Epcot, the second Walt Disney World Resort theme park, opened Oct. 1, 1982 — 11 years after the Magic Kingdom opened. The 305-acre park, identified by its iconic Spaceship Earth geodesic sphere, features two distinct areas.
Once you enter the park you arrive in Future World. Future World is filled with new ideas and technology, plus an exploration of planet Earth from land and sea to air and space.
The second area is the World Showcase. The World Showcase is a kaleidoscope of nations featuring architecturally authentic buildings and backdrops that celebrate their cultural heritage, arts and entertainment. The 11 nations plus an African-themed Outpost are situated along a 1.3-mile promenade encircling the 40-acre World Showcase Lagoon.
Epcot is is Disney's Festival Epicenter! There are 4 festivals to enjoy at Epcot.
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts – Phenomenal artists, gourmet fare, musical performances, stage productions and more fill this rich cultural celebration of the arts mid-January through February.
- Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – 90 days of floral fantasy, Disney character topiaries, gardening seminars, Flower Power concerts and more; early March through mid-May.
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Amazing food, wine, beer, and cocktail tastings, seminars, grand dining events, Eat to the Beat concerts and more; late August through mid-November.
- Holidays Around the World – Candlelight Processional, holiday storytelling, and festive displays; late November through December.