Epcot used to have a reputation for being more for adults than children, but that is no longer necessarily the case. There are now fun things there for all members of the family. The following list is meant for everyone to enjoy, so adult activities such as Drinking Around the World are not on the list. Here are nine Epcot do’s and don’ts for you and your family.
9. DO: Bring Your Appetite
Epcot is filled with dining options. Whether you’re looking for coffee and a croissant doughnut, or you would prefer an intimate meal in a wine cellar, you can find it at Epcot. You can enjoy locally grown foods, classics from countries from around the world, and several different types of ice cream. You might show up at Epcot hungry, but you won’t leave that way.
8. DON’T: Arrive Late
There are two main sections at Epcot; Future World and World Showcase. Most days Future World opens at 9:00, and World Showcase opens two hours later (with the exception of Frozen Ever After in Norway and France pastry shop). That does not mean that you can sleep in. Show up at rope drop and explore Future World. This is where most of the rides are. Do as much as you can during the first two hours, then head to World Showcase when it opens. It will be the least crowded that you’ll see it all day.
7. DO: Get Ready for Character Pictures
There are some great character interactions at Epcot. At Epcot Character Spot you’ll meet some classics and some more recent characters such as Baymax. Travel around the World Showcase for characters such as Donald Duck and Princesses such as Belle. Use the My Disney Experience App to see who will be appearing and when.
6. DON’T: Hurry Through World Showcase
World Showcase recreates features of 11 different countries. It is easy to hurry through on your way to your dinner reservation, but if you don’t take some time you’ll be missing out. Enjoy the gardens, walk through the buildings, browse the shops, grab an international snack, and talk to the Cast Members. The kids will enjoy the Kidcot Fun Stops, there is one in each country. Take your time as you walk through World Showcase. You’ll be glad that you did.
5. DO: Watch the Live Shows
Epcot is filled with live entertainment that is not in a theater. Known as “streetmosphere”, these acts are all worth the time. Depending on the day you’ll see juggling, balancing acts, acrobatics, drums, and more. Each show is different, and they are all entertaining. Watch as many of them as you can while at Epcot.
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4. DON’T: Worry About Missing IllumiNations
If you have never seen IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth you are in for a treat. The show uses fireworks, lasers, fire, music, and a floating globe to tell the story of Earth. Unlike some shows at Walt Disney World, there are plenty of great viewing areas. Some people like to make a dinner reservation at a restaurant along World Showcase Lagoon to get the best view, but those spots are coveted. If you didn’t show up and grab a spot along the water early don’t worry, you’ll still be able to see the show. Even if the crowd is several people thick you won’t miss out. If you’re still worried that you won’t have a good view, make a reservation for the Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party. You’ll watch in a reserved viewing area, receive Frozen-themed desserts and beverages, and get to ride Frozen Ever After with no wait. It’s a win win.
3. DO: Try New Flavors
In Future World there is a nice freebie called Club Cool. There you can sample several different Coke products from around the world. The cups are small and no, you cannot fill up your water bottle with free drinks, but you can enjoy all that you want while you are there. You are sure to find some interesting flavors. Watching other people to try out the more “unique” flavors always gives me a good laugh.
2. DON’T: Neglect Your Health
Epcot is huge. Do not underestimate its size. You will do a lot of walking while you are there, and much of it will be with little shade overhead. Take care of yourself. Make sure that you and the other members of your party all have comfortable, broken in walking shoes. Use the sunscreen, and drink plenty of water. If you do plan to indulge a bit in some of the international libations, don’t drink on an empty stomach and don’t overdo it. Do not neglect your health or you could end up sick.
1. DO: Visit During a Festival
If you really want to see Epcot at its finest, visit during a festival. In late winter Epcot offers the Festival of Arts which hosts beautiful presentations of the arts through paintings to masterful food. The spring season offers the International Flower & Garden Festival. The park comes alive with color, and there are topiaries of your favorite Disney characters. Each fall the International Food & Wine Festival is held. It features dishes and beverages from around the world that you can’t usually find in the park. Epcot even has a winter festival called the International Festival of the Holidays. This will be a perfect time to take in all the holidays from around the world! These festivals include seminars, demonstrations, free concerts, and event merchandise. The festivals are included with park admission, although there is a fee for some of the extras.