Epcot is probably my personal favorite. I love walking through the countries, talking to the workers in the countries (they’re usually from the country they work at and have some awesome stories), and just taking in all the different cultures in one place.
And Epcot has something for everyone. There are rides for little kids, rides for big kids, characters galore, and even some performances sprinkled throughout the park. It really is so different from the others, which I adore.
Tip 1: Stay for the entire day
Epcot is one of the parks that people usually go for half a day and then skip off to the Magic Kingdom. Which is great if you’ve been to Epcot before. If not, I highly suggest going when it opens and staying all day.
Why? Because you can go in the morning and hit all the rides at the front of the park, then take your time when the countries open and walk around the countries taking everything in. And Epcot has a pretty awesome fireworks show that you can stick around for.
Tip 2: Bring the kids
Sometimes, Epcot is classified as the adult park, and it can be. But there are tons of things for kids to do too. The majority of kids can go on all of the rides (with the exception of test track, mission space, and Soarin) Some of my favorites for the kids:
- Finding Nemo and turtle talk
- Spaceship earth
- The ride in the Mexico Pavillion
Most of the rides you don’t even need a fastpass+ for (unless you’re going in the summer) so you can save those for things like test track, frozen, and character meets.
And, they have Kidcot to keep kids engaged through the countries. The kids get to color while the cast member at that country tells them fun stories. You can also buy a Kidcot passport when you enter the park, and they’ll get a stamp for each country they visit. It’s really cool. We did it with Kendall and she loved it. Still has it.
Tip 3: Characters
Epcot has a ton of characters for the kids to see and not many you can grab a fastpass+ for. Across from Mickey and friends, there’s Baymax and Joy/Sadness from Inside Out. Both are really fun for the kids. Check out the character list here and their locations. My tip, get there 15 minutes BEFORE the character is supposed to be there. Then you’ll be close to (if not at) the front of the line.
Tip 4: Leave the kids and Drink around the world.
I know, bring the kids, leave the kids. But if you can, try drinking around the world….at least once. And if you don’t want to get completely hammered, share your drink with your significant other or between friends. Still a fun thing to do. And you can grab one of those Kidcot passports I talked about earlier and the cast member can stamp it and sign it, so you know where you went. We also put what drinks we hard at the different countries when we did it. It was a lot of fun. And yes, I do have some tips for this…
- Take your time. World showcase opens at 11 and doesn’t shut down until 9. Plenty of time to get to all 11 countries.
- Start in Mexico and go around.
- Find the hidden gems. Don’t just go to the first beer cart you find. For example: In Germany, there’s a great place in the very back corner called the Weinkeller. Go there. The best beer and wine. And, usually, no long lines. In Italy, get into the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar It’s perfect for sitting down and relaxing for a bit. And in Mexico, go into the pavilion and hit La Cava Del Tequila. They have tequila flights and the BEST margaritas. And if you can find a seat inside, grab one and get some fresh guacamole with some chips for a light snack. SO GOOD.
Tip 5: Eat at a table service restaurant
Another thing Epcot is known for…Great food. And yes, it is crazy good. I highly suggest going to at least one of the table services restaurants. Make a reservation ahead of time so you can plan around it. My personal favorites are:
- Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada)-The best steaks hands down. And their beer cheese soup is amazing. And they have some spectacular whiskey. It’s worth every penny.
- Chefs de France (France)-We’ve eaten here a few times and it never disappoints. The French onion soup and lobster bisque are absolute perfection.
- Via Napoli (Italy)- Their Margherita pizza is the best pizza I’ve had. Hands down. Real, simple ingredients.
Tip 6: Go during the Food and Wine Fest
I adore the Food and Wine Fest. It brings together some amazing culinary creations and you get to experience a taste of everything. They offer lots of small plates in every country and represent more than just the 11 countries that are at Epcot. It is something worth going to at least once. But guys…every year, it’s different. So it really is something that you can go and do and experience different things each time. Highly recommend.
And that’s it! Epcot is truly an amazing park to visit and can be fun for all ages. If you have any questions, please let me know. I will do my best to answer them or find someone who can. Happy planning!
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.