There is really something for everyone at Epcot, whether you enjoy a top-notch dining experience, unique shopping and entertainment in the World Showcase countries, character meet-and-greets, or thrilling attractions in Future World for all age ranges. When I share my Epcot experiences with family and friends, I’ve realized there are a few things that most people don’t know about, but are a very big part of why I love this park.
7. Leaping Water Fountains
My family loves this spot next to the Imagination! Pavilion when we want to cool off and have fun at the same time. A stream of water appears to leap from fountain to fountain, and kids caught under the water spout as it leaps will get wet. It’s entertaining to watch kids’ faces as they try to “catch” the water. There is a really pretty larger fountain behind the leaping water, and the refreshing spray from it is a wonderful way to cool off too.
Note: As of September 8, 2019, Innoventions will be closed for the Future World renovations.
A lot of people tend to walk by Innoventions on the way to an attraction or restaurant, but it’s definitely worth a look inside. We tend to visit Innoventions when we need to cool off in air conditioning or when it’s rainy outside! Innoventions currently has “Colortopia” which is an experiences with the world of color. There are 3 interactive zones — the Color Lab, Color Our World Studio and Power of Color Theater. Explore how these fun yet informative labs present how color affects our lives. The SpectacuLAB is another fun attraction featuring science! This is a humorous show that celebrates basic scientific principles. Innoventions takes you by surprise with new exhibits always appearing!
5. Club Cool
Note: As of September 8, 2019, Club Cool will be closed for the Future World renovations.
This is another great place to stop in, cool off, and refresh with a complimentary sample beverage from another country. There are several different flavors to try from all over the world, and it’s interesting to see the reactions to each flavor from other members in your party.
4. World Showcase Entertainment
A lot of people don’t realize that there is more to World Showcase besides the restaurants and shopping. Pick up a Times Guide at the front of Epcot to find out when and where the various entertainment acts will begin. We always try to catch the British Revolution band in the United Kingdom and the Serveur Amusant act in France. Others include a stage entertainment next to Canda, a mariachi band in Mexico, a music group in Morocco and a juggler in Italy. I also try to catch the Jeweled Dragon acrobats in China, traditional drummers in Japan, and vocal ensembles at the American Adventure. I never seem to have enough time to see all of these, but they are a fun way to enjoy the World Showcase. During the Festival of Arts (a few weeks in late winter), the Flower and Garden Festival (a few weeks in spring), the Food and Wine Festival (a few weeks in the fall), and Festival of Holidays (a few weeks in early winter) there are contemporary musical acts in the America Gardens Theatre.
3. Butterfly Gardens in the World Showcase, United Kingdom
This pavilion is great for a fish and chip lunch, to meet Mary Poppins, or to catch the British rock band. However, there is a beautifully quiet spot in the back that not many people seem to find. Wander around the back of the Tea Caddy to discover the lovely butterfly gardens and butterfly boxes. The butterfly cocoons are harvested from the plants and placed in the special boxes, where the butterfly eventually hatches and flies out.
2. Tour with Agent P World Showcase Adventure
While this is fun and well-liked interactive game with kids and adults alike in Epcot’s World Showcase, it’s also ingenious in how it shows guests the hidden spots in the represented countries. Guests who want to play can use their own phone with internet access. Head to the Agent P kiosk on the way from Future World into the World Showcase and Cast Members will talk you through how to become a secret agent! Find clues in a selected country location, ultimately trying to stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Tagging along with my son as he played the game, I realized we were discovering amazing areas in the countries that I had never taken the time to investigate before. Whether we were actually stopping to looking at the art displayed in a shop window in the China pavilion or finding a certain shield in the United Kingdom pavilion, I love how this game lets me open my eyes to really wonderful details in the World Showcase. Each mission played has different clues to find, so guests will never get tired of trekking through a country and discovering something new.
1. Pixie-Dusted Walkways
Keep your eyes peeled at nighttime as you’re walking out of the park. The walkways through Future World are lit up with hundreds of fiber optic lights that twinkle as you step on them. No matter how tired I am after a great day at Epcot, those lights always put a smile on my face.