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Time Savers: 8 Tips to Make the Most of Your Day in Disney’s Epcot

Guests who visit Walt Disney World love to spend time in Epcot thanks to its amazing attractions and unique experiences. The park is divided into two halves with Future World in the front and World Showcase in the back. Future World celebrates a unity of technology and nature, and World Showcase features a global celebration with eleven pavilions, each focused on a country of the world. Guests who spend time in Epcot can enjoy traveling the world, traveling back in time, diving into the seas, hang gliding over beautiful locations, and stepping into the design studio. With so many amazing experiences to enjoy in Epcot, guests want to make the most of each moment while spending time in the park. While it is impossible to see it all in one day, guests can make the most of it by following a few tips designed to save time. Here are the eight best time-saving tips to make the most of a day in Epcot.

Editor’s Note: We understand that with the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, some of the advice in this article may not apply if you visit while park hours are reduced, capacity limits and physical distancing are in place, and some of our favorite experiences—fireworks, parades, and character greetings—are temporarily suspended. (You can read everything you need to know about the phased reopening by clicking here). We will continue to share articles that give guidance on a “normal” vacation to Walt Disney World, along with any special changes or instructions you may need to be aware of during the phased reopening to provide the best tips we can regardless of when you are visiting. ~ Chad & Cindy





 

1 – Arrive for Rope Drop

The easiest way to kick off a fantastic day in Epcot is to arrive for rope drop. This entails getting to the park before it officially opens and waiting at the gates to be let inside. Once the gates are officially open, guests who arrive at Epcot for rope drop are guaranteed to be some of the first inside where they can enjoy quiet walkways, few crowds, and lower wait times on popular attractions.

2 – Go Back to Spaceship Earth

The first attraction which guests encounter when heading into Epcot is Spaceship Earth. The attraction is housed inside a massive geodesic sphere and invites guests to travel from the beginning of time to modern-day to celebrate the history of communication. While Spaceship Earth is a must-do attraction in Epcot, guests should opt to skip it when first entering into the park. Many guests automatically get in line for Spaceship Earth when entering into the park, making the line longer than normal and creating a bottleneck. Guests who head back to Spaceship Earth at a later point in the day can enjoy the attraction while avoiding the initial rush.

3 – FastPass Frozen Ever After

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, FastPass+ is temporarily suspended.

One of the newer attractions in Epcot is Frozen Ever After, and it is extremely popular with guests. The attraction brings guests into the kingdom of Arendelle, where a summer celebration is happening with favorite characters like Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven. Since Frozen After Ever is sure to remain popular for a very long time, wait times are going to remain equally as high. Guests who want to enjoy a ride on the attraction should definitely plan on booking a FastPass for the experience as far in advance as possible.

4 – Go Straight to Soarin’ Around The World

One of the most popular attractions in Epcot can be found on the lower level of The Land Pavilion. Soarin’ Around the World invites guests on an epic hang gliding adventure over some of the most beautiful locations in the world, including the Great Wall of China. Guests can let their feet dangle and enjoy unique vantage points and sights on this unforgettable attraction. Since Soarin’ Around the World is so popular with guests, it tends to have long wait times on busy days in the park. If you have secured a FastPass for Frozen Ever After, then you are not able to select a FastPass for Soarin’ because of the Tiered system at Epcot. Guests who want to enjoy the experience without losing tons of time to the standby line should line up early for the attraction.

5 – Single Rider Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, the single rider queue at Test Track is not available.

Another top-rated attraction in Epcot’s Future World invites guests to learn all about automobiles. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet invites guests directly into the design studio where they can create their very own SIM cars and then test them on the track in Efficiency, Power, Responsiveness, and Capability. Guests can check out how their designs hold up and enjoy a thrilling outdoor loop at top speeds. Since Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is particularly popular with guests, those who want to save time should opt to wait on the Single Rider Line for the attraction. The Single Rider Line offers the exact same experience as the standby line but with typically a much shorter wait time so long as guests don’t mind being split up at the loading platform.





 

6 – Leave Plenty of Time for World Showcase

The rear of Epcot is home to World Showcase, which features eleven pavilions that are filled with beautiful details and culture. Guests who explore World Showcase can take in the architecture, unique shopping and dining experiences, entertainment, and wonderful details that will leave them feeling as though they have truly traveled the world. The best way to make the most of the time spent in World Showcase is by making sure that guests have enough of it to explore! Since the area is so massive and each pavilion is amazing to explore, guests should be sure to leave plenty of time to enjoy World Showcase.

7 – Enjoy The Attractions in World Showcase

In addition to dining, shopping, and entertainment, some pavilions in World Showcase feature amazing attractions that can’t be missed on a day in Epcot. Guests who are enjoying time in the park should be sure to experience The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros in the Mexico Pavilion, Reflections of China in the China Pavilion, the American Adventure in the America Pavilion, Impressions de France in the France Pavilion, and Canada Far and Wide in the Canada Pavilion.

Gran Fiesta Tour

8 – Line Up Early for Epcot Forever

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, nighttime spectaculars, including fireworks shows, are temporarily suspended.

Each night Epcot comes to a close with a performance of Epcot Forever. Epcot Forever is a nighttime spectacular that celebrates the past, present, and future of Epcot. The new show is a showcase of soaring fireworks, inspiring music, lasers, and colorful glowing kites flying above and around the park’s World Showcase Lagoon. Epcot Forever is set to perform until the park’s next nighttime spectacular, “HarmonioUS.”



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About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello is a huge fan of Walt Disney World and has been visiting yearly since she was an infant. With many trips under her belt, she loves to take her time in the parks and discover lots of small details and secrets in between attractions. When not learning about the history of Walt Disney World, Caitlin loves to eat and drink at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, sip on a Lapu Lapu at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and stroll through the streets of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. In between trips, Caitlin resides in New York working as a Teaching Assistant in a Pre-K classroom.