By Caitlin Corsello
Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, many guests love to spend the majority of their time exploring Epcot and all that is has to offer. The park combines two distinct halves to form a unified whole which is full of amazing attractions, dining, shopping, and entertainment. Guests who spend time in Future World and World Showcase in Epcot can travel the world, travel through time, dive into the seas, design their own cars, explore imagination, and fly over California. With so much to see and enjoy in the park, guests want to make the most of each moment in order to have the perfect day there. Disney pros have a series of tips which can help guests save time and frustration while in Epcot in order to make each moment count. Here are the top eight Disney pro tips for Walt Disney World’s Epcot.
8. Arrive for Rope Drop –
All Disney pros will tell guests that the best way to kick off each day spent in Disney Parks is to arrive for rope drop. Arriving for rope drop requires guests to get to the parks before they officially open and wait at the gates to be let in. Guests who arrive early at Epcot can enjoy a welcome speech which tells them all about the amazing adventures waiting inside. Once the gates are officially open, those guests who arrived early for rope drop are rewarded by being some of the first inside Epcot where they can enjoy few crowds and low wait times.
7. FastPass Soarin’ –
One of the most popular attractions in Epcot can be found on the lowest level of The Land Pavilion in Future World. Soarin’ invites guests on an epic hang gliding adventure over beautiful sights around the globe! Throughout the journey, guests can enjoy unique vantage points of the Matterhorn, the Great Wall of China, Iguazu Falls, and Epcot.. Since Soarin’ is extremely popular with guests, it can easily have hours long wait times on busy days in Epcot. Disney pros definitely recommend that guests who want to enjoy Soarin’ book a FastPass for the experience to save lots of time that otherwise would have been spent waiting in line.
6. Single Rider Test Track Presented by Chevrolet –
Another very popular attraction in Epcot can also be found in Future World. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet invites guests into the design studio where they have the opportunity to create their very own SIM cars and then test them out on the track in Capability, Power, Responsiveness, and Efficiency. Throughout the attraction, guests can enjoy a series of thrilling tests which culminate with a high speed joy loop around a massive portion of outdoor track. Since Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is very popular with guests, it can easily have very long wait times on busy days in Epcot. Disney pros who want to enjoy the experience without losing a lot of time spent waiting on line use the Single Rider line which generally has a much lower wait time for the same experience so long as guests don’t mind being split up at the loading platform.
5. Go Back for Spaceship Earth –
Perhaps the most recognized attraction in Epcot is Spaceship Earth which is found immediately inside the gates of the park. Spaceship Earth is housed in a massive geodesic sphere which is covered in thousands of futuristic silver triangles. The attraction brings guests on a journey from the beginning of time to modern day to celebrate the history of communication. Guests who visit Epcot simply can’t skip a ride on Spaceship Earth, but they should definitely not visit it first thing in the morning. While Spaceship Earth’s line tends to move quickly, many guests instinctually stop to enjoy the attraction when entering the park in the mornings. This creates a bit of a bottleneck and a longer line than the rest of the day. Guests are smart to skip Spaceship Earth first thing in the morning and instead return at a later point when the crowds have died down a little.
4. See The Underrated –
While Epcot is home to plenty of thrilling and popular attractions, there are also of experiences that are considered underrated as they are sometimes overlooked by guests. Disney pros know that the best way to enjoy all that Epcot has to offer is to stop and enjoy these underrated but entertaining attractions. Guests should be sure to stop by Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, and The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
3. Visit the Attractions of World Showcase –
The entire rear of Epcot consists of World Showcase which features eleven different pavilions each highlighting a country from around the world. Guests can easily spend hours exploring the different countries and enjoying architecture, culture, dining, shopping and entertainment, but they sometimes overlook the wonderful attractions that are located there. Guests should stop and enjoy The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros in the Mexico Pavilion, Reflections of China in the China Pavilion, The American Adventure in the America Pavilion, Impressions de France in the France Pavilion, and O Canada! in the Canada Pavilion.
2. Eat a Meal in World Showcase –
In addition to exploring World Showcase, guests should definitely stop to enjoy a meal there. Each country is home to at least one quick service and one full service dining location which serves up traditional cuisine that guests are sure to love. Some of the most popular dining locations in World Showcase are Nine Dragons Restaurant in the China Pavilion, Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion, and Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion.
1. Line up Early for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth –
No day in Epcot would be complete without a viewing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. The show occurs nightly on World Showcase Lagoon and uses special effects, pyrotechnics, fireworks, laser lights, and beautiful music to bring guests together as one. Since the show is extremely popular, Disney pros know that it is important to find a spot at least an hour early to guarantee the perfect view of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.