Epcot

Epcot at Walt Disney WorldEpcot would more appropriately be written as EPCOT, as the name is actually an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a brainchild of Walt Disney who was seeking to create a utopian city vision for the future. This park was built after the Magic Kingdom, and is nearly twice the size. Epcot opened to the public on October 1, 1982.

Did you know that Epcot was originally meant to be an actual city? Disney’s vision involved twenty thousand people living in this model city, which was to be used as an experiment in city planning and organization. However, the funding for it was withheld until the Magic Kingdom was opened – since it was considered to be the more profitable venture – and Disney died before Epcot could be realized. Somewhat understandably, the people in charge of the parks weren’t too keen on running a city, and Epcot was turned into a second theme park, instead.

Today, Epcot is comprised of two portions, Future World and World Showcase. Future World is a series of pavilions that showcase technological innovations from various sources. The pavilions themselves are sponsored, so the cost of maintaining them is split between Disney and that of the sponsoring agency. Past sponsoring agencies have included General Electric, Nestle, and Kraft, among others.

Epcot World Showcase is another series of pavilions, with staff members from the country the pavilion represents. Currently, there are eleven pavilions: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, America, Japan, Morocco, France, The United Kingdom, and Canada. Visitors can explore more about the culture of these countries and interact with the citizens who staff the pavilions.