Epcot is a massive theme park which can involve a lot of walking. To maximise your day at Epcot, you must have a plan. Our Top Epcot Tips & Tricks for 2019 will help you have a great vacation.
Consider Visiting on 2 Days
Epcot is undergoing significant renovations which have resulted in some closed attractions. Unfortunately, none of the big new attractions
However; the most significant challenge remains the sheer size of Epcot. To navigate World Showcase still takes the best part of a day. Most guests will struggle to complete the whole of Epcot in 1 day.
If you have time visit on 2 days which will also make your Fastpass strategy easier.
Have a Fastpass Strategy
There are now 3 big attractions in Epcot:
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
Disney only lets you pick one of these Group A(also include illuminations) attractions in your initial Fastpass selections. This will present a problem to anyone with only one day to visit Epcot as you will be unable to get a Fastpass for all the top rides.
To make sure you ride all your favourites you need to develop a strategy. We have created an Epcot Fastpass Strategy to help you with this dilemma.
Use the Single Rider Line
Happy to ride on your own? Can’t get a Fastpass? Then the Single Rider Line
Get there early
Failed to get a Fastpass for Soarin? Get there for park opening. Lines will be quieter the first few hours each day.
In addition, lines are often shorter than the advertised waits towards park closing.
Eat in Epcot
Epcot is the centre for Disney World Cuisine. With restaurants from all around the world, there is something that will appeal to everyone. However; restaurants do book up and it essential you have booked your reservations in advance.
Have access to the park Wi-Fi.
Online access is essential in Walt Disney World. The My Disney Experience App is your essential guide to wait times, maps, showtimes & a lot more. Plus you can reserve Fastpass+ & make dining reservations on the App.
Don’t even consider entering a Walt Disney World Park in 2019 without access to Wi-Fi.
Be ready for every type of weather
Don’t be unprepared for the weather. Epcot is massive and it will take time to return to your resort. Sunscreen, hat & waterproof all might be needed on any day.
Read our Guide to the Orlando Weather for more tips & tricks.
Visit during a Festival
There are several festivals held throughout the Epcot year:
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
- Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
- Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
These four festival offer unique entertainment & the opportunity to enjoy outdoor kitchens.
Don’t miss them!
Visit Club Cool
Disney World isn’t known for giving things away for free.Club Cool is perhaps the exception.
Experience up to 8 Coca-Cola products from around the world. Including the “delightful” Beverly.
Consider Skipping Some Attractions
If time is limited you may need to skip the odd attraction.
We have created a list of 5 attractions you might want to consider skipping at Epcot.
Have Rest Breaks
Epcot does involve a lot of walking. Make sure you schedule time for breaks. In addition, make sure you drink plenty of water.
Avoid Extra Magic Hours
The park will be busier on Extra Magic Hours days.
If you are not staying at a Disney World Resort don’t even consider visiting on an Extra Magic Hours day. Even guests staying at Disney might want to avoid these days.
Refelctions of Earth
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is due to close after the 2019 summer season. This classic Walt Disney World nighttime spectacular has been entertaining guests for many years and is a highlight of many visits.
A new night spectacular is due to launch in 2020. However, a new interim show called Epcot Forever until the BIG NEW SHOW opens.
If Illuminations is showing when you visit don’t miss it!
Experience Epcot at Night
All Disney parks look great at night. Epcot perhaps looks the best of them all. Make sure you schedule some late night exploring into your visit.
Read More Epcot Tips
Read our Beginners Guide to Epcot.
Our Guide to Walt Disney World is a great resource for planning your Disney World Vacation