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EPCOT (Part 1) - Future World

Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened in 1982. Epcot consists of two themed areas, Future World and World Showcase. This review concentrates on Future World, we have not really explored World Showcase as our kids have been to young, however this will all change next visit and we plan to have a very full day in Epcot.

With its ironic Golf Ball at Future World called the “Geosphere” containing “Spaceship Earth” this attraction traces the history of communication has it has progressed, and what tomorrow may hold?

"Mission Space" Disney’s newest attractions stimulates a space launch to Mars (set in the future where inter-planetary travel is common place) with zero gravity effects, and the attention to detail that Disney is famous for the launch was brilliant, however this is a very intense ride/simulation and their numerous warnings are there for a reason, I went on with my daughters and kept looking left and right to make sure they were Ok, I came off feeling very sick, they came off wanting more. When we go back again I can not wait to ride again however this time I will be looking forward the whole time.

A nice effect outside in the Planetary Plaza is a model of the moon showing the Moon landings. Also there is an area for Children who can not ride for them to play and explore.

After this we went on “Test-track”, were you are loaded into a six seater car, and then you are propelled around a GM test track with hill climbs, suspension tests, brake testing and extreme weather. It’s then outside for the high speed steep banked finale.

“The Living Seas” is a huge aquarium, which contains over 4,000 fish and mammals including Dolphins, Sharks and Rays – which glide through the water. There’s a new attraction being added, based on the film “Finding Nemo” “Turtle Talk with Crush” our kids were encouraged/pushed to the front where a cast member got them to call for Crush, who then interacts with the kids, really good fun for them. The 2nd part is “Bruce’s Shark World” where you can learn loads about Sharks with their hands-on exhibits.

A must see is the 3-D show “Honey I shrunk the Audience” with Professor Wayne Szalinski who some manages to shrink the audience in an unfortunate series of mishaps with hilarious consequents for the audience.

One of the best attractions in EPCOT and bit we love, are the IllumiNations which are a night time spectacular where fireworks and lasers fill the skies above the World Showcase Lagoon. Video images are screened across to a giant sphere in the middle of the lagoon that tells the Earth's incredible story. The sphere then opens, exposing a ball of fire that leads to the finale. The only draw back of the show is how busy it gets.

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