Epcot is a seriously amazing place. Where else can you walk around the world in a matter of hours and learn all about science without even realizing it?
That said, all of that amazing stuff is hard to fit into one park, and once it’s all squished in there, the result is a truly remarkable and overwhelming place. For one thing, you end up with a pretty enormous park. For another, there is so much to see and do, it’s impossible to know where to start, what order to go in, where to eat, and all those other important details.
For this reason, planning a trip to Epcot can feel seriously intimidating, especially if this happens to be your first time.
Luckily, we’ve been to Epcot more times than we can even begin to count, and what that means is that we have some pretty awesome tips and tricks to share with you today. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the planning process, you’re going to want to continue reading right to the very end.
1. Visit Twice
As mentioned before, Epcot is quite large. For this reason, visiting twice during any given trip is always ideal if at all possible. This allows plenty of time to see and do everything without feeling rushed.
2. Arrive at Opening
Whether you visit two times or just once, arriving at opening is extremely helpful. Early-morning crowds at Epcot are almost always very small, meaning you can get a lot done in the first hour or two after the gates open.
We recommend arriving a half-hour before official opening time and walking straight to one of the most popular rides in order to take full advantage of those early morning hours.
3. Go the Back Way
If you’ll be arriving later in the day, or if you choose to take a break mid-day, you might find that coming and going from the backof the park is more convenient. This back entrance is near the France pavilion, and makes getting to and from the Boardwalk—as well as the Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts—a cinch.
4. Know What to FastPass
The FastPass+ system is an amazing way to save time in any of the parks. However, the trick to getting the most out of this system is knowing what to use your FastPasses on. In Epcot, the passes are split into tiers, meaning you may only choose one of the rides that you’ll really want FastPass for.
These are our suggestions as far as Tier 1 rides go:
● Most desirable: Frozen Ever After
● Next most desireable: Test Track
● Third most desireable: Soarin’
Frozen Ever After is first in the lineup because the queue is almost always ridiculously long and there is no single ride line available. Test Track is next up because the line is always long. However, there is a single rider line for this one. Soarin’ is third because while the line is almost always fairly long, it doesn’t tend to be as long as the other two, especially early in the morning and near closing time.
When it comes to Tier 2 attractions, pretty much anything goes. That said, Mission: Space tends to be a sought-after Tier 2 FastPass, and Spaceship Earth and Epcot Character Spot could also be more valuable than some others.