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Electric Umbrella

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Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Chris Bales, 2005

You’re hungry and you’re near the center of Future World. You might appreciate a restaurant with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating, a menu of American favorites, and neon—plenty of neon.


Welcome to the Electric Umbrella. As you peer in through the giant windows, you’ll see colorful umbrella-shaped electric lights attached to the ceiling.

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Neon on the outside

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2009

Neon on the inside

Take a look at the menu. It might be different than the last time you were here. Although there are always burgers of some sort, they like to change out the items.

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Thinking about what to order

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2019

Not only hamburgers

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Kid’s Meals

If you’re a kid, you can choose from such popular favorites as Macaroni & Cheese or a Cheeseburger.

If you’re an adult, you can have both as a single item—with bacon and french fries too! Electric Umbrella doesn’t even require a permission note from your cardiologist.

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

How about a Macaroni & Cheese Burger?

As is typical with Disney counter service, you’ll place your order at a station in front of the counter where you’ll then pick up your tray.

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2019

Instant service at slow times

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Busy at meal times

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Behind the counter

Now all that’s left is picking a table and enjoying your meal. On a nice day, head outside. But if it’s an especially nice day and it’s mealtime, good luck finding a table.

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2019

Sometimes plenty of tables outside

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Other times, not

If it’s raining outside, you’ll want to to find a table inside. There are plenty.

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2019

Where else can you dine indoors under an umbrella?

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Sections separated by partial walls

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2009

Keeping tables clean and condiments stocked

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2007

To upper floor seating

The second floor is a good place to take your tray if you plan to stay a while. If you’re a local annual passholder, you can even use it the way other people use their local Starbucks. Bring your laptop computer. You could spend hours.

Electric Umbrella at Epcot

Photo by Steve Tanner, 2019

Talking trash can

When it’s time to discard your lunch waste, look for the trash that has a crowd around it. When you push its flap, voices from within comment.

Girl’s voice: “Cool! Thank you” followed by giggling;

French accent (the n is silent): “Hon, hon, hon. This is my lucky day… french fries.”

High voices: “It’s mine!’ “It’s mine!” “It’s mine!” followed by a lower, slower voice: “It’s mine!”

Sarcastic voice: “Hey dude, like your trash is totally awesome!” followed by a chorus of “Not!”

Cool guy voice: “Ouch. Hey, watch it dude. Like your trash just knocked off my shades.”

Cartoonish voice: “Hold on. What are you doing? Stop that. I had a pastrami last time. Is that salami?”

Who says Spaceship Earth is the only attraction in this part of Future World?


Electric Umbrella was the second counter-service restaurant in that location. When EPCOT Center opened October 1, 1982, the space was Stargate, a part of Communicore, the central core of Future World. Stargate served breakfast, hamburgers, and pizza. It closed April 10, 1994, as part of the transformation of Communicore into Innoventions.

Electric Umbrella opened on June 24, 1994, in Future World at Epcot ’94 (as the park was called that year).

In August 2019, The Walt Disney Company announced big plans for Epcot. Future World would be divided into three lands. Future World East would become World Discovery, with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Play! Pavilion joining Test Track and Mission: Space. Future World West would become World Nature, with Journey of Water joining the three existing pavilions on that side. The middle third of Future World would become World Celebration, with a lush natural environment and a dramatic multi-level event pavilion replacing the starkness of Innoventions Plaza. The entire west structure would be demolished.

Although the east structure in which Electric Umbrella and MouseGear were located would be reused, World Celebration would get new food and retail facilities, not keep remnants of the 1990s.

After almost 26 years of operation, Electric Umbrella had its final day on February 15, 2020.

A month later, the parks of Walt Disney World closed to guests because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most construction work stopped. After being closed for four months, the parks cautiously reopened at intentionally reduced levels of guest attendance. During the closure, The Walt Disney Company had reevaluated its ambitious plans for Future World. With so much already demolished or gutted, it was much too late to cancel them. The replacements for Electric Umbrella and MouseGear are likely to proceed—either as planned or with a reduced budget.

The name of the restaurant replacing Electric Umbrella and its opening date are still unknown.


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