Epcot is my favorite park overall. The countries, the festivals, and the fireworks make it such a fun place to go! If you haven't been to Epcot before, its a park where an international showcase flows into the land, discovery, and celebration areas allowing you to really explore. There is a full aquarium within the parks as well. This park is also known for its festivals throughout the year. There are four in total- Arts festival, Flower and Garden festival, Food and Wine festival, and the international festival of the Holidays. All are worth attending but I have my favorite two below. Lastly, this is home to the Frozen ride for anyone dying to ride it!
While I know many people choose to skip this park for shorter trips, I would strongly discourage people from doing this. You will really miss a part of Walt's vision of the world, and an opportunity to explore something new. This was the second park created within the WDW property. Big bonus here - if you want to take home souvenirs that aren't Disney released this park has merchandise directly from each country that is represented!
Now that you know a little bit about Epcot below are my must do rides, food, and extras!
Test Track- This ride has been a favorite since it was created! The recent updates to it make it modern and relevant to current items. But the two best parts... the speed and the competition with your car you build. It's worth the wait I promise!
Living with the Land- So this ride doesn't get the best reviews but if you want to see what Epcot is truly about this is your ride. You take a boat through all of the Epcot's gardens where they are growing their own food. You may even find a hidden Mickey in there. If you want to eat the food Epcot grows get a dining reservation at the Garden Grill.
Figment- I mean Figment is basically Epcot's own mascot. This ride might be a bit outdated but I just love him so much! It's defiantly an icon ride that everyone should experience.
L'Artisan des Glaces- I have mentioned this ice cream place several times and it's for a reason. It's my favorite place to get ice cream on property. Get the Croque Glace.
Rose & Crown Pub- I mean if you want to experience England, why not try the pub?! This is super fun spot to grab a beer and enjoy looking over the water. They also have a stand outside if you just want to grab a drink and wonder around the park. But what is really cool is that Epcot released a new firework party at the Rose & Crown that looks so fun! For $89 you get a three course meal and unlimited adult beverages. I am dying to do this!
La Cava del Tequila- This little spot has the best chips and dips in ALL OF DISNEY! Plus great margaritas. If you can get in, its worth the stop. If you are playing around the world, it's a great starting spot so you can get some food too!
La Crêperie de Paris- The Crêperie is new and will officially open October 1st. From all the reviews of those that got to go early it's going to be amazing. There will be a quick-service and sit-down options. Each side has different menus so you will want to experience both!
Other Items Not to Miss:
Food & Wine Fesitval- If you have heard anything about Epcot it's probably this festival. It's by far their biggest festival and typically lasts from July to November. It's a huge celebration of food and it's adult beverage counterparts (there are plenty of non-alcoholic options). I love eating around the world during this festival because there are so many options and they change them up every year so each festival is different. We have also taken wine classes, and baking classes during the event. I would recommend all of it! If you go for the festival plan to go a few times during your trip. Secondly, go for lunch instead of dinner. It gets extremely crowded at night.
International Festival of the Holidays- The holidays at Disney World are like nothing else you have experienced. Everything is completely done up for the events and Epcot is no exception. They also have festival booths throughout the countries where you can try holiday treats from around the world. The Candlelight Processional in America is a show that can't be missed. It's the best show Epcot has all year. The cookie stroll is fun to complete! It's about 6 cookies- you purchase the first five and the sixth is free. If you are into Holiday sweets, it's a fun thing to do! This festival typically runs from mid-November to the week after Christmas.
Creations Shop- This is Epcot's signature store that just opened up in time for the 50th anniversary. It's a place where you can customize your merchandise. I love everything you can already make unique in Disney Springs so this place is 100% up my alley. If you want something different to take home I highly suggest this location for your souvenir.
Club Cool- This is Coca Cola's staple in Disney World. You can go in and try all types of their products from around the world (very fitting for Epcot?!?) for free. If you go in you have to try the Beverly. Just don't be mad at me afterwards- it's an Epcot tradition.
Picture with the Ball-Epcot is known for the "ball"- make sure you get your photo from either side there before you leave.
Until next time,