Epcot is a huge park comprised of the World Showcase and Future World. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out just how to tackle it, especially if it’s your first visit. Disney Pros have learned some tips and tricks for making the most of a day at Epcot. Here are 12 tips for Epcot that will save you time, and hopefully make your day at Epcot stress-free and more enjoyable.
12. Make a Reservation
Epcot is the place to go when hungry. The park has multiple amazing table service restaurants, in both the World Showcase and Future World. You don’t want to miss out on a wonderful dining experience here. Make a restaurant reservation in advance as many of these restaurants book up quickly at the 180-day mark, especially the locations with character dining.
11. Take Advantage of Mobile Ordering
No dining reservations or prefer to go the Quick Service route? Check out the Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering option in your My Disney Experience App. Order and pay for your food right from your phone. Notify the restaurant when you have arrived and they will notify you in return when your food is ready at the Mobile Order pick-up window. Quick Service locations accepting Mobile Ordering currently at Epcot include the Electric Umbrella, Sunshine Seasons, and Liberty Inn.
10. Voices of Liberty
Epcot has some extremely talented performers throughout the World Showcase, but one of the best performances you will see at Epcot is without a doubt, the Voices of Liberty. They are the a cappella group that performs in the American Adventure, and they will give you chills! They are dressed in costumes from the 1800’s, and they sing patriotic songs in the acoustically perfect rotunda in the American Adventure. Their 15-minute performance will take your breath away, and is worth making a priority when visiting Epcot.
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9. Visit During Festivals
Epcot is the park for festivals at Disney World, and they are some of the best times to visit. For more delicious food and beverage options, visit during the fall when Epcot plays host to the Food & Wine Festival. The recent addition of the Festival of the Holidays is the perfect time to take in all the holidays from around the world. The Festival of the Arts celebrates all the arts, from visual, musical theatre and the culinary arts. The Flower & Garden Festival in the spring brings food booths, and Disney topiaries to the park. Pros know visiting Epcot during any of these festivals is the right time to visit!
8. Eat/Drink Around the World
The World Showcase has a plethora of food and drink choices, and many of those choices are available at quick service locations, counters and carts. Many guests like to make their way through the World Showcase stopping to get a snack or drink at each pavilion. This is a great way to experience the culture at each country and to try something new.
Disney pros know which attractions to get FastPasses for, and which ones to wait in the standby line. Attractions like Nemo And Friends and Figment aren’t really worth using a FastPass for because the standby lines are always short. Try to get a FastPass for one of the popular attractions that have long lines, such as Frozen Ever After, Soarin’ or Test Track. Keep in mind Epcot is on a FastPass Tier System which means you can only select one FastPass out of Tier 1 attractions and two FastPasses from Tier 2 attractions in your initial three FastPass selections.
6. Walk Past Spaceship Earth
Don’t outright ignore Spaceship Earth, it’s a classic and amazing attraction, but pros know that because it’s the first attraction guests see when they arrive, the line tends to be longer first thing in the day. So walk right by Spaceship Earth in the morning and make your way back later in the day when the line will be extremely short and you can just walk on.
5. Character Meet and Greets
Epcot has some fantastic character meet and greets, and some of these include characters that you can only meet at Epcot. Anna and Elsa are in the Norway pavilion, guests can meet Mulan, Baymax and Joy and Sadness can be found at Epcot. Take a few minutes before heading to Epcot to see who you can meet and where so you don’t miss any of these meet and greets, it might be your only chance!
4. Single Rider Line
Test Track is a popular ride at Epcot, and if you weren’t able to secure a FastPass for it, or you want to ride multiple times, the Single Rider Line is a great way to ride without a lengthy wait.
3. Frozen Ever After
This attraction continues to have long wait times, easily over an hour by mid-day. Pros know to arrive early at Epcot and head straight for Frozen Ever After. If you’re going to schedule a FastPass for this ride, it’s wise to try to get one for later in the day when you can walk right by that long standby line. If you make Frozen your first destination, AND you have a FastPass for later in the day, you may just be able to ride this attraction twice without much time spent in line.
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is the night-time spectacular at Epcot and is a must-do. Grab a good spot at least 30 minutes before the show. It’s even possible to find a bench in some of the pavilions, which will give you a good view, but also a comfortable viewing spot.
1. Visit the Showcase Early
Some of the World Showcase pavilions open earlier than 11am. Norway is open so you can head there first thing in the morning to ride Frozen or you can make a breakfast reservation for Akershus. The France pavilion is also open in the morning and Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie has gourmet coffee, pastries and delectable desserts, which are a great way to start your day off at Epcot.