When Epcot opened in 1982, the eight Future World pavilions were sponsored by large companies. Kraft sponsored The Land, Kodak sponsored the Imagination pavilion, and The Seas, sponsored by United Technologies, featured one of the most elaborate lounges with an acrylic grand piano and floor-to-ceiling glass looking into a huge aquarium.
Although these lounges no longer host guests, there are still a few VIP lounges that welcome guests daily. Most of them are private and not open to the public, but if you want a taste of the VIP life, check out the Chase Lounge in World Showcase‘s American Adventure, which used to be the private American Express lounge. Chase VIP Lounge is open during the Food and Wine Festival and the Flower and Garden Festival to anyone with a Chase credit card.
Let’s take a look at these hidden treasures.
Siemens took over sponsorship of Spaceship Earth from AT&T (formerly Bell System) in 2005. If you think you’ve seen everything there is to see of Spaceship Earth, you’re wrong! Siemens has a private lounge situated on the second floor right above the Project Tomorrow exhibit space. Base21 Siemens VIP Center, the official name, is accessed through a door inside Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future, the post-attraction gaming area.
The only people that have access to this lounge are Siemens employees and guests and Make A Wish families. As you enter the discreet door, the first area you see is a foyer where guests enter a pin or press the call button. If you’re granted access, the door will open and fog will cover the entryway. Since the lounge is on the second floor, you’ll take either the elevator or a spiral staircase to the lounge where you’ll have access to complimentary beverages.
In the lounge, you’ll also see some fun technology like a touch screen that displays park info and wait times and allows you to change the color of the floor leading to the meeting space. Walk along the colorful road and you’ll be treated to floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of Future World. If you can peel your eyes away from the beautiful views, you might notice that all of the furniture is white. This is because the whole color scheme of the room can be changed remotely!
Mission: Space was first sponsored by Compaq, but when HP acquired Compaq in 2002, HP took over the sponsorship.
Like the Siemens Lounge, only HP employees and guests and Make A Wish participants are allowed access to this lounge.
When you enter Mission: Space, you usually turn right into the attraction where a Cast Member asks you whether you want to ride the Green Team or Orange Team version. If you look to your left, you’ll see a sweeping entryway, which leads to the door for this lounge. You’ll first enter a holding room, which is decorated with construction photos and concept art from the attraction. Take either take the stairs or the elevator to the VIP lounge where you’ll be given complimentary beverages and amazing views of the indoor queue and Advanced Training Lab. Relax in the beanbags as you watch the ride in action, then take the backdoor entrance to the ride for a quick access.
Since HP is known for their printers, it should come as no surprise that guests can print photos for free on the HP printers as long as your camera has WiFi. Other fun features include a huge map where guests have pinned pictures of themselves on their hometowns and the opportunity to make a digital postcard to send home. There’s also a tilt-table style game called Hover-Race.
Chevrolet, part of General Motors, is the last surviving original sponsor of the Epcot pavilions, and they have a pretty cool lounge in which to host their employees and Make A Wish families.
Inside Test Track‘s gift shop, there’s a door that leads to a long hallway featuring concept art of the reimagining of then Wonders of Motion in 1998. The lounge area itself is bright and modern with shades of blue accentuated with geometric shapes. There’s a large window that overlooks the brake testing section of the attraction and two design-your-own-vehicle stations. Since all guests get a FastPass to the ride, you can create your vehicle then use your MagicBand to test it during the ride.
When you return to the lounge, check out the conference room, which has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Test Track entrance, the external acceleration test area, and Spaceship Earth as well as the Imagination Pavilion and The Land.
Have you ever visited an Epcot VIP Lounge?