If you are looking to have a unique experience at Disney World, head to EPCOT. One of the four Disney Parks, EPCOT offers a glimpse at the future and the world. Have your walking shoes ready, because there’s lots to see and do here! This is honestly one of my favorite parks. Here are my Top 10 Must-Do’s in EPCOT.
10. Take a Photo at the Bubblegum and Blueberry Walls
As I mentioned in my must-do Magic Kingdom list, there are some pretty trendy, popular walls in Disney World. And EPCOT is home to not 1, but 2 of them: the Bubblegum and Blueberry Walls, which are located by the exit of Spaceship Earth.
9. The Seas with Nemo & Friends– Future World
You’re probably wondering why The Seas with Nemo & Friends is on a twenty something’s list of must-do’s. Well, it’s honestly the cutest ride! And the song at the end just gets you everytime! I would definitely recommend a ride on this one for some fun!
8. Journey into Imagination with Figment- Future World
I’m sure you’ve seen him around EPCOT or Disney before, but take a little tour of the imagination institute with Figment. It involves weird sounds and smells, but it is an EPCOT classic.
7. Gran Fiesta Tour- Mexico Pavilion, World Showcase
This ride is honestly the cutest! I love the Gran Fiesta Tour featuring the Three Caballeros. It offers really pretty views and is so funny when they are on the hunt for Donald. The Mexico Pavilion is also a great spot to get some air conditioning and wait out any rain, because it’s Florida and it rains ALL THE TIME!
6. Frozen Ever After- Norway Pavilion, World Showcase
If you’ve ever been to EPCOT’s World Showcase before, you’ve probably taken a ride on Maelstrom, which was a ride that showed you the days of the Norwegian Vikings. In 2016, Frozen Ever After replaced Maelstrom (to the disappointment of many beloved fans- like my dad!). The Frozen Ever After ride takes you to the Summer Snow Day Celebration in Arendelle, which commemorates the day Anna saves Elsa. This ride has the LONGEST lines, so if you can, I definitely recommend getting a Fastpass.
5. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth- World Showcase Lagoon
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is the fireworks show that happens nightly at the World Showcase Lagoon. It celebrates Earth’s past, present and future. There is really no bad viewing spot around the World Showcase Lagoon and the fireworks are beautiful. It is the perfect ending to a great day at EPCOT!
4. Eat in the World Showcase
Visiting the World Showcase is a must. But also eating in the World Showcase is a must! Throughout the 11 countries, there are TONS of dining options available. Whether you want a quick-service or table service meal, there are options abound. One popular thing to do is to try a few different quick-service options as your walking around. Or you can choose a sit down restaurants. Some of my favorites to enjoy at EPCOT are Tutto Italia (Italy) and Les Chefs de France (France). And don’t forget to try a signature drink from that country…..
3. Spaceship Earth- EPCOT Entrance
“If you can read this, thank the Phoenicians.”
Welcome to Spaceship Earth, which is located inside that big silver sphere that identifies EPCOT. This ride is a slow moving ride that takes you on a journey through time and how communication has changed during that time. It’s really cool to see how civilization has developed. They also take your picture at the beginning of the ride and show you what your future is going to be like at the end of the journey. Since it’s right at the entrance of the park, I definitely recommend a stop here.
2. Meet the Characters
Like every Disney Park, there are tons of characters at EPCOT and some of them are unique. You can meet Donald in his Three Caballeros outfit in Mexico, Belle in France, Mary Poppins in England and many more. Plus, EPCOT is home to the Character Spot, where you can meet Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. For those of you who have the Disney Visa Card, you can visit the exclusive Visa Card Member experience (located near the Journey into Imagination ride) where you can meet two of the following: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy.
1. Travel the World Showcase
I don’t think any visit to EPCOT would be complete without a trip around the World Showcase. Featuring 11 countries, the World Showcase is like taking a mini vacation around the world. Each country has different food, drinks and cultural experiences to try. Also, something fun to do is to get a passport and have Cast Members fill out the page for their respective country. You can purchase one at Disney World or find some cute ones on Etsy. Either way, it’s a fun keepsake that makes stopping in each country a priority.
One more thing that I think everyone should do is take the monorail to EPCOT. This ride isn’t like any monorail ride……. before stopping at EPCOT, you ride through the top of the park and are able to see an aerial view. It is so beautiful to see the park from that angle, especially during Flower and Garden!
BONUS MUST-DO II:
During the year, EPCOT hosts 4 events: Festival of the Arts (mid-Jan.- mid-Feb.), the International Flower and Garden Festival (end of Feb.- end of May), the International Food & Wine Festival (end of Aug.- mid-Nov.) and the Festival of the Holidays (mid-Nov.- end of Dec.). I would definitely recommend heading to Disney during one of these times and make attending the festival a must-do at EPCOT. Besides fun food and drink booths set up, there are also amazing decorations! I highly recommend.
As you can see, there is a TON to do at EPCOT (and this list isn’t even everything). Have a great time exploring!
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