The name of a theme park is important. It brings the guest into the world in which they are going to experience, from a land of Magic to a kingdom of animals and beyond. This is why it’s fun to ask folks who are walking around Walt Disney World’s 1982 addition exactly what the name stands for.
What does EPCOT stand for?
Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
Alternate Acronyms for EPCOT
- Every Person Comes Out Tired
- Employee Paycheck Comes On Tuesday
- Every Parent Carries Out Toddlers
- Employee Polyester Costumes of Torture
- Every Person Comes On Tuesday
- Every Pocket Comes out Thinner
These are funny because there is truth to each of them. Let’s do a quick run through!
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Every Person Comes Out Tired
When you’re walking around the Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you may not feel the burn because you’re going from one land to another without going in a full circle. With EPCOT’s World Showcase however, you pick a starting location (Mexico or Canada) and just walk. It’s a 1.2 mile adventure with no shade and pavilions that focus on food & shopping vs attractions.
You will be tired when you end your day at EPCOT!
Employee Paycheck Comes On Tuesday
Inside baseball, but cast members at Disney World get paycheques and direct deposits on Tuesdays. It’s a great way to teach new CMs when to expect that sweet grocery funds.
Every Parent Carries Out Toddlers
Remember how I mentioned that the walk around World Showcase was 1.2 miles? Well if you’re in a stroller…it’s the perfect time for a nap. The other part of this acronym that amuses me is the law that states that you have to pack up your stroller before getting on a Disney Bus – which means that you literally have to carry your children after fireworks because they’re way past their bedtime!
Employee Polyester Costumes of Torture
This is a tough one because my costume was always pretty good. I had shorts and a shirt, with a jacket and pants in the winter – but I know for a fact that friends from other work locations had horrible luck with their costumes.
The excitement from wearing a Disney World costume goes away when it’s 100% humidity!
Every Person Comes On Tuesday
If your vacation starts on Monday, the first park that you want to be at is the Magic Kingdom. This means that traditionally…your second day was at EPCOT.
This has changed over the years due to the opening of new lands and offerings, like Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Every Pocket Comes out Thinner
Even if you have a budget and take our tips on things like dining, resorts and souvenirs – you’ll be spending a lot of money while on a Disney World vacation. This means that, in fact, your pocket will be thinner when you leave (but that’s not a bad thing!)
What are some of the other acronyms that you’ve heard for “EPCOT”? Let me know over on Instagram @StepstoMagic and I’ll add them to the list!