If I Only Had One Day in Epcot I Would…be really sad! The truth is you could spend your whole Disney vacation just in Epcot if you wanted to. But it is totally doable to do Epcot in one day. Everyone has different ‘must do’s’ in the parks, but here I’ve listed mine in the order that I’d do them. I think this lists gives a pretty good flavor of Epcot. So, without further ado, If I Only Had One Day in Epcot I Would….
1. Fly on Soarin’
Soarin’ is always my number one FastPass pick if I can get it. Back in the old days, as soon as we entered the park my dad would take all of our passes and literally run to Soarin’ to get FastPasses. Soarin’ is a classic Epcot ride. Although it didn’t originate in Florida, it’s a lot of people’s favorite. This high-flying simulation ride takes its passengers all over the world, over famous landmarks and through some of the best beauty the world has to offer. Soarin’ is a must.
2. Ride Test Track
Test Track is the fastest ride in Epcot. I love this ride for the speed! Some people like Mission Space for thrill over Test Track and that’s fine, but I prefer to stay grounded…. Test Track is pretty self-explanatory: it’s a thrill ride that reenacts a car’s protocol testing before being released to the public. In your car you are tested on things such as agility, durability, and, of course, speed. Between Soarin’ and Test Track, I’ve got my Epcot rides covered.
3. Peruse Mouse Gear
One can never do too much Disney shopping, right? Mouse Gear is one of my favorite stores at Disney because it is massive and has a little bit of everything. It’s located in Future World right by the fountain and is a great time killer, place to escape the heat, and place to get your Christmas shopping done (yes, they even have Christmas stuff). If you want to do any shopping in Epcot (that isn’t country specific), Mouse Gear is the place.
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4. Watch the Fountain
After I’ve picked up my mouse souvenirs is a great time to have a seat, maybe snack on a Mickey Bar or a coffee, and watch the Fountain show. Throughout the day in Future World, the massive fountain that sits right in the center puts on a beautiful water display. The water shoots up and moves in time with the music that takes over the whole square. This is one of my favorite music loops in all of Disney. It’s a great opportunity to slow down and enjoy something truly magical.
5. Listen to Voices of Liberty
Speaking of listening to something heavenly, I make sure to stop by the American Adventure Pavilion to hear the Voices of Liberty. This a capella group performs before the show inside the pavilion. They do all Americana music, with the occasional Disney tune thrown in there. They are extraordinary. Their voices blend together in glorious harmony enough to make anyone cry. While the attraction is excellent and moving, the Voices of Liberty are the stars of the American Adventure.
6. Lunch at China
Man, it’s been a long day and it’s only lunch time! For my favorite lunch picks, I head over to the China pavilion. I love the Lotus Blossom Café’s potstickers or beef bowl and peach oolong iced tea! These are super yummy and easy to grab quickly on the go. Quick serve is the way to go a one day only Epcot trip. That way you can keep walking and seeing while you eat. But if you do want to sit down to enjoy, sit in the China pavilion’s garden overlooking the coy pond. It’s beautiful!
7. Watch Impressions de France
Little sleepy after a good meal? Impressions de France in the France Pavilion is the perfect afternoon attraction. It’s an 18 minute long movie that explores the gorgeous French countryside all the way to the heart of Paris. In this little theater, you can stretch out and rest your feet and enjoy the air conditioning. It’s a fantastic break from your Epcot day. Not to mention the soundtrack to this movie is positively breathtaking!
8. Play Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
A game in my only day? Really? Yes, really! Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is a perfect way to see the World Showcase quickly. Missions generally last between 30-45 minutes, but you can really tailor this adventure game to whatever suits you. This game is perfect for kids (and adults) who aren’t super invested in the different countries. Plus it shows you secret things all over the pavilions!
9. Dinner at Italy
After a long day of thwarting Dr. Doofenshmirtz, it’s easy to work up quite the appetite! If I only had one day in Epcot, my dinner spot choice would be Via Napoli Restorante e Pizzeria in the Italy pavilion. This restaurant is so fun and tasty. Everything in Via Napoli, from the wood-fire ovens to even the flour in the pizza dough, is authentically Italian. It has a casual, family atmosphere that is perfect for relaxing after a day in the Park.
10. Experience IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
The grand finale of my one day in Epcot has to be IllumiNations. This is more than just a fireworks display: this is a story of humanity. IllumiNations is split into three sections: The Earth is Born, The Triumph of Life, and Hope for the Future. The coolest part of this show is that it happens right in the middle of the World Showcase, so wherever you stand, whichever country you’re visiting, you can see this story unfold. It’s a beautiful act of unity and wonder and the perfect way to end your day in Epcot.