Epcot has a wide variety of things for you to see and do. Since there is so much at Epcot, guests need to have a game plan in place to accomplish as much as possible. Disney pros may differ on the restaurants to eat at, but Disney pros definitely agree on the five things that you must do first at Epcot!
5 – Reserve FastPasses – any trip to Epcot by a Disney pro will start with a trip to the My Disney Experience app so you can make your FastPass reservations. This is a must-do for multiple reasons. First, Epcot uses a tiered FastPass distribution system, so the popular rides are lumped into the same tier and generally will run out early. Second, you’ll want to coordinate your FastPasses for as early as possible to allow you as much time to walk around World Showcase and experience the interactive parts of Future World.
4 – Head to Test Track or Soarin’ – both Test Track and Soarin’ (when it reopens this summer) are in the same FastPass tier meaning you can only choose one or the other for your FastPass. As soon as you get into the park (ideally, at rope drop), you will want to head to the attraction you did not get a FastPass for to be able to ride it with a small line. If you planned your FastPass appropriately, you can easily have the two most popular rides in the park ridden within the first hour!
3 – Bypass Spaceship Earth – the geodesic sphere at Epcot is meant to be attractive and distracting. This is because it is Epcot’s “weenie.” What do we mean by that? It is designed to draw guests to it – and it works. Early in the morning, lines for Spaceship Earth can exceed 30 minutes (when it on average has less than a 10 minute wait). You’ll want to bypass this attraction first and come back a ride it after the crowds have dispersed.
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2 – Focus on Rides – if you are at Epcot at park opening (which is usually 9 AM) and focus on the rides, you can have everything in World Showcase accomplished in a few hours. Between the FastPasses that put you at the front of the line and the small crowds and small number of attractions, it isn’t impossible to do every attraction at Epcot. Pros know the high value attractions are Soarin’, Test Track, Mission: Space, and Journey Into Imagination. Pros know they can hit Living with the Land and Ellen’s Energy Adventure at any time (and both are great relaxing rides to giving you plenty of time off of your feet)!
1 – Hit World Showcase at 11 AM – as the day wanes on, crowds in World Showcase continue to gather. Pros will hit World Showcase when it opens at 11 AM and will be able to enjoy a trip (or two or three) around the world before crowds begin to gather. Pros also know that this will give them the freshest of foods at the restaurants dotting the countries.
There is a certain amount of skill that comes to successfully touring Epcot while managing crowds and lines. Knowing these five things that Disney pros do first at Epcot will help you get the most out of your day and will help set you on the path to becoming a pro yourself! What is the first thing that you do when you visit Epcot?
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