As you know, our Frog Family spends a lot of time hoppin' around Walt Disney World, and Epcot is one of our absolute favorite parks! On spontaneous trips when we aren't able to snag a FastPass+ for Test Track or Frozen Ever After, we enjoy visiting some of the lesser-known spots at the park.
We've taken countless laps around World Showcase and Future World, so we've had plenty of opportunities to leap off of the beaten path. After all, it's good to explore all the corners of Epcot. That's why we're here to share our favorite Epcot Hidden Gems for you to discover!
The Frog Family's Top Five Epcot Hidden Gems
Epcot Hidden Gem #1: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure
Similar to the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom activity from Magic Kingdom Hidden Gems, Agent P's World Showcase Adventure takes you on a sleuthing journey through the park with Phineas and Ferb's trusty platypus, Perry. Start an investigation with the help of Major Monogram and his intern, Carl, to defeat Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
All you have to do is sign up online while you're at Epcot to receive a series of clues via text leading you around World Showcase. You can also download the Play Disney Parks app, or visit any of the recruitment stations around the park to begin playing. Six pavilions are included in the fun, with each scavenger hunt-style mission lasting 30 to 45 minutes. Up to nine guests can join forces, but you must complete your missions by the park's closing time! Progress will not be saved for any future visits.
Epcot Hidden Gem #2: Epcot’s Garden Railway
The Epcot’s Garden Railway exhibit first debuted as part of the 1995 Flower and Garden Festival, but the miniature trains and Bavarian village have stayed ever since. Located just outside to the right of the Germany pavilion, you can spend a good chunk of time watching these trains chug around the village, through tunnels and over the hills. The display is intricately detailed, filled with villagers, livestock and a city hall. During the holidays or special events, the town gets decorated accordingly with nativity sets or festive topiaries.
Epcot Hidden Gem #3: Club Cool
Club Cool is a gift shop dedicated to Coca Cola products, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. We consider Club Cool as an Epcot hidden gem because of its soda fountains that feature eight different fizzy drinks from around the world. Ever wonder what kind of soda people in Zimbabwe or Greece drink? With unique flavors like guarana berry (Brazil) and “liquid bubblegum” (Peru), your taste buds will get a chance to sample exotic soft drinks. Best of all, these are entirely FREE samples. So, if you’re feeling thirsty, be sure to stop by Club Cool. Just watch out for the sticky floor.
Epcot Hidden Gem #4: U.K.’s Hedge Maze and Butterfly Gardens
Stroll through the cobblestone streets and quaint buildings of the U.K. pavilion, and behind the shops and restaurants you’ll find a mini hedge maze. The traditional hedge maze is modeled after the real-life Somerleyton Hall Maze, but it’s short enough that you or the tadpoles do not get lost! Right in the middle of the maze is a gazebo where the British Revolution band intermittently performs renditions of classic rock songs from Queen, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.
Enjoy some English afternoon tea, and sit on the benches to take a break from traveling around World Showcase. Steps away, you can also walk through the Butterfly and Knot Herb Garden. There’s even a box that houses butterfly cocoons. If you’re lucky, you may get to watch one hatch!
Epcot Hidden Gem #5: Street Performers
Street performers can be found in any major city around the world — and at Epcot, it’s no different. While these performers are part of Disney entertainment, these “street shows” have a lot to offer with sights and sounds from all over the globe. From synchronized Japanese drummers to a Mexican mariachi band, it truly feels like you’ve been transported to the actual country while you’re watching.
I do have some favorites, though! You can’t miss the “Serveur Amusant” show in the France pavilion. Two comedic waiters from the nearby Les Chefs de France restaurant juggle wine bottles and climb atop stacks of chairs. Très impressionnant! Sergio the juggling Italian mime gets passersby to participate in his antics. One time, he chose me to throw the soccer ball into his hoop!
We'd like to hear your favorite Epcot hidden gems, too! Shoot us a comment with your favorite under-the-radar fun, and we might just add it into the post!