EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort is a favorite Disney Park of many Guests as it offers up the unique opportunity to travel around the globe while also checking out cutting-edge technology and big thrills. While Guests certainly spend a lot of time in EPCOT, they might not know some amazing trivia and small details about the Park that have contributed to the amazing experience that they get to enjoy today. Check out these EPCOT trivia questions to see if you are an expert!
When did EPCOT open?
EPCOT officially opened for Guests on October 1, 1982, eleven years after the Walt Disney World Resort opened. With construction taking several years, it was at first unknown if the deadline to open would be met, but under the direction of CEO Card Walker, EPCOT ultimately came together just in time.
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What does EPCOT stand for?
EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and the name was first introduced by Walt Disney himself in the famous “Florida Film” from October 1966. Aired just two months before Walt Disney’s death, the film featured Walt explaining how Walt Disney World was going to come about in Central Florida, as well as his plans for EPCOT to be a unique community where people would actually live and work. While this vision changed after his death and eventually became the Disney Park that Guests know today, the name EPCOT remained.
What are the four areas of EPCOT called?
When EPCOT opened in 1982, it was home to Future World in the front half of the Disney Park and World Showcase in the rear. This remained until 2021 when the areas of EPCOT were divided into four neighborhoods as part of the construction for the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary celebration. World Showcase remained the same, but Future World is now divided into World Nature with The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion, The Land Pavilion, and The Imagination Pavilion, World Celebration in the center with Spaceship Earth, and World Discovery with Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, Mission: SPACE, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
What opening day attractions still exist?
EPCOT has seen tremendous change and growth since 1982, and the only opening day attractions that still can be enjoyed today are Spaceship Earth, Living with the Land, The American Adventure, and Impressions de France. There are many attractions that have been removed from EPCOT over the years either due to reimagining or new construction and Guests fondly remember experiences like Body Wars, Horizons, World of Motion, the original Journey into Imagination, Maelstrom, The Living Seas, and Ellen’s Energy Adventure.
What are the eleven pavilions of the World Showcase?
World Showcase is home to, in clockwise order: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, UK, and Canada.
Which was the last country added to World Showcase?
Nine of the World Showcase Pavilions opened with EPCOT on October 1, 1982, and two took a little longer to complete. The Morocco Pavilion opened in 1984 and the final pavilion to debut was Norway with the popular Maelstrom attraction in 1988.
How many triangles are on Spaceship Earth?
Spaceship Earth is an absolutely iconic structure that is a geodesic sphere and covered in futuristic silver triangles. These individual triangles come together to form pyramid-shaped tetrahedrons which are made of lightweight alucobond and there are 11,324 of them covering the exterior of Spaceship Earth.
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Where could you hear Walter Cronkite’s voice?
While Dame Judi Dench is the current narrator on Spaceship Earth, there have been several other narrators before her, including Walter Cronkite. From its opening in 1982 through 1986, Guests were guided by Vic Perron, then a minor update brought Walter Cronkite in as narrator from 1986 through 1994. Another update to Spaceship Earth added narration from Jeremy Irons from 1994 through 2007 and the most recent update of the attraction introduced Dame Judi Dench in 2008.
What is the top speed reached on Test Track Presented by Chevrolet?
Test Track presented by Chevrolet is one of the most popular attractions at EPCOT, and it offers Guests the chance to design their own SIM cars and take them out for a thrilling ride on the track. After an indoor portion of the attraction, Guests suddenly emerge outside and fly down straightaways, and whip around a tight turn at speeds of sixty-five miles an hour, officially making Test Track Presented by Chevrolet the fastest attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort.
What attraction from another Disney Park can be seen from EPCOT?
In addition to the many popular attractions in EPCOT, Guests can even spot another thrilling experience found in nearby Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While constructing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Imagineers realized that the nearly two hundred-foot-tall structure was clearly visible from The Odyssey in EPCOT. The line of vision placed The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror directly beyond the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase, so the decision was made to use a similar color scheme and architecture specifically designed to blend in so that that attraction actually looks like a building in Morocco from a distance.
Where can you spot a reference to Medfield College?
Journey into Imagination with Figment in EPCOT’s World Nature has seen many changes over the years, with the most recent update in 2002. This current version still features beloved Figment and brings Guests into the sensory labs of the Imagination Institute on a whirlwind tour. After the sound demonstration, Guests move through a small hallway where a large bank of computers can be found as well as a red pair of sneakers and a red and white varsity jacket with the letter M. These both pay reference to the fictional Medfield College which was the setting for popular films including The Absent-Minded Professor, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, and Son of Flubber.