Technology and culture come together at Epcot®, easily the most educational of the Walt Disney World® Resort parks. Epcot® offers a few thrill rides and many more experiences to savor and explore. While Future World is focused on technology and innovation, World Showcase explores the taste, sights and sounds of some of the world’s cultures. For these reasons, and its sheer size—almost double that of Magic Kingdom® Park—we frogs recommend you do at least some basic planning before your visit.
We’ve outlined the key attractions and entertainment for you to experience along with detailed information such as the location and the best time of day to visit. For those of you who are hopping to do more, check out our step-by-step park plans!See all attractions and park plan
You'll feel just like us frogs, having more fun and hopping around with less wait, if you use our tips for navigating Walt Disney World® Resort.
We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes ahead of park opening and planning at least one day—and possibly two—to fully experience Epcot®. There are two entrances to Epcot®. The main entrance is positioned in front of Spaceship Earth, the iconic silver sphere inside Future World. A second entrance at International Gateway allows guests staying at the connecting Walt Disney World® Resort Deluxe Hotels easy access to World Showcase. Although there is no official welcoming show, guests are allowed into the park about 15 minutes before the official opening time. The World Showcase attractions don’t officially open until 11 a.m.
If you start your day at park opening, you can experience a few hours with very low wait times. We recommend experiencing the highest priority attractions with the lowest durations first. Save your FastPass+ experiences for the afternoon and early evening hours when crowds are at their highest. For parents with young tadpoles, we recommend taking a break in the afternoon and then coming back in the evening for the parade and fireworks.
Doing a little bit of planning at the outset, whether you want a full park plan or you just identify a few of your priorities, can mean the difference between a good time and a great time. To make the most of your time at Epcot®, follow these tips:
Although originally envisioned by Walt as the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, Epcot® today is home to two areas—Future World and World Showcase. The latter is perhaps best known for its international dishes, desserts and drinks. Hard-core foodies, shoppers and culture lovers will probably want two days to soak up the fun!
While Epcot® is not as large as Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in total size, there is more walking to be done in Epcot® and lots of concrete—so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and especially don't forget the sunscreen. Parents will want to reapply sporadically throughout the day so the tadpoles don't get sunburned!
Speaking of the tadpoles, if they are into characters, they will especially love Epcot®. At Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot, they can meet Mickey, Minnie and other classic Disney characters, but scattered around World Showcase, they will find more obscure characters such as Mary Poppins in World Showcase - United Kingdom and Mulan in China. We recommend you bring your own oversized pen or marker for autographs. You can make your own autograph book or purchase one in the parks, but the characters will sign just about anything! There are more "face characters" at Epcot® than some of the other parks, but don’t be surprised if your little ones are frightened by them or the fur characters, at least at first. Here are some tips you can follow to make meeting the characters a smooth process.
At the most picturesque locations around the park, you’ll find Disney photographers, ready to capture your magical moments. After they take your picture, you can have them tap your MagicBand or swipe your park ticket. The pictures can be purchased after your trip online, or you can purchase the Memory Maker package in advance of your trip for even greater savings.
We off a full list of the park's quick service and table service restaurants. For a table-service meal, Advance Dining Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance of your trip online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463). You can also make priority seating arrangements when you arrive at the Park at either Guest Relations or the desired eatery.
You'll find a list of the park's attractions under Things to Do, where you can discover which attractions you and your family are most interested in, see current wait times for that attraction and height requirements.
Looking for more park hours and events? Check out the Orlando Crowd Calendar.
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