The Future World section of Epcot offers a design detail which definitely fades into the background but is part of the overall story and organization of this part of the park; so what is that design detail? It is the design of the planters and pathways.
While this may seem like a minor point, it is one of the things that makes Disney special and unifies the themes of the areas.
Future World is actually divided into two sections – East and West. Future World East is to your left as you enter the park, and Future World West is to your right. This may seem opposite, but it is because you enter Epcot traveling south from the main entrance toward Spaceship Earth and then on to World Showcase.
Future World West vs. East
Future World West is dedicated to more “soft Sciences” – things that are free flowing and more natural – like The Seas, The Land, and Imagination. On the other hand, Future World East is dedicated to “hard sciences” – things that are about engineering and math – like the Universe Of Energy, Mission Space, and Test Track.
Design Follows Purpose
In Future World West, where there is more emphasis on nature, the walkways and planters curve and flow.
In Future World East, where there is more emphasis on engineering and math, the walkways and even planters are very straight or very angled. Things are precise and come to points.
This small detail is one of the many effects that all come together to tell a story, and deliver a unique experience that makes Disney special.