Epcot (originally named EPCOT Center) is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake,
Florida. Inspired by an unrealized concept developed by Walt Disney, the park opened on October 1, 1982 and was
the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World, after the Magic Kingdom. Spanning 300 acres
(120 ha), more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park, Epcot is dedicated to the celebration of
human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as
a "permanent world's fair". The park is divided into two sections: Future World, made up of eight
pavilions, and World Showcase, themed to 11 world nations.