EPCOT (The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) is a park opened in 1982 with the future in sight where you can play with up-and-coming gadgets in Future World and experience the sights and flavours of 11 countries in the World Showcase.
Here are ten interesting facts about EPCOT:
1. It took nearly 3000 designers and 4000 construction workers to build the first phase of Epcot.
2. Epcot is comprised of 300 acres. Construction crews had to move 54 million cubic feet of dirt to build Epcot.
3. Mission Space was a bit too realistic when first opened that it now has two versions – green (non-centrifuge version) and orange (the original, full-blown experience). Maybe a bit less intense experience now, but the ride remains the only attraction in Orlando to come with ‘motion discomfort bags’.
4. At the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, more than 33000 bottles of wine and champagne are uncorked; 1.2 million hors d’oeuvre plates are served and 100,000 miniature desserts are dished up.
5. A Disney crew carried a 300-pound camera up 4500 steps of the Huangshan Mountain to film the Circle-Vision 360 film seen in the China pavilion.
6. Over 30,000 fruits and vegetables are harvested annually at Living with the Land.
7. The Eiffel Tower replica in the France pavilion is 1/10th of the original; and rises 103 feet over the pavilion.
8. The 19 torches around World Showcase are powered only by natural gas. They stand 26 feet above the water level.
9. There are 67 computers in 40 locations to present ILLUMINATIONS.
10. Epcot uses 274 continuous special effects and 250 advanced projection throughout its entire park.