Should you skip Epcot at Disney World?

Headed to Disney and wondering if you should skip Epcot? Read on about the Pros/Cons of Epcot.

Dear Nina, Love your Page, been following it for a long time. My family and I are FINALLY ready to start planning a Disney trip and we keep hearing from friends & family that we should skip Epcot? What do you think? My SIL said there aren’t many rides and her kids were done before dinner. My kids are 3 & 6, should we do a different park twice and skip Epcot? Thanks. PS – Can’t wait to book with you.

Hi Reader, thanks for contacting me and thanks for following my page. So yes, you could totally skip Epcot if you wanted and do, perhaps, Magic Kingdom twice. I do get this question frequently and sadly have heard the same sentiments from previous clients. If it helps, we LOVE Epcot at my house. Epcot can be a lot of walking and less rides than other parks BUT Epcot is not like the others for a reason, it was designed to be educational, an innovative park. We think of it as a break from the go-go-go the other parks can create.

And if it helps, Epcot is in the process of changing. The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow is adapting with the times and NEW rides and experiences are coming. You might not want to miss that. So, as I feel like you have heard reasons to skip Epcot, read below for reasons to consider it:

CHARACTERS/PRINCESSES:

Epcot is a great park to meet Characters, but I am not talking just Mickey. Epcot features characters that you won’t find anywhere else. Think the Frozen Sisters and Olaf, how about Wreck it Ralph or Baymax. Not to mention lots of princesses in the World Showcase. Epcot even has a Princess Character Meal so you can dine with some classic Princesses. So if your kids are Princess fans, this park might need to be on the list.

FOOD:

Epcot is known for its food, especially in the World Showcase. So when others are eating classic Theme Park food, you could be enjoying traditional dishes from around the world. My husbands favorite places to eat are at Epcot. Not to mention Epcot often has a Food festival going on which means even more eats and treats AND drinks. So, while pushing the kids in the stroller, you could be enjoying a flavorful beverage with a creative, tasty treat. I mean, its your vacation too, right?!?!

KIDCOT FUN STOP: Passport Series:

I feel like this FREE Activity is often passed up by vacationers due to the fact, they just don’t know about it. Kids can explore EACH country in the World Showcase and get a Passport Card to add to their Suitcase Collection. They can color on the cards and learn new ways to say “hello”. My kids love talking to the Cast Members at each station and learning new words and about cultural traditions.

PRO- TIP:

So, if you are still worried about adding Epcot to your trip plans, do what we did in the beginning, plan it as a half day…with a Pool Break in the middle. Start the morning with some amazing rides, explore the World Showcase in the afternoon, then head to the pool before dinner time. Go swim, then return to Epcot for dessert and evening fireworks. As your Travel Agent we can discuss this at great detail to make sure you are making the best decision for your family. But in general, I suggest everyone give Epcot a try, you just might LOVE it as we do!!

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!!

How to SAVE on a Disney Vacation

Wanting to Visit Disney, but trying to save a buck? Learn how to save on a Disney Vacation very easily.

Dear Nina, I was just watching your “How to Save at Disney” Video and was wondering…can I really use Disney Gift Cards to pay off my trip? How much can I save? Do you suggest it? Is this the best way to save on my Disney Vacation?

Hi Reader, thanks for contacting me. Yes, yes you can!! And I get this question alot. I have many clients who do this and have saved several hundred dollars when using Disney Gift Cards to pay off their ENTIRE Disney Vacation. On a $4000+ trip, I had a client save about $200 or so doing this recently.

The key to making this work, to actually SAVE a decent amount on these cards, is to purchase them at a Discount. The other key is to purchase MANY. You aren’t going to save much by doing this for a few hundred, to really save you need to do this for the entire trip cost, think thousands. Below are my additional thoughts on this:

HOW TO PURCHASE:

Many of my clients have done this, most purchasing them online, from an authorized vendor that offers discounts for every card purchased (careful there are SCAMMERS out there too). Others purchase at their local grocery store, Target, etc when Gift Cards are sold at a discount. I love the idea of grabbing a few cards every-time you are shopping, toss them in the cart and save weekly/monthly…assuming you are getting a discount on the cards. Either way, make sure they are OFFICIAL Disney Gift Cards.

SAVE THOSE CARDS:

So, you decided to do this and now have many, many cards hanging around. SAVE THEM ALL, don’t toss them away. If, for any reason, you get funds back, they will go back on those exact cards. So grab a Ziploc or box and save those babies until your trip is complete and memories were made.

POTENTIAL CONCERN:

So, this sounds amazing right?!?! Save a few hundred off your vacation, instantly…but with everything…there is a slight concern. My personal concern on this is, what if you need to cancel your trip due to a financial emergency? Like you totaled your car or lost your job or find yourself needing funds quickly, so you cancel your vacation to rebook at a later date. Issue is, you aren’t getting cash back, you are getting Disney Gift Card funds back. Can’t pay off your emergency bills with a Disney Gift Card. Just food for thought. I personally prefer saving with my Disney Visa Card, earning points for every dollar spent. I have saved BIG that way.

PRO- TIP:

Assuming you decide to do this trick and get thousands of dollars worth of Disney Gift Cards, my PRO TIP – make sure to consolidate them. To pay off your trip, using Gift Cards, you have to enter them EACH in, manually…refreshing the page every-time. So grouping them into larger amounts and thus, less cards is key. And better yet, book with a Travel Agent and let her use her magic to pay your trip off with those Gift Cards 😉

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!!

Millennium Falcon VS. Slinky Dog

Which to Fastpass: Millennium Falcon OR Slinky Dog. AS you can ONLY pick ONE.

Dear Nina, Love your Page!! I am getting ready to make fastpasses and I am stuck. It won’t let me select Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run AND Slinky Dog. My family wants to ride BOTH. How do we chose, how can we ride both?

Hi Reader, thanks for contacting me. Yes, that is quiet the pickle and sadly…super common. Most guests want to ride it all, especially the NEW, hit rides. And thanks to the Fastpass+ TIER system, some rides in a certain category (Tier 1) prevent you from selecting more than ONE. So you do have to chose between those rides…OR do you???

I get this question alot from my clients and sadly…this is just the way. This is Disney’s way of “thinning the heard” so to speak, if they didn’t have a tier level, everyone would be getting the same 3-4 rides, at every park, and then the fastpass (skip the stand-by line) system wouldn’t work properly. But here are my suggestions to by-pass this:

HOPPER PASS:

With so many NEW rides out and apon us, I have really been pushing Hopper Passes for people who want to try to see and do it all, but espcially RIDE it ALL. With a Hopper pass, you could pass each of those rides on 2 different days, then HOP to another park (as needed) later on. Its a Win-Win and exactly what my family does.

ROPE DROP:

Another option is rising early in the day and getting to the park BEFORE it opens. You can pass one of the rides, then RUN (walk at a brisk pace) to the other ASAP. You will be part of a huge crowd also doing this, but it might cut-down on some line waiting time later in the day.

KEEP CHECKING:

Another option feels like “leaving it up to fate” but you could pass one and when at the park, that day, keep your eye on the app and keep trying to pass the other one as you have used your first 3 passes. Think late evening or during show times. This is also a good time to keep checking the wait times, as you could just sneak into line when it has a moment of being shorter, usually during meal times or later in the day.

PRO- TIP:

Either way, there really isn’t a perfect answer or cheat on this one, thankfully we personally do longer trips, so for us…visiting the same park twice isn’t a huge stretch. So my tip, extend your trip. Plan on doing a week-long vacation knowing you want to see and do more than the system allows. Talk to your Travel Agent and get the low down BEFORE you make too many plans and decisions. Knowing this stuff BEFORE you get too far down the rabbit hole really makes a difference. And if it helps; I would pass Millennium Falcon, see the VIDEO below.

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!!