Epcot at Disney World – the Skinny.

Planning a Disney World Vacation and wondering if Epcot is a MUST or not?

Dear Nina, since we have some extra free time, we are researching our trip, many people are telling us to skip Epcot at Disney World. What do you think? Should we just double up on a different park? What rides are at Epcot? Thanks as always – Jen

Hey, that’s a GREAT way to spend your extra time 🙂 Well I might be the wrong person to ask, as we love Epcot…but I will admit it wasn’t love at first sight. I think many people don’t see Epcot at Disney World for what it is. Its not your typical Theme Park, its not a thrill seekers park. Its more chill and has more non-ride attractions than the other parks have. Epcot is often thought about as a half day park or not for kids…all that means is some people are comparing it to parks like Magic Kingdom and not taking the time to explore its hidden treasures.

Epcot

So basically Epcot is made of two sections, the World Showcase (various countries) and Future Showcase (rides, interactive attractions). And for those who are just looking for rides, they might not see all the other interactive and educational parts of Epcot and don’t forget the food. Keep reading for more detailed info. As always, keep following my page for more tips & tricks and make sure to watch the video at the end of these posts, I just might feature the ride or attraction in question. Why not Watch AND Read about these special experiences.

HIT Rides:

Epcot has some very well known and popular rides. Soarin’ Around the World is a FAN favorite, Test Track is the more speed racer attraction and then there is Frozen Ever After (perfect for those little princesses). All 3 rides are in the TOP tier for fastpasses, so you can ONLY pick 1 to fastpass, which leaves you waiting in line for the other 2 but ALL are a MUST. Spaceship Earth is a cult fan favorite and if you like simulation rides, Mission Space is also a popular one.

Perfect for the WHOLE Family:

Much of Epcot is great for the WHOLE family. So many rides and interactive attractions to enjoy, not to mention exploring the World Showcase and learning about different cultures (Kidcot Fun Spot). There is The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Living with the Land, Journey into Imagination with Figment and my personal fave – Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros (Donald Duck). Much of Epcot has interactive zones for guests to experience, usually pre or post rides, so don’t miss out on those. AND…Epcot is a great place to interact with and meet Characters, especially Princesses and more obscure characters like Baymax or Wreck it Ralph.

Food/Countries:

Like I mentioned above you can explore and learn about different countries, various cultures in Epcot. As I often describe it like an outdoor museum, its more than that. Its the sights, sounds, food, and even shopping from a distant land. Get close to authentic food per these countries, shop popular culture items and chat with a Cast Member from that region of the earth. And the food, SO MUCH FOOD!! Epcot is known for it cuisine and beverages. Many people flock to Epcot several times of year just for its eats and food festivals. When you are getting sick of Theme Park food, hit up Epcot.

Holidays/Festivals:

Holidays are BIG at Epcot. We love it at Christmas time, all the countries are decorated per their culture or historical Christmas story. Most countries even share holiday music or have “storytelling hour” where they share stories of Christmases past per their country. Easter is fun too with the Eggstravaganza hunt. Festivals, so many festivals at Epcot that its hard to go without something special happening. All revolving around food booths and drinks with either Art, Flowers, Wine or Holidays as its theme.

So as you can see, Epcot is a bit different and it might be an acquired taste, but once you explore it properly…you will fall in love too. Epcot is like the non Theme Park of Disney but as long as you like to walk, eat, explore and learn…give Epcot a chance. NOTE: Disney is working on adding MORE rides and attractions, so soon Epcot just might be everyone’s FAVORITE park.

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!

Boy Meals at Disney World

Thinking about heading to Disney World, but you have ALL boys. Worried that Disney is too much princess and not enough Pirate, READ ON…

Dear Nina, I saw your recent FB Post on getting Princess meals for some little girls. As fun as that sounds, what do you do for boys? I have all boys and I don’t think they will enjoy a Princess Meal. Do you have any suggestions? Where should we eat? Any Cars, Toy Story or Star Wars Meals? Any boy meals at Disney World? HELP!?!? We are so excited to be working with you, thanks for booking our dining. Sam.

Hey Sam, thanks for the question and I actually get this often. Disney is a LOT of Princess, it is. Princesses are in most every Disney Movie and are the foundation for Walt’s early Animations, story-lines. So it makes since that Disney would promote Princesses, but I get it. I have a boy too:)

So read below for some suggestions on boy meals at Disney World. But if it helps, my son has done ALL of the Princess Meals and loved them. You would be amazed how flirty and cute the little boys get when meeting Ariel or Aurora. Its a precious moment. And I have had boy families enjoy a princess meal or two, for the Boy Moms wanted to fulfill their own dreams. The boys took one for the team and secretly enjoyed it 🙂 Keep following my page for more tips & tricks and I can’t wait to book your dining:

Toy Story:

Many families ask me about a Toy Story meal and as there isn’t currently a Toy Story Meal with characters, you can enjoy a fun Quick Service Meal in Toy Story Land called Woody’s Lunch Box. And NOTE – a NEW Table Service Toy Story meal is in the making, but we don’t know if it will or will not be a character meal at this time. Here’s hoping.

Sci-Fi Dine-In:

I love this restaurant location and so does my son. As I don’t want to classify it as a boy meal, it does involve classic cars and sci-fi, lol. Who wouldn’t want to dine in a classic car while watching vintage sci-fi commercials on a giant movie theater screen WHILE eating classic Americana eats like Burgers, Fries and Milkshakes. NOTE: you can get Vegan or Dairy-Free Shakes!! Our FAVORITE treat!

Character Meals:

There are also several NON Princess Character Meals on property. Again, can’t call them boy meals, but boys love them too. Try Tusker House, Garden Grill, Ohana, or Chef Mickeys. You might meet Minnie, but she loves all 🙂 Sadly there aren’t any rough and tumble boy character meals like say Pirates/Peter Pan or Star Wars Characters but that would be amazing. Disney, if you are reading, this is what we want!!

PRO- TIP:

Since there aren’t any Character Meals set for just boys, per-say, I found that knowing where to meet those characters your boys are hoping to find saves the day. You can 100% meet Woody, Buzz, Chewie, Kilo Ren, Lightning McQueen and even Cruz. Princesses might seem everywhere, thanks to those Disney commercials, but they really aren’t. Plenty of magic for all to enjoy. As your Travel Agent we can discuss this at great detail to make sure we are booking the right “boy” meals for your family. But in general, I find most meals are perfect for all, boys & girls alike.

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!

5 FREE things at Disney World

After spending your savings to vacation at Disney, LEARN about 5 things that are FREE.

Dear Nina, we are SO excited about our trip. Thanks again for all of your help and spot-on advice. I am wondering what else I need to save for, outside of our Disney Resort Package. Anything that is FREE, lol? Anything we can enjoy without an extra cost? Thanks again – Tim.

Hi Tim, I am SO excited for your family!! So based on your package, you are ALL set with the Resort, Park Tickets and Food, so all you need to save for are tips (Waitress, Housekeeping, Bell Service, Bus Driver, etc) and Souvenirs. PS – I think everyone NEEDS Mouse Ears 🙂

As far as FREE, not sure if this is what you are talking about, but many people don’t realize the following things (see my list). Not to mention I get asked often if the shows, parades, etc are FREE – they are!! My family LOVES the Shows, they are so well put together and the acting/singing is top-notch, think Broadway. Keep following my page for more tips & tricks and enjoy my LIST of FREE items at Disney:

#1 – Celebration Pins:

So, this might not seem like a HUGE perk, but all Disney Visitors can get a Celebration Button. So if you are celebrating a Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, Engagement, Milestone or like that one time I celebrated a “Trip SANS Kids”…I got a button for FREE. Ask at your resort or Guest Services in the Parks.

#2 – ICE WATER:

Again, might not seem like a HUGE win, but when you take into the cost of bottled water at the parks, FREE is sure a deal. You can ask for FREE Ice Water at ANY Quick Service Dining Location. TIP: Pack a refillable water bottle or sippy cup and pour that water in – no need to hunt down straws or lids.

#3 – KIDCOT FUN SPOT:

SEE my EPCOT post on this one, but WOW what fun. Your kids can explore all the countries in the World Showcase and collect Cards from ALL the countries, not to mention learn a few NEW words from around the world. Take the time to talk to the Cast Members, they always make our trip special and very magical.

#4 – WILDERNESS EXPLORES:

Head over to Animal Kingdom for this FUN Activity. I get so many people who think Animal Kingdom won’t be a FULL day park, well once your kids fall in love with collecting “badges” from this activity, you will find yourself exploring Animal Kingdom ALL DAY. You can’t miss these zones, look for the Wilderness Explores Signs or Cast Members dressed like Russel from UP.

#5 – CARDS:

Did you know there are 2 types of cards you can collect on property? One being from the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Scavenger Game and the other comes from Transportation (Wild About Safety) posts around property. Who else loves the Timon & Pumbaa Safety Spot Cartoons that play in your Disney Resort Room, well now you can collect cards 🙂 The Sorcerers game is SO much fun, especially if you have time to kill in the parks or are living with a gamer.

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!