Overlooked Attractions at Epcot: Walt Disney World Attractions Review - PassPorter.com
PassPorter.com
Award-winning travel guidebooks

   guidebooks   |   news   |   podcasts   |   boards   |   blog   |   worksheets   |   photos   |   articles   |   updates   |   register   |  


Overlooked Attractions at Epcot: Walt Disney World Attractions Review

by Cheryl Pendry, PassPorter Featured Columnist
Last modified 12-13-2012
  



PassPorter.com > Articles > Walt Disney World > Touring  

Who could overlook Epcot?


In the second part of this series of articles looking at the often overlooked attractions at Walt Disney World (view Part One here), we head over to Epcot, and my goodness, there is certainly plenty to be found there!

Starting logically enough in Future World, I tend to find from reading other people's trip reports (check them out at the PassPorter message boards) that people gravitate first to Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, and Test Track, which is no surprise. These are, after all, what would’ve been called E-ticket rides in the days when you purchased books of tickets to go on individual rides. Yet, what if you headed towards the less-heralded attractions instead?

Something that's all too easy to miss, but always entertains us whenever we do it, is the Universe of Energy. You do have to have plenty of time to do this though, as it's perhaps one of Disney's longest attractions, at around 40 minutes, so if you've got a dining reservation coming up imminently, don't cut it too close. We just love going on this, as you can just get on the ride, and off you go. Despite the fact that the ride is so long, as it takes you through so many different scenes, you don't realize how much time you're spending, as there's always something new to see. It's also one of those wonderful Disney attractions that blends education and entertainment so well.

Innoventions is somewhere else that you need to allow plenty of time to explore. We find that, though you can walk right up to many of the exhibits, there are also those we need to wait for, such as riding a Segway at Segway Central. It's not somewhere you can walk into, and fully experience in just a few moments. It's somewhere to savor, and take your time with.

Epcot - Universe of Energy photo
Epcot - Universe of Energy

The exterior of Universe of Energy. - photo by chezp

The Land is home to the extremely popular Soarin’, and Living with The Land. The Living with the Land boat ride doesn’t do too badly, although now lines are rarely seen for it. It’s still an enjoyable voyage through the greenhouses here, even if it is showing its age in some of the scenes. Please, Imagineers, can you update the final scene as we come back into the dock? I think it’s been the same since opening day!

Less prominent in this pavilion is the Circle of Life, a film featuring Timon and Pumbaa. Sadly it’s all too easy to walk past on your way to the attractions on offer downstairs, but if you do, you’re missing a real treat. Just like Universe of Energy, there’s a really serious message contained in this, this time about conservation, and the blend of education, and entertainment is just perfect. It’s really thought-provoking, and definitely worth taking the time to see.

I honestly wish I could say the same about the next attraction, and it’s one we often skip. Journey into Imagination with Figment has gone through a real identity crisis, having made several changes over the years. This version is the best in some time, but even so, again it’s rare to see it with a line. It’s fun, but somehow for me, it still isn’t clicking together in the way I’d like it to.

Moving into the World Showcase, I’m going to put Reflections of China, O Canada! and Impressions de France together, as they are all essentially the same thing. They’re all films about the countries they are located in, and I can honestly say, without exception, they are absolutely beautiful. They’ve all undergone improvements in the last few years, and that’s really helped to bring them all up to date. It’s all too easy to bypass them, especially as they do all tend to be a bit hidden away in their pavilions, but if you take the time to explore and find them, you’ll find it to be worthwhile. I will say that it does help if you’ve been lucky enough to visit the places you’re seeing, but even if you haven’t, it may spark an interest in seeing them. And to me, that’s what World Showcase is about, sparking off that interest.

I will say here that there’s also the movie at the end of Maelstrom in the Norway pavillion, although like many other guests, we usually duck straight through it—this just isn’t as up to date and relevant as the other movies, to me. It’s a shame, as Norway is a beautiful country; I just don’t feel this does it the justice it deserves.

The other World Showcase attraction on my list is the American Adventure, and again, it’s all too easy to pass this one by. We often do, but on our last visit we took the time to see it, and we were really impressed by this re-telling of American history, and its use of audio-animatronic figures. If you haven't seen it in some time, be sure to put it on your list for your next visit.

Outside of those attractions, there are plenty of other things to see and do in World Showcase. It's all too easy to miss the various performers found in each of the countries. We always try to catch at least a couple, and I think during the years, we've been lucky enough to see most of them. All of those we’ve seen are certainly worth your time. The countries themselves are also attractions that are also often overlooked, with hidden nooks and crannies, but that's another article all on its own!

In the next part of this series, we’ll be turning our attention to Disney's Hollywood Studios, and looking at some of their often overlooked attractions.


Epcot - Journey Into Imagination photo
Epcot - Journey Into Imagination

Inside Figment's Open House, which turns everything on its head! - photo by chezp





TING!
You've discovered a PassPorter's Club Concierge Tip!
Ting the bell to read your tip and save it in your Concierge Desk!
About the Author:
Cheryl and husband Mark live in England and love to travel, particularly to Disney, and they have made numerous visits to destinations across America and Europe. They recently completed their tour of every Disney theme park around the world, which culminated in their visit to Japan, including the Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here to view more of Cheryl's articles!


Recent Walt Disney World Articles:
The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios - A Walt Disney World Dining Review last updated 07-30-2015
Visiting Walt Disney World During Refurbishments - A Walt Disney World Planning Article last updated 07-23-2015
The Character Breakfast at Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando - A Walt Disney World Dining Review last updated 07-16-2015
The Grandparents Guide to Surviving (and Actually Loving) Disney - A Walt Disney World Planning Article last updated 07-09-2015
Surviving 'The Drive' to Walt Disney World - A Walt Disney World Planning Article last updated 07-02-2015

More Related Links:
Enjoying the Japan Pavilion at Epcot - A World Showcase Favorite last updated 2/24/2011
The Parades of the Magic Kingdom - A Plethora of Processions last updated 01/22/2009
Epcot's World Showcase - Pavilions vs. The "Real" World last updated 01/29/2009
Recent Changes to Disneyland - Part 1 last updated 02/12/2009
The Seas With Nemo And Friends - In Love With The Living Seas last updated 4/23/2009




Reader Comments:


So what do you think? Click here to share your comments, feedback, and experiences on this article and topic!

(Note: You must be a member of our PassPorter Message Board Community to leave comments. Join today for free!)




Updated 12-13-2012 - Article #880 



Read additional articles from PassPorter.com

Subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter, PassPorter News, published for more than 58,000 opt-in subscribers worldwide. As an added bonus for subscribing, you will receive a 20% discount coupon for the PassPorter Store -- no catch!

E-mail Address:

First Name:

E-mail Format:
-Text/Don't Know  

-HTML

 
 

We respect your privacy and never sell or rent our subscriber list. Subscribing will not result in more spam! We guarantee it.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Copyright 1999-2015
by PassPorter Travel Press, an imprint of MediaMarx, Inc.

       SEARCH
       LEARN MORE
Learn More With Our Award-Winning Guidebooks


 


RSS General PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel - Touring the 'World': The Parks at Walt Disney World
PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disn...
Swap the latest tips and information on touring the parks at Walt Disney World.


Pirates of the Caribbean Refurb Update?
by Patrick FaMILY
3 Aug 2015 at 2:37pm
Anyone hear of any updates about the current Pirates of the Caribbean ride refurbishment? I'm hoping for a soft opening earlier than the Sept 26...
(click title above to view replies)

EMH/Rope drop/MK
by maggie101
3 Aug 2015 at 10:46am
We will be in the MK for only one day. The day we are there is an EMH day and we plan on being there the moment we can enter. Will they have the...
(click title above to view replies)

Best Scooter Company in Orlando?
by LuvMinnie
3 Aug 2015 at 12:02am
I will be needing a scooter this upcoming trip. Having knee operation in Sept. So many companies to choose from..any suggestions please. Good price...
(click title above to view replies)

Let's try this again - Does Disney sell neck straps for cameras?
by CinderAbby
2 Aug 2015 at 12:57pm
I tried this in another thread but people brought up another kind of strap that I am not looking for so I'm reposting my question. I got a new...
(click title above to view replies)

New Halloween parade
by pixiemom
30 Jul 2015 at 7:18am
I have never gone during Halloween time and I told hubby it's a must eventually, so it looks like next year we will be going, now I seen this this...
(click title above to view replies)



Total Visits: 5971


PassPorter ~ 1998-2015 ~ 17 Years of Making Dreams Come True!
Publishers of bestselling travel guidebooks and proud recipients of 13 national book awards
About PassPorter
About Us
Site Map
Press
Privacy Policy
Images & Artwork
Guidebooks
About
Previews
Buy
Reviews
Updates
Features
News & Updates
Articles
Podcasts
Photos
Message Boards
Newsletter
Concierge Desk
Desktop
Trips
Books & E-Books
Tips
Settings
Customs Office
Register Books
Book Updates
Contests
Checklists
Help & Info
Finding Answers to Questions
Help Desk
Using Your PassPorter Forum
Store Customer Service
E-Mail Us
Follow Us
PassPorter.com Front Page (Updated Daily!)
PassPorter Newsletter (weekly and free)
Latest Posts
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube Channel
Questions? Check our Site Map and visit our Help Desk to learn how to contact us online, by e-mail, and by phone.
Please feel free to link to this page so that other vacationers can find it.