7 Rookie Mistakes People Make At Epcot In Walt Disney World

By Caitlin Corsello

Many guests who vacation in Walt Disney World love spending lots of time in Epcot. The popular park is divided into two unique halves which together create one amazing theme park. The front portion of the park is Future World which celebrates the environment and technology and the back half of the park is World Showcase which is home to eleven different countries full of beautiful cultures. With so many things to see on a day in Epcot, there are plenty of rookie mistakes that guests make which end up losing them time, energy, and patience. By avoiding these rookie mistakes, guests can ensure that they have an amazing time exploring Epcot and see all that it has to offer. Here are eight rookie mistakes that guests make at Epcot in Walt Disney World.


7. Not Arriving For Rope Drop–

A rookie mistake that many guests make at all four of the Walt Disney World theme parks is not arriving for rope drop. Rope drop is the official opening of the parks to the public each morning, and often includes a welcoming show. Guests who arrive for rope drop at Epcot are greeted to the park with a celebratory speech foreshadowing all the adventures that await. Guests then can be some of the first to enter into Future World and enjoy few crowds and low wait times on popular attractions and experiences.

6. Skipping Spaceship Earth –

The flagship attraction of Epcot is Spaceship Earth which welcomes guests in a massive structure as they enter into the park. The attraction brings guests from the beginning of time to present day to celebrate the development and ingenuity of communication. Along the way guests pass by scenes depicting important moments in the history of communication like the burning of Rome, the Renaissance, and Ancient Greece. The finale of Spaceship Earth invites guests to answer a series of questions that create their own personal view of the future told through a cartoon vignette. No day in Epcot is complete without a ride on Spaceship Earth, and it is a rookie mistake to skip the classic attraction.

5. Not Booking A FastPass –

Two of the most popular attractions in Epcot reside in Future World. Soarin’ takes guests on an epic hang gliding adventure over beautiful sights like the Matterhorn, the Great Wall of China, Iguazu Falls, and Epcot.. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet allows guests to design their own SIM cars and test them out on the track in Responsiveness, Efficiency, Power, and Capability. Since both attractions are so popular, they easily can have wait times exceeding two hours on busy days in the park. Therefore one of the smartest things that guests can do to save themselves a little time is to book a FastPass for one of the two attractions. A rookie mistake is wasting FastPasses on attractions which rarely have long wait times and not opting to book them for popular attractions like Soarin’ or Test Track Presented by Chevrolet.

4. Not Eating At Sunshine Seasons –

One of the best places to enjoy a quick service meal in Epcot can be found in Future World on the lower level of The Land Pavilion. Sunshine Seasons is a quick service dining location which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features several different bays from which guests can order a variety of fresh foods. Guests who choose to dine there can enjoy a wonderful atmosphere in the massive atrium of The Land and munch on fresh options like turkey sandwiches, pork chops, fresh vegetables, and delicious slices of strawberry shortcake. Not stopping for a meal or snack at Sunshine Seasons is a rookie mistake!

3. Not Spending Enough Time In World Showcase –

World Showcase is a massive area which features eleven different countries. Each pavilion is home to beautiful cultural stories, dining locations, shopping experiences, architectural styles, live entertainment, and attractions. A rookie mistake that many guests who spend time in Epcot make is not dedicating enough time to simply exploring and enjoying World Showcase. An entire afternoon could easily be spent exploring each corner and detail in the eleven countries and simply soaking in the different cultures. Guests should be sure to leave plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful part of Epcot.


2. Not Eating In World Showcase –

Since each country features at least one full service dining location, a rookie mistake that guests make while visiting Epcot is not enjoying a meal in World Showcase. Guests can choose from meals including traditional Mexican cuisine at San Angel Inn Restaurante, decadent meats at Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada, classic French cuisine at Monsieur Paul, and traditional Chinese meals at Nine Dragons Restaurant. No matter what a guest likes to eat there is sure to be a perfect full service meal waiting for them in World Showcase.

1. Skipping Illuminations –

Each night World Showcase Lagoon comes to life with Illuminations: Reflections of Earth which combines fireworks, laser lights, beautiful music, pyrotechnics, and dancing water to demonstrate the unity of all guests. Many guests are tired by the end of a day in Epcot or want to avoid the crowds which gather around before Illuminations begin, but skipping the performance is a total rookie mistake! Illuminations is the perfect ending to a day in Epcot, and guests should definitely stay and enjoy the wonderful performance.

About Caitlin Kane

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