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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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!!

Disney Rides, KID Approved – Epcot

Got kids? Wondering which rides are best to enjoy and fastpass AND are kid approved? Read on for our Epcot list.

Hey guys, here you go. Another installment of…what my kids want to fastpass. As you might know…I recently had to make fastpasses for my family’s BIG Disney World Vacation. This time around I asked my kids to take control. They picked the dining locations AND the rides. But more specifically which rides I was to fastpass. They had to follow the guidelines set by Disney, per the Tiered System but got to pick whatever they wanted. My kids are not dare-devils but they are very Disney experienced…so basically these are rides picked by kid experts. Epcot Rides for Kids…

The BIG 3:

The BIG 3 as I call them are the 3 more “thrilling” rides that Epcot has to offer. Of course the kicker is, you can only fastpass ONE and my kids put all 3 on the list. So this is where major planning comes to play. I was able to pass 2 of the 3 and the 3rd we will be “running” too first thing in the morning. Those 3 rides are of course Soarin, Test Track and Frozen Ever After. All are amazing, which is why they are all my kids favorite. Test Track was the front runner for this trip since we just got back from riding Soarin‘ at Disneyland. And who isn’t tired of Olaf, right?!?!

Spaceship Earth:

We LOVE this ride!! Its a little dated, but that’s part of its charm. Its a ride throughout the ages, learning and witnessing the creation of communication. Of Technology. Watch man go from cave drawings to scrolls. See the written word get etched into time in books. Learn about the first computers and see how it all began. The best part, IMO, is the corny outfits and facial expressions on the characters faces. Its a great, slow moving, family friendly ride complete with some education. You can even create a futuristic, environmental home on the screen of your vehicle. This I am sure. is my kids favorite part. I can’t wait, especially as rumor has it….its getting a refurbishment soon.

Spaceship Earth at Night
Living with the Land:

So this is probably one of my least favorite rides, but most love it. Its Epcot, so of course this is an educational one. Its a slow moving boat ride, kinda like Its a Small World but without the intoxicating singing, lol. The best part of this ride is the garden area, in fact I could hang out in this section and skip the rest. You get to watch and be amazed by soil-free growing of all sorts of plants. Veggies growing from above, not in the ground, with recycled water that feeds plant after plant. And since I mentioned it, the part I don’t like is the tanks. They show you fish and other sea life and mention how the fish help feed the plants, but they also say how those fish also fed the surrounding restaurants. Being Vegan, that part isn’t my cup of tea.

So…whats on your kids list? Have you ever thought of letting the kids control the trip? Within reason, of course. My kids never know when we are going, but they know its booked and help plan when asked. This trip will be extra special as I am just the Travel Agent on this one, the rest is on them. They even picked the Resort.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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