Hidden Gems of EPCOT

EPCOT is filled with details that allow guests to escape reality and take a wander through a theme park that spans over 300 acres! From attractions designed to make you think to experiences that will grow your understanding of the world…this is a Disney Park that will really open your eyes to the skill of Disney Imagineering.

TEST TRACK CAR RACING

Test Track Car Racing
Test Track Car Racing – Photo by Steps to Magic

After you’ve finished with Test Track, you’ll head down the ramp and through the showcase area…and located just around the corner is a hidden gem that I can’t get enough of! Scan your MagicBand on the dashboard and your pre-designed car will be placed in the middle of a video game, along with all the traits that you focused on prior to hitting the SimTrack. Pretty cool eh?

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Club 33

Club 33 at EPCOT’s American Adventure Pavilion (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

The pinnacle of Hidden Gems at any Disney theme park are the things in plain sight that you’ve got questions about. Club 33 is one of those experiences that when you’re in the “know” – you’ll understand!

SPACESHIP EARTH PANELS

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

There are 11,324 individual triangles that make up the geodesic sphere that we all mistake for a giant golf ball!


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WEEBO IS IN THE IMAGINATION PAVILION

Weebo in the Imagination Pavilion at EPCOT (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

If you remember Flubber, one of Robin William’s greatest movies (in my personal opinion), you’ll want to know that his invention Weebo is actually on display in the queue line of Journey into Imagination with Figment! It’s worth heading through the line just to see this classic character, who by the way, was voiced by Jodi Benson!

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Additional Hidden Gems

Living with the Land

  • The farmhouse mailbox has the number ’82’ on it, which is a nod to the opening year of EPCOT: 1982.
  • Home to one of the more reasonably priced tours on property – Behind the Seeds
  • Much of the produce from this attraction is used in the various restaurants at EPCOT.

Soarin’

  • The attraction’s pre-flight video has the number 5505, which is the attraction’s opening date: May 5th, 2005.

Seas with Nemo and Friends

  • The attraction has one of the first Kuka arms in a theme park, which debuted as part of the angler fish scene. In recent years, the technology has been used as part of the Forbidden Journey attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Peach the Starfish is voiced by Allison Janney, who also voiced Aly San San for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The France Pavilion

  • The Eiffel Tower is a 1/10th scale reproduction of the original tower from Paris.

The Canadian Pavilion

  • The top section of the pavilion, across from the Hotel du Canada and before you go down to the attraction has two homes. From the outside, they are creating the scene of the Canadian coast – but in reality, they are part of the back-of-house merchandise stock area.
  • The Northwest Mercantile store is full of historical nods to past cast members who participated in the Cultural Representative program.

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Hope that you had fun with this introduction to the Hidden Gems of EPCOT!

Remember that any Disney theme park around the world is filled with nods, hat tips and full-out homages to anything that the Imagineers want to include. It’s part of the reason why Disney fans have so much fun finding something new to share with their friends!

Just a note that I’ll be keeping this article updated as best as possible, but just remember that all the parks at Walt Disney World are undergoing an expansion projects and things change and evolve. This is completely true for EPCOT:)

If there’s something I should add to this list, please let me know! I’m always adding things to articles:)

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