This is the Best List of 75 Disney Epcot Secrets in Future World
You guys have clearly noted that i’m on a continuous scavenger hunt at the Disney Parks. If you didn’t get this from my divulging secrets, well, I won’t judge. The imagineers at Walt Disney World clearly let their creativity soar when they designed the parks, the attractions, architecture, dining options, etc. and have yet to leave a stone unturned. This brings us to Future World in the Epcot Disney park. It did not escape the scavenger hunt one bit and is also a treasure trove of secrets to discover just like its Epcot counterpart – the World Showcase. So here are my 75 Future World Epcot Secrets to find at Disney on your next visit.
75 Epic Disney Epcot Secrets to Discover on your Trip…
So let’s start with this awesome attraction. Here are 10 Epcot secrets along with Hidden Mickey’s to find within the super cool cinesphere ride.
- First of all, if you haven’t noticed, it is narrated by none other than Dame Judi Dench! Previously, Jeremy Irons (voice of Scar in the Lion King) and Walter Cronkite had the distinction.
- The sphere itself took more than 2 years to build! Whoa…and even in that length of time, it is still is not a perfectly round circle!
- Some of the animatronics found in the Spaceship Earth ride were reused and fixed up from the Hall of Presidents and other attractions in the complex! Whoa…
- When The Star Wars Force Awakens film was released, Spaceship Earth’s sphere was done up to resemble the Death Star
- The thing weighs roughly 16 MILLION pounds! Holy smokes…
- All the rivets in the sphere drain rainfall into the lagoon of the World Showcase.
- Real Hieroglyphics from Egyptian times are used in the ride! Unreal….
- The ride was part of the Epcot grand opening in 1982.
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: Check out the document at the Sleeping Monk in the ride. Do you see a Mickey there? 😀
- At the end of the ride, you are asked questions in your car. You push the buttons to record your answers. Then a photograph is taken of your car that you can retrieve and send to your Facebook page when finished the attraction. Well, the computers are programmed to capture guest faces and avoid characters, stuffies and other animals etc. Well, we defied the technology as you can see below as my Fraggle mascot Momo, was captured with my husband over me hahaha.
Soarin’ Around the World
This simulation ride is super cool. I love that you see some of the most incredible landmarks around the world right in front of you! But there’s never an attraction without secrets. Here are ten about this awesome ride having you soaring over some of the most incredible wonders of the world.
- Soarin’ was first introduced in the California parks! It was next brought to Epcot for guests to enjoy.
- Make sure you get a fast pass for this one. Besides Frozen Ever After, it is the second most popular attraction in the park!
- Although the film is absolutely unbelievable, many of the scenes were staged for the full effect. Mainly this was the case in the California version.
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: The golf ball that comes near you during the simulation ride has a mickey on it! Check it out the next time you’re there!
- Check out the airplane number: 5505 – this denotes the year Soarin’ arrived at Epcot! May 5, 2005.
- They had to get special permission to film over some of the landmarks in the film including Yosemite National Park.
- The project and attraction spans over 60,000 feet of space!
- If you pay close attention to your senses during the attraction, concentrate on the smells, orange blossoms are one that is used for an immersive experience.
- It was very difficult for the imagineers to select the landmarks in the film. They had to narrow down their choices based on aesthetics and guests recognizing them through personal travel or reference. For example, they chose Sydney Australia for the film because of the majestic and world-famous Harbour and Opera House specifically.
- It has been said that the best IMAX technology on the market was used for Soarin’ Around the world – a huge upgrade from the attraction in California.
This ride is awesome. Design your own car and ride around the track. How neat is that!? Mine was a pink hippie sports car covered in daisy decals…perfect for the Austin Powers characteristics in me haha. Make sure after you complete the ride to collect your souvenir photo! Another perk of the Memory Maker.
I am not the only who loves this attraction. It is definitely a guest favourite and is loaded with super cool Epcot secrets to discover. Here are a few secrets to get you started:
- You think the Rockin’ Roller Coaster was fast? Test track beats it and is the fastest of all attractions in the entire Disney complex!
- Did you ever notice on the car numbers that there isn’t a #1? You know what humans are like – we would be waiting on purpose to ride the first car…so to avoid congestion and guests doing this, they never created a #1.
- The design of your vehicle in the attraction will be saved onto your magic band for a month! Or, if you ride a second time, your second design will replace the first.
- The computers that are in each vehicle are stronger than those of a space shuttle! Whoa….
- The imagineers wanted the cars to go a very fast 100 mph around the track in some spots. But thanks to Florida’s regulations, was reduced to 65 mph.
- The Test Track is one of the lengthiest of rides at the parks. It even surpasses It’s a Small World in the Magic Kingdom.
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: Check out the tool chest in one of the rooms of the Test Track attraction. Do you see a Mickey?
- There’s a secret staff lounge within the Test Track attraction building!
- Each car can go 1 million miles total! The imagineers knew that it would be a popular ride and had the cars built to last.
- Each car has 22 wheels on it! Crazy!
Check out these fun Epcot secrets found in the Innoventions area of the park…
- At the end of the attraction you can send yourself mementos of the experience. East – photos, West, video clips.
- Behind the Club Cool East area, check out the tasting station to try weird Coke flavours…
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: In the character spot, see if you can spot Mickey’s Gloves!
- Just like in the Magic Kingdom, there is a tunnel under Epcot that runs through Innoventions! Although there is an underground tunnel, it doesn’t get used the same as it does in the Magic Kingdom park.
- The Innoventions cast members had the distinguished responsibility to escort and say goodbye to guests after the Illuminations fireworks show.
Journey Into Imagination with Figment
This little purple dragon is the apple of my eye at Epcot. Seriously. He is such a cutie. Here are some secrets to find in his ride that takes guests through a journey of imagination.
- First of all for the Figment lovers out there, talks are still afoot on a second attraction featuring the beloved purple dragon…fingers crossed!
- The wonderful ride featuring Figment had three different themes. Each was changed during refurbishments.
- Figment was a very popular character for meet an greets! Wouldn’t you love to see him return?
- As the character of Figment was initially sponsored by Fuji film, his colour purple was chosen as it was not the same as the sponsor’s branding colours.
- Not many characters are created exclusively for amusement parks…Figment is one of those rare exceptions! Who would have predicted his surge in popularity warranting souvenirs, a ride, focused scavenger hunts, pins, and a possible second attraction?
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: Check out the headphones in one of the rooms….you just may spot a hidden Mickey!
- The attraction’s main focus is the 5 senses.
- The theme song of the ride “One little spark” was written by the famous Sherman Brothers! They were classic Disney songwriters who famously wrote the score for Mary Poppins, Dumbo, and many other favourites.
- The second version of the attraction removed Figment and his pal Dreamfinder. Guests were so upset over this change that for the third version of the ride, they were brought back.
- The ride originally opened in 1983 and is celebrating 35 years of magic!
Living with the Land
Get up close and personal with agriculture on this slow but educational and relaxing ride! While you marvel at the produce, vegetation and other features of the attraction, keep an eye out of these awesome Epcot secrets “planted” by the talented Disney imagineers.
- There are nearly 200,000 mosaic tiles in the Living with the Land pavilion with many Hidden Mickeys within them! See if you can spot any when you’re there.
- The gardens of fruits and vegetables are real and supply the many restaurants on Disney property! Whoa…no wonder the veggies taste so fresh in the salads!
- One tomato tree growing in the attraction set a Guinness Book of World Record in growing more than 30,000 tomatoes in one year!
- Check out the mailbox number! It says 82. Does that resonate with you? If not, I will tell you. It represents the year Epcot opened – 1982 🙂
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: Take the “Behind the Seeds” tour. On the tour, spot a garden hose. Do you see Mickey on there?
- If you check out some of the garden hedges, they are shaped like Mickey’s head!
- The same narrator does the Peoplemover in the Magic Kingdom.
- The dog seen in the farmhouse was actually created to look like Walt Disney’s family dog.
- The attraction was ready and was accessible at park opening in 1982.
- The prairie dogs featured in the desert were supposed to be used in the Magic Kingdom!
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
I love Finding Nemo! It is one of my favourite Pixar films. It is wonderful to see how it is represented here with the ride and interactive area as well as at Animal Kingdom with its theatrical production. Here are some cool secrets about this epic animated classic that truly pushed Pixar even further in Disney guests’ hearts.
- The aquarium could fit the Spaceship Earth cinesphere within it. Yep it is that big…
- In the Aquarium above the ride, there are more than 80,000 animals with over 80 species.
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends opened in 2007. It replaced the previous attraction that was there when the park opened.
- Get interactive with marine life! There are options to scuba and snorkel in the aquarium! You need to book these experiences.
- Check out the trivia booth and challenge Mr. Ray!
- The window panels on the sides of the aquarium weigh 9000 pounds! That is huuuuuuge
- And, for those of us who are totally into ethical Animal experiences for conservation purposes, you need to check out the dolphin encounter. Trust me. These dolphins are treated so well. Cast members and certified marine biologists are working hard using this aquarium to preserve and save endangered and threatened marine life.
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: Pay close attention to the rocks in the rides for a hidden Mickey 🙂
- Turtle Talk with Crush is such fun! The actors do improv for guests to make it a truly unique experience each time. While here, have a look at the coral on the wall…
- The signpost in the beach scene of the ride has N.E.M.O on it! This is an acronym for “Nautical Exploration Marine Observation.”
Other Epcot Secrets And Character Encounters
Characters are all over the Disney Parks and each park has unique greets that you can enjoy. Here are some Epcot secrets to share with you on the characters you can meet and little tips to make them all the more magical.
Note: The characters and Epcot secrets revealed here in this article are around the characters outside the World Showcase. To learn more about those secrets, please check out our round-up on this area of Epcot.
- There are random talking water fountains at the park! Next time you stop to hydrate see if you find one that will spark a conversation.
- Enjoy a meal at the Electric Umbrella restaurant. While there search for the talking garbage bin! Hint – is is plugged into the wall 🙂
- Next time you walk through Future World, have a look at the pavement! It gives you a virtual feel of space.
- Just behind the MouseGears shop is a gorgeous butterfly garden!
- Did you know that Epcot is double the size of Magic Kingdom? Whoa!
- Stop and admire the fountain of nations. A dedication was made after Epcot opened where many nations across the globe poured water into the trough to become one with the world.
- Not so much a secret, but be sure to go to Headquarters to meet Joy and Sadness from Inside Out and Baymax from Big Hero 6. This is the only place to meet these beloved characters. Each attraction – Baymax and the Inside Out girls has a Memory Maker photographer. Joy and Sadness sign autographs, but Baymax does not.
- Next, head on over to meet Mickey Mouse in his traditional tuxedo, Minnie in her polka dot dress, and Goofy in his orange and green duds. Fast passes are available for this experience. And do note: these encounters are now considered a Tier One Fast Pass that will be in the same grouping as Test Track and Soarin’.
- Want to meet Daisy? You need to stop at the entrance for her and line up for the opportunity. No fast passes are available.
- Before you go, head to Mission: Space and touch all the buttons! Once you do, Gary Sinise will tell you to Stop That! Hahaha.
So there you have our 75 Disney Epcot Secrets in Future World! How many did you know about already? I hope you are able to spot them on your next trip.
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