By Caitlin Corsello
Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, a favorite of many is Epcot thanks to its two unique halves. The front of the park is dedicated to Future World where technology and nature are celebrated and the rear of the park features World Showcase which celebrates eleven different countries and cultures from around the world. Guests who spend time in Epcot can travel the world, design their own cars, hang glide over California, dive into the ocean, travel back in time, and laugh along with Ellen DeGeneres. With so many amazing experiences to be had in the park, guests want to make the most of each moment and try to see it all. Guests can make the most of their time in Epcot by following a few simple tips and tricks which can save them time and frustration. Here are ten tips for getting the most out of Walt Disney World’s Epcot.
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10. Rope Drop –
Guests who visit any of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World should plan on arriving for rope drop each morning. Doing so involves getting to the park before it officially opens and waiting in line at the gates. Guests who arrive at Epcot for rope drop are treated to a welcome speech which teases of the amazing experiences waiting inside the park. Once the gates are open, those who arrived for rope drop are rewarded by being some of the first guests inside the park where they can enjoy low wait times, few crowds, and empty walkways.
9. FastPass Soarin’ –
One of the most popular attractions in Epcot can be found in Future World’s The Land Pavilion. Soarin’ invites guests to take to the skies on a thrilling hang gliding adventure over beautiful sights all around the world! Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the Matterhorn, the Great Wall of China, Iguazu Falls, and Epcot. Since Soarin’ is so popular, the wait time can easily exceed two hours on very busy days in the park. Guests should definitely FastPass this attraction in order to enjoy the experience without having to spend lots of time waiting on line.
8. Single Rider Test Track Presented By Chevrolet –
Several attractions throughout Walt Disney World feature Single Rider Lines which can save guests lots of time that would have otherwise been spent waiting in line. Single Rider Lines offer the same experiences on popular attractions but with a fraction of the wait so long as guests don’t mind their parties being split up before boarding. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet invites guests into the design studio where they can create their own SIM cars and then test them on the track in Power, Efficiency, Responsiveness, and Capability. Guests who want to enjoy the attraction with a lower wait time than normal should definitely take advantage of the Single Rider Line.
7. Don’t Skip Ellen’s Energy Adventure –
An often overlooked attraction in Future World is Ellen’s Energy Adventure which brings guests on an adventure alongside Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy as Ellen competes on a dream version of Jeopardy all about energy. Guests can laugh along with Ellen’s jokes, travel back to the time of the dinosaurs, and learn all about energy on this entertaining attraction. Ellen’s Energy Adventure lasts a totally of forty five minutes during which guests are seated, making it a great way to relax a little while still enjoying an attraction in Epcot.
6. Watch The Fountain Of Nations –
Located in the plaza behind Spaceship Earth is a massive fountain which has a very special backstory. The Fountain of Nations was dedicated shortly after the park opened and features water from over twenty different bodies of water from around the world. The fountain is an amazing representation of different countries from around the world and also features a must see show several times each hour that includes a wonderful score and dancing water.
5. Eat In Sunshine Seasons –
Guests who are looking to enjoy a quick service meal while exploring Epcot should stop by The Land Pavilion and head to the lower level near Soarin’ and Living with the Land. Sunshine Seasons is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers up fresh and delicious options like Slow Roasted Pork Chop, Salmon, Chicken Leg, Turkey and Monterey Jack on Ciabatta, and Asian Shrimp Stir-Fry. Guests can enjoy their wonderful meals while looking up at the airy atrium featured in The Land.
4. Leave Plenty Of Time For World Showcase –
The entire back portion of Epcot is home to World Showcase which features eleven different pavilions representing countries like China, France, Canada, and Germany. Guests should be sure to dedicate lots of time to exploring and enjoying World Showcase as each pavilion is full of amazing details, architecture, history, shopping, and dining. Guests who make sure to leave plenty of time to enjoy just World Showcase are sure to have an amazing time in Epcot.
3. Enjoy The World Showcase Attractions –
Guests should also be sure to enjoy the several attractions of World Showcase as they help to immerse them in the culture and history of each pavilion. Guests in the Mexico Pavilion can enjoy the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros on which Jose and Panchito search across Mexico to find Donald in time for their concert in Mexico City. The China Pavilion is home to the circle vision film Reflections of China which offers beautiful views of the country and its people. The American Pavilion showcases the American Adventure which combines audio-animatronics, music, and artwork to share the story of the American people. Guests who spend time in the France Pavilion can enjoy Impressions de France which shares the wonderful culture, sights, and music of the country. Finally, the Canada Pavilion is home to O Canada!, a circle vision film which is hosted by Martin Short and celebrates the diversity and beauty of Canada.
2. Eat In World Showcase –
Each pavilion in World Showcase is home to at least one full service dining option making it the ideal place to dine while enjoying time in Epcot. Guests can enjoy authentic cuisine from each of the eleven countries in locations like Nine Dragons Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Biergarten Restaurant, and Monsieur Paul.
1. Line Up Early For llluminations –
Each night, World Showcase Lagoon comes to life with a performance that is sure to wow all guests. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth combines pyrotechnics, fireworks, music, dancing waters, laser lights, and special lighting to make for an amazing experience. No day in Epcot is complete without a showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth!