Walt Disney World is home to four amazing theme parks, however one is full of such a diverse array of experiences for guests of all ages that it is a must do on any vacation. Epcot is a massive theme park and its entire front half is home to Future World where the beauty of nature is combined with technology and innovation to create amazing attractions and experiences. The rear of Epcot features World Showcase where eleven different pavilions brings countries from around the world to life through culture, dining, entertainment, attractions, and more. With so much to see and do in Epcot, guests definitely need to know some special tips and tricks in order to see it all while not rushing around. From smartly booking FastPasses to knowing where special things are located, there are plenty of ways to ensure that a day in Epcot is simply amazing. Here are the thirteen best tips, tricks, and secrets to follow for a perfect day in Walt Disney World’s Epcot.
1. Soarin’ Around the World First
Guests should plan on arriving to Epcot right when it opens and heading to The Land Pavilion in Future World West. On the lower level of the pavilion is an incredible attraction that is a must do. Soarin’ Around the World brings guests on an incredible hang gliding experience over some of the most beautiful locations on Earth including the Great Wall of China, Monument Valley, and the Eiffel Tower. Since Soarin’ Around the World is so popular, it can accumulate lengthy wait times during busy days in the park, so guests are smart to visit first thing in the morning before the crowds.
2. Breakfast in Sunshine Seasons
After enjoying a ride on Soarin’ Around the World, guests emerge back out into the lower level of The Land Pavilion where they can enjoy a delicious quick service breakfast. Sunshine Seasons is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is an open air restaurant that features several different ordering bays that have different meal options. Guests who dine there for breakfast can enjoy bakery items, a breakfast platter, and specialty menu choices that can then be enjoyed in several different seating areas that offer amazing views of the rest of the pavilion.
3. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet Single Rider
Another popular attraction in Epcot can be found in Future World East. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet offers guests the opportunity to design their own SIM cars with control over everything from shape to color. Guests can then board model SIM cars and see how their designs measure up on the track in power, efficiency, capability, and responsiveness. The exciting end of the attraction comes with a sixty five mile per hour joy loop on an outdoor portion of track. Since Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is very popular with guests, a great way to not wait on the typically lengthy queue is by option for the single rider line. This typically has a much shorter wait time so long as parties don’t mind being split up at the loading area.
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4. The Right Mission: SPACE Choice
Found next door to Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is another thrilling attraction that focuses on the adventure of space travel. Mission: SPACE brings guests into the International Space Training Center where they have the chance to train like astronauts for a space mission. The Green Team is a less intense version that allows guests to orbit the Earth, and the Orange Team is a more intense experience that brings guests on a mission to Mars. Guests need to be absolutely sure of which version they want to ride before getting on the line. The Orange Team is very intense and uses centrifugal force, which can eave guests dizzy or sick. Those who aren’t sure should opt to be safe and choose the Green Team.
5. Visit Spaceship Earth Later
One of the biggest mistakes that guests make when visiting Epcot is enjoying a ride on Spaceship Earth first. The iconic attraction brings guests on a journey through time and shows them the development of communication over the years leading up to present day. Since Spaceship Earth is located right inside the main gate of Epcot, many guests automatically gravitate towards it and enjoy it first. This is a mistake though as the line tends to bottleneck with the influx of guests. The smarter choice is to return to Spaceship Earth later in the morning to enjoy the attraction with a lower wait time.
6. Innoventions’ Bathroom
Days in Epcot can be very hot, especially in the humid summer months. While many of the pavilions and attractions are housed inside, sometimes guests just need somewhere to go to relax, use the restroom, and soak up some air conditioning. A great quiet location to do so is located slightly off the beaten path making it always quiet and relaxing. Located next to Club Cool is a hallway in Innoventions that links the hub near the Fountain of Nations with Future World West facing The Land Pavilion. In this hallway, there is a bathroom, seating area with tables, and even a great historical timeline of Epcot to enjoy.
7. Live Feedings at The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Future World West is also home to The Seas with Nemo and Friends where guests can dive into the ocean and learn all about marine life alongside familiar characters from Finding Nemo. While many guests enjoy the pavilion’s attraction of the same name and Turtle Talk with Crush, there are also plenty of viewing windows and habitats where guests can observe sea creatures. Often times there are also live feedings going on, and it is a great way to spend some time in Epcot watching manatees or other animals be fed!
8. Coffee at the Fountain of Nations
Epcot is a truly beautiful park and guests definitely should try to slow down and really soak it all in. One location that is perfect for enjoying a few minutes simply taking in the view is the Fountain of Nations. This beautiful fountain features dancing water that is choreographed to music and comes to life several times each hour. Stopping to take a few minutes to watch the beautiful fountain dance while sipping coffee from the nearby Fountain View location is the perfect way to soak in the beauty of Epcot.
9. FastPass Frozen Ever After
The Norway Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase is home to a very popular attraction that was inspired by an equally popular Disney animated film. Froze Ever After brings guests into the kingdom of Arendelle where Ana and Elsa are hosting a special celebration. Guests can see beloved characters like the sisters, Olaf, Sven, and Kristoff while reliving classic moments from the film. The highlight of the attraction is when guests find themselves face to face with Elsa who is belting out “Let It Go.” Since Frozen Ever After is very popular and tends to have long wait times, it is the perfect option to book a FastPass for in Epcot.
10. Tower of Terror Spotting
A great little detail that is so perfectly themed to blend in that most guests don’t notice it can be found when standing near the Odyssey just before entering into the Mexico Pavilion side of World Showcase. When standing at the right angle and looking across World Showcase Lagoon at the Morocco Pavilion, guests can see a large tower looming in the background. That is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in nearby Disney’s Hollywood Studios which was specifically painted that color to blend in with the Morocco Pavilion.
11. Don’t Skip World Showcase Attractions
Many guests who spend time in Epcot simply wander through World Showcase sampling food and beverages from around the world. While this is a great way to enjoy the area, guests should make sure to not skip the amazing attractions that are offered in that half of Epcot. The Mexico Pavilion is home to The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros, Norway has Frozen Ever After, China has Reflections of China, America has The American Adventure, France has Impressions de France, and Canada has O Canada!
12. Smart Dining Reservations
Since World Showcase is home to so many amazing dining options, guests should definitely plan on enjoying a full service dinner in the area. Those who think ahead should book a restaurant with outdoor patio seating and plan around the start time for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. This will allow guests to enjoy the beautiful nighttime show from their dinner table which is a great way to end any night in Epcot. Some restaurants that would work for this plan are the Rose & Crown Dining Room in the UK and La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion.
13. Construction from the Monorail
With so much current change and construction going on in Epcot, a great way to get a glimpse at the work is by taking a ride on the monorail. Guests can hop on the monorail and enjoy the beautiful ride from Epcot to the Transportation and Ticket Center before returning to Epcot. From the monorail beam, guests are afforded different views of construction areas such as the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction!