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Vote of the week: Epcot's Future World vs. Epcot's World Showcase

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Published: March 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM

With the 18th International Flower & Garden festival kicking off this week, I'm thinking about Epcot.

Epcot's always felt like two different parks to me, which makes sense, I suppose, since it so obviously was inspired by the "World's Fair" model - corporate pavilions often focusing on new and emerging technology mixed with international pavilions celebrating countries from around the world.

But which one do you prefer: Epcot's Future World...

Inside Test Track at Epcot's Future World

...Or Epcot's World Showcase?

San Angel Inn at Epcot's Mexico pavilion

That's the vote of the week.

Test Track and Soarin' or Impressions de France and American Adventure? Le Cellier Steakhouse and Les Chefs de France or the Coral Reef and Garden Grill? It's time to pick one side or the other, then break down your choice in the comments.

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Readers' Opinions

From on March 4, 2011 at 11:45 AM
how can I make that choice love them both lol
From Jack Curley on March 4, 2011 at 12:37 PM
I went with Future World because that's where most of the rides are, but it's still a killer choice. I don't think I would pay to go to a park that was just the World Showcase, but I wouldn't enjoy Epcot nearly as much if it was just Future World.
From on March 4, 2011 at 12:40 PM
That's a tough decision. I based my choice of Future World on the fact that it has more rides. That's my only complaint about the World Showcase. Each country should have some sort of ride/attraction beyond shops and restaurants.
I will be at the Dolphin in 15 days! I can't wait!
From on March 4, 2011 at 12:51 PM
The World Showcase is definitely my favorite, being an Air Force brat and having traveled the world, seeing it in Disney style is very cool. I do, however, love The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Soarin'. Such great innovation and story telling mixed into one awesome ride.
From on March 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM
You mean EPCOT has something OTHER then the World Showcase?

The World Showcase is amazing and Future World is useless. There's nothing worthwhile up there aside from Soarin'. If the park was reversed geographically I don't think I'd ever even make it into Future World.

I don't think anyone would shed a tear if they closed Ellen's Energy Adventure and Journey into Imagination...

From Daniel Etcheberry on March 4, 2011 at 1:09 PM
I voted for World Showcase because:

1) The Mexican pavilion is so atmospheric with the nighttime town, and the restaurant next to the boat ride and volcano.

2) The movie at the French pavilion is so dreamy with that beautiful and inspiring music. Also, the sights are gorgeous.

3) The American Adventure show at the American pavilion has great animatronics of Ben Franklin and Mark Twain.

4) The restaurants!

5) The Maelstrom ride at the Norway pavilion; short but fun.

6) The beautiful girls that work at the Norway pavilion.

If every country had a ride, the World Showcase could be its own theme park and my favorite of them all!

From Derek Morse on March 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM
I chose World Showcase for the simple reason that it hasn't really strayed much from what I remember as a child. Future World has closed too many of the classic atractions such as Horizons that I loved as a kid and ruined Journey into Imagination. World Showcase, on the other hand, while short on attractions, still has that same charm I always remember it having.
From Joshua Counsil on March 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM
World Showcase, though I find both go hand-in-hand. I love spending a few hours in Future World in the morning. There are a couple of great rides (Test Track is highly overrated, though), beautiful theming, and lovely music. By about noon, I'm ready to travel the World, enjoy some regional food, watch live performances, and people-watch on a nice bench with a cool drink.
From Tim W on March 4, 2011 at 2:36 PM
Future World has some of the best and most thrilling rides at Disney, it def beats the World Showcase, which could be like 100 times better!
From James Rao on March 4, 2011 at 4:28 PM
Like others have mentioned, I love both areas of this great theme park. However, there is no doubt that more than 70% of my time at Epcot is spent in the World Showcase. Would I like to see a few more attractions in this part of the park? Of course, but that desire does not diminish the unique experience currently offered.

My vote: World Showcase.

From David L. on March 4, 2011 at 5:18 PM
After thinking long and hard about it, i have to say Future World. World Showcase has amazing themes but lacks rides and attractions. Future world has really good themes and a variety of attractions. Spaceship Earth alone is better than All of the rides and films in World Showcase. The many other rides and attractions outweigh the amazing mini cities and the American Adventure.
From Anthony Murphy on March 4, 2011 at 5:39 PM
It depends! Personally, I think its a great park!

FW has the rides, WS has the food and entertainment.

I voted for FW, but I love WS

From Raul Araoz on March 4, 2011 at 6:25 PM
Fifteen years ago, I would have unquestionably chosen Future World. Horizons, World of Motion, Journey Into Imagination and especially the Jeremy Irons version of Spaceship Earth, were without question my favorite Disney rides. Never a line. Richly-detailed. Lengthy and all-encompassing. I couldn't get enough of the place. World Showcase felt spartan in comparison. It was the place to go for dinner.

After the brainiacs in management decided to turn everything unique about Future World into another thrill park with long lines, short experiences and minimal visuals, I have to change my preference to the Showcase. Now, keep in mind. I'm not particularly fond of the complete and utter lack of growth in WS. It has been 22 years since a new country has been built. I mean Reagan was still President for Pete's sake. However, that area still has that special charm that always made Epcot special from other theme parks.

From Sean Campbell on March 4, 2011 at 9:57 PM
i chose world showcase because, i like walking around and seeing the different pavillions. World shocase has spaceship earth tho. Soarin isnt that cool because i live in california and i always go there at disneyland. I want it to be special when i go to florida no the same old thing from disneyland.
From Tony Perkins on March 4, 2011 at 9:59 PM
Dining is of course much better at World Showcase, but Future World has much, much better rides and attractions. One of the main problems at World Showcase is the conspicuous lack of top-shelf rides. And too many of the attractions are simply films. I can eat at good ethnic restaurants anywhere, but not get those amazing rides just anywhere. Until World Showcase gets some good E-tickets, it's Future World by a mile, not even close.
From Andy Stevens on March 5, 2011 at 4:53 AM
Over the years, World Showcase has gradually improved, no new countries, but gradual improvement in those that're there.
Future world on the other hand hand was left to go to seed. Spaceship Earth found itself in the odd position that, what was meant to be a look at the future, was overtaken by current technology.
There is new investment though.
Journey to Space suffered due to unfortunate incidents and has been toned down, which really is unfortunate as the original ride was epic. I also noticed that Exxon are no longer sponsoring Ellens Adventure, another onetime good ride that now needs work and updating.
Soaring is doing well and Spaceship Earth has a new sponsor and facelift.
It's somewhere where Disney imagineers could get busy and do something worthwhile.
But, and it's a big 'But', they have to keep on top of it. As , Spaceship Earth being an example, technology is moving so fast that looks at the future will quickly become looks at the past.
From Terry O'Neal on March 5, 2011 at 6:46 AM
I voted for Future World because of Mission Space and Living with the Land. I have never gone to a theme park to eat. I go to ride.
From Larry Zimmerman on March 5, 2011 at 6:58 AM
I voted World Showcase, but that's only because it enables two of my favorite adult pasttimes in settings that can only be called legendary -- eating good food and drinking adult beverages.

If they had an area for my THIRD favorite pasttime, I'd be even HAPPIER...

Riding roller coasters, that is.

From Raymond Sydowski on March 5, 2011 at 8:28 AM
Here's my confession: Epcot is the least of all Disney parks in my mind.

As a kid, I found it boring. As an adult, I also found it boring. It just seems like a trade show, and I'm not a Circlevision kind of guy. I voted for the World Showcase for two reasons: 1. If I'm dining in the parks for a good sitdown meal, I'd want to be somewhere in the world showcase 2. Illuminations, and Holiday Illuminations in particular.

From on March 5, 2011 at 9:21 AM
Well I had to go for world showcase....It's the only place I know where you can get bombed in multiple countries all in one day!!!
From Nick Markham on March 5, 2011 at 6:58 PM
You can't neccesarily compare these two areas. World Showcase has almost no attractions but has amazing architecture, and Future World has many amazing rides but isn't all about the "architecture". I chose Future World as it has more attraction and the buildings do look cool.
From Tyler Stover on March 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM
I had to give it to World Showcase, but by a very small margin. Future World has some great rides, but lacks that Disney atmosphere. World Showcase is well detailed and has some of the better food at Walt Disney World.
From Flavio de Souza on March 6, 2011 at 6:22 AM
I am astonished by the fact that so many people chose WS. Although I agree with the coments that 15 years ago FW was much better, I always thought that it was a no brainer that FW was the best and WS just a nice complement.

Perhaps it is a cultural issue, a fake Italy or France don't appeal to me and I am always expecting modernity when I travel to USA.

But both are great, and both needs some work to improve.

From on March 6, 2011 at 7:31 PM
Future world has far more attractions and the architecture is more unique. World showcase is a bit to much plastic fake stereotype focused. For the most part, world showcase just lacks attractions.
From Pat Jackson on March 7, 2011 at 7:29 AM
With Soarin and Test Track I ALMOST went with FW. Probably if I thought long enough I would change my mind but instead I voted WS, I think it is due to the change of pace it offers my family. Usually we are moving show to ride to ride to show briskly and WS allows us half a day to slow it down, have a variety of foods and a beer for myself at the beer garden or pub before heading to the fireworks. Honestly I used to bypass most of FW except for Test Track since it was all too old and unintersting to me however we were down there last fall and spent quite a bit of time in FW but the nostalgia of WS won out this time.
From Pat Jackson on March 7, 2011 at 7:32 AM
With Soarin and Test Track I ALMOST went with FW. Probably if I thought long enough I would change my mind but instead I voted WS, I think it is due to the change of pace it offers my family. Usually we are moving show to ride to ride to show briskly and WS allows us half a day to slow it down, have a variety of foods and a beer for myself at the beer garden or pub before heading to the fireworks. Honestly I used to bypass most of FW except for Test Track since it was all too old and unintersting to me however we were down there last fall and spent quite a bit of time in FW but the nostalgia of WS won out this time.

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