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  1. Go to the Magic Kingdom and ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (formerly the WEDWAY Peoplemover). You'll pass a model of a futuristic city. This is an original concept model for a then-future EPCOT Center.
    REPORTED: Mark Thompson 11 JUL 01
  2. If you're enjoying fresh vegetables at the Garden Grill, Sunshine Season Food Fair, or Coral Reef restaurants, chances are they were grown right in the Theme Park. Last year, more than 30 tons of fruits and veggies were harvested from The Land pavilion's greenhouses.
  3. Mr. George Kalogridis is the President of Epcot
  4. When Epcot opened the grand water fountain had a leak in it and someone had to be down under the fountain during hours the park was open.
    REPORTED: Paul Wiland 06 NOV 98
  5. If you go to the Discovery Outreach Center (the learning center) in Innoventions East, they will give you the WDW List of Hidden Mickeys, just ask for it.
    REPORTED: Donna & Lisa 26 JUN 97
    It's true, the Discovery Center will give you the list. It's no where as complete as this page is though. They also have a whole lot of information available. Look through the binders and ask. Plus it's one of the few things in Disney that are still free.
    CONFIRMED: Matthew DeMizio 05 AUG 97
    The Discovery Outreach Center will be closed effective October 31, 1998
    UPDATE: Melanie Emmons 25 SEP 98
    The list has moved to Guest Relations which is on the left of Spaceship Earth
    UPDATE: TR Shaw 15 NOV 98
  6. During a performace at the American Pavilion last year, I got an interesting tour of the backside of Epcot. While the side that most people see is "magical", the backside looks a little different. The backside of various countries look like your typical city buildings, nothing exciting. Delivery trucks were backed into buildings, and there were various trailors outside the countries. Inside the building we warmed up in, Disney pictures lined the walls: both current and pictures of Epcot being built. It was really quite exciting to see the real side of Disney in addition to the fantasy they put on. The only catch to our being there was that we could not take any cameras with us.
    REPORTED: Dave 06 JUL 97
  7. There are no decor or deliberate Mickeys in Epcot.
  8. I was informed that the sound system in World Showcase & Future World play bird sounds during high traffic times in the eating areas. What type of bird or calls are played "DON'T ASK, I DON'T KNOW!" But it scares away the birds from bugging the guests. Also if you look in the open eating areas you will see very fine lines strung up like some type of spider web, this stops the birds from flying in on top of the guests.
    REPORTED: Barry W. Eytcheson 21 MAY 97
  9. EPCOT was not originally supposed to be a theme park; Disney wanted to really make it an "experimental prototype community of tomorrow" and let people live in the many different places of the park.
    REPORTED: Ellen S. 01 SEP 96
    While EPCOT Center was originally planned as an "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow", we all know that financial as well as other considerations dictated that the dream of Walt Disney be changed from a city to a new gated attraction. Now, the Disney company has created Celebration. Celebration will be a true planned community including a downtown, health center, school, post office, town hall, golf course, single family homes, townhouses and apartments. Disney used the services of top-name architects in developing the plans for Celebration.
    CONFIRMED: TR Shaw 02 SEP 96
    This is an Epcot fact. Epcot no longer stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The name now is just Epcot If you notice Disney now spells it with upper and lower case letters and not all capitals. I was told that an acronym is not able to be copyrighted and so legally it had to be changed to a word.
    CONFIRMED: Michele Cawley 05 SEP 96
    The actual reason for the change in name from EPCOT to Epcot is that the name has now become recognizeable, and no longer needs the anagram. Not to mention the fact that it is not a community. The official name is now Epcot plus whatever year it may be, ie Epcot '96.
    CONFIRMED: Cary Kirby 09 DEC 96
    I am a professional futurist with the World Future Society -- and have had access to a lot of information regarding the original purposes of EPCOT. The real purpose of EPCOT was as you have stated: An Experimental Prototype Community of Tommorrow (there's a book out that goes into great detail about the utopian vision of Disney -- called "Disney's World"). The concept was a utopian community -- a university in the medevial sense -- where the best and brightest from around the world (World Showcase) would be able to share their culture with all; -- where companies from around the world would work on creating a better future; -- using the students from the community to perform research projects in the areas of advanced communications (Spaceship earth), energy and resources (Energy), construction and engineering (horizons), transportation (world of transportation), food production (the land), and entertainment (imagination center). Disney got his idea from the 1964 world's fair NYC which he worked on in earnest.

    You are incorrect in saying that it was not to be a "gated" attraction. It was. Disney thought that education and research on the future could be advanced greatly if the world could "come into the research university" and see how things are thought up first-hand. He envisioned that people would pay money -- not just to see this; but also to experience it through what he envisioned as the "Disney University" -- not a physical structure, but the world's first virtual university -- pulled together within the Communication Core structure (where Innoventions is now situated). The Communications Core according to Disney was to have on-site conference and classrooms -- a center for educators who would visit Epcot -- and a video production and computer production facility with the latest state-of-the art equipment linked by satellite broadcasting to the schools of the world. He envisioned that EPCOT's mission would be to "always remain 30 years in the future" solving mankind's biggest problems. And, then providing working solutions to the rest of society from the broadcast center in the Communication Core.

    He was very moved by Buckminster Fuller, Alvin Toffler, Arthur C. Clarke, Ted Gordon and other futurists and he invited SRI International and RAND Corporation to become involved in EPCOT's early planning. His ultimate goal was to use his creations to enhance society and make it a better place.

    The concept of EPCOT as a working virtual university of the best and brightest from around the world has always intrigued me. Especially because Walt had the insight to recognize that the Corporate World had to be involved in the vision as well. Walt died before EPCOT was completed. His brother Roy, an accountant by training, never shared Walt's utopian vision for Florida. He saw it as a money losing proposition that would have buried the Disney empire. I just wonder what would have happened if Walt had stayed alive long to see EPCOT completed and the first graduating class from his university concept?
    UPDATE: Frank Sowa 09 DEC 96
    EPCOT was indeed originally supposed to be a place where people would actually live. Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke liked Walt's original conception so much that he incorporated it into his sequal novel for 2001: A Space Odyssy. In the introduction to the novel 2010, he makes it clear that the mother of Dave Bowman (the astronaut who undergoes the transformation because of the encounter he had with the monolith at Jupiter in the original movie and novel) is actually living at EPCOT. The novel out came and EPCOT opened at about the same time (I don't remember now which came first). Although the park's nature had changed a great deal from Walt's original vision of a working community, Clarke had already written it into his novel. It is interesting, and maybe a little sad, to see how different EPCOT is now.
    UPDATE: Scott Frank 05 AUG 97
    I'm a cast member from the 80's when the EPCOT Center theme park first opened. In dear old Walt's grand plan, the entire property making up WDW was considered as the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The EPCOT Center theme park was created to be a showcase of new technologies and world cultures.
    UPDATE: Jim Taylo 11 FEB 00

  10. Believe it or not... the water hyacinths just beyond the ticket windows at Epcot Center aid in the processing of Epcot's sewage, which eventually is used for plant watering, street cleaning, etc.
    REPORTED: Michael Littell 04 OCT 95
    CONFIRMED: TR Shaw 04 JUN 96
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Geiger 29 JUN 97
  11. Until Animal Kingdom was finished, Epcot was the single largest area on property, even bigger than the Magic Kingdom.
    REPORTED: Alyson Lamble 11 OCT 96
  12. There is a "talking" water fountain in Future World near the main fountain. It is just outside the Centorium shop on the east side of the big fountain.
    REPORTED: Kjcottrell 27 JUN 96
    There is another one to the right of the play fountain between Future World and World Showcase. There's a third one to the left of the restrooms between Imaginations and Innoventions West.
    UPDATE: Joe 28 JUN 96
    We found all three of them. It's great fun to watch people's reaction when they hear the voice!
    CONFIRMED: Melanie Emmons 01 SEP 96
    We also found the talking drinking fountains by Innoventions. One of them even lights up. It looks like the light is behind the water spout, because the water is lit up as it comes out.
    CONFIRMED: Donna and Tim Grunewald 29 MAR 97
    The talking fountain is often used to welcome new cast members.. or rather embarass them.
    CONFIRMED: anon 15 JAN 98
    It says "hey, save some for the fishes."
    CONFIRMED: Donna 23 JUN 98
    There is actually a repertoire of what the fountains say, including just a bubbling/gurgling noise.
    UPDATE: Melanie Emmons 25 SEP 98
    There are a couple of different things the fountain says. In one, you hear the sound of water rushing down the pipe while listening to a man who sounds like he's drowning in the water and comments on you trying to drown him.
    REPORTED: firstno 28 SEP 98
  13. Taking Drinking Fountain Patent: US05542604
  14. I was wondering how Epcot Cast Members know when to open the World Showcase since it opens after Future World. Unlike the Magic Kingdom where a voice-over welcomes you to the park and at the end of it the Cast Member lets the rope drop, Epcot uses the main fountain which is on a timer. This can be seen from either side (Canada or Mexico) of the World Showcase, and when it "Flares up" the they drop the rope to open the rest of the park.
    REPORTED: Missy Wigley 22 JUN 96
    That may be true, but I'm pretty sure I heard announcement advising people that "World Showcase was now open," or welcoming them to World Showcase.
    NOTE: Melanie Emmons 28 AUG 96
  15. The backgroud music in Future World is compilation of a number of music selections of which include David Arkenstone's "Papillion", and custom written music by Disney.
    REPORTED: Eric Gabold 06 OCT 97
  16. If you look at a map of Future World with Spaceship Earth being at the bottom of the map, the part of the park is designed after the human brain. On the right side of the park there is imaginative design being our creative side. On the left side of the park there are more squre angles being our balance side. Also in Future World West the buildings are designed to the creation of Earth, the sea being the first then comes land and imagination for the future. The same goes for the height of the buildings, the sea is the shortest, then comes the land and finally the skies the limit.
    REPORTED: anon 28 JUN 00
  17. Occasionally, Cast Members sub into other Pavilions throughout Future World. Whenever someone learned Horizons, they also learned World of Motion. The nickname for both Pavilions was Mo-Ho.
    REPORTED: Jbd114 27 MAR 98
    I don't know about Mo-Ho, but when I worked at EPCOT, we called it HOME for Horizons MOtion Energy. Now it is fused with Wonders of Life to be HOME-Dome!
    CONFIRMED: EPCOTgirl 04 OCT 00
  18. The Cast Members who must work outside in 90+ degree heat at Epcot say that Epcot stands for Employee Polyester Costume Of Torture.
    REPORTED: L. Borne 25 JAN 96
    There's this great book, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World by Bob Sehlinger, that gives four other definitions:
    UPDATE: Melanie Emmons 31 MAR 96
    CONFIRMED: Rayelynn Henderson 25 MAY 96
    Another names for Epcot that I've heard is that applies to Cast Members is:
    UPDATE: Rob Steere 02 APR 96
    Think about this:
    UPDATE: Jim McSpiritt 16 AUG 96
    For all those who have not been to Disney at least 50 times, (like me), EPCOT used to stand for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow
    CONFIRMED: Matt Ash 17 AUG 96
    The costumes there really are Experimental Polyester Costumes of Torture.
    UPDATE: Alyson Lamble 11 OCT 96
    I once asked a cast member what EPCOT stood for. She said jokingly "every paycheck comes out tiny." Other's had said "every person comes out tired!"
    UPDATE: Brett Kinney 06 APR 98
    Regarding the "other" things that Epcot stands for, a cast member told me once that it stood for, "Elvis Presley Comes On Tuesdays."
    UPDATE: Mike T. 07 JUN 98
  19. Across from Spaceship Earth but before Innoventions West is an education-oriented gift shop called "Field Trips." Upstairs is a teachers' resource center that has computers demonstrating Disney educational software and other items. You don't have to be a teacher to go in -- you can ask the Cast Member any question and if they can't answer your question, they'll give you the phone number of the right place to call for an answer. Some of the printouts available are an Official Hidden Mickey list (very small in comparison to this website), Walt Disney World history, and the various music played at Epcot. If you know the right questions to ask, there are some demonstrations they give of various items in the park.
    REPORTED: Allen Huffman 12 MAY 96
    It but will be terminated at the end of October
    UPDATE: Melanie Emmons 25 SEP 98
  20. There is a street that goes behind many of the attractions - this road is called "Avenue of the Stars". It is acessiable from Backstage Lane from US 192 and the Village Marketplace Area. I believe that this is directly near one of the new Gasoline Stations. You will be able to see the Epcot buildings however from this station. On Backstage lane there are two Castmember's parking lots. There are referred to as "Blue Lot" and "Red Lot", of the two lots the "Red lot is much larger. Next to the "Blue Lot" which sits in back of World of Motion and Mexico is the Epcot Center Cast Services. The Epcot Center Production Center is directly behind the China Exhibit.
    REPORTED: Kenneth Klingensmith 30 DEC 96
    There is a road which winds from Motion, behind the World Showcase, and ends at The Living Seas with stops all along the way.
    CONFIRMED: Jbd114 27 MAR 98
  21. Unlike the Magic Kingdom, Epcot does not have an elaborate system of underground tunnels. They do have one tunnel that leads from Universe of Energy, under Spaceship Earth, and ends at The Living Seas. We were allowed to walk in the park in costume if going to and from work. In the Magic Kingdom, they do not allow cast members to walk through the park in costume. Hence..the tunnels!
    REPORTED: Jbd114 27 MAR 98
  22. A small plane crashed in the parking lot of EPCOT in 1994 close to Thanksgiving during park hours. The small plane was carrying a family for the holiday season. The pilot nearly hit Spaceship Earth and the Monorail before crashing in the parking lot. The pilot, Mother and Father were killed but the children survived. For more information on this true story, see the Disney Urban Legend Reference Page
    REPORTED: anon 27 AUG 98
  23. There is a Cast Member who can tell you what town you live in and a good restaurant to go to in your town if you give him your zip code. He does not use a computer, book, or any other means; he appears to use his memory. However, it is rumored that he has an earpiece whereby someone feeds him the information who hears the zip code and has a computer in front of them.
    REPORTED: Peter Bleickardt 27 JAN 97
  24. If you go up to the resource center, ride the elevator. There's a great Aerial photo of Walt Disney World in lieu of wallpaper. Most of the locations are labeled/identified.
    REPORTED: Melanie Emmons 07 NOV 96
  25. My family was riding the Universe of Energy in Epcot. While enjoying the dinosaurs, we experienced a total blackout and the ride halted. After 5-10 minutes two Cast Members with flashlights led all of us to daylight. The entire Disney World complex shut down for about 30 minutes. I asked a Cast Member why there were no emergency lights in the ride and his response was "We are exempt from normal building codes." Further information revealed that the Reedy Creek Improvement District is in fact exempt from many state codes.
    REPORTED: M.T. Sanders 25 AUG 96
  26. When you first approach the World Showcase lagoon, walk towards the Disney Traders shop in "Plaza Towers" (the one on the east/left). If you look towards France and Morocco, you can see the top of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror right between them. It looks like it is part of the buildings of Epcot.
    REPORTED: Dennis D 13 OCT 96
  27. If you ask at the Ask EPCOT center, located in Centorium. They will give you a sheet containing some Hidden Mickeys in the parks
    REPORTED: Chris 16 MAR 97
  28. At Disneyland Paris, while the Cast Members do share a locker area, this is also true Epcot, they have seperate changing areas for men and women. One would go to their locker and get their costumes, then go to the appropriate changing area and change. Although in Europe some would change in the hallways of the locker area to save time, I never saw this happen at Epcot. I worked at both.
    REPORTED: Elisabeth Jour 08 APR 97
  29. I recently spoke with Joan McLean, director of Human Resources for WDI (Walt Disney Imagineering). She mentioned that the meteor effects inside Dinosaur are done by combining a chasing fiber optic effect, with a small, non-pyrotechnic puff of smoke and xenon strobe flash on the "ground". This creates the look of a meteor falling from the sky and exploding. This is the same fiber optic chasing effect as used in some sidewalk tiles in Epcot, as well as the Norway flume ride "Troll dust".
    REPORTED: Peter Wood 12 MAY 01
  30. The announcer on Epcot's public address system - in particular, anything to do with Illuminations - sounded very much to me like one of the 'leaders' of the "Voices Of Liberty" singers (at The American Adventure) named Kevin. When I asked him about this, he did in fact confirm it for me. He also said he was going to ask for a raise now he was at star/celebrity status now! If you listen to his voice introducing "The Voices Of Liberty" singers and then listen to the announcements for Illuminations (among others), you'll pick right up on it.
    REPORTED: Mike Thomas 05 JUN 98
  31. All of the Disney 3D Adventure Shows, such as Muppet Vision 4D, and Honey I Shrunk the Audience, It's Tough To Be A Bug, as well as the since past show Magic Journeys all use the same principle of presentation. Unlike normal 3D show (red/blue lenses) these film use a process of reverse polorization every other frame. The clear glasses are reversed polorized which allow your eyes to detect the difference of angle between the two frames - this method is cheap for filming, and it can be added after filming is done. It also adds a higher degree of control on the 3D effects.
    REPORTED: Kenneth Klingensmith 25 JUN 98
  32. I read in an interview once that Mike Love (lead singer of The Beach Boys) does the voice for one of the robots at Epcot Center. I am not sure which attraction but this fact was mentioned by fellow Beach Boys band member Alan Jardine.
    REPORTED: Brian Tuck 08 JUN 99
  33. The backstage of the entire World Showcase is rather unimpressive, it consits of large empty lots, with an acess road runnng arround the the outside.
    REPORTED: anon 11 NOV 99
  34. All the buildings only have a front for the publc to see, the rest is almost like a big square box. The sides of the buildings of the World Showcase go almost all the way back in case someone peers back there to maintain the illusion.
    REPORTED: anon 11 NOV 99
  35. A Cast Member noted that the EPCOT station design doesn't allow for expansion stating that it was built backwards from the original design specs, ( I always wondered why the trains run "english style" on the left! ). I tried to confirm this "backwards" statement with another monorail driver, he didn't dismiss that backwards statement outright he just said that with lack of repair parts further expansion was too expensive. Interesting but sad for the monorail fans out there!
    REPORTED: Timothy O'Massey 04 MAR 98

Epcot VIP Lounges

There are VIP lounges in all the pavilions for the sponsors.
  1. The VIP lounges at Epcot aren't that spectacular, really. Not the lavishness that their title ensues. Most of them are medium sized rooms furnished with carpeting and chairs. Their greatest luxury is really air-conditioning on hot days. Some serve complimentary wine (sodas for the kiddies) and cheese. Actually, most don't even have a great view, if they have one at all. When I was 8 or 10 I went into the Horizons lounge (my dad works for GE) and I've recently visited it since the attraction has closed. They're now using it as a conference room and design studio for future plans for the building. The lounges also double as heat exaustion/small emergency rescue stations when guests HAVE to have immediate care. This is quite convenient, because the other parks actually have to take guest backstage in that event.
    REPORTED: anon 01 APR 00
  2. I got to visit a set of offices and conference rooms in "Spaceship Earth." This is the AT&T VIP Lounge and is just above ground level and is in the extended portion of the building (outside of the geosphere itself) and you can see it plain as day just by standing behind the structure. The Lounge has windows that look out into the park.
    REPORTED: Owen Rubin 08 NOV 95
    CONFIRMED: Brian M. Demkowicz 07 JUL 96
    I took my family to see the AT&T employees' VIP lounge on the last day of our trip, a Sunday, and the security guy said "Sorry! We're closed on Sundays!" Yeeouch!
    UPDATE: Mike Streeter 01 OCT 97
    About the Video camera at Spaceship Earth at the end of the ride. I have been to the VIP area my Dad worked for ATT for a number of years. He now works at Disney as a security guard and boy Do I have some stories!! Each pavilion is sponsered by a company and has a VIP Center for there employes. Each has a video mechinism located in the rides and on the buildings
    CONFIRMED: anon 04 JUL 98
    There is a lounge for AT&T employees at Spaceship Earth. It is located above the interactive display room at the exit of the ride. If you show your AT&T badge to a castmember, you will be shown to an elevator that will take you to the lounge. There are restrooms, comfy couches, and free beverages. There are also meeting rooms that can be reserved (for a high price, I'm sure...one of my supervisors even looked into getting one!) that provide a great view of Epcot. The lounge is staffed by retired AT&T personnel. When you are finished lounging, one of the staffers will take you down a stairway that comes out right after where people exit the cars, and you will be put on the ride with no wait at all.
    CONFIRMED: maria 31 AUG 99 View of Spaceship Earth
  3. Many years ago I had a friend that got me into all the lounges at Epcot. I had my camera with me and several of my best photos came from the lounge in World of Motion. The lounge was above the entrance area and the windows looked like part of the wall. That is the only place in Epcot where you could see the top of the monorail. The best of the pictures I got from there has the monorail passing with Spaceship Earth in the background. To this day that photo has been my wallpaper.
    REPORTED: Arthur Sanders 22 AUG 98
  4. Around the right side of The Living Seas, past the Coral Reef restaurant, there is a door marked only by the United Technologies Corporation logo. Press the buzzer by the door, display your pass and you will be allowed access to the VIP lounge and the conference center beyond it. (George Bush was received in the conference center in 1990.) The conference center is on the second floor of The Living Seas and has huge windows that look into the tank. You can see these windows when you are in the attraction by looking for the restaurant windows. The second set of windows above the restaurant are those of the conference center. The conference center is currently closed but is frequently used to receive VIPs including Michael Eisner.
    REPORTED: Bill 25 SEP 96
    CONFIRMED: John Pumfrey 10 OCT 98
    Around the time EPCOT first opened, I remember bypassing the mile-long line waiting to get into the Living Seas as we went to a United Technologies lounge. My father worked for a company owned by United Technologies (corporate sponsor of the Living Seas) and we were able to walk around to the right side of the building and in a little alcove my father presented his employee badge to a video camera. Seconds later a door opened and we entered a small lounge area where we were offered free sodas, coffee, and rolls. We could watch TV, read magazines, whatever. When we had enough of the hospitality, we told the receptionist and she escourted us into the exhibit without waiting in the long line. I've been told this may not exist any more (it has been years since I have been back there). I also learned that nearly all of the corporate sponsored pavillions had similar employee lounge areas.
    CONFIRMED: anon 27 AUG 99
    The VIP Lounge at the Living Seas is a room decorated with dark woods and a perfect view into the Living Seas Tank from any place in the room. It also has its own kitchen, bar and conference rooms. My Fiance and I are getting married at the VIP Lounge in February. Mickey and Goofy are attending as well. You can schedule a wedding or reception at this beautiful location through the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Office. I have also been to the VIP Lounge at the Wonder of Life, when my daughter was chosen to be "the kid of the day" They took us to the right of Body Wars and offered us soft drinks, snacks and photos with Goofy.
    CONFIRMED: Dee Tanner 26 SEP 01
  5. This is more of a hidden VIP lounge in Epcot's Wonder's Of Life Pavilion. My father worked for Metropolitan Life and he recieved a VIP pass to enter Wonders Of Life right after it first opened when lines for Body Wars were horrendous! If you go to the furthest left hand corner of the building (i think...) there is a metal door which has a security type card slot in it. Slide the card in and the door slides open like something out of Star Trek. Inside awaits free food and drink for VIP's plus an added bonus...You don't have to wait on line for Body Wars! They take you right in on the next ride!! Now that's VIP treatment!!
    REPORTED: Marissa Johnston 20 MAR 97
    Three years ago, I went on a field trip with my school to Epcot. We were escorted to the Wonders of Life Pavilion, all the way to the back. To the right is a small hallway, with a slide-open door. We stepped inside, and it was like a dream. A receptionist sat in a desk in a room with merry-go-round horses all over. We turned aroud and an elevator with mirrors for walls took us up to the second floor. The room in front of us was incredible! The whole wall was made of one-way mirrors so we could see out into the pavilion. Front and center was a food cart with muffins and cookies and juice. To the left was a big top circus tent dining area. To the right was an open area with brightly colored sofas and a small movie theater where we saw a private screning of "The Making Of Me". We definetly received VIP treatment that day.
    CONFIRMED: Peter Stepniewicz 10 APR 97
    At the pavilion there is a met life vip lounge for all met employees.to get to the lounge enter the wonders of life pavilion and walk to the rear of the frontiers exibit.on the right is an entrance hallway and door.employees are given a card to insert in the door and it slides open sideways like star trek. if you dont have a card there is a button similar to a door bell with an intercom you will be let in but you will be asked for met life employee id. once inside you can have soda, juice, milk,or bottled water on the house. you are then back doored into bodywars so you do not have to wait in line.the lounge is done in a mary poppins theme with Carrousel horses and park benches and murals on the walls.also if there is a line to get into the pavilion you walk over to the hostess and show you card you are taken inside and escorted to the lounge.its really very nice to have all their employees treated as vips
    CONFIRMED: bob prager 06 SEP 97
  6. A few years ago my family and I secured a full set of passes to ALL of the EPCOT and MGM Studios VIP lounges through a very good friend at AT&T. We were made welcome at each lounge we attended, usually through a hidden doorway, and with much fanfare. At these lounges we were greeted by a receptionist who served us light snacks and beverages in a very cushy environment, ie: fresh cut flowers in the private restrooms. At our liesure, after complimentary picture taking, we were escorted through hallways to the front of the attraction lines and placed immediately in the show/ride, always at the front row or seats. In our many trips to WDW nothing we had ever done has equaled this experience. Since that trip we always look for those hidden doorways and wonder what famous person is REALLY enjoying their visit to WDW. ps: The passes to the lounges have become one of my children's most cherished souveniers.
    REPORTED: Kevin V. Dorko 31 MAR 97
  7. My father has worked for EXXON now ExxMobile for 35 years and every time we have gone to Epcot we have utlized the VIP employee lounge at the Universe of energy. The last trip November 2000, it was just my mom and I and we went, they allowd my mother in on her insurance card because it was EXXON. They allowed all of our party to realx in the Lunge and enjoy Soft Drikns and snacks. The entrance is to the right of the front doors. There was a large digital clock on the wall that counted down when the next show started. Then we were taken in to the theater before anyone else. It was a nice Treatand we go everytime we visit.
    UPDATE: Michael Broussard 10 JUL 01
  8. Speaking of these VIP lounges, they also exist in other parts of WDW. Being an employee of FedEx I was allowed access to a special lounge at Space Mountain. I was very impressed with the ammenities as well as the no wait access to the ride. Just for the record, it's located to the right of the main entrance. You'll see a silver FedEx logo on the outside of the building and path that leads to the back entrance.

    REPORTED: anon 11 NOV 01

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