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Epcot Center, {CATEGORY}

Epcot is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and it was Walt Disney's dream for a planned city. (For an idea of what he wanted, visit www.waltopia.com on the Internet). Alas, after his death, it became a theme park - Central Florida's second major one, which opened in 1982. Its aims are described in a dedication plaque: "May Epcot entertain, inform, and inspire. And, above all . . . instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere". Ever growing and changing, Epcot occupies 300 vibrantly landscaped acres. If you can spare it, take a little time to stop and smell the roses on your way to and through the two major sections: Future World and World Showcase. Epcot is so big that hiking the World Showcase end to end (1 1/3 miles from the Canada pavilion on one side to Mexico on the other) can be an exhausting experience. That's why some folks are certain Epcot stands for "Every Person Comes Out Tired". Depending on how long you intend to linger at each country in World Showcase, this part of the park can be experienced in 1 day (though you can easily spend 2). Most visitors simply make a leisurely loop, working clockwise or counterclockwise from one side of the Showcase to the other. Unlike Magic Kingdom, much of Epcot's parking lot is close to the gate. Parking sections are named for themes (Harvest, Energy, and so forth), and the aisles are numbered. While some guests are happy to walk to the gate from nearer areas, trams are available, but these days mainly to and from the outer areas. If you're a guest of the Epcot area resorts including the BoardWalk, the Swan and Dolphin, or the Beach and Yacht Club resorts, you'll have an easier time of it. Simply hop aboard the water taxi (one services each resort) and you'll be transported directly to the International Gateway - Epcot's back entrance. If you're feeling really energetic, you can even walk. Be sure to pick up a guide map and entertainment schedule as you enter the park. The guide uses a white K in a red square to note "Kidcot" stops. These play and learning stations are for the younger set and allow them to stop at various World Showcase countries, do crafts, get autographs, have their Kidcot passports stamped (these are available for purchase in most Epcot stores and make a great souvenir), and chat with cast members native to those countries. They generally open at 1pm daily. If you plan to eat lunch or dinner here and haven't already made Advance Reservations (tel. 407/939-3463), you can make them at the restaurants themselves or at guest relations (near Spaceship Earth) - here you'll find a board that posts which restaurants still have space (including which meal) - and those that don't. Future World is in the northern section of Epcot, the first area mainstream guests see after entering the park. Its icon is a huge geosphere known as Spaceship Earth - aka, that giant golf ball. Major corporations sponsor Future World's 10 themed areas (that means they're making pricey investments, such as the $100 million that Hewlett Packard dropped on the Mission: Space ride). The focus here is on discovery, scientific achievements, and tomorrow's technologies in areas running from energy to undersea exploration. You can tour the world in a day at the World Showcase: a community of 11 miniaturized nations, which line the 40-acre World Showcase Lagoon on the park's southern side. All of the showcase's countries have authentically indigenous architecture, landscaping, background music, restaurants, and shops. The nations' cultural facets are explored in art exhibits, song and dance performances, and innovative rides, films, and attractions. And all of the employees in each pavilion are natives of the country represented. All pavilions offer some kind of live entertainment throughout the day. Times and performances change, but they're listed in the guide map and on the Times Guide. World Showcase opens between 11am and noon daily, so there's time for a Future World excursion if you arrive earlier. Note: There are regular appearances by characters at Showcase Plaza (consult the daily schedule for times).

Practical Information

Address: 1510 N Avenue of the Stars, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

City: Orlando

State: Florida (FL)

Country: United States

Phone 1: +1 407 824-4321

Official site: disneyworld.disney.go.com

Opening hours: Future World is usually open from 9am to 7pm but sometimes as late as midnight during major holidays and the summer. World Showcase doesn't open until 11am, and it usually closes at 9pm but, like Future World, it sometimes has longer hours on holidays and in summer

Entrance fee: One-day: $75 for adults, $63 for children ages 3 to 9. Four-day Tickets (one park per day): $219 adults, $184 children ages 3 to 9. 7-day Base Ticket (one park per day): $228 for adults (just over $31 a day), $193 for kids ages 3 to 9. Adding on a Park Hopper option: $50

Credit Card Payment: American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club, Visa

Access by car: The interstate exits to all Disney parks and resorts are well marked. Once you're off I-4, there are signs directing you to individual destinations.

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625 yd - Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort

Bonnet Creek Resort is located in the theme park paradise of Lake Buena Vista, Fla., one mile from Disney's Animal Kingdom, MGM Studios and Epcot. Disney's Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney, includinRead moreg shops, restaurants and the Cirque du Soleil show, are two miles from the resort. Six golf courses are available within one mile. This contemporary, Mediterranean style resort, comprised of several pink and gold buildings, offers family friendly accommodations surrounding a lake. Two freeform outdoor pools are accompanied by hot tubs, and a lazy river and a children's pool with interactive water games are located near the resort's village center. A game room and exercise facility are available. Organized children's programs include Frisbee games, arts and crafts, pool activities and treasure hunts. The resort also organizes activities for adults, including ping pong and billiards challenges, Texas Hold 'em tournaments, pool parties, sand volleyball and karaoke. Complimentary transportation services are provided to and from the Disney theme parks. Fully equipped condo units at Bonnet Creek Resort include living rooms, dining rooms and full kitchens with microwave ovens, refrigerators, coffeemakers and cookware/dishes. Units feature leather furniture and tiled floors. Washers and dryers are provided. Bathrooms are equipped with jetted tubs. Cable television, VCRs and DVD players are standard. All guest accommodations include furnished balconies.Expert Tip. Bonnet Creek Resort welcome receptions are held once per week, and include complimentary wine, chips and salsa, assorted snacks, door prizes and live entertainment. A schedule of activities throughout the week is available at the front desk. Hide

718 yd - DISNEYS AK VILLAS-KIDANI

Of a Budget category, the DISNEYS AK VILLAS-KIDANI has all the comforts such as : n.a..The hotel is located in the south-east section of Walt Disney World, at 4701 OSCEOLA PARKWAY, only 10 minutes by Read morecar from the city center.Hide

818 yd - DISNEY S BEACH CLUB VILLAS

Disney's Beach Club Resort stands one half mile from The World Showcase entrance to Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Fantasia Gardens MiniatuRead morere Golf Course are positioned one mile from the resort. Hotel Features. Disney's Beach Club Resort prompts nostalgic memories of 1900s Eastern Seaboard beach clubs. The light filled lobby features high ceilings, marble floors, nautical details, an operational miniature carousel and a massive carousel themed chandelier. An outdoor bricked patio overlooks Crescent Lake. Dining options include Beaches & Cream Soda Shop which serves sandwiches and ice cream temptations. Goofy's Beach Club Bash entertains breakfast diners at Cape May Caf�. Signature Cape May Caf� dinners include seafood and barbecued ribs. Martha's Vineyard offers a selection of wines and Cape May Caf�'s menu items. Hurricane Hanna's Grill serves poolside refreshments. The resort's Stormalong Bay is a three acre water park complex that includes a shipwreck themed waterslide, spa tubs, a zero entry sand bottomed pool, quiet pools, a children's pool, a playground and a white sand beach. The marina rents watercraft and offers catch and release fishing excursions. The 24 hour, complimentary Ship Shape Health Club houses a sauna, a steam room, and cardiovascular and weight training machines. Massage therapy is available for a fee, and complimentary yoga sessions are hosted on the beach. The Sandcastle Club offers evening activities, for a fee, to children ages four to 12. This five story resort offers 583 smoke free guestrooms reminiscent of New England seaside resorts. Light toned furniture is accented with beach and nautical scenes, and armoires are painted in pastel, seaside colors. Rooms include step out or furnished balconies with views of the landscaped grounds, pools, parking area or lagoon. Accommodations feature coffeemakers and refrigerators. Bathrooms contain shower/tub combinations and separate vanities with dual sinks. In room safes are complimentary. High speed Internet access is available for a fee. Expert Tip. The resort's concierge assists with reservations at five Disney PGA level golf courses. Transportation is complimentary. Disney's Magical Express: Guests of the resort are eligible for complimentary Disney's Magical Express Service. Motor coaches take guests from Orlando International Airport to the resort hotel. Disney also picks up and delivers guests' luggage to their selected accommodations. Complete details and instructions will be provided on the confirmation page, at booking. Guests of the resort may also take advantage of complimentary transportation to and from Disney theme parks, water parks and the Downtown Disney Area. Hide

877 yd - Disney's BoardWalk Villas - Free Dining Promotion

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942 yd - Disney\'s Caribbean Beach

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is one mile from Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park and Epcot Center, two miles from Disney's Hollywood Studios and six miles from the Magic Read moreKingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Orlando International Airport is 20 miles from the hotel. The hotel is comprised of five brightly colored Caribbean "villages" named after the islands of Trinidad, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba, and Jamaica. Each village consists of two story buildings blending cool pastel walls, white wood railings, and vivid metal roofs. Villages feature swimming pools and playgrounds and offer chaise lounges, cabanas, and hammocks for sunbathing. The center of the resort is Old Port Royale, a shopping and dining area where stone walls, pirates' cannons and tropical birds create a Caribbean atmosphere where guests can shop or use the game room, lounge, food court, Shutter's Restaurant or the sparkling pool with water slides. Island themed guestrooms feature bright green armoires, striped bedspreads, and floral curtains. Amenities include dial up Internet access, satellite televisions and personal safes. Featuring island ambience, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is a great choice for Disney bound families. Disney's Magical Express: Guests of the resort are eligible for complimentary Disney's Magical Express Service. Motor coaches take guests from Orlando International Airport to the resort hotel. Disney also picks up and delivers guests' luggage to their selected accommodations. Complete details and instructions will be provided on the confirmation page, at booking. Guests of the resort may also take advantage of complimentary transportation to and from Disney theme parks, water parks and the Downtown Disney Area. Renovation Notice: The hotel's main pool and complex located at Old Port Royale is scheduled to be closed for renovations beginning January 7, 2008. During this time, the other six pools located at each island within the resort will remain open and small, child sized slides will be temporarily added to the pools at Jamaica Village and Barbados Village. The estimated completion date is September 15, 2008. This date is subject to change. Hide

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Epcot Center, {CATEGORY}

Epcot is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and it was Walt Disney's dream for a planned city. (For an idea of what he wanted, visit www.waltopia.com on the Internet). Alas, after his death, it became a theme park - Central Florida's second major one, which opened in 1982. Its aims are described in a dedication plaque: "May Epcot entertain, inform, and inspire. And, above all . . . instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere". Ever growing and changing, Epcot occupies 300 vibrantly landscaped acres. If you can spare it, take a little time to stop and smell the roses on your way to and through the two major sections: Future World and World Showcase. Epcot is so big that hiking the World Showcase end to end (1 1/3 miles from the Canada pavilion on one side to Mexico on the other) can be an exhausting experience. That's why some folks are certain Epcot stands for "Every Person Comes Out Tired". Depending on how long you intend to linger at each country in World Showcase, this part of the park can be experienced in 1 day (though you can easily spend 2). Most visitors simply make a leisurely loop, working clockwise or counterclockwise from one side of the Showcase to the other. Unlike Magic Kingdom, much of Epcot's parking lot is close to the gate. Parking sections are named for themes (Harvest, Energy, and so forth), and the aisles are numbered. While some guests are happy to walk to the gate from nearer areas, trams are available, but these days mainly to and from the outer areas. If you're a guest of the Epcot area resorts including the BoardWalk, the Swan and Dolphin, or the Beach and Yacht Club resorts, you'll have an easier time of it. Simply hop aboard the water taxi (one services each resort) and you'll be transported directly to the International Gateway - Epcot's back entrance. If you're feeling really energetic, you can even walk. Be sure to pick up a guide map and entertainment schedule as you enter the park. The guide uses a white K in a red square to note "Kidcot" stops. These play and learning stations are for the younger set and allow them to stop at various World Showcase countries, do crafts, get autographs, have their Kidcot passports stamped (these are available for purchase in most Epcot stores and make a great souvenir), and chat with cast members native to those countries. They generally open at 1pm daily. If you plan to eat lunch or dinner here and haven't already made Advance Reservations (tel. 407/939-3463), you can make them at the restaurants themselves or at guest relations (near Spaceship Earth) - here you'll find a board that posts which restaurants still have space (including which meal) - and those that don't. Future World is in the northern section of Epcot, the first area mainstream guests see after entering the park. Its icon is a huge geosphere known as Spaceship Earth - aka, that giant golf ball. Major corporations sponsor Future World's 10 themed areas (that means they're making pricey investments, such as the $100 million that Hewlett Packard dropped on the Mission: Space ride). The focus here is on discovery, scientific achievements, and tomorrow's technologies in areas running from energy to undersea exploration. You can tour the world in a day at the World Showcase: a community of 11 miniaturized nations, which line the 40-acre World Showcase Lagoon on the park's southern side. All of the showcase's countries have authentically indigenous architecture, landscaping, background music, restaurants, and shops. The nations' cultural facets are explored in art exhibits, song and dance performances, and innovative rides, films, and attractions. And all of the employees in each pavilion are natives of the country represented. All pavilions offer some kind of live entertainment throughout the day. Times and performances change, but they're listed in the guide map and on the Times Guide. World Showcase opens between 11am and noon daily, so there's time for a Future World excursion if you arrive earlier. Note: There are regular appearances by characters at Showcase Plaza (consult the daily schedule for times).

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