New to Me: Epcot’s Future World
|April 10, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under Disney Parks, New To Me, Walt Disney World|
Epcot is probably my favorite park. I spent so much time here in the EPCOT Center days that I used to be able to recite Journey Into Imagination (the original!) from memory! Now as an adult, Future World has a retro feel that I love, but it will still never life up to the days of Horizons and World of Motion. Sigh…
So if it’s my favorite park, how are there things I’ve missed in Future World?! Well I think it’s because some the attractions can often be overlooked because they are tucked away and when it comes to dining, I always head into World Showcase. Here are some things that are still New To Me in Future World.
Circle of Life
I don’t think I’ve ever even stepped foot in this theater! I’ve heard this is a great film, but I am generally not one for films (which you will see when we get to World Showcase!) and head to the unique attractions. Living with the Land is one of my all time favs, go I generally head straight there when I’m in The Land pavilion. The last time I was in there, my friend Amanda even tried to get me to go in and I just brushed it off. This is definitely on the to do list…I mean how can you not love Timon and Pumba?!
Behind the Seeds Tour
Speaking of Living with the Land, did you know you can actually walk around the gardens?! Well, you have to have a guide with you, but how cool is that?! This tour is something I’ve been wanting to do for years, but never seem to make the time. I love fresh vegetables and I find their gardening techniques fascinating, so this is a no brainer for me. And with the $18 price tag…hello?!? This is on my priority list for my next trip.
Garden Grill Restaurant
And to round out things that are New to Me in The Land pavilion, Garden Grill Restaurant. There are 3 things about this restaurant that don’t appeal to me:
1. Family Style Dining. I’m never a fan of this (well excect for a big breakfast skillet at Whispering Canyon Cafe) as there is generally something I don’t want and it seems like a waste of food because there is always a TON leftover.
2. The Rotating Dining Room. I know it doesn’t spin super fast, but just the thought of moving during my meal doesn’t sit well with me.
3. The Cuisine. With a name like Garden Grill, I would expect local, farm fresh cuisine. But what is on the menu is more like classic, home-style cooking. There is nothing wrong with that and if I was going somewhere like Liberty Square Tavern in the Magic Kingdom, I would expect that, but not here. There is so much more they could do with the menu to make it innovative and really showcase all of the wonderful local produce!
Sum of All Thrills
Another attraction that I’ve been really wanting to do for the past few years, but always forget about! I think this is due to it’s location. I very rarely walk through Innoventions, so I never think of it. I think a sign outside would really help! I’ve done the roller coaster simulator at Disney Quest and loved that…this seems like it would be kicking that up a few notches. Maybe I’ll set a reminder for myself to do this next time so I don’t forget!
Coral Reef Restaurant
This restaurant has always intrigued me, but the lackluster reviews have always kept me away. A little secret you may not know about me is that I wanted to be a Marine Biologist when I was younger. I realized early on that it probably wasn’t the right career path for me, but I still have a love of all aquatic life. I could stare into the aquarium at The Seas all day. So dining at Coral Reef seems really cool, I just haven’t wanted to waste a whole meal there if the food isn’t good…you know how important food is to me! I’ve decided that on my next trip, I’m going for lunch to test it out and check out the atmosphere. I’m really looking forward to it!
What attractions and restaurants are new to YOU in Future World at Epcot??