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Epcot is a unique park with an educational vibe to it. Unlike Magic Kingdom, that creates a fantasy world, Epcot focuses more on the world around us. This park is made up of two distinct halves: Future World and World Showcase. World Showcase Lagoon sits in between them. The two sections are very different, but both have some amazing attractions. Here are 10 Magical Must-Do’s in Epcot’s Future World.
1. The aquarium in The Seas pavilion
As you exit The Seas with Nemo and Friends ride, you will enter the aquarium. At one point in time, this was the largest aquarium in North America. There are two floors of viewing space here. On both floors you will have good views of the manatees, which have a dedicated section of the aquarium. At times, you will see divers in the water with the fish. It is a relatively quiet area to just relax and explore. This is a great place to go if you need some down time to cool off.
2. Club Cool
Club Cool is a small Coca-Cola store tucked away in the corner of Innoventions West. They offer free samples of a variety of Coke products from different countries around the world. You have probably never heard of most of these drinks before. Throughout the store are self-serve fountain drink machines with small sample-size cups. So, you can sip as much as your belly can handle. Caution clean freaks: the floor in here is always super sticky, but it’s part of the charm of Club Cool.
Soain’ is one of the most popular and thrilling rides in Epcot. It is a simulated hang glider with an Imax screen located in the Land pavilion. You sit in a seat with your feet dangling and are lifted into the air to experience the attraction. The seats sway in the air to give you the sensation of actually flying as the wind blows through your hair and you smell various scents as you fly past famous landmarks around the world. This is an incredible ride! It is definitely worth the hype!
4. Test Track
Another headliner attraction in Epcot’s Future World is Test Track. It is on the opposite side of Future World from Soarin’. In the pre-show area, you design your own concept car on a computer. Once in the loading area, you board a vehicle and go through a series of tests to determine how well your car performs. The ride culminates with a 65 mph spin around the outside rim of the building. This is a thrilling ride without the loops and drops of a roller coaster. It is always fun!
5. Coral Reef
Located in the back of The Seas pavilion is Coral Reef. It is a seafood restaurant, but always has alternatives on the menu for those who don’t love seafood. One entire wall of the restaurant is a window into the aquarium. Every diner has great views into the aquarium during dinner because the tables are arranged to face the aquarium. There are fish guides on all of the tables, so you can identify the fish you are swimming by. Sometimes, the divers in the water will come up to the window and wave at diners. Coral Reef has a cool, relaxing atmosphere and good food.
6. Garden Grill
You can find Garden Grill in the Land pavilion. This is a fun dining option for several reasons: first, it overlooks the Living with the Land ride. Second, it is a character dining location which features Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Chip, and Dale. Third, it rotates. Lastly, the food is delicious and fresh. Garden Grill is an all-you-can-eat family style meal featuring many of the fruits, vegetables, and fish grown in the Epcot greenhouses.
7. Spaceship Earth
The icon of Epcot is Spaceship Earth. It is the big ball at the front of the park. The ride on the inside is as unique as the design of the outside is impressive. You slowly ride up and around the inside of the ball while learning about the history of communication. It starts with the cavemen and continues through the computer age. As you descend back to ground level, you get a glimpse into your future. This dark ride is enjoyable and educational.
Mousegears is one of the largest gift shops in Disney World. And as such, it carries a little bit of everything. You are sure to find the perfect souvenir in here. There are multiple checkout locations scattered throughout the store, so lines don’t usually get too long. If you see a long line at the register, keep walking and you will probably find an empty register not too far away.
9. Turtle Talk with Crush
One of the cutest shows anywhere is Turtle Talk with Crush. It is in the aquarium area of The Seas pavilion. It runs continuously throughout the day. The theater is small, but you shouldn’t have a problem getting into one of the shows. Crush, the sea turtle from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory talks to kids during the show to learn about humans. The carpet in the front is reserved for kids so they can easily see and talk to Crush. kids. Children have an opportunity to ask him questions about turtles, and he will ask them questions about humans. This show is entertaining for adults and kids alike.
10. Character Spot
If you like meeting characters, Character Spot is a great place to do this. It is located in Innoventions West building. There are actually two parts to Character Spot. On one side of the breezeway, you can meet some of the Fab Five: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto. You can usually meet at least 3 of them after waiting in one line. On the other side of the breezeway, you can find Baymax from Big Hero 6, Joy and Sadness from Inside Out, or some other character. Fair warning: Character Spot can get some very long lines. It is best to visit early in the morning or late at night to avoid waiting a long time.
Of all the things to do in Future World, these are by far the best. The entire family can enjoy all of the things on this list. These attractions all appeal to both kids and adults. This list of Magical Must-Do’s in Epcot’s Future World will meet your needs for food, thrills, characters, and shopping, all in of the park! Check out the magical must-do’s in World Showcase, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. Happy travels!