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    Re: What EXACTLY is Epcot?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchy-poo
    Thank you all for your information...that's SO great of you!!! One more thing..Princess said you can Animal Kingdom in half a day....is the other half enough to do epcot in?
    In my opinion no. I've always believed the half day parks were MGM and AK. I always think you should take the day for Epcot so you can experience all the attractions and the many other exhibits the park has to offer. It really all comes down to how much time you want to spend there.

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    Re: What EXACTLY is Epcot?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchy-poo
    Thank you all for your information...that's SO great of you!!! One more thing..Princess said you can Animal Kingdom in half a day....is the other half enough to do epcot in?
    its always taken us more than a day to get through. we always miss the last few countries in the world showcase.

    there really isnt anything in future world that you should sacrifice. seriously. the living seas was my favorite as a kid (and still one i always insist on going to) and the land has soarin (and a very nice place for lunch). ..the only thing there that i'd skip would be test track. ive always found it to be boring. probably because we drive 16 hours straight just to get to wdw. ...a car ride after that isnt a big deal. we drive faster on the way there than the ride even goes. so. lol.



    but yeah, definetly try and spend more time at epcot. its definetly an amazing experience. also, yes, animal kingdom is *defiently* a half day park (though mgm has always taken us a whole day--but we love all the shows).

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    Re: What EXACTLY is Epcot?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchy-poo
    Thank you all for your information...that's SO great of you!!! One more thing..Princess said you can Animal Kingdom in half a day....is the other half enough to do epcot in?
    Being that half of Epcot closes at 7, not really.

    And your 3 year old will love all the arts and crafts everywhere if she colors. Just look for the KidCot Fun Stops while you're there. She should be fine on almost everything except Soarin', Mission:SPACE, and Test Track. Norway might scare her a bit, but she'll be fine.

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    Re: What EXACTLY is Epcot?

    If you're not sure about Mission: Space, then you can do the less-intense version now in place. It doesn't spin but the pods do shake and tilt/move enough to help with the experience.

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    I was just about to say that. Mission Space has recently undergone a change. It's now two seperate rides. One is the intense version which utilizes the centrifuges and is still very intense. However, they've also made a version which everyone (unless you're claustorphobic can ride). It doesn't spin, although it does bounce around and drop a few feet from time to time.

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    I LOVE Epcot! It is absolutely my favorite park. Anima Kingdom...eh, it's way too hot for me, but Epcot seems so different from everything else theme parks offer.
    For your 3-year-old, you should look for the KidCot stations in all of the countries. My personal not-to-be-missed itmes are "Illuminations" and Soarin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchy-poo
    Is it really worth going to see? We will be traveling with my husband, best friend, and daughter (3 yr) I have heard it's not really for kids. Any views help.
    Yes, it is! Please keep in mind that this past fall I was able to spend a great deal of time at WDW and let me just say - this park really grew on me. It grew on me so much that on my last visit to DLR, I loved it - but I missed one thing, EPCOT.

    Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, the fireworks show is great too. It's something that is fun to watch and experience multiple times. This show grew on me as well.

    You really need to take your time as you experience Epcot. It's the opposite of most of the Magic Kingdom. Take the time to experience what is there. It isn't all rides - it's more of experiences. Take in the circlevision films at China, France, and Canada. Listen to the British Invasion in the UK, Mo Rockin'! at Morocco, or Off Kilter at Canada, just to name a few. There are also little shows such as the Improv Comedy show that tours/performs in different countries.

    Epcot does have some attractions. You mentioned Mission:Space but Future Worls also has Test Track, Innoventions, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Journey Into Imagination with Figment (a sort of dark ride), and of course - Space Ship Earth (aka the golf ball). While some of the attractions tend to show their age, they are still fun! I would be sure to check out Space Ship Earth and Figment and bring the child. One of my first memories of Epcot was going in that giant white thing I saw on TV!

    The Land offers Soarin' (check into the rider-switch program if she is too short to ride), Living with the Land Boat Ride, and the Circle of Life show (about what the title says) featuring Timon and Pumbaa. The Living Seas has Turtle Talk, the aquariums featuring a Nemo exhibit (and Nemo attraction, coming soon). My mom also adores Turtle Talk and so do most kids. It's always fun to visit and see the real fish the kids have seen in the movie. At 3 she IS the Nemo age!

    One of the best parts of Epcot is the food. If the young one likes Princesses you can look into character dining at Norway's Akershus. But eating in the World Showcase is a great experience. There's a number of great places to eat both full service and quick service that greats some often much needed variation to the normal theme park food choices (The Electric Umbrella or America's Libery Inn serves American style) plus The Land's Seasons has some great options as well. There are also great places to get some sweet treats! France has some great pasteries and so does Morocco. Germany has great candy as well, but don't limit yourself to my list by any means!

    Each country also offers great shopping locations. Although my shopping was quite limited I was still able to see some things. Both China and Japan have one of their main department stores in their pavillion. I have found wonderful jewelry from China lots of fun toys in Japan! Germany has great toys and of course, candy. Mexico has lots of fun goodies; the UK has great tea, Beatles items, Babar books, etc.; France has lots of Madeline books; Canada has moose things; America has liberty items; Italy has perfume; Norway has trolls and winter clothing; Morocco has lots of traditional native items such as prayer rugs. It's fun to experience and really see the different cultures that come together and build this place we all call Earth.

    Since EPCOT has gotten the reputation that it isn't for kids, they have implemented a few great things. The first is KidCot. I'm sure you've read about this. Kids can purchase a passport and get it stamped at each of the 11 countries on their way around. They can also get a mask and add-on a little paper with an item from that specific country. The second is the Epcot Character Connection. This is a great opportunity to meet Disney characters and it only runs 9-5 (or 5:30, depending.. check into the hours when you are there). You stand in a line to meet 4-5 characters, all with PhotoPass photographers. The other side tends to have a character or two or three which is where you might find characters changing throughout the day. In my experinces I have met Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Chip & Dale, Goofy, Pinocchio, Mulan, and Mary Poppins. Before the characters would be outside by the fountain and this system is more organized and less stressful. Keep in mind that you can also possibly find Figment by his attraction, Space Mickey & Goofy by Mission:Space, Mulan & Mushu in China; Pinocchio & Gepetto/Dopey in Germany (famous for toys); Aladdin, Jasmine & Genie in Morocco; Pooh & Friends, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland in the UK; Belle & Beast in France; plus many others! Despite what you might think, this is a great place to meet characters!

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    Ps. Is Mission Space REALLY that bad? I can't ride because of heart problems and my best friend has asthma, but, my husband is determined. I really don't want him to ride...but, can't stop him. Ease my mind a little, okay?
    I have a constant head ache and anything real intense (like M:S, roller coasters, etc.) tend to make it worse. I have done this. It isn't really that bad, but it can be intense. I usually opt out of this one while my (58-year-old) Mother rides it a couple of times with the single rider line. It's not exactly my deal but she loves the simulator attractions!

    I really do think that Epcot has a bit of something for everyone. From the nice, calm relaxing experiences to the extreme thrills, to the wonderful character experiences, and amazing dining on each level (snacks, quick service, and full service) it is a true gem that makes Walt Disney World truly a World of it's own. I guess what I am saying is please be optimistic like I was, take it in, step by step, and you will have fun!

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    Not much more you can say after that...I think BPF has hit upon everything....and I don't think Mission Space is that bad either...I don't really understand what all the hype is about in terms of intensity...I really never thought it was that bad to begin with..but to each his/her own.
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    Just out of curiosity, where will you be having dinner?
    I was under the impression, the the 50's Prime Time cafe was in Epcot...and was looking forward to eating there...but, found out it's in MGM...soooo..I'm thinking we'll probably eat in Italy. (I'm a sucker for Italian food).

    Thank you all for your input. I plan on sitting everyone down and hammering out details. We just might take ya'll's advice and go to Animal Kingdom for half a day and MGM the other half. I know my daughter would LOVE that...they have JoJo's circus! we weren't planning on going there..but, ya'll make it sound like fun! Epcot is in the running for a day of it's own. It all depends on how many days we want to spend at the Magic Kingdom. I know we have two days there and one free for if we decide to go again..if we don't, then, epcot can have that day. THANK YOU ALL!!!




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    Re: What EXACTLY is Epcot?

    Not much to add to what others above have said, except that Epcot is my fave park of all, and our kids (girls, ages 4 and 7) absolutely LOVED Epcot! Especially Soarin' and Living Seas.

    Relax and have a great time there!

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    Epcot is grand. And like I have said before, my favorite park at night. I also think the shops in the countries are interesting with the fare they stock. Japan and the UK being my favorite's. Yes...have a few drinks and eat. Bigpigletfan said it best...it is what makes WDW a 'world' unlike any other.

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    I always eat inside the Mexican pavillion. Its similar to the Blue Bayou in atmosphere.

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    Re: What EXACTLY is Epcot?

    You want good atmosphere music and food? Eat at the Biergarten. MMmmmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tloolgb
    You want good atmosphere music and food? Eat at the Biergarten. MMmmmmmm.
    True indeed.

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