and spaetzle. They also have some German performers, that yell, “Zicke Zacke Zicke Zacke!” and then you yell, “Hoi Hoi Hoi!” That roughly translates to, “A toast, a toast, a cozy place! One, two, three, drink!” It’s fun for the whole family!
Where in Epcot: Soarin’ is located on the west side of the park in the Land pavilion, a big, glass, oddly-shaped building. This building also contains the new projection show “Awesome Planet” and boat ride tour, Living with the Land.
What it is: Soarin’ is a ride that utilizes a big projection screen mixed with engineering. You hop into your seat and are raised to the screen to simulate flying (specifically hang gliding). Then, you fly over many beautiful places in the world along to an awesome soundtrack. It’s so detailed that they have smells for each scene that they pump in! It is the only ride of its kind at Disney World and is truly amazing.
Why I love it: I love Soarin’ because, like I said above, it’s the only ride of its kind at Disney World and is so unique. I also love how it’s relaxing yet thrilling, and I love the detail (like the smells) too. I get so engaged whenever you’re about to run into something, like a jumping whale. That’s why Soarin’ is my second favorite at Epcot.
1. Test Track
Where in Epcot: Test Track is located on the east side of Epcot near Mission: Space. It has its own pavilion, so you can’t miss it!
What it is: Test Track is a thrill ride, and I would describe it as a flat roller coaster. To start, you design your car, and then the ride itself tests it. Your car is tested in four categories- efficiency, responsiveness, capability, and power. While being tested, your car will swerve, make quick stops, and, at the end, zoom with the fastest speed out of any Disney World ride along the track. While all of this is happening, your car is ranked against other people near you in each category.
Why I love it: I love Test Track because it is so thrilling. It’s the fastest you can go in Disney World! I also love the competitive aspect of it, with you trying to beat your family’s score. I also love how much, well, I guess it’s detail, there is in Test Track. By this I mean not just making a thrill ride but also adding more tests, like you’re actually testing a car. I would recommend a Fastpass for Test Track, though, because waits get super long, but other than that, its my favorite attraction in Epcot.
Thanks for reading about my favorite rides at Epcot! Did you agree? Let me know in the comments! Have a magical day!