Epcot Future World — The Land

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to our look at the pavilions at Epcot Future World!  The first pavilion we took a look at was Spaceship Earth, and now, we’re moving on to look at The Land, which is my second favorite pavilion in all of Future World!  This location has some of the best attractions, food, and decor, and it’s a great place to hang out and just people watch!

Garden Grill Restaurant

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The Garden Grill Restaurant is, without a doubt, one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World!  This circular restaurant is on a special platform that slowly rotates while you eat, showing you a view of all of the scenes in the boat ride “Living with the Land”.  The menu consists of a family-style layout featuring the following great dishes:

  • Char-grilled Filet of Beef
  • Roasted All-Natural Turkey Breast
  • Sustainable Fish of the Day

In addition to that, you also get warm bread, a special salad, and side dishes of garden fresh vegetables, butter mashed potatoes, and Artisan bread pudding.  Lastly, to top off the meal, a harvest skillet cake is served.  All told, it is a yummy dining experience, and even includes visits from Chip & Dale, Mickey, and Pluto!

Sunshine Seasons

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Rounding out the dining options at The Land is Sunshine Seasons, an absolutely incredible quick-service dining option.  Within this market setting you’ll find hot meals, sandwiches, sushi, salads, kids meals, and on and on and on.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Some of the incredible options include the following:

  • Chicken, Fish, and Pork Chop offerings
  • Asian cuisine including Mongolian Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Spicy Cashew Chicken
  • Turkey, Vegetable, and Steak sandwiches.

The offerings at this location are incredible, and well worth visiting.

Soarin’

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In addition to the great dining options, my wife’s favorite ride at Walt Disney World is located at The Land Pavilion.  Of course I’m talking about Soarin’.  The funny thing about Soarin’ is that it used to give me the worst case of motion sickness — not necessarily a sickness like I need a bag, but I definitely felt like something was wrong.  As a result, I didn’t ride this great ride very often.  Now, though, I’m over whatever it was that was bothering me, and I have no problem riding Soarin’ — even from the highest seat!  Let me know what you think of Soarin’ in the comments below, and thanks!

Living with the Land

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In Living with the Land, this boat ride takes you through some great scenery, but also explores all that The Land does to improve on how crops can be grown throughout the world.  My friend Joy was a part of the Disney College Program way back in the 1990s, and she was actually one of the boat narraters back when they had Cast Members accompany the boats.  This is certainly not a thrill ride like Soarin’, but it definitely is up there on my list of things to do once because of all the neat things you learn — and who knows, you might even see this big pumpkin!

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Circle of Life

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The Circle of Life is a short documentary film that incorporates the characters from the Lion King, Simba, Timon, and Pumba, and talks about all of the things that we humans do to pollute the environment.  I’ve seen this film a couple of times, but truth be told, it isn’t something I’m all that interested in simply because it opens a whole in the Disney World and takes me right back to the real world — and that’s not what I want to do when I visit Walt Disney World!

I hope you have enjoyed your look at The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World!  For those unsure where it is, here is an image of where it is located so you can find it!

The Land location

Epcot Future World: Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first stop in our journey around the Future World of Epcot!  This is Spaceship Earth, which I didn’t know until I started this project was actually considered a pavilion of it’s own!  Did you know that?  Spaceship Earth is one of our favorite attractions at Epcot, and my daughter Sophie and I love to ride in it and learn about our past in ways that only Disney can teach us.  Where else do you get a front row seat of Pharaoh, the Phoenicians, or the Roman Empire and it’s “World Wide Web”?

Spaceship Earth is a geodesic dome, which has a diameter of 165 feet, a circumference of 518.1 feet, and a volume of 2.35 million cubic feet!  In addition, there are 11,324 tiles on the outside of the dome, and it has a weight of 15,520,000 pounds (7,760 tons!).

The ride itself is classified as a dark ride, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s scary — just that it takes place in a darkened environment.  You load on an Omnimover, which travels at a constant slow rate of speed to guide you through the attraction.  The music you hear is offset by narration, currently the narrator for the ride is Dame Judi Dench.  Previously to her being the narrator you had Jeremy Irons (Scar from The Lion King, you know), Walter Cronchite, and the original narrator, Lawrence Dobkin.

Your trip through the history of communication lasts 15 minutes, and is a great attraction to enjoy when the blazing Florida summer heat is at it’s worse.  Traditionally, Spaceship Earth has longer lines at park opening than it does in the afternoon because everyone seems to congregate there first because it’s the first thing people generally see at Epcot — unless they come in from the International Gateway between France and the United Kingdom.

Part of the enjoyment of Spaceship Earth is that you are able to plugin demographics information about where you live, your picture is taken as you ascend into the dome, and at the end, you answer questions on your car about what you want your future to look like.  After that, you get off the ride, and enter Project Tomorrow, which has a lot of different activities you can enjoy, as well as seeing your pictures appear on the globe where you touched in your car.  You can also send an email of your video to your friends so they can see what you have been up to!

Like many things that Disney does, Spaceship Earth is a great, unique attraction and pavilion that does an incredibly good job at teaching you about communication, history, and our past, but does it in a way that you are able to have fun and not really focus on the fact that you are learning things.  It is this unique balance of education and entertainment that has made Epcot one of the most popular parks at Walt Disney World, and is a signature statement for how Disney handles things.  Thanks for stopping by and reading about Spaceship Earth!

Happy Birthday Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Happy Birthday Epcot! Just like the Magic Kingdom, Epcot opened on October 1st!  Of course, there was 11 years between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, so last year was the 30th Birthday of Epcot, and that makes this year birthday number 31!  Epcot has so many incredible details that it’s really like going to two theme parks rolled into one!  For starters there is Epcot Future World, which features Spaceship Earth, among other great pavilions.  Then there is Epcot World Showcase, which features 11 pavilions dedicated to different countries around the world.  If you haven’t seen my reviews of them, head over to my “Epcot’s World Showcase” page to read about each of them!

For this special birthday post, I thought I would let my pictures do the talking, and share with you some of the incredible things that await you at Epcot!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy your photographic journey through Epcot — the second park at Walt Disney World!

Epcot has a monorail stop that rides through part of Future World! Look at the Tron Monorail!

Epcot has a monorail stop that rides through part of Future World! Look at the Tron Monorail from 2010!

Epcot is known for it's special events -- and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is near the top of the list!

Epcot is known for it’s special events — and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is at the top of the list!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing!  This is Lightning McQueen from 2010!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing! This is Lightning McQueen from 2010!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing!  Lightning McQueen wouldn't be complete without Mater!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing! Lightning McQueen wouldn’t be complete without Mater!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is another incredible show that is a must see at Epcot!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is another incredible show that is a must see at Epcot!

The Voices of Liberty perform inside the American Adventure Pavilion prior to the show!

The Voices of Liberty perform inside the American Adventure Pavilion prior to the show!

Street Performers -- like this one in the United Kingdom Pavilion -- are a lot of fun to watch!

Street Performers — like this one in the United Kingdom Pavilion — are a lot of fun to watch!

Of course, character greetings are part of every Disney park! Here Sophie is joined with her buddy Donald Duck!

Of course, character greetings are part of every Disney park! Here Sophie is joined with her buddy Donald Duck!

I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at some of the things that you can expect to enjoy at Epcot when you visit!  Happy Birthday Epcot!  Are you going to be there to celebrate? If so, tell us what your favorite part of Epcot is, and thanks for stopping by!

Epcot Future World – An Overview

Holding up Spaceship Earth, the iconic structure of Epcot!

Holding up Spaceship Earth, the iconic structure of Epcot!

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by!  Today we are taking a general overview of the different pavilions in the Epcot Future World area.  The different pavilions for Future World are the following:

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Innoventions East
  • Innoventions West
  • Universe of Energy
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • The Land
  • Imagination!
  • Wonders of Life/Festival Center (seasonal)

I’ve already learned something new today — it turns out that Epcot has slowly gone to the concept of naming the pavilion after the major attraction that is housed there, and as a result, I never new that Spaceship Earth was concidered a pavilion.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Spaceship Earth, of course, is represented by the huge geodesic dome that houses the Spaceship Earth attraction.  I’ll go into more detail about what else you can experience at the pavilion!

Innoventions East and West

One of the exhibits in Innoventions West

One of the exhibits in Innoventions West

One of two pavilions where you can experience some incredible hands on exhibits with a great assortment of fun for everyone!

Universe of Energy

Learn more about energy with Ellen’s Energy Adventures.

Mission: SPACE

Image courtesy mydisneypage.com

Image courtesy mydisneypage.com

Are you an orange line or green line rider?

Test Track

Part of Test Track

Part of Test Track

Design your own vehicle and take it out on the road!

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Learn more about the seas!

The Land

Part of the unique scenery inside the Land Pavilion.

Part of the unique scenery inside the Land Pavilion.

See the pavilion that houses great food, great educational rides, and Soarin’!

Imagination!

The sign for the Imagination! Pavilion

The sign for the Imagination! Pavilion

Come see where your imagination can take you!

Wonders of Life/Festival Center

This area is primarily reserved for special events such as the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Stay tuned as we take an in-depth tour of each of these pavilions and give you all the details you need to decide for yourself if it’s a pavilion that you need to explore on your next trip to Epcot!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Get ready for Epcot Future World!

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Spaceship Earth, the Epcot Disney Weenie and the symbol of Future World!

Hello everyone!  As you may know, here at My Dreams of Disney we have a collection of Disney Planning Resources that we are proud of sharing with you. However, it is sad that we have many areas of Walt Disney World that we need to cover in more depth!  Starting this week, we are going to start filling in those gaps of information so that you, our readers, will be able to have much more information at your disposal to help you plan your Disney vacations better!  So, priority number one for us is going to focus on Epcot Future World!

Look for a series of posts about the various fun activities that you can find and enjoy in Future World, and thanks for stopping by!  We have a rough schedule, here is where I’m headed with this:

  1. An overview of all of the Future World pavilions in a general post.
  2. Breakdowns of each Future World pavilion in greater detail.
  3. Selected posts on the favorite attractions and restaurants of each pavilion, if applicable.
  4. A series of rankings:
    1. Favorite Pavilion
    2. Favorite Attractions
    3. Favorite Restaurants

I hope that this information gives you some excitement over our mini-project!  At the very least, it gives me a to-do list to work off of!  Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to comment below on what your favorite Future World things are!