Epcot is a massive theme park which can involve a lot of walking. Not having a plan can mean you can do even more walking by moving aimlessly across the park. Thankfully most mistakes do not mean our vacation is ruined but, they can mean we enjoy our day less. These are the Top Epcot Mistakes to Avoid in 2019.
You might have heard that Epcot is currently undergoing some massive changes. However, don’t skip the park there are still some fantastic
You attempt to do it all in 1 day
Epcot is a massive theme park with lots of things to see & do. In our opinion, you should treat the park as 2 separate theme parks i.e. Future World & World Showcase.
Attempting it all in 1 day will usually lead to failure, tiredness & grumpy kids. If you have time visit on 2 or even 3 days. This will also make your Fastpass+ strategy easier.
If you do only have 1 day consider what are your must-do attractions.
Not having a Fastpass strategy.
There are 3 big attractions in Epcot:
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
Disney only lets you pick one of these Group A(also including IllumiNations) attractions in your initial Fastpass selections and this presents a problem to anyone with only 1 day to visit Epcot. For the majority of 1-day visits, you might need to consider skipping an Epcot attraction or two.
Frozen remains the most popular of all 3 and is usually the hardest Fastpass to get. However, if you don’t have small children you might consider giving it a miss.
Soarin has recently had a 3rd theatre added which has reduced waits considerably. Unlike the other 2 attractions, Fastpasses are more likely to be available for Soarin after you have used your first selections.
Fastpass selections do fill up fast at Epcot. Make sure you know all the critical booking windows so you can book as early as possible. You can find out more in our Guide to Epcot Fastpass.
Not using the Single Rider Line for Test Track
Test Track has a single rider line which allows you to join a much shorter line if your group are happy to ride apart. While waiting times are not guaranteed they are usually much shorter in the single rider line.
Not bringing park essentials
Make a list in advance of what you need to take into the park e.g. camera, phone, autograph book, poncho. Make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen & a good hat. Plus you will need access to plenty of water.
Pack your bag the night before. Remember to not take too much as you will be carrying it all day.
You can’t access the park Wi-Fi.
Online access is essential in Walt Disney World. Don’t even consider entering a Walt Disney World Park in 2019 without access to Wi-Fi.
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.
Not having a break.
Don’t underestimate how much there is to do in Epcot. Plus the Florida heat can be unforgiving. It is easy to burnout if you are not careful.
Make sure you take plenty of time out, drink plenty of water & don’t skip meal breaks.
Thinking Epcot is for adults only
Many people have the impression Epcot is for adults. In fact, it is one of our kids’ favorite parks.
While kids will love Turtle Talk and the Seas with Nemo & Friends, the World Showcase is the biggest star for any children with a curious mind. Don’t forget to visit Kidcot in each country to complete an activity and collect activity cards. A new Kidcot, with new activities, was introduced to the park in 2018.
Wearing new shoes.
Make sure your shoes are worn in and comfortable you will be doing a lot of walking. Epcot is a massive park.
Did you know the British Queen hires someone to wear in her shoes?
Not Eating in World Showcase
Epcot in the epicenter 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 well in advance.
Missing the Festivals
This might be unavoidable depending on when you visit but if a festival is getting held at Epcot you must visit. There are 4 festivals which return annually to Epcot:
- International Festival of the Arts.
- International Flower and Garden Festival.
- International Food and Wine Festival.
- Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
All these festivals have great entertainment, special events, music and special food kitchens. Festivals at Epcot are included in your regular admission and are fantastic fun.
Visiting on major holidays
Unfortunately, due to annual leave, this might be unavoidable. However, if you can avoid it don’t visit Walt Disney World during major holidays. While all of Walt Disney World will be crowded we actually find Epcot does manage crowds better than other parks.
While you will have a great time no matter when you visit, but lower crowds do mean less stress. If visiting at the busiest times, is unavoidable, our Guide to Beating Crowds at Disney World might help.
You drank too much
We always recommend drinking plenty of water in Epcot. However; Drinking around the World is a fantastic fun Disney experience enjoyed by many adults.
Just remember the Florida sun can be unforgiving if you drink a bit too much alcohol.
Not staying for the night.
Epcot is even more magical at night but rarely stays open beyond 9 pm. Make sure you don’t leave before it gets dark.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth ends in Summer 2019 and in our opinion is one of the very best Walt Disney World shows. If you have never seen it before don’t miss it.
Do you have any other Epcot Mistakes to avoid in 2019? Why not leave us a comment below?
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