35 Reasons To Love Epcot For The 35th Anniversary

Yesterday Epcot experienced the 35th Anniversary of its opening date with a special ceremony and huge crowds. We wanted to mark the day here on the blog, so the team came up with a list of 35 Reasons We Love Epcot at 35! It was hard to limit our list to just 35 reasons to love Walt Disney World's second gate, but here is our list, in no particular order.


Spaceship Earth At The Heart of Future WorldSpaceship Earth At The Heart of Future World


1. A new version of an old favorite, Soarin' Around The World allows guests a birds eye view as they fly over some of the most magnificent places on earth.

2. Every October the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival brings together a culinary parade of wonders, as it turns into a top foodie destination.

3. One little spark is all you need to bring this fun Figment of imagination to life. The cheerful purple character is Epcot's own celebrity.

4. Using Epcot's back door is a perk of stay at one of the beautiful resorts on Crescent Lake. International Gateway allows direct access to a World Showcase of shopping, dining, and entertainment pleasure.

5. Some of our favorite Table Service Dining on property is in Epcot. When in this Park you are never far from a spot to sit down and eat a fantastic meal.


Friendship Boat traveling past the Beach Club ResortFriendship Boat traveling past the Beach Club Resort



6. Many guests make Eating/Drinking Around the World a key part of their day in the Park. Challenge yourself to try something new from each one of the World Showcase pavilions.

7. Entertainment is an important part of the Epcot experience and one of the most loved performances you can see is Voices of Liberty, an a capella group that sings songs of early America as a pre-show in the lobby of the American Adventure.

8. Not as iconic as a Dole Whips, but the Grey Goose Slushies in France have a fan following of their very own.

9. As does the Caramel Corn from Karamell-Kuche in Germany. Brought to you by Wethers, the freshly made caramel corn is the real deal and will make your sweet tooth happy. They also sell plenty of other delicious caramel treats is popcorn is not your thing.

10. For my family a trip to Epcot isn't complete without a stop in Japan's Mitsukoshi Department Store. From a bounty of unique sweets and sake, to anime classics, and traditional clothing, your inner otaku will thank you for stopping by.


You won't want to miss the Voices of LibertyYou won't want to miss the Voices of Liberty


11. Another wonderful part of Epcot are the steady beats coming from Japan's Taiko Drummers. The drums can be heard from several pavilions away and tend draw people towards the towering pagoda to watch the show.

12. The different festivals and celebrations throughout the year mean that the Epcot experience is always changing. Holidays Around The World takes guests along on a tour of different cultural festivals taking place in the winter months. I love seeing all the different versions of Santa.

13. Simple, classic, and so very British. Yorkshire County Fish Shop is a great spot to grab a fast bite to eat in the United Kingdom Pavilion, with shady waterside tables, and good solid food.

14. Thrill ride fans queue up for the fastest trip in Future World. At Test Track guests can design their own concept cars and them take them for a drive through a high action safety course.

15. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is the nighttime spectacular that takes place on and above World Showcase Lagoon. Each night at 9:00pm this explosion of colorful light, and sound guides guests on a journey to experience the threads connecting us all with vivid displays and resonant music.


IllumiNations fireworks light up the lagoonIllumiNations fireworks light up the lagoon


16. Guests at Epcot can get a great view of IllumiNations from many places around the lagoon. However, La Hacienda de San Angel was built specifically so that diners would have the very best interior seats for the show. Day or night, the waterside location makes it a beautiful place to eat.

17. Oh Mexico pavilion, how we love you, especially the atmosphere in the courtyard located inside of Mexican Pyramid. The charming little space is home to a bar, restaurant, attraction queue, and several adorable shops. There is a lot of goodness squeezed into this hidden space.

18. Henna Tattoos in Morocco are a fun way to celebrate your day wandering World Showcase. If you decide to become a walking piece of this temporary art, make sure ask that yours include a Hidden Mickey.

19. Epcot's lush gardens are world class, the shining star to us is Canada's Victoria Gardens. While its easy to miss this sprawling lawn expertly manicured to reflect the

20. La Gemma Elegante Venetian Mask Shop in the Italy pavilion is home to a shop full of this enduring symbol from the city of masks.


Multiple masksBeautifully Crafted Venetian Masks


21. Spaceship Earth at Night is one of my favorite sights with its rainbow of luminous colors floating above it all.

22. Every the Spring the Park comes to life in a beautiful landscape of color as the Disney horticulturists come out to play for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Not only is it beautiful, but the Chefs like to get in on the game with farm to table flavors.

23. Akershus in Norway is a great value for this enchanting restaurant where guests can dine with an assortment of Disney Princesses. Not only is it the more economical Princess meal, but it's much easier to get a reservation at as well.

24. The varied Architecture throughout World Showcase is a treasure of the Park. No place is the cultural importance of structures and art more apparent than the Morocco pavilion. When Epcot was being built the King of Morocco sent his own team to make sure Disney got it just right.

25. A true Disney treasure, Epcot's ambient music is one of those delights that puts a spring in your step and keeps you humming. The soundtrack of Future World is a particular favorite of mine for its sweeping sound that seems to carry your imagination of a journey of its own.


Spaceship Earth Reflects Beautiful Colors Nightly Spaceship Earth Reflects Beautiful Colors Nightly



26. Speaking of firing up that imagination, Epcot's Imagination pavilion is home to some really fun water features. The upside-down waterfall defies gravity, and jumping fountains are an amusing spot to play for a while.

27. This is the only Park at Walt Disney World to have the monorail running directly through it. The visual display brings the futuristic dream of Walt Disney's ideal community to the very heart of this Park.

28. China's Temple of Heaven is another spot where architecture fans can stare in wonder of the details that went into the building. Stepping inside the temple guests will find extraordinary near perfect acoustics that can amplify every whisper.

29. Across the lagoon, the American Gardens Theater is home to several concert series throughout the year. The Park's annual festivals bring contemporary performers from a broad variety of genres to treat guests to special entertainment events.

30. Club Cool is a Disney fan favorite that tops the list of must stop spots to every Epcot vacation. Presented by Coco-Cola, guests can taste test bubbling beverages from around the globe and get a free sip of the infamous Beverly.


Monorail Black Glides Through EpcotMonorail Black Glides Through Epcot


31. MouseGears has some of the best Disney shopping on property with a wide selection of Park and Character merchandise. It's on our list of one stop shops when it comes to picking up a bag full of Disney souvenirs.

32. Character Meet & Greets always seems a little more special to me when they are set in the country of their origin stories. Meeting Mulan under the China Gate, or Belle on a Parisian shoreline sets the scene for a memorable experience and some truly stunning pictures.

33. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in the Norway pavilion is home to a much loved treat for many Disney fans. A sweet bread roll filled with scrumptious custard, then covered in sweet icing and toasted coconut. School Bread, or more properly Skolebrod is a great taste of Norway.

34. If cruising through Living With The Land isn't enough of futuristic agriculture for you, sign up for the 'Behind The Seeds' Tour at The Land pavilion. This is just one of Epcot's great behind the scenes tours that lets guests get a little closer to the magic being made.

35. As you trudge out of the Park after a long day, be sure to look down. In Future World, you can find bits of concrete where a little bit of fiber optic magic creates a twinkling pathway sprinkled with pixie dust.


Living with The Land Boats Glide through GreenhousesLiving with The Land Boats Glide through Greenhouses



With all these wonderful things Epcot is a must stop for us during each Walt Disney World vacation, but what's even better is the expansion that's in the works. Disney has announced that there are several new projects underway in the Park, including a restaurant for the Mission: SPACE pavilion; a Ratatouille-inspired attraction in France; a great new Guardians of the Galaxy E-ticket attraction in Future World; and an updated Circle-Vision film for the China that shows off the country's majestic beauty.

Did we mention your favorite things about Epcot? If not " leave a comment below and tell us what we missed!

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