6 Things That Disney Pros Always Do at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Many guests who visit Walt Disney World love to spend the majority of their time exploring the four theme parks which feature attractions, entertainment, dining, and shopping experiences that are sure to amaze. Of the four theme parks, a very popular one is Epcot which invites guests to celebrate the beauty and wonder of the planet through two very different areas. Future World celebrates the unique unity of nature and technology and World Showcase is a global celebration which brings together eleven different countries from around the world. Guests who spend time in Epcot can explore both areas of the park and enjoy experiences like diving in to the oceans, traveling the world, blasting off into space, journeying through imagination, traveling through time, and hang gliding over some of the most beautiful locations in the world. With so much to enjoy in Epcot, some guests might be overwhelmed trying to do it all. Disney pros who spend time in the park have certain tips and tricks that they use to make the most of each moment and not miss any must do experiences. Here are six things that Disney pros always do at Walt Disney World’s Epcot.

6. Arrive For Rope Drop

Disney pros know that the absolute best way to start any Disney Parks day is by arriving for rope drop and Epcot is no exception. Arriving for rope drop entails getting to the park before it officially opens to the public and waiting for the gates to open. Those who arrive at Epcot for rope drop can enjoy a welcome speech which hints at the amazing experiences waiting inside. Once the main gates open, those who arrived early at Epcot are rewarded by being some of the first guests inside the park where they can enjoy low wait times, few crowds, and quiet walkways.

5. Use Extra Magic Hours

A great way to make the most of each moment in Epcot is by taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours. Disney pros who stay on property at a Disney Resort have exclusive access to Extra Magic Hours which are special times in the four theme parks where the general public is not allowed inside. Each day one theme park opens and hour early with Extra Magic Hours and another park remains open up to three hours late. Disney Resort guests who take advantage of Extra Magic Hours can enjoy popular attractions and experiences with lower wait times and fewer crowds.

4. FastPass The Right Attractions

Epcot has its fair share of thrilling and popular attractions and one of the best ways to save time while still enjoying them is by booking FastPasses. FastPasses are reservations which allows guests to choose a specific attraction or experience and visit at a designated time where they can ride with little to no wait time. Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses up to sixty days and those who stay off property can book up to thirty days in advance, though all guests are entitled to three advanced FastPasses per day. Once the initial three FastPasses are used, guests can then book additional ones for other attractions. Disney pros know that the best way to save time in Epcot is by booking FastPasses for popular attractions like Soarin’ Around the World, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, and Frozen Ever After.

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3. Don’t Do Spaceship Earth First

When guests first enter through the main gates of Epcot, they are greeted with the beautiful sight of Spaceship Earth housed inside a massive silver geodesic sphere. The attraction housed inside brings guests on a journey from the beginning of time to modern day to celebrate the history of communication. While many guests may be tempted to ride Spaceship Earth upon entering Epcot, Disney pros know that the smart move is to skip it. Since many guests head straight for Spaceship Earth, the line tends to bottleneck leading to higher wait times than normal. Disney pros instead opt to head to other attractions first thing and later return to Spaceship Earth to enjoy the attraction with lower wait times.

2. Dine In World Showcase

The eleven pavilions that make up the beautiful World Showcase are each brimming with attractions, history, culture, architecture, shopping, entertainment, and dining. Many guests love to spend time in World Showcase as it allows them to feel as though they have traveled across the globe without leaving Epcot. Since each pavilion in World Showcase features at least one quick service and one full service dining location, Disney pros make it a priority to enjoy a meal there during many visits to Epcot. Since the full service restaurants of World Showcase are so popular, guests should definitely book Advanced Dining Reservations just to be safe. Some of the most popular restaurants in World Showcase are Le Cellier Steakhouse, Nine Dragons Restaurant, and Tokyo Dining.

1. Line Up Early For Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

No day in Epcot is complete without a showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. The show occurs night on World Showcase Lagoon and is a beautiful combination of laser lights, pyrotechnics, special effects, fireworks, music, and dancing waters. While there are plenty of great views all around World Showcase Lagoon, Disney pros know that Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is extremely popular and easily becomes crowded. In order to ensure the best views possible, Disney pros line up at least an hour early to ensure the perfect view of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

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.