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Top 20 Experiences at Walt Disney World’s Epcot

Many guests in Walt Disney World love to spend time exploring and enjoying all that Epcot has to offer. The unique park features Future World which celebrates nature and technology and World Showcase which is home to eleven pavilions each highlighting a country from around the world. Found throughout Epcot are thrilling and classic attractions, dining, shopping, and entertainment which guests love to enjoy. With so many amazing experiences to be had, it is no wonder why guests love to spend time in Epcot and there are certain experiences which simply can’t be missed. Here are the top twenty experiences at Walt Disney World’s Epcot that guests are sure to love!

20. Living with the Land

Found on the lower level of The Land Pavilion is a serene boat ride which aims to teach guests all about the land. Living with the Land brings guests through many different environments to showcase how the land can thrive in all sorts of settings before touring gorgeous greenhouses filled with all sorts of vegetation and plants. Guests shouldn’t skip riding Living with the Land and enjoying its beauty!

19. Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party

Note: Illuminations’ last show will be September 30, 2019. “Epcot Forever”, a temporary fireworks spectacular, will begin on October 1, 2019.

Formerly known as the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party, Frozen now takes center stage of this party! Still serving desserts, alcohol and non-alcohol beverages, and offering a reserved viewing area for Illumnations, everything has shifted to a Frozen-inspired theme. The treats even feature favorite Frozen characters! Plus, a new addition – guests will be escorted to the very popular Frozen Ever After attraction for an included ride. Reserve your spot well in advance and expect to pay around $79 per adult and $47 per child.

18. Journey into Imagination with Figment

Guests who are looking to tap into their imaginations and enjoy a whimsical attraction should head over to Journey into Imagination with Figment. The attraction invites guests into the Imagination Institute for a tour of their sensory labs where Figment the lovable dragon interferes to show guests that imagination works best when it is set free. With plenty of visual tricks and effects and lots of humor from Figment, this is a must do attraction in Epcot.

17. The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Fans of the Pixar hit Finding Nemo definitely need to pay a visit to The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion. Inside is an attraction of the same name which has guests board pink clamshells and dive into the ocean to enjoy a retelling of the popular movie. With lovable characters like Nemo and Dory and a new song titled “In the Big Blue World,” guests are sure to love The Seas with Nemo and Friends.

16. Turtle Talk with Crush

Also found in The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion is Turtle Talk with Crush which brings a lovable character to life in real time. Crush invites guests into his theater where he talks through the tank to them in real time answering questions and telling jokes. Guests who are fans of Crush definitely need to enjoy Turtle Talk with Crush for the chance to talk with their favorite character!

15. Fountain of Nations

Note: Fountain of Nations is closing for the massive Future World renovations on September 8, 2019. 

Found in the rear of Future World in the plaza behind Spaceship Earth is a massive fountain which many guests walk right by. The Fountain of Nations is a beautiful fountain which features a special show that runs several times each hour. For each show, a beautiful score of music is played and the fountain comes to life launching water high into the air. While the show is wonderful during the day, at night it becomes even more beautiful as special lighting brings the Fountain of Nations to life.

14. Garden Grill Restaurant

A great full service restaurant for guests to enjoy in Future World is the Garden Grill Restaurant located in The Land Pavilion. The restaurant is unique in several ways beginning with the fact that it slowly rotates, offering guests an ever changing view while eating. In addition to the rotation, guests can look down into scenes from Living with the Land for unique vantage points. The Garden Grill Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves up fresh options in family style servings which guests can enjoy while meeting favorite characters like Mickey, Chip, Dale, and Pluto.

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13. Biergarten Restaurant

Guests who are looking to enjoy a full service meal in a unique and entertaining setting should head over to the Germany Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. The Biergarten Restaurant invites guests to enjoy traditional German cuisine while dining at picnic tables with other guests. In addition to the delicious food, guests can soak up the atmosphere and feel as though they are in a small town square at night complete with entertainment like an oompah band and bell players.

12. Frozen Ever After

This attraction in the Norway Pavilion is immensely popular thanks to its smash movie. Frozen Ever After brings guests on a boat ride through the village of Arendelle where they celebrate a summer snow day. Along the way guests see favorite characters like Anna, Elsa, and Olaf making it one of the most popular attractions at Epcot.

11. O Canada!

The Canada Pavilion in World Showcase is home to an attraction which aims to showcase the diversity and beauty of the country. O Canada! is a film shown in circle vision which immerses guests in the experience. Hosted by Martin Short, O Canada! is both beautiful and entertaining and sure to be enjoyed by guests.

10. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

The Mexico Pavilion is also home to an attraction which combine classic Disney characters with the beauty of the country. The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros brings guests on a whirlwind tour of Mexico with Jose and Panchito as they search for Donald in time for their concert.

9. Impressions de France

Another film based attraction can be found in the France Pavilion and combines beautiful music with gorgeous scenery. Impressions de France is housed in the Palais du Cinema and showcase beautiful locations and sights in France accompanied by compositions by classical French composers like Debussey.

8. Reflections of China

Also found in World Showcase is another film which brings the beauty and culture of China to life. Reflections of China is also shown in circle vision and is hosted by the poet Li Bai. Showcasing the different locations and cultures of China, Reflections of China is a beautiful film which should not be missed.

7. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

A favorite attraction of many guests in Epcot is the thrilling Test Track Presented by Chevrolet. The attraction invites guests into the design studio to create their very own SIM cars which they can then test on the track. Guests must consider factors like Responsiveness, Power, Efficiency, and Capability and love competing against one another to see whose car is the best! Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is a wonderful attraction to enjoy and features a thrilling outdoor loop at high speeds.

6. Le Cellier Steakhouse

One of the most popular restaurants in Epcot is Le Cellier Steakhouse in World Showcase’s Canada Pavilion. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and serves up steakhouse classics in a cozy setting that emulates a wine cellar. Since Le Cellier Steakhouse is so popular, guests are smart to book a dining reservation for the location as far in advance as possible.

5. Character Spot

Note: Epcot’s Character Spot is closing for the massive Future World renovations on September 8, 2019. Characters will be placed in temporary locations. Check your Epcot Times Guide for character meet and greet locations.

Epcot’s Future World is home to a meet and greet location where guests can find some of their favorite Disney characters. The Character Spot features Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy with awesome backdrops portraying different scenes from around Epcot. Guests can visit this location to take photos, get autographs, and trade hugs with their favorite characters.

4. La Cava del Tequila

A great location to visit for a drink and small plates in Epcot’s World Showcase is La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion. The location can be found inside the massive pyramid and offers up all sorts of specialty tequila and margaritas. Guests can sip on classics or unique flavors like Blood Orange, Avocado, and Jalapeño while soaking up the atmosphere of the open air market found just outside.

3. Spaceship Earth

The first attraction that guests encounter when entering into Epcot is Spaceship Earth which is housed in a huge geodesic dome covered in thousands of futuristic silver triangles. The attraction brings guests on a journey from the beginning of time to current day to celebrate the history of communication with scenes depicting the Renaissance, the burning of Rome, and much more. Guests will love the informative and entertaining attraction and especially enjoy creating their very own cartoon vignettes of their futures.

2. Soarin’ Around the World

One of the most popular attractions in Epcot can be found on the lower level of The Land Pavilion in Future World. Soarin’ Around the World invites guests on a thrilling hang gliding adventure over some of the most beautiful an iconic locations around the world. With spectacular views and the real sensation of hang gliding, it is no wonder why Soarin’ Around the World is so popular with guests.

1. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Note: Illuminations’ last show will be September 30, 2019. “Epcot Forever”, a temporary fireworks spectacular, will begin on October 1, 2019.

Each night in Epcot comes to a close with a showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. The show takes place on World Showcase Lagoon and combines fireworks, pyrotechnics, laser lights, special effects, and beautiful music for the perfect ending to any day in Epcot.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.