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 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. World Showcase is perhaps best known for its international dishes, desserts and drinks. For these reasons, and its sheer size — almost double that of Magic Kingdom® Park — Epcot® is best experienced over a couple of days.
We’ve created this one-day touring plan so you can experience Epcot®’s most popular attractions with the lowest waits, prioritizing rides that should be visited within the first hour, and within the first two and last two hours. This plan assumes you are starting within the first hour of park opening, taking a break in the afternoon and then returning in the evening. It also skips over lesser- priority attractions to provide more opportunity to explore World Showcase. For foodies and culture buffs, Epcot® could easily become a two-day adventure.
Make advance FastPass+ reservations for Soarin'™ Attraction, Epcot Character Spot and Spaceship Earth. Aim for the times listed below. Remember, you can modify your one-hour selection times within My Disney Experience!
For those of you who don't plan to arrive at park opening or want more flexibility than a touring plan, our general map is the easiest way to determine at a glance the best times to visit Epcot®'s attractions. A printer-friendly version of this map is included in our 1-Day plan.
Looking for more park hours and events? Check out the Orlando Crowd Calendar.
The Frog Family follows a general touring plan for each day at the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks.
If you are like us and will be traveling with little ones, we suggest navigating the park by area and experiencing the most popular attractions when crowds are lowest. Be sure to check out our Epcot® Touring Plan to plan your visit to the parks.
Make sure to take advantage of FastPass+, a new reservation system that allows guests to book up to three attractions and entertainment options per day in one park. Resort guests can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of their trip and non-resort guests can book up to 30 days in advance of their trip by creating a profile and linking their tickets on My Disney Experience. You’ll find more information about FastPass+, including how to make or modify reservations via the park kiosks, on our Guide to FastPass+ and MyMagic+.
Remember to bring your camera, but don't worry: If you forget, cameras, memory cards and batteries are always available for purchase in the park. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen. During the rainy season, having a poncho, umbrella or light raincoat is a good idea, too. Remember to drink plenty of liquids during your visit. Epcot® is a big place! We recommend you wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes.
Families with young children shouldn't miss the Kidcot Fun Stop activity centers located around World Showcase. The kids will have a chance to do hands-on activities and ask questions as you visit each country.
Bring your autograph book with you for the character meet-and-greets throughout the park, or pick one up at numerous shops throughout the park.
Many Disney Cast Members are fluent in more than one language. The flags on their nametags indicate which languages they speak.
Look for the Disney photographer at the entrance and at other scenic spots in the park.
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. Adults with youngsters too small to ride may take turns riding an attraction. There is no need to wait in line twice. Ask a Cast Member for details about Child Swap. Check the Epcot® Times Guide in the park for the most current show times and hours.
If your party decides to split up, remember to set a meeting place and time. Try not to pick any place too trafficked, or it may be difficult to find your party.
ATMs at Epcot® are located on the east side of the Entrance Plaza, International Gateway, on the path between Future World and World Showcase, and at the World Showcase - The American Adventure. You can exchange currency at Guest Relations or at the American Express Travel Office on the west side of the Entrance Plaza.
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