In our recent episode, while diving deep into Jason’s Disneyland trip report, a theme park more than 2,000 miles away still managed to tug at his heartstrings – the one and only Epcot at Walt Disney World.
“The thing I missed most while out there in California? Epcot. There’s just nothing quite like it…”
Indeed, there isn’t. Epcot has remained unparalleled since its grand opening in 1982. It’s a testament to the park’s uniqueness that even after visiting Disneyland, with its myriad of attractions and timeless charm, Epcot still held its own. It’s almost like Epcot is our little piece of Walt out here on the east coast. While Walt never saw Epcot come to fruition, he was obsessed with the idea of it in his final days.
Even through we didn’t get a living, breathing community of the future – it emerged as something perhaps even more special: a celebration of humanity’s achievements, a glimpse into our potential future, and a global cultural fiesta all rolled into one. Epcot seamlessly marries two contrasting worlds: the forward-looking, technology-driven Future World and the rich, diverse World Showcase. This blend allows guests to hop from experiencing the thrill of tomorrow in attractions like Test Track or Spaceship Earth to indulging in the culinary and cultural delights of 11 different countries, all in the span of a day.
For all three of us at “Traveling with the Mouse”, Epcot holds a special place. It has long been our favorite of the Disney World theme parks but sometimes it is hard to know exactly why. We touch on it in the clip above from our most recent episode. There is just something about Epcot that you can’t get anywhere else on earth. They tried to make a Westcot but those plans ultimately fell through. Disney hasn’t been able to replicate the uniqueness and originality that is Epcot. It really is the most unique Disney park in the world.
So, next time you find yourself wandering the pathways of Epcot…remember to: Thank the Phoenicians, Design your own car, Save the Galaxy, Visit Mars (or circle the earth), Soar around the World, Drink Around the World, go to La Cava and then ride Gran Fiesta Tour, enjoy some food and wine, soak in the atmosphere, learn to live with the land, visit our favorite purple dinosaur, get stuck for 25 minutes on the Seas, ride the Skyliner back and forth between Epcot and Hollywood Studios and so much more. No matter where your Disney travels take you, you might just find yourself missing this one-of-a-kind gem.
What are some of your thoughts, memories, and Epcot stories? Let us know!