EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) was originally conceived by Walt Disney as a real-life city of the future. He envisioned a place where people would live, work, and play in a harmonious, self-sufficient community that used cutting-edge technology and innovative design to create a better quality of life. Although Disney never lived to see his dream realized, his vision inspired the creation of a theme park that would showcase the latest advancements in science, technology, and culture from around the world.

food and wine festival sign at epcot
food and wine festival sign at epcot

EPCOT is divided into two main areas: Future World and World Showcase. Future World is dedicated to showcasing the latest innovations and technologies, while World Showcase offers visitors the opportunity to explore the cultures and cuisines of 11 different countries.

flower and garden festival butterfly topiaries
Flower and Garden Festival

One of the highlights of EPCOT is the wide range of food and drink options available throughout the park. In Future World, visitors can enjoy a variety of quick-service and table-service restaurants that offer everything from burgers and fries to sushi and seafood. In World Showcase, each pavilion features its own restaurants, cafes, and snack stands that serve traditional dishes and beverages from their respective countries. Some of the most popular options include the fish and chips at the UK pavilion, the biergarten at the Germany pavilion, and the School Bread at the Norway pavilion.

festival of the arts sign at epcot with figmet topiary

In addition to its many attractions and dining options, EPCOT also features a variety of entertainment options that are sure to delight visitors of all ages. From live musical performances and cultural demonstrations to nightly fireworks displays and seasonal festivals, there’s always something happening at EPCOT. Some of the most popular events include the International Food & Wine Festival, the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival, and the Candlelight Processional, a holiday tradition that features a celebrity narrator reading the story of Christmas accompanied by a live orchestra and choir.

Fun Facts:

  • Opened Oct 11, 1982
  • Spans 305 acres
  • Presently divided into 2 distinct worlds:
    • Future World
    • World Showcase
  • Is currently in the process of being re-imagined into 4 distinct worlds:
    • World Showcase
    • World Celebration
    • World Nature
    • World Discovery

Special Events

  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts  mid-January through mid-February.
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival  early March through mid-May.
  • Sounds Like Summer June and July.
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival  late September through mid-November.
  • Holidays Around the World  late November through December.

Table Service Dining:

  • Future World:
    • The Coral Reef
    • The Garden Grill
  • World Showcase:
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
    • Biergarten Restaurant
    • Chefs de France
    • La Hacienda de San Angel
    • Le Cellier Steakhouse
    • Monsieur Paul
    • Nine Dragons Restaurant
    • Restaurant Marrakesh
    • Rose & Crown Dining Room
    • San Angel Inn Restaurante
    • Spice Road Table
    • Takumi-Tei
    • Teppan Edo
    • Tokyo Dining
    • Tutto Italia Ristorante
    • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria


festival of the holidays sign at epcot