Epcot, one of the many Walt Disney World resorts located near Orlando, Florida, is not your typical amusement park. Divided into two themed areas, World Showcase and Future World, Epcot offers a more educational and mature experience than the other kid and teen-centric thrill parks in Orlando.
There are a few attractions with what could be considered thrill rides. Test Track, Mission: Space, and Maelstrom are the three most thrilling rides at Epcot. Test Track is billed as one of Disney’s fastest attractions reaching speeds of 60 milers per hour. In this ride you are strapped into a test car and experience 50-degree curves, unpredictable terrain and other obstacles. In Mission: Space you hurl through space traveling 8,000 miles in 5 ½ minutes dodging meteors on your flight to Mars. Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion is a boat ride in a Viking ship that takes multiple twists and turns before delivering you to your final destination.
The Mexico Pavilion hosts the Gran Fiesta Tour, a slow-moving boat ride through various Mexican cultures from pre-Columbian times until the present. The Land Pavilion hosts another slow-moving boat ride known as “Living with the Land” which takes you through various environments on Earth and ends with a tour through the giant greenhouses showcasing futuristic planting technology. The Land also hosts the “Soarin’” ride which simulates a peaceful hang-gliding flight over California.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the Universe of Energy Pavilion takes you on a slow ride through prehistoric times where you’ll come face to face with all sorts of dinosaurs. Journey Into Imagination in the Imagination! Pavilion takes you on a whimsical ride through mind-bending optical illusions. The Seas with Nemo & Friends takes you on a gentle ride through the giant aquarium where you’ll see all manner of aquatic life.
Of course, the centerpiece of Epcot is Spaceship Earth which houses a 16 minute ride that transport you through 40,000 years of Earth’s history from cavemen to ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire and into the future.
Shows, Films & Other Attractions
“Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” in the Imagination! Pavilion is a 3D show that will have you ducking and dodging and shrieking with laughter. The “American Adventure” in the American Adventure Pavilion features an animatronic show featuring important figures in American history. The life-like quality of these robots will astound and amaze you.
The Canada, China, & France pavilions in World Showcase feature 360 degree movies that take you on a tour through their respective countries. You can also see live performers outside most of the country pavilions including Chinese acrobats and belly dancers to name just a few.
Probably the best parts of Epcot are the dining options. Where else can you eat authentic cuisine from countries all over the globe from Mexican to Italian and Moroccan to French.
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