Disney World's Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, or Epcot® for short, opened in 1982 after being inspired by new ideas and technologies from American industry. Created by Walt Disney himself, it is a conceptual Utopian city of the future with a shining geosphere. Sprawling across 300 acres, it is comprised of two separate themed areas, Future World and World Showcase, and it is more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom.
In Future World, you will learn about future technology and innovation in health, energy, communication, health, environment and the land. It also in-cludes displays about the ocean, transportation, imagination, and space ex-ploration. Take a trip back to prehistoric times with the Universe of Energy, and come back to the future to explore the evolution of communication in Spaceship Earth. At the Living Seas, guests are treated to a 5.7 million gallon aquarium. Thousands of fish, as well as sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins, make their home here.
The second Epcot area, World Showcase, is centred around a reflective la-goon. This takes an close and personal look at 11 different countries. Guests can partake in the culture of these countries by dining on authentic cuisine, watching cultural performances, viewing significant exhibits, buying native items, and enjoying rides and movies reflective of each nation’s heritage.
Throughout World Showcase, there is entertainment for all ages, from outdoor performances to well-loved Disney character meet-and-greets to Kidcot Stations, where the younger guests can create one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
Epcot also offers 'IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth' every evening. This presentation revolves around the lagoon within the World Showcase. Here, lasers, fireworks and dancing fireworks are choreographed along with inspirational music.