Epcot - 2 Day Touring Plan
Epcot is one of the second largest of the Disney theme parks in terms of square footage. Most major attractions are housed in pavilions that also contain several smaller attractions. Between the sheer size of the park and the large number of attractions, Epcot is a place where it would be quite easy to spend several days and never run out of things to do. Nevertheless, with two full days to explore, it is entirely possible to get a reasonable overview of all the major and some of the minor attractions.
Epcot is divided into two sections -- Future World and the World Showcase. Future World focuses on exciting breakthroughs in technology both today and in the near future, while the World Showcase is a celebration of global cultures. While the two sections blend seamlessly together, the division nevertheless creates a natural break point at which to separate your visit.
Day One - Future World
Future World opens at 9 am, although you should plan to arrive at least an hour early. The most popular attractions are generally Mission: Space and Test Track, so visit both just after park opening for the shortest lines. Mission Space offers two experiences -- the original Orange side and the toned-down Green side. Be sure to consider the health warnings extremely seriously and then choose the side that is most appropriate for your family. Both Mission: Space and Test Track offers a single riders line, which can significantly cut down your wait if your party is willing to ride separately. Grab a Fast Pass for one, ride the other via single riders line, then switch, for ultimate time savings on back to back experiences.
After Test Track and Mission: Space you may be ready for some breakfast. The Fountainview Café, located just outside Innoventions, offers gourmet coffee beverages and a variety of pastries. This is an excellent spot for a quick breakfast.
Almost every pavilion in Future World is home to a variety of interesting attractions. An entire day in Future World will be gone before you know what happened if you do not keep an eye on time. Be sure to catch the Living with the Land boat ride in the Land pavilion, home of Soarin’. This is also an excellent place to have lunch at the airport concourse style food court. See the animals as well as the Finding Nemo-themed attractions at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Everywhere you turn there are new discoveries, all loosely based around the theme of “technology.”
Do not miss Epcot’s best kept secret. Club Cool is one of the few places on Disney property to get something entirely free. An international assortment of Coca-Cola products, many not sold in this country, is on tap, and you can drink as much as you like for no charge. Be sure to try the Beverly, an aperitif from Italy.
Future World closes at 7 pm except for selected attractions. As most guests make their way to World Showcase at this time, it is an excellent opportunity to visit popular rides. Be sure that you know exactly which attractions will stay open late.
Day Two - World Showcase
The World Showcase does not open until 11 am, though Future World opens at 9 am. Therefore, 9 am to 11 am would be a perfect time to re-visit your favorite Future World attractions, get breakfast, or enjoy some Future World shopping.
When the World Showcase opens, choose a direction. The countries of the World Showcase are laid out in a circle around the World Showcase Lagoon, so it is best to begin at one end and work your way around the Lagoon in order. Be sure to pick up a Times Guide, as street performers do their shows throughout the day at selected times. Use the Times Guide to keep you on track and moving around the Lagoon, but make sure not to over-schedule your day. There is much to see, do, eat and drink in each country, so allow yourself time to soak it all in.
While everything in the World Showcase is well worth seeing, there are a few particular “don’t miss” attractions. The Voices of Liberty perform a cappella renditions of classic folk and Americana songs as the preshow for The American Adventure main show. While the main show is certainly well done, the Voices of Liberty are the true stars. Do not miss their act.
Off Kilter is a Celtic rock band performing throughout the day in the Canada pavilion. The British Invasion is a Beatles tribute group that performs in the Rose Garden amphitheatre in the UK pavilion. Both are top notch rock bands and should not be missed.
Street performers abound in every country, and add a good deal of flavor to the country’s pavilion. From mimes in France to acrobats in China, leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the acts. Also take time out to speak to each country’s representatives. Most Cast Members (employees) who work in the World Showcase are part of Disney’s International Program. In this program, Cast Members from across the globe come to Disney to work for a year. They are always happy to discuss their homeland with guests, and these conversations help to flesh out the reality of the country for guests.
You will definitely want to catch Illuminations, Epcot’s nighttime laser light and pyrotechnic spectacular. The show is viewable from all around the World Showcase Lagoon, and everyone has his own favorite viewing location. A special treat is to purchase snacks from one of the many outdoor cafes and enjoy the snack while watching the show from the café tables.
Epcot is a huge park in terms of sheer square footage and number of attractions. Nonetheless, with two full days to explore it is entirely possible to get an excellent feel for the park. Keep an eye on the time, but allow yourself to get off the beaten path. Epcot will surprise you with its hidden secrets.
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