Epcot is almost twice the size of Magic Kingdom, and has two distinct parts: Future World and World Showcase. There are so many things to do at Epcot that it would be easy to walk right past some of these, but you really don’t want to miss out on any of the things on this list. Here are 10 things you may be missing in Epcot’s Future World:
10. Club Cool
Club Cool is located as you make your way from Future World into World Showcase, and it’s definitely a spot you don’t want to miss. You can sample various sodas from around the world – for free. It’s a great place to get a quick caffeine fix and escape the heat for a few minutes. Our favorites are always the fruit-flavored sodas!
9. Character Spot
Epcot Character Spot is easy to quite literally walk past, as it’s located in the breezeway connecting the main walkway to the Land and Seas pavilions. Here you can meet Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy and pose in front of fun, Epcot themed backdrops. It also has an indoor queue line, so it’s a great place to get out of the sun, too. Many times you’ll find a very short (5-10 minute) wait time here.
8. Sunshine Seasons
With all the fabulous dining options in the World Showcase, it’s easy to head straight there when you want something to munch on. Sunshine Seasons in the Land pavilion, however, is a great place if you’re trying to please many different palates in your party. There are many options of various ethnic foods, as well as snack options, too. Go between 2-4 pm for lighter crowds.
7. Mouse Gear
This store is located in Future World as you head towards World Showcase. It’s one of my favorite gift shops and has some unique items to offer. We found some cool Star Wars themed merchandise here on our last trip. This is a great place to browse when a shower pops up or to escape the heat mid-day.
6. Mission Space play area
Did you know that as you exit Mission Space, there is a play area? If you are waiting with the younger guests in your party while the other people ride, you can walk in through the gift shop located to the left of the main Mission Space entrance. There are some tunnels to climb through, lots of buttons to push and a slide that younger children will love. It’s a great place to allow the kids to run off some energy while you sit and put your feet up. Bonus? It’s air conditioned!
5. Art of Disney
I have been to Epcot many times in my life, and I had missed this place altogether until my most recent visit. My husband and I stumbled into the store late one evening and were fascinated to watch an artist painting right there in the store. There are many original cell paintings for sale from any number of Disney classics, and a lot of interesting artwork that puts a new twist on old favorites. Do yourself a favor and go browse!
4. Fiber optic tiles outside Innoventions
This is one of those classic Epcot places that enchants kids and adults alike. In the evening as the sun sets, go find these illuminated tiles outside of the Innoventions pavilions. Grab a Starbucks drink nearby, put on some glow necklaces and have a dance party to the funky Epcot-at-dusk music. It’s one of our favorite traditions.
3. The Seas play area
The Seas pavilion has another often times overlooked play area. You can get your picture made with Bruce the shark from Finding Nemo, explore lots of interesting fact boards about marine life, and get up close and personal with sea creatures in smaller aquariums. Give yourself plenty of time to dive into all the fun things here!
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2. Play Fountains
There are two splash fountains in Future World – one by Test Track and one as you’re heading toward World Showcase. They shoot water randomly and people of all ages love guessing when and how much they’re going to splash. It’s a great way to cool off if you don’t mind wet clothes for a while. It’s also a fun place to people watch!
1. The Sum of All Thrills
The Sum of All Thrills is a little-known about but fun simulator ride. You design your own roller coaster, and then get to experience what you’ve created. It’s located in Innoventions and is a slightly tamer alternative to Test Track. There are many other things to explore in the Innoventions pavilion, too. When major attractions have long wait times, it’s a great place to hang out.
Make sure you don’t miss any of these attractions in Epcot’s Future World on your next visit!
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