Long ago, Walt Disney designed a utopian society – the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, or EPCOT. That unrealized concept soon turned into the amusement park loved by everyone.
The two separate lands of Future World and World Showcase are all about innovation, culture, and people. Epcot has some amazing experiences, but here are the top ten things to do there.
1. Spaceship Earth
If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside of the giant Epcot ball, this is it. Led by none other than Dame Judi Dench, this relaxing dark ride shows you the history of human communication and innovation.
Animatronics in Spaceship Earth depict cavemen writing on the walls to scientists inventing the computer. Once you’re done viewing the past, you can design your own future right from your vehicle! It perfectly embodies everything Epcot stands for.
2. Soarin’ Around the World
Travel the globe without leaving your seat. Disney’s Soarin’ Around the World takes you on a virtual parasailing adventure. Fly by polar bears in Greenland, the Great Wall of China, and Australia’s Sydney Harbor. The sights, smells, and gentle motion of Soarin’ make for a breathtaking ride.
3. Test Track
Zooming through Epcot at sixty-five miles per hour, Test Track takes its passengers on an exciting spin. After designing your own virtual car in the queue, test it out on the roads. This ride is equally fun for both thrillseekers and car lovers, and one you can’t miss.
Every country in World Showcase has its perks, but one of my favorites is Mexico. This area has art, shops, a gentle boat ride with the three amigos, and some amazing food and drink options. At Choza de Margarita, try a frozen marg in many flavors and grab an empanada. And although you can get a churro in any park, the ones at La Cantina de San Angel have a special caramel dipping sauce. Yum.
5. Mission Space
Whether you ever wanted to be an astronaut or not- this ride is an experience everyone should have. This space simulator sends you on a mission to Mars, and it’s you and your crew’s job to arrive there safely. This ride has two versions, with Orange being an intense spinning simulator and Green being more family friendly. If you get motion sickness easily, this might not be for you. But for the thrillseekers, definitely check out Mission: Space
Another top spot on our tour of the world is France. France is the place to be for fresh hot bread, crepes, and ice cream. If you’re a pastry person, visiting Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie is a must for a croissant or eclair. After you snack, be sure to chat with Princess Belle about your favorite books.
7. World Showcase Live Performances
World Showcase in Epcot is home to eleven countries, with Disney cast members from each actual location. While you are eating and drinking around the world, make sure you stop and watch the live performances. The acrobats in China, traditional drummers in Japan, and Mexican Mariachi band are a wonderful taste of culture from each country.
8. Frozen Ever After
Located in the heart of Norway, this magical journey is led by your favorite characters from Frozen. Sing along to your favorite songs as you cruise through Troll Valley, North Mountain, and Arendelle. There’s even a few waterfall surprises – you may get splashed!
With some of the most stunning architecture and scenery, Japan is a frontrunner in the World Showcase. Try some traditional noodles, sushi, sodas and sake at Kabuki Cafe. And before you leave Japan, check out the Mitsukoshi Department Store. You’ll find authentic Japanese toys, clothing, gifts and art.
10. Living with the Land
Living with the Land is a slow boat ride through Disney’s greenhouse and gardens. This gentle cruise takes you by real fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees that Disney is growing on its properties. This ride is for the plant lover in your life, or anyone who wants to take a minute to see the behind the scenes of Epcot. You can even eat the fresh produce you saw on your boat ride at the Sunshine Pavilion and Garden Grill Restaurant.
Epcot seamlessly blends the past, present, and future in a theme park for all ages. We recommend you visit every country and try everything you can, but there’s not enough time in a day to do it all. Thanks for reading our top ten things to do in Epcot!
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