EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort is beloved by many Guests and for good reason. The Disney Park is home to iconic attractions and entertainment, the stunning World Showcase which offers the chance to explore eleven countries from around the world, big thrills, and unforgettable dining options. Guests could easily spend days on end in EPCOT and still not see and experience it all.
This can make things a little stressful when trying to figure out just what experiences and attractions are considered to be the must dos in EPCOT. Guests who are looking to enjoy the ultimate day in EPCOT should absolutely check out these top experiences that are the best of the best in the Disney Park at the Walt Disney World Resort!
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
The number one experience that Guests should not miss out on in EPCOT is actually one of the newest attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort that Walt Disney Imagineering really outdid themselves on. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind can be found in the World Discovery neighborhood of the Park and invites Guests to join the Guardians in a brand-new adventure where a new villain is threatening to destroy the galaxy. This thrilling new attraction features innovative technology and a new ride system where Guests experience a backward launch, immersive screens that tell the story, rotating cars, and exciting soundtracks including classic songs like “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, and “Conga” by Gloria Estefan. With big thrills, rocking moments, and favorite characters, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a must-do on any visit to EPCOT and is also an excellent choice for purchasing an Individual Attraction Selection!
Frozen Ever After
Another very popular attraction that cannot be missed is a more family-friendly option found in the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase. Frozen Ever After brings the kingdom of Arendelle from Frozen to life and invites Guests to board boats and set off for a Summer Snow Day celebration with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and friends. Featuring favorite characters and songs from the film plus some minor thrills including small drops, Frozen Ever After is a must for any fan of the film.
No visit to EPCOT is complete without enjoying a ride on the iconic Spaceship Earth, which can be found in the World Celebration neighborhood just inside the main entrance to the Park. Spaceship Earth invites Guests to enter into the beloved structure of the same name to enjoy a journey from the beginning of time to the present day to learn about the history of communication and how its advancements have impacted modern society. Spaceship Earth is the perfect example of EPCOT’s mission, with a combination of entertainment and education delivered in an unforgettable narration by Dame Judi Dench. Whether spending an entire day or popping in for a few hours, no visit to EPCOT is complete without experiencing Spaceship Earth.
Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
Thrill seekers and automotive lovers alike can head to the World Discovery neighborhood in EPCOT to enjoy an immersive attraction that puts them behind the wheel. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is located next to Mission: SPACE and offers Guests the chance to design their very own SIM cars with a focus on power, responsiveness, efficiency, and capability. Those four areas are then put to the test with a series of scenarios on the track, and Guests are rated on how their designs hold up. Not only is there an element of competitiveness, but Test Track Presented by Chevrolet features several surprises and a high-speed outdoor loop at the end, making it an amazing attraction to enjoy in EPCOT.
EPCOT is home to some of the best dining options at the Walt Disney World Resort thanks largely to World Showcase where each pavilion offers up authentic international cuisine. One restaurant that should be on every Guests’ must-do list is the Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany Pavilion, which is open daily for lunch and dinner and welcomes Guests to celebrate Oktoberfest every day. The interior of the table service restaurant is themed to feel like a quaint German town and Guests are seated at communal picnic tables surrounding a central stage and dance floor where oompah bands and musicians perform throughout each meal period. In addition to the wonderful entertainment, Guests can also dig into an authentic German buffet with mouthwatering options including Schnitzel, Spatzle, Nudel Gratin, Rotisserie Chicken, Sauerkraut, and more.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
A pavilion in EPCOT that often goes overlooked by Guests is The Seas with Nemo and Friends in the World Nature neighborhood. This stunning pavilion invites Guests to dive into the seas and enjoy an attraction of the same name that retells the story of Finding Nemo. In addition to the attraction, the pavilion is home to massive aquariums filled with hundreds of species of sea creatures, and Guests can explore two floors of exhibits and viewing areas to learn more about them. With interactive exhibits, massive viewing windows, and an overall calming atmosphere, The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a wonderful and unique place to explore in EPCOT.
Soarin’ Around the World
Also found in the World Nature neighborhood of EPCOT is The Land Pavilion, which celebrates the beauty and diversity of our planet. The lower level of the pavilion is home to Soarin’ Around the World, a thrilling and unforgettable attraction that uses innovative technology to whisk Guests to the skies. With their feet dangling, Guests soar over iconic locations across the globe including Mount Kilimanjaro, Sydney Harbor, Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Monument Valley, and more. Soarin’ Around the World is a truly unique attraction that is one of the top experiences in EPCOT and cannot be missed.
Living with the Land
Also found in The Land Pavilion is Living with the Land, a family-friendly attraction that perfectly combines entertainment and education just like Spaceship Earth. Living with the Land invites Guests to board cheerful green boats and set off to learn about the diversity and beauty of different environments. After learning about different ecological environments, Guests move into large greenhouses and learn how scientists are coming up with innovative growing techniques to help preserve and care for the land as demand increases with time. While not the most thrilling experience, Living with the Land is still a classic attraction in EPCOT that Guests should plan on enjoying.
In addition to the dining and stunning immersive theming of EPCOT’s World Showcase, one of the most popular aspects of the area is live entertainment options that help to share the culture and history of the countries. The Japan Pavilion is home to Matsuriza, a group of performers who share the art of Taiko drumming near the front of the pavilion. These wonderful performers wow Guests with rhythmic demonstrations, including massive drums that echo throughout the entire Japan Pavilion. Performing several times throughout each day, Guests should make it a point to watch the powerful performance of Matsuriza in EPCOT.
The final experience that Guests simply must enjoy while in EPCOT is Harmonious, a nighttime spectacular that takes place each evening after dark on World Showcase Lagoon. This nightly celebration beautifully blends classic Disney characters and music with cultures from around the world, all paired with fountains, lights, lasers, and fireworks. Highlighting favorite songs in different languages and featuring beloved films including Coco, Moana, Aladdin, and The Lion King, Harmonious is the perfect end to any day in EPCOT and an absolute must-do while at the Walt Disney World Resort.