Epcot is home to some of the most memorable experiences that guests can enjoy on a Walt Disney World vacation thanks to its combination of unique attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, and more spread throughout both World Showcase and Future World. While Epcot is currently undergoing a massive transformation that includes construction of new areas, attractions, and more, there are still plenty of things to enjoy that can fill up an entire day in the park. Here are the top ten things to see, do, and eat while enjoying a perfect day in Epcot!
1. Ride Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
The perfect start to any day in Epcot is stopping by Future World East to enjoy one of the park’s most thrilling attractions. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is a futuristic adventure that allows guests to design their own high tech SIM cars with plenty of special features and elements. (NOTE: Currently, due to safety measures, guests bypass the making your car as Disney has removed high touch features in select attractions.) Those designs are then put to the test on the track in a series of high speed, thrilling, and advanced tasks that measure how successful they are in areas including power and responsiveness. The whole experience ends with a memorable high speed loop on an outdoor section of track. Guests love Test Track Presented by Chevrolet and visiting first thing in the morning is a great way to avoid longer wait times!
2. Enjoy Norway’s School Bread
Epcot is home to virtually endless dining options, even with all of the current safety protocols and restrictions that are in place. One of the most popular snack options that can be found in the park is served up each day in the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe offers up unique menu items inspired by the flavors and traditions of Norway including the classic School Bread which features a light and sweet roll that is filled with a creamy custard and topped with small coconut pieces. The perfect size to either share as a small snack or indulge in individually, School Bread is a must try in Epcot!
3. Watch Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience
While Epcot is undergoing the extensive changes leading up to the Walt Disney World Resort’s fiftieth birthday celebration and beyond, there is one unique experience that highlights the park’s past and future in a stunning presentation. Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience can be found inside of the Odyssey building and uses amazing projection mapping technology to tell a beautiful story. Guests can gather in a circular room that is surrounded by screens that share the past, present, and future of all areas of Epcot in stunning detail. In the center of the room, a large model of Spaceship Earth and other buildings and areas of the park come to life with projection mapping as they are featured in turn.
4. Ride Soarin’ Around the World
No visit to Epcot is complete without crossing Future World and entering into The Land Pavilion to enjoy a popular attraction that combines stunning footage and technology to emulate the sensation of hang gliding. Soarin’ Around the World brings guests to the skies and allows them to dangle their feet over worldly locations including Mount Kilimanjaro, the Eiffel Tower, Iguazu Falls, Monument Valley, the Taj Mahal, and more. Featuring a larger-than-life screen that truly makes guests feel as though they are transported to all of these locations, Soarin’ Around the World is an unforgettable experience that guests have to enjoy during any visit to Epcot.
5. Ride Spaceship Earth
In addition to thrilling and technologically advanced attractions, Epcot is also home to its share of classics that also can’t be missed including a popular favorite that is housed inside of the park’s icon. Spaceship Earth may be a slow moving experience, but it is one that is beloved by many guests as it takes them through the history of communication from the dawn of time to present day. Featuring many scenes with countless audio-animatronics, a beautiful original score, narration by Dame Judi Dench, and an interactive element that allows guests to take a glimpse into their futures, Spaceship Earth is an experience that can’t be missed.
6. Watch A Character Cavalcade
Typically Epcot is home to many different character meet and greets that include everyone from Mickey to Mary Poppins. With the safety protocols that are currently in place, the majority of character interactions have either been heavily edited or temporarily stopped all together. Thankfully, Epcot still features some wonderful character cavalcades that include various vehicles including horse-drawn carriages in which characters ride past and wave from a safe distance. Guests who are exploring World Showcase should be on the lookout for character cavalcades throughout each day and might even spot a royal one with Disney Princesses!
7. Eat at Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
While there are also currently many dining experiences throughout Epcot that are modified or closed due to safety protocols, there is an amazing quick service location in the America Pavilion that offers up indulgent barbecue each day for lunch and dinner. Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue serves up classic American barbecue favorites including North Carolina Chopped Smoked Pork Butt Platter, Memphis Dry-Rub Pork Ribs, Beer-Battered Onion Rings, and Baked Beans with Burnt Ends. In addition to the delicious menu options, the location is home to some distinctly patriotic décor inspired by Sam Eagle of the Muppets, making it both charming and entertaining!
8. Browse the Mitsukoshi Department Store
Throughout World Showcase there are plenty of shopping locations that allow guests to explore unique items from around the world that make amazing souvenirs to bring home. The Japan Pavilion is home to the eclectic and massive Mitsukoshi Department Store which sells everything including pop culture toys, traditional apparel, jewelry, candy, keepsakes, and much more. Featuring many different interconnected rooms to explore, guests can spend lots of time exploring all that the Mitsukoshi Department Store has to offer.
9. Snack at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
A fantastic quick service location where guests can enjoy a wide array of traditional cuisine can be found nestled in the rear of the France Pavilion. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is set up like a traditional French bakery and welcomes guests into a charming counter service area where they can enjoy everything from sweet to savory and in between. Some classic menu options at the location include items such as Nicoise Salad, Quiche Lorraine, Baguette, Croissant, Beignet, Crème Brulee, Macaron, Espresso, Champagne, and more. With so many delicious options to choose from, a snack from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is the perfect way to indulge and stay energized in Epcot.
10. Check out the New France Pavilion Area
After enjoying a snack from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, guests should wander over to the other side of the France Pavilion to explore a brand new area that is partially open. The new street and storefront area continues the charm and elegance of the Parisian streets emulated throughout the rest of the pavilion and will eventually lead to the brand new Ratatouille attraction that is set to open October 1, 2021. While the attraction is not yet ready for the public, guests can still enjoy a stroll in the charming area and enjoy the ambiance!