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10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Epcot at Walt Disney World

Guests who visit Walt Disney World love to spend time in Epcot, enjoying wonderful attractions, dining, entertainment, and shopping. Epcot is a unique park in that is has two completely different halves which come together to form a unified place for guests to enjoy. Future World celebrates the combination of nature and technology and World Showcase celebrates the culture and diversity of eleven different countries from around the world. With two distinct halves, Epcot features plenty of things for guests to do and see on a day in the park. Guests who spend time there can dive into the oceans, design their own cars, travel the world, go back in time, and explore their imaginations. Guests who visit Epcot are sure to want to be able to experience as much as possible in their time there and they can do so by following a few simple tips designed to save them time and energy. Here are ten tips for getting the most out of Disney’s Epcot.

10. Rope Drop– Guests who want to make the most of their time in any of the Walt Disney World theme parks should always start their days out by arriving for rope drop. This entails getting to the theme park before it officially opens and lining up to wait to be let in. Guests who rope drop at Epcot arrive in time to enjoy a welcome speech which teases them of the exciting experiences waiting inside. In addition to the warm and exciting welcome, guests who arrive for rope drop at Epcot are some of the first inside the park where they can enjoy few crowds and low wait times.

9. Skip Spaceship Earth First

Once inside the gates of Epcot, many guests automatically head for Spaceship Earth since it is located just inside. The attraction brings guests on a journey from the beginning of time to modern day to celebrate the history of communication through scenes depicting important moments in history like the burning of Rome, the Renaissance, and man landing on the moon. While the attraction is a classic and definitely should not be missed on a day in Epcot, guests should opt to skip it when first entering into the park. This is due to the fact that the majority of guests head straight for Spaceship Earth, making the line bottleneck and the wait longer than normal. Guests who are looking to make the most of their time in the park should return to Spaceship Earth later in the day to enjoy the experience with fewer crowds.

8. FastPass Soarin’

One of the most popular attractions in Epcot can be found on the lower level of The Land Pavilion in Future World. Soarin’ invites guests to take to the skies on a hang gliding adventure over the beautiful sights of California. Guests can dangle their feet and enjoy beautiful sights like Napa Valley, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles before a wonderful finale over Main Street in Disneyland. Soarin’ is extremely popular with guests and tends to have very long wait times on busy days in Epcot. Those looking to enjoy the experience without having to lose lots of time waiting in line are smart to book a FastPass.

7. Single Rider Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Another very popular attraction in Epcot’s Future World brings guests into the automotive world. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet invites guests into the design studio where they can create their very own SIM cars and test them on the track in Responsiveness, Capability, Power, and Efficiency. Guests love returning to the attraction time and time again to create new designs and see if they can beat their own scores. Since Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is so popular, guests who want to make the most of their time in Epcot are smart to take advantage of the Single Rider line. This option allows guests to enjoy the attraction at a fraction of the normal wait time so long as they don’t mind being split up at the loading platform.

6. Eat at Sunshine Seasons

While Epcot is full of amazing dining options, a favorite of many guests can be found right next to Soarin’ in The Land Pavilion. Sunshine Seasons is a quick service dining location that is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests who dine there can enjoy ordering from several different stations which offer up unique and fresh foods often grown in the greenhouses of The Land! After ordering, guests can then chow down in an open air food court which allows them to both people watch and enjoy the light from the glass atrium above.

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5. Don’t Skip the Underrated

While many guests head directly for the popular attractions or World Showcase on a day in Epcot, they are often overlooking some amazing attractions which are considered underrated. Guests who want to make the most out of their time in Epcot should be sure to visit Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, and the Seas with Nemo and Friends.

4. Watch the Fountain of Nations

Located in the plaza directly behind World Showcase is a massive fountain with a special name and message. The Fountain of Nations was dedicated by combining water from many different bodies of water from around the world to symbolize a global community. Several times an hour, the fountain comes to life with a show that combines a beautiful score and dancing water for guests to enjoy. A great way to enjoy the ambiance and spirit of Epcot is by stopping at the Fountain of Nations and enjoying the show.

3. Enjoy the Attractions of World Showcase

World Showcase is full of amazing details that help to bring each pavilion to life. Guests who visit the eleven different countries can enjoy architectural styles, history, cuisine, and culture native to that location simply by exploring. While many guests spend time in each pavilion of World Showcase, they often skip the attractions found there which share more about the specific country and its people. Guests can stop by the Mexico Pavilion to enjoy the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros, the China Pavilion for Reflections of China, the American Pavilion for The American Adventure, the France Pavilion for Impressions de France, and the Canada Pavilion for O Canada!

2. Eat in World Showcase

Each country in World Showcase is home to at least one quick service and one full service dining location, resulting in endless options for guests to choose from! To get the most out of a day in Epcot, guests should be sure to stop and enjoy a meal in World Showcase to enjoy authentic cuisine that they can find elsewhere in Walt Disney World. Some of the most popular dining options in World Showcase are Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion, Nine Dragons Restaurant in the China Pavilion, and Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion.

1. Line Up Early for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Each night in Epcot comes to a close with a showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. The show takes place on World Showcase Lagoon and combines pyrotechnics, laser lights, special effects, dancing water, fireworks, and a beautiful score to share with guests how they are all united as one. While there are plenty of amazing viewing spots around World Showcase Lagoon, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is very popular and many spots tend to fill up quickly. Guests who are looking to get the most out of their experience should be sure to line up at least an hour early to have the perfect view and perfect end to their day in Epcot.

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.