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! While the various attractions and eating and drinking around World Showcase can keep you busy, there's always new little details to find on every trip!
With EPCOT undergoing its major transformation, some hidden gems are evolved over the years, but many have remained consistent. Lots of reopenings and new openings have allowed us to see some of these gems in a whole new light. There's so many details in the World Showcase pavilions and the front of the park should offer us even more exciting things to uncover once construction ends.
If you're on a longer trip or are locals popping in for a short visit, it's great to visit 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: Club Cool
Did you know you can try samples of Coca-Cola flavors from around the world – for FREE? Club Cool at EPCOT offers up a variety of flavors to enjoy at no extra cost. Located next to Creations Shop, taste-test flavors and shop for some Coca-Cola beverages and merchandise. We love stopping here to start our visit. Anyone up for the Beverly?
EPCOT Hidden Gem #2: EPCOT’s Garden Railway
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: Canada Pavilion
I feel that the Canada pavilion as a whole is largely under-appreciated. From the main pathway, it's hard to see Victoria Gardens, which is inspired by the Butchart Gardens in British Columbia. You don't have to wait for the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival each year to explore it, either! Colorful flowers bloom year-round, creating a peaceful escape from the rest of World Showcase. The Canadian Rockies facade also hides a towering waterfall that cannot be seen until you pass by Hotel du Canada.
EPCOT Hidden Gem #4: Morocco Pavilion
You won't want to miss the beautiful pavilion of Morocco. With exquisite mosaics and fountains, this pavilion is definitely worth exploring! Enjoy the peacefulness and take in the colorful artwork throughout the area. There are a few dining options and even small shops located in the small marketplace. The attention to detail in this pavilion is incredible and truly makes you feel like you have been transported across the globe.
EPCOT Hidden Gem #5: SeaBase
I'd say that most people automatically think of World Showcase or Spaceship Earth when they imagine being at EPCOT. But did you know there's an aquarium?! SeaBase is located at the exit of The Seas with Nemo and Friends ride. You don't even have to ride it to get to SeaBase — just continue through the gift shop's entrance. There's a smaller exhibit for rescued manatees, along with the main tank which houses dolphins, stingrays, sharks, sea turtles and fish. There are often cast members there that can answer any questions.
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!