Bust These 5 Epcot Myths to Boost Your Disney Vacation Experience
by Suzanne Burmeister
If you want to sample some amazing dining options at Epcot, book early!
When I was a kid, I remember not being as thrilled about visiting Walt Disney World during the days when we went to Epcot. But lately, those have been my favorite theme park days—simply because Epcot offers relief from the crowds as well as boasts some of the best restaurants in the entire theme park area. Bust these five Epcot myths, and you’ll find yourself treasuring your vacation all the more.
Myth #1: Epcot doesn’t have any good rides.
Reality: You’ll find a lot of fan favorite rides here, such as Soarin’. Kids will love Frozen Ever After, The Seas With Nemo and Friends, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, and the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. Thrill seekers will love Test Track and Mission: SPACE. Plus, a lot of new attractions will be coming soon to Epcot, including a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction as well as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
That means you have a lot of options for theme park guests looking for rides.
Heads up: When you make your FastPass selections, you can only choose one of these three highly popular rides:
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
Make sure you come up with a plan as to which ride your party desires most.
Myth 2: You can find better merchandise elsewhere.
Reality: According to many Disney experts (including me), the best place to find the memorabilia you want is at Mouse Gear, an enormous store in Epcot’s future world. You can find everything from plush toys to t-shirts to candy.
Bet bet: While visiting other parks, keep your eye out for future purchases. Then you can make all of them at once at Mouse Gear, because this store will most likely carry it. (However, I’ve found a few instances where we had to go back to Magic Kingdom for men’s pajama pants, because they weren’t here.)
Did you know? If you don’t want to carry all those bags, have them sent back to your resort—for free! Just make sure you’re not leaving early the next day, because it usually takes up to 24 hours for it to transfer.
Myth 3: You should avoid Epcot during busy times.
Reality: Epcot sprawls across 300 acres, making it three times the size of Magic Kingdom. (Technically, the largest park is Animal Kingdom, though I’d say the guest area is not). Epcot has so much more visitor area to explore than many other parks. Even when the crowd is at its peak population, you may not know it because there’s so much space. For instance, if you walked the entire World Showcase from Mexico to Canada, you’d be covering 1.25 miles!
That’s why this location is recommended when you’re trying to avoid feeling trapped by people!
Myth 4: You don’t need reservations for Epcot’s numerous World Showcase restaurants.
Reality: Epcot boasts some of the best restaurants in all of Disney World. If you fancy German, you can swing a stein at the Biergarten Restaurant. Looking for something out of the ordinary? You can try Moroccan at Restaurant Marrakesh. That being said, if you’re going to wait until you’re there to get a table, you might be out of luck. These restaurants book up to 180 days in advance, meaning you may find yourself scrambling to find something free.
Best bet: Figure out what restaurant you want to visit well in advance. Book early! Also, remember you will be charged $10 per party member if you don’t bother showing up.
Myth 5: Epcot is boring!
Reality: You may feel like Epcot doesn’t have a lot to offer, but you would be wrong. You can immerse yourself in a variety of offerings: from the different cultures featured in the World Showcase to the thrilling Test Track. Plus, Epcot features a lot of festivals during the year, such as the Food & Wine Festival.
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