When it comes to the Disney World theme parks, Epcot has carved a niche as the place to go for a ton of family-friendly fun, international flair, thrilling rides, and so much more.

Opened in 1982, Epcot has established firm footing as the best theme park for everything from an eclectic variety of rides to insightful education on cultures around the world.  Guests can explore a handful of unique sections in the park like Future World which turns dazzling technology into a variety of enticing attractions; World Showcase with dedicated pavilions that highlight a variety of different countries from around the world; and Epcot Character Spot where the kids can meet all their favorite Disney characters.

Thrill junkie?  Epcot boasts a ton of rides from the relaxed and easy to fast and daring.  Take a ride on the Friendship and explore Epcot's man-made World Showcase Lagoon; feel like you're hang gliding over the lush California landscape with the Soarin' simulation ride; burn rubber at breakneck speeds with Test Track; explore the world's history with the immersive Spaceship Earth ride; or travel 8,000 miles in 5 1/2 minutes that turns you into an astronaut on Mission: Space; the opportunities for fun are seemingly endless.

Fancy yourself a food lover?  Then you'll love the international pavilions of countries like Mexico, Norway, China, Morocco, and France where you can dine and drink on unique, ethnic cuisine to your heart's content.

Epcot also plays host to a variety of special events throughout the year.  Taking place in the Spring, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival turns Epcot into a lush landscape rich with flowers and beautiful gardens.  The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is ideal for culinary explorers of all ages looking to explore the park-turned-food and wine lover's paradise in the cool, Autumn months, and the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is a live music event that brings a host of awesome tribute bands to the park throughout the summer.

As you can see, the opportunities for great, memorable times are more than abundant at Epcot.  Explore Epcot before you go by visiting www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/ and prepare yourself for an awesome adventure at this great theme park in Orlando.