I love Epcot! It’s easily one of my favorite places in the entire world, and I could spend countless days wandering the paths of this fabulous park. The rides, food, and atmosphere offered by this amazing place are top notch, and I cannot imagine Disney World without it. Still, I know not everyone has days upon days to wander Epcot and seek out all of its amazing little details. Therefore, it’s important for vacationers who are working with little time to go in with a plan. After all, if you can’t see it all, the next best thing is to see the best of it all, and having a solid plan will help you do that. Wondering what you should include in your Epcot plan? Well, if I only had one day in Epcot, here’s what I would do.
1. Go Back in Time on Spaceship Earth
The very first thing you see when walking into Epcot is the iconic silver ball. This ball is actually home to an awesome dark ride called Spaceship Earth. This is, in my humble opinion, an Epcot must-ride. It’s educational, entertaining, and offers some awesome scenes.
2. Fly Around the World on Soarin’
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to fly, Soarin’ Around the World is the ride for you. This awesome hang-gliding simulation takes guests on an around-the-world adventure that you won’t soon forget.
3. Grab Lunch at Sunshine Seasons
Quick-service eateries are everywhere you look in the Disney World parks. However, not many of these fast food joints quite measure up to Sunshine Seasons. Despite the fact that this is a counter-service place, this restaurant serves up such delicious food as grilled pork chops and rotisserie chicken along with jasmine rice, steamed veggies, and other tasty foods you might expect from grandma’s kitchen.
4. Check Out The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Nemo is a Disney favorite that people of all ages love. Luckily, there’s an entire building dedicated to this cute little fish and all his under-the-sea friends. To begin your exploration, hop on the Finding Nemo dark ride. After this, you’ll end up in a large space that is home to aquariums full of amazing creatures. Finish the visit off with a showing of “Turtle Talk with Crush”, an awesome attraction that allows guests to actually converse with everyone’s favorite sea turtle.
5. Test My Vehicle Building Skills on Test Track
Test Track is a super cool attraction that gives visitors the opportunity to build their very own vehicle using a custom computer system. After building their vehicle, each rider is given a seat in a SIM Car, which is sent through a series of tests to rate the newly designed vehicle based on a variety of attributes. It’s all lots of fun, and the speed test at the end is absolutely thrilling.
6. Stop by Club Cool
Ever tasted soda from another country? Club Cool will give you the chance to do so for free. Be sure to try them all!
7. Have a Bakery Snack
There are two fabulous bakeries in Epcot. The first is Boulangerie Patisserie, which is located in the France Pavilion. I recommend ordering the Napoleon at this location, but everything is delicious. The second option is Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion. I adore the Troll Horn served here, but others prefer the Schoolbread.
8. Do Some Shopping in World Showcase
World Showcase is quite possibly the best place to shop in all of Disney World Resort. Take advantage of this and leave yourself plenty of time to meander through the many shops and check out what’s offered at the stalls.
9. Hop on Frozen Ever After
One of the most popular rides in Epcot, Frozen Ever After is a super cute boat ride that is themed after the popular movie, Frozen. It includes some pretty impressive animatronics and is great for families with young children.
10. See the World Showcase Entertainment
Of course, while you’re in World Showcase you’ll also want to catch some of the awesome entertainment offered there. Street performers can be found in nearly every pavilion, and character meet-and-greets are also scattered about. Want something to do indoors? Try the movies that play in the China, France, and Canada Pavilions.
11. Enjoy Dinner at Biergarten
One of my personal favorite restaurants in Epcot is Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion. This is a buffet-style eatery which serves all kinds of amazing German food. Guests dine at long, communal tables, and a dance floor is in the middle of the room for those who’d like to work off a bit of what they’re eating. Best of all, live music is a regular occurrence, making the whole experience a bit more fun.
12. Stay for “IllumiNations”
Note: Illuminations’ last show will be on September 30, 2019. “Epcot Forever”, a temporary fireworks spectacular, will begin on October 1, 2019.
Finally, there is the nighttime show. “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” is a fabulous performance that features water, fire, projections, music, and fireworks. It’s not to be missed and is well worth sticking around for.