Future World After Dark: The Seas


Quick: it’s 8:48 p.m. You’re in Epcot. Where do you go?

If you’re like most people, your first answer is something like, “World Showcase Lagoon!” And there’s nothing wrong with that. I love IllumiNations as much as the next Disney fan, but I recently discovered that, at ten-until-fireworks, Future World is deserted. 

During our most recent trip, my husband and I were leaving Coral Reef after a great meal, heading toward Showplace Plaza, when I was struck by how utterly empty and completely romantic the Park seemed. “Wait,” I asked my husband. “Do we really want to go fight for space alongside the fence with every other guest in Epcot tonight?”

No. Not really. But what else is there to do?

We headed into The Seas.

Staring down the long, winding queue for The Seas, we stopped. We looked at each other. We looked at the miles of railings. And suddenly, the race was on!

Holding hands, we ran through the queue for The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Past the lifeguard stand and the wind-blown sea grass. It was almost—almost!—like running along the beach together at sunset. But without all the pesky sand in our shoes.

By the time we made it to the front of the line, we were laughing like mad and a little out of breath.

After dark, the whole pavilion is empty … except for the Cast Members. So there was no one there to laugh at us or give us strange looks. Sure, the Cast Member thought we were crazy, but our bellies were full of good food and our hearts were full of pixie dust.

Safely tucked away in our Clamobile, we slid through the Big Blue World, getting swept up into the East Australian Current and singing along at the top of our lungs. With no one around to hear us, we suddenly thought we were American Idol-quality singers. (We’re not.)

After stepping off the Omnimover, we started to leave the pavilion when Bruce’s Sub House caught my eye. I’ve always wondered what’s in there but was never willing to brave the screaming children and crying babies to find out. Future World at night to the rescue!

Once you get over your fear of being eaten alive, Bruce’s is really pretty cute. Set in a “shipwreck” under the sea, it’s full of kid-friendly, hands-on exhibits that teach you about the ocean and its inhabitants. Of course MY big kid just wanted to have his photo taken in Bruce’s mouth.

After taking a couple of turns around the Sub House, we skipped out of the pavilion, laughing and joking all the way to the International Gateway as IllumiNations continued to unfold on the Lagoon.

The best part?

We still got to see some awesome fireworks.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Future World after dark?? We want to hear from you: comment below or email Melissa@MouseontheMind.com!

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