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Long Lines in EPCOT? Enjoy These Experiences Instead!

When Guests enjoy a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, they love to spend plenty of time exploring and enjoying all that EPCOT has to offer. With World Showcase offering the chance to travel the world, unique pavilions with immersive themes, incredible dining, and so much more, EPCOT can draw some very heavy crowds on busy days. Crowds can be especially high on days during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, EPCOT Festival of the Arts, and EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.

On these busy days when crowd levels are high, popular attractions like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Spaceship Earth, Frozen Ever After, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, Soarin’ Around the World, and Mission: SPACE can have very lengthy wait times that are just not worth it. Instead, Guests can opt to enjoy some alternative attractions and experiences that rarely have wait times, allowing them the opportunity to make the most of a busy day and still feel like they’ve accomplished a lot in the Disney Park.

Long lines in EPCOT on a crowded day? Enjoy these experiences instead!

Awesome Planet

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Awesome Planet

The Land Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Nature is always bustling with Guests who are headed to popular destinations like Soarin’ Around the World, Living with the Land, and Sunshine Seasons, but there is another great attraction to enjoy there that rarely is ever crowded. Awesome Planet is a ten-minute long film in partnership with the Disney Conservation Fund that uses stunning footage from around the world to showcase the beauty of Earth and the importance of conservation and preservation. Narrated by Ty Burrell from Modern Family, Awesome Planet is a visually stunning EPCOT experience and packs an important message that all Guests can appreciate.

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Behind the Seeds Tour

Another unique experience in The Land Pavilion that is a great way to avoid crowds on a very busy day is the Behind the Seeds Tour, which brings Guests backstage into the greenhouses of the pavilion for an unforgettable adventure. Lasting about an hour, the Behind the Seeds Tour is a walking tour that offers Guests the chance to check out the greenhouses seen on Living with the Land up close, learn more about the innovative growing techniques being used, and even utilize their senses to learn more about how to help take care of the land all around them.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

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The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Also found in EPCOT’s World Nature is The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion, which is home to several wonderful experiences that Guests can enjoy to escape the crowds and long wait times. The main experience in the pavilion is an attraction of the same name that brings favorite characters from Finding Nemo to life, with glimpses into real aquariums in the background. After enjoying the attraction, Guests can then check out two floors of beautiful exhibits including massive aquariums that are home to many different species including turtles, dolphins, sting rays, manatees, sharks, and more.


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Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival

The Imagination Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Nature is home to Journey Into Imagination with Figment, which can boast lengthy wait times on busy days, but there is also another overlooked attraction in the same building that Guests shouldn’t miss. The Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival invites Guests to settle into a unique theater that features special effects to enjoy three short films that run at around eighteen minutes. With charming stories, unique effects, and the chance to relax away from the crowds on a busy day in EPCOT, the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival is a wonderful option to enjoy.

Hidden Mickey

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Hidden Mickey Hunt

A great alternative to waiting in lengthy lines on a busy day in EPCOT is to enjoy a Hidden Mickey hunt throughout the Disney Park. Hidden Mickeys are found literally everywhere throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and can be Mickey or any other favorite character found in silhouette, profile, or more. By taking the time to slow down and wander through EPCOT while searching, Guests are sure to notice some incredible small details and theming that they might have never noticed before, making it a great way to appreciate the beauty of the Park.


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Kidcot Fun Stops

EPCOT’s World Showcase is always very popular with Guests thanks to incredible dining, shopping, and entertainment options, but there is a great activity for kids and kids at heart to enjoy that often goes overlooked. Kidcot Fun Stops can be found in each of the eleven pavilions and are small designated areas where Cast Members have fun coloring sheets that share information about each location’s culture, as well as a picture of favorite characters to color. Whether stopping to chat and color at each location or collecting the photos to color at home later, the Kidcot Fun Stops are a great way to slow down and enjoy World Showcase even more.

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Gran Fiesta Tour, Starring the Three Caballeros

While the Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase never slows down, there is a wonderful attraction inside the ancient pyramid that rarely ever has a long wait time. The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros invites Guests to set sail across Mexico with Panchito and Jose in search of Donald. Fashionably missing before a big concert that night, Donald is off exploring all that Mexico has to offer and Guests are treated to humorous and beautiful views of the culture, natural wonders, and bustling cities of the country.


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World Showcase Entertainment

The final experience that is a great way to avoid wasting tons of time standing in long lines in EPCOT is to enjoy all the wonderful entertainment found throughout World Showcase. Each pavilion is home to some form of entertainment that occurs throughout the day, and each performance is a wonderful glimpse into that country’s culture and history. Some highlights to not miss include the Voices of Liberty in The American Adventure Pavilion, Matsuriza in the Japan Pavilion, Sergio in the Italy Pavilion, street acrobats in the France Pavilion, Command Performance in the United Kingdom Pavilion, and Mariachi Cobre in the Mexico Pavilion.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.