It is hard for me to pick my favorite park, I have so many aspects, details and attractions that I love in each one. But I have to say that there is a special place in my heart for Epcot—ever since I was a little girl visiting Epcot Center. And while I miss many of the “retrocot” attractions that have been replaced over the years there are some that I can’t miss every trip.
6. American Adventure
A trip to Epcot is not complete without the full experience at American Adventure. This means checking my times guide and making sure that I arrive early for a performance of the Voices of Liberty so that I can get a seat on the right side of the dome to see and hear them. There is just nothing like their voices, the songs and the wonderful arrangements they present. And I really love the American Adventure show. While there are some quirky parts (and as a history major they stick out to me), overall it is a really beautiful theatric overview of American history, and more importantly the American Spirit. You can’t leave that show not feeling patriotic. The more recent addition of the American Music Machine is also a “can’t miss” for me—there acapella performances are outstanding.
Now, I didn’t say Frozen Ever After because for me the Must Hit is the whole Norway Experience. Frozen Ever After is a fun ride, and if you can get a FastPass for it, go for it. The queue is really nice and the ride itself is fun—who can resist Olaf and Sven?? My favorite Frozen attraction, however, is the meet & greet with Anna and Elsa. The queue going through their summer house is absolutely amazing and beautiful. It is one of the most immersive Disney environments I have ever entered. If this foreshadows things to come I have high hopes. But don’t leave Norway without doing some shopping and eating. Even if you are not there for a meal stop into Kringla Bakeri og Kafe for something sweet—I love the schoolbread and the waffles, other people swear by the lefse and rice cream. And in the shop I love the sterling silver jewelry and the Laila perfume.
4. Live Entertainment
Pick up a times guide when you enter the park so that you don’t miss any of the wonderful live entertainment. I’ve already told you two of my favorites in the American Pavilion, Voices of Liberty and the American Music Machine. Most of the countries have a live show that are quite fun to watch—some are comedy, some are musical, some athletic, but each one ties into the culture of that nation. Some of my other favorites in World Showcase are the mariachi band in Mexico, the acrobats in China and Serveur Amusant in France. Not to leave Future World out, I love to catch a show of the Jammitors! And if you are there during a Festival be sure to check out added entertainment during that time including concerts in the evenings at the America’s Gardens Theater.
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3. Test Track
Test Track has been a favorite from way back and you simply can’t miss it when you visit Epcot. My suggestion is to go to this attraction as soon as you enter the park (which should be at rope drop). My boys love designing their vehicle before we ride to see which category they can maximize to try to have the high score for the day. Usually they let me pick the color. Once you board you go through turns and braking tests, accelerations and it all culminates on the outside track speeding around banked turns. This attraction is the best for high speed thrills at Epcot.
2. Spaceship Earth
As the icon for the park, Epcot’s Spaceship Earth really is a must do for every visitor. It hearkens back to the old Epcot Center as you travel in your time machine back as far as prehistoric man to see the evolution of communication. I love the elaborate scenes, the wonderful audio animatronics, and the story of the attraction. And if you don’t know what people mean when they say “that smells like Rome Burning” then you just need to make sure you get on Spaceship Earth during your next vacation. Don’t miss it—to me this is what Epcot is all about.
I love Soarin’ for many reasons. It is an innovative ride system that gives you the feeling of actually hang gliding over amazing locations around the world. One of my favorite parts is the score in the background setting the tone for the entire adventure. The effects are complete with “wind” and scents from the areas you are visiting making this an exhilarating ride, but not too intense that guests of most ages can enjoy it. I would recommend getting a FastPass+ for Soarin’ to make sure that you don’t miss this one of a kind experience.
What are your must do attractions at Epcot?