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34 Intriguing Hidden Secrets at Walt Disney World's Epcot

Epcot

Walt Disney World's Epcot is a sprawling theme park packed with hidden details. It's easy to miss the level of craftmanship on show as you race around the park.

Epcot was constructed at the enormous cost of between $800 million and $1.4 billion, and opened back in 1982. That level of investment enabled Disney's Imagineers to cram in a huge number of authentic elements, particularly in the World Showcase area. Looking out for some of these little touches can add an extra dimension to your visit. Take a look at these 34 hidden secrets at Epcot...and let us know any we've missed!

34. Bring your walking boots

Epcot World Showcase If you walk around the entire World Showcase lagoon, from China to Canada, you've covered a distance of some 1.25 miles.

33. The grass is always greener

World ShowcaseNotice that the concrete paths around the lagoon are red - this is partly to make the grassy areas look greener.

32. There's something inside...

African Outpost

When passing the African Outpost in Epcot, stop and go over and open some of the crates. You may get a little soaked...

31. Floating into place

 

 

If you are near the African Outpost in the early afternoon, watch out for the drawbridge going up - you'll be able to see the barges used to launch the Illuminations fireworks being brought out.

30. Hidden platforms

American Adventure

Image © Disney

Ever wondered why you have to go up to the second floor to watch the American Adventure show? It's because the presidents and other figures that you see during the performance are all housed on hidden platforms, which are stored underneath the audience's seats.

29. Going up...

 

In the USA Pavilion, take a look at the paintings on the front wall. One of them opens to reveal an elevator.

28. Larger than it appears...

Image: Disney

 

The USA Pavilion is 5 stories tall, but enormous doors and windows are used to make it appear only 3 stories tall. The façade was created using 110,000 bricks handmade from Georgia red clay - each of which was aged to look authentic.

27. An expensive present

Japan

Image © Disney

Glance at the statue on your right as you enter Japan. It was a gift from the government of Japan when the Magic Kingdom opened, but was later moved to Epcot.

26. Sharp rocks

 

Take a look at the rocks in Canada and Japan when the the Illuminations show is about to begin. The top of some of them will open, revealing sound and lighting equipment.

25. Not so tall after all

Hotel du Canada

Image: Sam Howzit

The Hotel du Canada in the Canada Pavilion is only 3 stories tall. To make it look larger, Imagineers added 5 stories of windows.

24. Totem poles

 

There are three totem poles on show in the Canada Pavilion. Only the one on the left is real - it was carved by Tsimshian Indian carver David Boxley, and weighs some 700 pounds. The other two totem poles are made of pieces fiberglass stacked on top of each other.

23. Echo...echo...echo

China
Image © Disney

Stand in the middle of the Temple of Heaven in the China Pavilion (it's a half-size recreation of the Beijing landmark, and houses Reflections of China). If you speak, you'll hear your voice echo back to you - the temple is acoustically perfect.

22. The Strait of Gibraltar

 

As you walk from Morocco to France, notice that the walkway becomes darker. This is intended to represent the Strait of Gibraltar. It's not geographically correct, however, as it actually lies between Spain and Morocco.

21. Cuckoo!

 

Look towards the back of the courtyard in the Germany Pavilion, and you'll notice a clock. On the hour, a wooden boy and girl emerge from the clock and twirl around.

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There are 33 comments.

Loving these little find the things reviews.

Will have to look next time im over there - i know most rides have hidden mickeys on them but none of this lol.

Would love to know if any UK parks have something like this too.

i am going to Epcot today! I will be looking for them
. But I am going to prank my mom with the crate
thing.

I'm thinking that number 3 is not longer true as locally (Orlando area) we heard that the contract was not renewed, so the talking trash can is not more.......hopefully I mis-understood, but I don't think so.

I really need a new keyboard.....is no longer and so the talking trash can is no more.....

Push at MK is no more, but as far as I know the one there is still a thing. Its automated so no one has to man the controls.

The trash can is still there. You are.thinking of PUSH, this is not the same. This is prerecorded messages.

The water fountains dont talk outside MouseGear.

The excess fuel is burned off during the opening sequence of Illumination. They havent done the excess fuel blow off in years.

The trash can is still there. You are.thinking of PUSH, this is not the same. This is prerecorded messages.

The water fountains dont talk outside MouseGear.

The excess fuel is burned off during the opening sequence of Illumination. They havent done the excess fuel blow off in years.

The trash can is still there. You are.thinking of PUSH, this is not the same. This is prerecorded messages.

The water fountains dont talk outside MouseGear.

The excess fuel is burned off during the opening sequence of Illumination. They havent done the excess fuel blow off in years.

Thanks.

I tried the drinking fountains on my last visit and assumed they were just turned off. But it does seem that they are gone for good (which means a number of guide books need updating).

Have replaced them above with the Kraft VIP Lounge in The Land and another American Adventure oddity.

As soon as a guide book is made, it is incorrect about many things. That is one reason I like the ebook versions of the guide books. The authors usually try to update those as things change. Plus, once you buy the book, it is yours for life.

How could they forget the building in front of the Norway bakery !! And the red doors in china !! Also the secret elevator in the land where if you press 2 and 3 at the same time you go to a secret level !!

How could they forget the building in front of the Norway bakery !! And the red doors in china !! Also the secret elevator in the land where if you press 2 and 3 at the same time you go to a secret level !!

15. In the dark is inaccurate; Morocco AND Norway both remain dark.

A reason for Morocco is still religious reasons, but the reasons for Norway has a varied answer, some say because they were both built after Epcot's original opening or that Morocco's religious preference also dictates that Norway's lights be down as well.

Corrected. Thanks!

Norway remains dark only for aesthetic reasons. It provides balance so that darkened Morocco doesn't stand out.

Worked at Epcot in early 2000s. Norway remains unlit during the show because of the Stave Church. Epcot aims not to make a party out of religious symbols.

In Walt Disney World, hundreds of people sneak guns into the parks everyday. That's a hidden secret too!
http://www.usaholidayplanner.com/2014/06/CCDisneyWorld.html

One day, I was doing overtime at the Living Seas and tried to find my way to their break room. I got lost and ended up at a high end lounge on the third floor. The next time I pulled overtime there, I brought it up to some of the regulars who took me on a tour of the place after the park opened. It's an event space that can be rented out.

https://www.disneyweddings.com/florida/wishes/venues/living-seas-salon/

http://land.allears.net/blogs/kristin-ford/2013/09/_everyday_guests_at_w...

Not too exciting, but there's a survey marker in Epcot... I believe it's near the stroller parking area outside The Nemo ride.

The building for Soarin is painted a specific Sky Blue to help hide the enormous structure from World Showcase. Look past the Canada pavilion from China to notice (or not notice) the structure.

On main street in the back of the candy store there is a small hat store with an old fashion phone...if you pick it up and listen you can ease drop on Mr Disney having a conversation. ..also if you go into the barbershop and ask for a mickey special you will get a surprise

What is a "fashion phone" and how can it be old? Or were you trying to say "old-fashioned phone"?

Wow, I have been to Epcot a few times and had no idea. Next time I go I am definitely going to try some of these out. Very interesting and cool, thanks for sharing!

Anyone know why the clock on the American Pavilion has 4:00 in Roman numerals as iiii and not iv ?

It's the same way on cinderella castle too. I saw an article a while back explaining it, but can't seem to find it. Something about the time period I think. (NOT entirely sure though.) If you do a google image search of roman numeral clocks, it's split about half between iiii and iv though.

It is to give symmetry to a watch/clock. If you look at it all numbers are equal size but 4 if IV is used it would not match the 8 VIII so they use IIII to make it look nicer.

Cinderella Castle's "IIII" is actually based on a more traditional form of Roman numerals used in early times, including Colonial America, and can also be seen at the original castle clock in the Cinderella movie. The same numbering convention can be seen on the clock in the American Pavilion in Epcot (among other places).

I'm working at epcot. i thank the restroom at morocco need to be rebuilt. it always wet and the wall of the restroom always wet . especially the companion restroom . i lke the world showcases.

I knew 27 of these, but pleased to have learned more.

"If you walk around the entire World Showcase lagoon, from China to Canada, you've covered a distance of some 1.25 miles." The first country to the left as you enter the World Showcase is actually Mexico. If you start at China you've missed Mexico and Norway.

Here's another Norway one if it's determined the old maelstrom painting one needs to be replaced:

While the Norway pavilion was built and opened after EPCOT opened, there is an opening day structure within the pavilion. When the park was opened they built bathrooms with a old European style on the plot between Mexico and China. Several years later when they were building the Norway pavilion the opening day bathrooms where incorporated into the pavilion design/layout.

Does anyone know how the gold colored spaceship model on the pylon in front of destination space got damaged. I have older pictures that show it whole and more recent ones that show the left upper tail find glued back together with cracks still showing and the right upper tail fin cut short and ground straight.

"China to Canada?" Why do Norway and Mexico get left out?

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