Planning a Day at Epcot

Planning a Trip ⇒ Planning a Day at Epcot

This guide to spending a Day at Epcot assumes that you plan on spending the entire day at the park.

The first thing to do when planning your day at Epcot is to select your Fastpasses.  I would suggest making the following Fastpasses:

  • Mission Space (10 am)
  • Spaceship Earth (1 pm)
  • Frozen Ever After (2 pm)

Your strategy for booking Fastpasses here is to secure one for Frozen Ever After no matter what time.  This is currently the most popular ride at Epcot, so a Fastpass will save you the most time.  If Frozen Ever After Fastpasses are only available later in the day, that’s fine you would just start your way around world showcase at Canada instead of Mexico.

Garden Grill Restaurant Sign

Start the day by having breakfast at your hotel before heading to Epcot, so you don’t waste time eating when the park is at it’s quietest.  If you’re interested in a character breakfast, you might want to make a breakfast reservation at the Garden Grill before the park opens.  This is a good way to meet Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale before the park even opens and it puts you closer to Soarin’ than those waiting for the park to open at the park entrance.  Just make sure your reservation is early enough that you’ll be out of the restaurant by the time the park opens.

Whether you’re starting at Garden Grill or the park entrance, your first attraction is going to be Soarin’.  Lines will get long for it later in the day, so it’s good to knock it out first thing in the morning.

Test Track Showroom

Test Track will follow this.  Don’t stop for Living with the Land or the Circle of Life film.  You’ll be back for those later.  Test Track is another popular attraction, so you want to get there before it gets too crowded.  Consider riding the Single Rider line if it already has a long wait.  Your party will be split up, but you’ll get on the ride much faster than the regular line.

Next, you can use your Fastpass for Mission Space, before heading back to The Land to ride Living with the Land and see the Circle of Life film.  This is also a good opportunity to stop for lunch at Sunshine Seasons.  They have a varied menu, so there should be something for everyone in your party.

Living with the Land - Greenhouse

While in Future World West head over to Journey into Imagination and The Seas with Nemo and Friends before using your Spaceship Earth Fastpass.  By this time you’ve already it all of the major attractions in Future World, so you can head to Mexico begin your world travels.

You can ride the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros in Mexico before continuing to Norway.  This is where you’ll use your final Fastpass for Frozen Ever After.

Frozen Ever After - Elsa

The rest of the day is really up to you to make your way around World Showcase at your leisure.  I would suggest checking the Times Guide, so you can catch as much World Showcase entertainment as possible and also stopping to see the American Adventure when you’re at the nearby.  There are short films in China, France, and Canada that we suggest stopping to see.  And of course, you can also eat and drink your way around World Showcase.

If you of your goals for your vacation is to meet Disney Characters, you might head back to Future World for a portion of the afternoon.  There at the Epcot Character Spot, you can meet Joy, Sadness, and Baymax, who are all exclusive to Epcot.  Back in World Showcase, you can also meet Donald, Anna and Elsa, Mulan, Snow White, Aladdin and Jasmine, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, and Alice.  Keep in mind that Epcot is also the only place at Walt Disney World that you can meet Mulan and Anna and Elsa.

Joy and Sadness Meet and Greet

There are a lot of great restaurants in World Showcase, so you have some great options from which to pick.  I’d suggest Le Cellier, the Canadian Steakhouse.  However, where you eat is probably going to be a matter of personal opinion since the restaurants are so different.

 The nighttime spectacular, Epcot Forever,  is presented on World Showcase Lagoon.  There are great spots to view from all around the water.  I would suggest watching from between Mexico and Norway, the islands by Italy, or the deck of Teppan Edo in Japan.

Illuminations Finale from Italy

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