We talked about the World Showcase yesterday and the wonderful things you can do there, whether it’s having the perfect cup of tea in England or visiting the street performances that decorate the landscape. Now, it’s time to head back to the entrance area of Epcot and the Future World offerings that you can spend time at.
Epcot isn’t like the Magic Kingdom, the rides there are a selective few, but those selective few are almost all available there in Future World. The rides are also among some of the best available in the Disney Parks. Again, the focus is on education; so don’t be surprised if you learn something while enjoying yourself.
The first place we stopped to ride was the Spaceship: Earth. It’s the most recognized ride at Epcot and you’d probably know it at first glance if you realized that the giant ball so associated with Epcot is that ride. You and your family sit down in comfortable cars and go for a leisurely ride up 13 stories while the history of communication unfolds around you. The ride is cool, comfortable and when you make it to the top, a vast starry sky greets you and it’s amazing.
My 4 year old was so blown away by the experience that we went on it twice more after the first time and at least twice more before we left Epcot for the day. Not bad for an educational swing, eh?
Soar is another great ride that’s now at Epcot that originated at the Magic Kingdom in California. There are three things to remember about Soar – it’s a virtual experience and if you are terrified of heights, you need to also remember that you are no where near as far off the ground as it appears during the course of the ride.
Speaking from experience and being absolutely terrified of heights, I was a bit skeptical, but my husband and daughter really wanted to go on the ride. So we got our fast passes and ate lunch while we waited our turn. When we arrived at the loading area, we were instructed to go in and sit down in the chairs. All loose items needed to be stored under the chairs. You are fastened into the seats and then you are taken on a journey that is breathtaking and almost impossible to describe.
Yes, we returned to Soar three more times before the day was done and each time it took our breath away.
There are other rides and attractions in Future World including Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (for the little ones, have them sit cross-legged in the chair so that the puffs of air blowing on them won’t remind them of mice running up their legs), the Test Track where they can experience a driving adventure and The Land which takes you on a journey of the history of the planet and the land itself.
To be honest though, as much as these were interesting – it was Soar and Spaceship: Earth that received our resounding endorsements.