Max Out Epcot – 20 Things To Do From Open To Close

Epcot is a unique park that combines the technology of Future World with the culture and architecture of World Showcase. With so many attractions, dining options, characters experiences, and cultural aspects, Epcot can become a little overwhelming to explore without a plan. So let’s check out these twenty things to do from open to close to max out Epcot!


20. Rope Drop

Get to Epcot about fifteen to twenty minutes before it opens to make sure that you are one of the first guests into the park. You’ll also be treated to a welcome speech to help get you ready to kick off your exciting day to come!

19. Ride Spaceship Earth

Located just inside the main gate, Spaceship Earth is one of the most impressive buildings in all of Walt Disney World and it houses an omni-mover style attraction. Guests are shown the history of communication from the beginning of time to present day and treated to a narration by Dame Judi Dench allong the way.

18. Breakfast at Sunshine Seasons

Located on the bottom level of The Land Pavilion, Sunshine Seasons offers up some of the best quick service cuisine in Epcot. Featuring a market like setting that offers up several different styles of food at various counters, there is something for every guest to enjoy for breakfast here.

17. Ride Soarin’

Located right next door to Sunshine Seasons, Soarin’ is one of the most popular attractions in Epcot but should still have a relatively low wait time in the early mornings. Soarin’ takes guests to the skies in a unique hang gliding experience that showcases unbelievable perspectives of sights all around the world!

16. Visit Living with the Land

Also located on the lower level of The Land Pavilion, Living with the Land showcases the greenhouses of Epcot and various techniques utilized to efficiently grow healthy foods. You might even see some of the food you had for breakfast growing in the greenhouses!


15. Ride Journey Into Imagination with Figment

This silly and whimsical attraction rarely has a wait time and takes guests on an adventure through the Imagination Institute with the loveable dragon Figment. If you are missing Dreamfinder, a character from the original version of the attraction, be sure to look for the door reading “Dean Finder” paying homage to him.

14. Watch the Dolphins

Head over to The Seas with Nemo and Friends to get the chance to watch all kinds of sea creatures in the massive aquarium. One of the most entertaining creatures to watch are the dolphins who can sometimes be seen being fed or even playing with various toys.

13. Enjoy the Fountain of Nations

Located behind Spaceship Earth is the massive Fountain of Nations. Several times an hour there is a beautiful show put on featuring dancing water cannons and a beautiful score. Not only is the fountain a great place to relax for a few minutes, the show is not to be missed on a day in Epcot.

12. Blast Off Into Space

Stop by Mission:SPACE for the opportunity to enter into astronaut training and go on a test mission to Mars. This experience can be intense for some guests, so for those looking for a milder ride choose the Green Team. Those looking for all out thrills should opt for the Orange Team.

11. Ride Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Test Track allows each guests the opportunity to design their own “sim car” and rank it based on capability, responsiveness, efficiency, and energy. Culminating in a high speed loop around the outside of the attraction, this experience can’t be missed on a day in Epcot. Test Track does generally have long wait times, so consider either booking a FastPass+ in advance for the afternoon or opting to ride the Single Rider line.

10. Shop in Mexico

The Mexico Pavilion in World Showcase has one of the most unique shopping opportunities. Located inside the massive pyramid is the Plaza de los Amigos in which it is perpetually nighttime and there are various market style booths to shop from. Take some time to stroll around and enjoy all that the market has to offer.

9. FastPass Frozen Ever After

Do your best to snag a FastPass for Frozen Ever After 60 days in advance for Disney Resort guests or 30 days in advance for non-resort guests. This attraction is located in the Norway Pavilion and boasts extremely long wait times in the stand-by line. Save the time… FastPass this one! Frozen Ever After is a family-friends boat ride that took the place of the former Maelstrom and follows a similar track, winding through multiple experiences up and down the river. It’s a fun attraction with beautiful surroundings, top notch animatronics, and of course… the forever popular Frozen characters and songs to sing along with!

8. Lunch at the Biergarten

One of the most entertaining places to eat lunch in World Showcase is the Biergarten in Germany. Featuring an authentic German buffet, picnic style seating, and performances from an oompah band, this lunch is a lot of fun with a group of people.

7. Wander the Streets of Morocco

Morocco is one of the most intricately themed pavilions in World Showcase and feels authentic in its winding streets and open air market feel. Be sure to wander all the way to the back of the pavilion for a quiet spot featuring a mosaic wall fountain.

6. Watch the Voices of Liberty

The America Pavilion is home to The American Adventure show housed in a massive manor home. Before each showing of the attraction The Voices of Liberty, an a cappella group, perform in the building’s rotunda. Dressed in colonial garb and singing a wide array of patriotic songs, the Voices of Liberty are some of the best live entertainment in Epcot and can’t be missed!

5. Enjoy a Pastry in France

No country offers up desserts as decadent as France. So be sure to pick out a pastry or other tasty treat and enjoy the ambiance of the pavilion’s fountain and Eiffel Tower in the distance.

4. Watch O Canada!

Playing in the Canada Pavilion is this beautiful film featuring the culture, scenery, architecture, and people of Canada and hosted by Martin Short. Watching the film also offers up a chance to relax in some air conditioning, but note that it does not feature seats.

3. Dinner at Rose and Crown

After a long day exploring all that Epcot has to offer, enjoy some dinner at the Rose and Crown Dining Room in the UK Pavilion. Featuring traditional English foods and a classic pub setting, this is a great place to slow down for a bit and enjoy a meal.

2. Watch Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

At the end of each night, World Showcase Lagoon displays a beautiful show of laser lights, fireworks, fire, and music to signify the unification of all peoples as they gather around the fire. This beautiful show is the perfect way to end a day in Epcot. Just be sure to pick out a viewing spot at least a half hour before the show to make sure you have an unobstructed view.

1. Enjoy Wandering Out

A great way to quietly end your day in Epcot is to stay put in World Showcase after Illuminations ends and wait for some of the crowds to dissipate. After fifteen minutes, when you start heading out, most of the crowds will be gone and you will get to enjoy a quiet walk through a nearly empty park.

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.