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.

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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!!

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – a MUST ride at Magic Kingdom?

Need HELP planning your Disney Vacation? Read ON and Learn about the Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom.

Dear Nina, we are SO excited for our trip, but with all this extra time, I thought I would research more on rides. I would love your thoughts. We are starting with Magic Kingdom. Any hidden gems? Thanks again – Heather and Family. Stay Healthy!

AS you know, I LOVE Magic Kingdom and I also love the hidden gems of ALL the Disney Parks. So…if you read my post on the PeopleMover, this could be Part 2 so to speak. Another not so popular or non coaster is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. Also located in Magic Kingdom, nestled in the back in Tomorrowland. But don’t let the simple facade of a building deter you, this ride is GENIUS and a fan favorite. Its practically a cult classic ride for Disney Fans.

Disney Carousel of Progress

Make sure to keep following along as I will try to discuss many rides a bit further in detail, more than I perhaps normally would in an email. Disney World is filled with wondrous treats that many aren’t aware of and usually these gems are my personal faves and MUSTS when vacationing Disney. 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.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress:

The Carousel of Progress is an AMAZING ride/attraction, especially when you think about how it was created forever ago. Made in the 60’s and moved around from its original viewing at the New York World’s Fair, then stopped at Disneyland for a while before finding its final home at Magic Kingdom. Located near the back side of Tomorrowland, practically across from the PeopleMover and near Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

Perfect for the WHOLE Family:

For families, it’s the perfect ride. It’s great for ALL ages and I mean babies to grandparents. Its slow, simple and not at all scary. Its like watching a movie, a moving picture with animatric figures that talk, sing and tell jokes. But the big thrill is…the theater moves. That’s right, you’re in a rotating theater.

So what is it:

Like I mentioned above you’re in a moving theater that slowly rotates in a full circle, taking stops along the way. Similar to a movie, you are watching a story unfold but with an animatric family. You get to ride the exciting evolutionary journey by witnessing all the various technological advances made in the 20th century, including electricity. See how magical it was to have an ice box, enjoying the invention of air conditioning or a owning an automobile. Watch as your soon to be favorite (typical) American family goes through life and time advancing along with all the wondrous creations of the technical age. It’s very nostalgic, educational and entertaining all at the same time. Not to mention – Air conditioning. Nothing beats the heat, rain or sun like an in-door ride.

Park Classic:

Nothing brings back memories of this ride like the classic and very iconic song – There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. Like Its a Small World, this song will live in your head for days but at the same time has a very uplifting thought. Like Walt himself, this song screams positive thinking and optimism. Its almost the perfect song for these current trying times. Tomorrow is another day and there is great big beautiful tomorrow that shines at the end of every day. Between the catchy song, the nostalgia for the past and Uncle Orville (lol), this ride could be your NEW favorite.

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!!

The PeopleMover – the BEST ride at Magic Kingdom?

Need HELP planning your Disney Vacation? Read ON and Learn about the PeopleMover Ride at Magic Kingdom.

Dear Nina, we are SO excited for our trip, but with all this extra time, I thought I would research more on rides. I would love your thoughts. We are starting with Magic Kingdom. Any hidden gems? Thanks again – Heather and Family. Stay Healthy!

YAY, love hearing that. Nothing helps a gloomy day more than planning a Disney Vacation. Magic Kingdom is my FAVORITE Park, well outside of Disneyland. But its my favorite WDW Park. I am a HUGE sucker for the classic rides. Forget coasters, I want to ride Pirates and Haunted Mansion and even Dumbo over and over again. But as you mentioned, there are a few hidden gems that most people don’t brag about. You know, after talking to your friends neighbors cousin about their trip…did they ever mention a ride called the PeopleMover? My guess is no, but for many in the know, its a MUST.

PeopleMover

Make sure to keep following along as I will try to discuss many rides a bit further in detail, more than I perhaps normally would in a email. Disney World is filled with wondrous treats that many aren’t aware of and usually these gems are my personal faves and MUSTS when vacationing Disney. 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.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover:

The PeopleMover (so simply named) is located in the Magic Kingdom. Its in the Tomorrowland area and an easy miss for many vacationers. The ride actually takes place ABOVE all the walkers and visiting guests. So when entering the ride, all you really see is a walkway elevator taking you up. Its nestled near some counter service eats and next to the Astro Orbiter (the space rocket ride you can see from a far). So in reality…it really is a Hidden Gem. I can only assume many just walk right past it, assuming since not a coaster, its something you can miss 🙁

Perfect for the WHOLE Family:

For families, its the perfect ride. Its great for ALL ages and I mean babies to grandparents. Its slow, simple and not at all scary. Sometimes you pass through a dark tunnel, but its quick and you can usually see the light at the end. If your kids like trains or the monorail, this would be a MUST.

So what is it:

It is what the name says…it moves people. Its a simple tracked ride where you enter and sit and watch and enjoy. It takes you above the park and through tunnels, buildings and rides, its a basic overview of the Tomorrowland area. Kinda like a train without the chaga chaga, choo choo. Its the perfect ride to relax, take in some air conditioning and get out of the sun for a while. As a kid, I LOVED this ride as it gave you a sneak preview into Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear. There are no hills or scary turns, only time it speeds up is to take a corner. The corners are the big thrill.

The Views:

I think my FAVORITE part of this ride, outside of watching other guests enjoy Disney are the views. Since this ride takes you around the Tomorowland area, above the people below, you get some good looks without a lot of obstruction. Love the castle, construction of NEW ideas and other rides in the area. You can even see some characters walking around or greeting guests. Buzz & Woody are common in this area. I love the breeze in my face and lights and colors should you ride at night. WARNING: it is hard to snap a decent picture as you do move at a good pace, so just enjoy it.

So give it a chance and enjoy! Just remember there is more to Disney than just coasters and rides you hear about from friends.

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!!