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!!

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Disney Rides that make me go, Blah

I just might lose followers over this, but there are a few Rides & Attractions that I always skip and pretty much give me zero feels.

Hey guys, after posting a few times about the rides I love, I thought I would post rides that give me the opposite feeling. These aren’t rides that I can’t do anymore, these are attractions that just don’t entertain me, like at all. WARNING: Some of these are popular, lol…and I just might upset a few people. Just remember its all in good fun, after-all many people dislike my favorites. Disney Rides that make me go Blah…

Epcot:

Don’t kill me, but Journey into the Imagination with Figment. I am so not interested in this ride. Of course, my kids love it. I like the concept and Figment but could do without the rest. Perhaps I am over stinky humor but I find the ride boring and annoying. Perhaps if there was more to it or if the audience was more involved I would think different. I feel like I am on some lame slow ride witnessing an old 1970’s science experiment. Its just not for me, sorry.

Animal Kingdom:

I think, I think at least a few people would agree with me on this one, but Its Tough to be a Bug. First, I don’t like the queue area. I can’t tell you how many times I felt stuck in an underground hole FILLED with too many people. We were practically on top of each other waiting in line to enter the show. All I kept thinking was A – don’t lose any kids and B – what if there was a fire or an emergency. The whole thing gave me the heebie-jeebies. And of course some kid knocked their fathers RED Slurpee like drink on the floor and it splashed up ALL over me. I had no where to go, with no way to clean up. Joy, sticky fingers! Then the show starts…always with a screaming kid. Then more screaming and crying once the bugs start crawling on you. I, of course, love this part, but its just odd and seems kinda like shock value verses real entertainment. Just not my jam, sorry folks.

At least the outside line gives you Up-Close views of the Tree of Life.
Hollywood Studios:

Another attraction I might get dinged for, Voyage of the Little Mermaid with Lightning McQueen being a super close second. But for discussion, Voyage of the Little Mermaid was cute and simple but so not worth getting in line, sitting and waiting for a show to start. I guess I would be willing to do it again if it was raining or if my kids begged…but it was a HUGE bust for this Mermaid loving gal. The puppets were cute and the acting was good, but I was BORED. I guess compared to the Frozen Sing a Long Show, its doesn’t even come close to to the same level of entertainment. Anyone else??

Magic Kingdom:

Saving the best for last or saving the one people would hate me over for last. Eek. Ok, here it goes – Enchanted Tales with Belle. Ok I said it. Its hard to put my finger on a real reason for this show, but I assume its because I have better rides to enjoy at Magic Kingdom. With Magic Kingdom being my FAVORITE park, I could ride and ride all day. So to stop for this show just didn’t hit the mark for me…and I LOVE shows. I find this show only entertaining if one of my family or friends is asked to participate. If this makes me evil, then I am. I can see the excitement for kids, wondering if they will be picked and they get to see Belle…but I think I would prefer a bigger, better theater production show over what it is today. Again…just my opinion.

How about you? What is your list? I am sure some of you would list one of my favorites. Like my Gramma, she hated Its a Small World, a ride I ALWAYS go on, lol.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Frozen Ever After, Ride at Epcot

Thinking about visiting Epcot? Worried there isn’t enough to do? How about Frozen Ever After in Epcot?

Hey guys, it seems I often get families worried there isn’t enough for kids to do at Epcot 🙁 READ and FOLLOW along as I post about all the fun Epcot has to offer, including the attraction, Frozen Ever After. This ride is so popular its actually a TOP Tier ride and more often than not, a super long line. Sing with Elsa, Anna and Olaf and take a boat ride thru Arendelle.

Frozen Ever After – Epcot
Location:

This attraction is located in Epcot, at Walt Disney World. It’s in the World Showcase, in Norway. It’s easy to spot as once in the Norway area you start seeing glimpses of Frozen everywhere. In Norway you can actually meet Elsa and Anna and get lots of cool Frozen merchandise and with the NEW movie coming out this Nov…just wait. You can also enjoy a fun Princess Meal in Norway as well.

The Queue:

As I am sure you have been reading all my other ride posts, you would know that most rides have a queue, a holding area (so to speak) that is basically the pre-ride. Frozen Ever After has a semi decent queue, its feels like you are in the village surrounding the castle, complete with Oaken’s Trading Post. When in that area, listen closely. Its a fun way to pass the time before the ride begins. Look around at the shop and see what you can spot on the shelves.

The Ride:

So the ride itself is inside a Viking Boat and for those that remember the original ride in that area, Maelstrom, its the SAME boats. Its actually also the same ride track. So you board a boat, in water, and coast away into Arendelle. You meet Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the gang and “let it go”. The ride features a decent drop, but nothing to scary. The big surprise about this ride is…it goes backwards. Yep, there is a part in the ride where you are rushing backwards. And if in the front row…you might get a splash during the drop, which is towards the end of the ride.

The Tech:

So, as you saw in the video…the technology in this ride is pretty cool. It was actually quiet hard for the imagineers to figure out and accomplish. When on the ride and you look really, really close you will notice that the figures, specifically the girls are like sculptures where a projection is on the face area that make them animate. It gives them the appearance as if they are singing and talking. This is totally new tech and very different from the original animatronic characters on earlier rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact this new tech was also used on Lightning McQueen (in Hollywood Studios).

All in all, I love this ride and never miss it. I love the thrill of going backwards and I love trying to figure out the tech, its the artist in me. And, believe it or not, I have not lost the Frozen appeal. I want to note that this is not a princess ride, so please don’t skip it because you have boys, this is a family friendly, ALL ages/genders ride. My son LOVES it. So give Epcot a try, Fastpass Frozen Ever After and enjoy!

I would love to help you plan your Disney Vacation, it is my FULL TIME job after all. I am the Expert 😉 Mahalo for Reading and Following along with my blog & vlog – Nina