By Caitlin Corsello
Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, Epcot is definitely the most unique in that it combines two distinct halves to form a unified whole. Future World occupies the front portion of the park and celebrates the unity of nature and technology and World Showcase occupies the rear of the park and celebrates different cultures and countries from around the world. Guests who spend time in Epcot can travel through time, explore the oceans, travel the world, and design their own cars. With so many amazing experiences to be had in one park, guests want to make the most of each moment in Epcot and see as much as possible. By figuring out which experiences are must does, guests can be sure to see the most impressive experiences and have an amazing day in Epcot. Here are ten things to see, do, explore, and eat in Disney’s Epcot.
10. Spaceship Earth –
The most iconic attraction in Epcot is Spaceship Earth which can be seen before even entering into the park. Housed in a futuristic geodesic sphere, Spaceship Earth invites guests to travel from the beginning of time to modern day to celebrate the history of communication. Along the way guests pass through scenes depicting important moments in history like the burning of Rome, the Renaissance, and man landing on the moon.
9. Soarin’ –
One of the most popular attractions in Epcot can be found on the lower level of The Land Pavilion next to Sunshine Seasons. Soarin’ invites guests to take to the skies on a thrilling hang gliding adventure over the beautiful sights all around the world! Since Soarin’ is so popular and can have wait times exceeding two hours on busy days in the parks, guests should be sure to either visit first thing in the morning when the park opens or book FastPasses.
8. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet –
Another very popular attraction in Epcot can be found in Future World East. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet invites guests into the design studio where they can create their very own SIM cars and then test them on the track in Power, Responsiveness, Efficiency, and Capability. Guests love seeing who can create the overall best car and especially enjoy the outdoor joy loop at the end of the attraction. Since Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is also popular and can have high wait times, guests should visit first thing in the morning, use FastPasses, or take advantage of the Single Rider Line.
7. Coral Reef Restaurant –
A great place to stop and enjoy a full service meal in Future World can be found inside The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion. The Coral Reef Restaurant invites guests to dine in a beautiful room overlooking a massive aquarium featuring serenely swimming fish, sharks, sting rays, and turtles. Guests can dine on lunch and dinner options including Seared Mahi Mahi, Grilled New York Strip Steak, and Seafood Scampi.
6. Living with the Land –
An underrated classic attraction which guests should not miss while enjoying time in Epcot can be found on the lower level of The Land across from Soarin’. Living with the Land invites guests to learn about how the land thrives in all kinds of environments and then pass through massive greenhouses where all sorts of produce is being grown. Guests can learn about how to efficiently protect and enjoy the land and even enjoy some food grown in the greenhouses while dining in restaurants throughout Walt Disney World!
5. The American Adventure –
Guests who visit the American Pavilion in World Showcase should stop and enjoy watching The American Adventure. Combining videos, music, artwork, and audio animatronics, the show powerfully tells the story of the people of the United States and how they have persevered over time. With a moving finale set to the song “Golden Dream,” The American Adventure is a must see attraction in Epcot.
4. Biergarten Restaurant –
Each pavilion in World Showcase is home to at least one full service dining location, but only one invites guests into a small town square for a festive atmosphere! The Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany Pavilion brings guests into a quaint German courtyard that is perpetually basked in moonlight to enjoy a buffet full of German traditional cuisine including Schnitzel, German Meat Loaf, Spatzle, and Potato Salad. Guests who dine at the restaurant are seated at large picnic tables with other guests and encouraged to make fast friends while enjoying a selection of beer and live entertainment like oompah bands and bells.
3. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe –
One of the best places to enjoy a quick snack in Epcot is the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion. The bakery is open throughout the day and serves up hearty options like a Ham and Apple Sandwich and Norwegian Club as well as decadent pastries native to Norway. A popular option that many guests love ordering is School Bread which is a cardamom bun filled with vanilla custard and topped with coconut.
2. The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros –
Guests who visit the Mexico Pavilion should not miss out on a fun attraction which brings them on a scenic tour of Mexico. The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros follows Jose and Panchito as they search throughout Mexico to find Donald in time for their concert. Featuring plenty of beautiful sights and cultural aspects, the attraction culminates in a performance by the trio in Mexico City.
1. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth –
No day in Epcot is complete without a viewing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Each night, World Showcase Lagoon comes to life as guests symbolically gather around the fire to enjoy pyrotechnics, laser lights, dancing water, beautiful music, and fireworks. While there are viewing spots all around World Showcase Lagoon, guests should be sure to choose a spot early as the show is very popular and tends to draw large crowds. A perfect day in Epcot definitely ends with Illuminations: Reflections of Earth!