I have to say, Epcot is my favourite of all of the amazing Disney parks. I think it is because being at Epcot is like being in a perfect world. The atmosphere is just incredible. Disney work so hard to ensure the environment is as authentic as possible, many of the staff working in the world showcase are native to the country in which they work in. This gives Epcot such an amazing, authentic vibe.
There is so much I love about Epcot that whittling it down to my top ten was incredibly difficult. But here goes; Ten things we love at Epcot.
Ride Soarin, this is the most exhilarating ride. We had used one of our FastPass selections for Soarin and were not disappointed. I just loved the ride from start to finish. When we first went into the theatre and boarded the ride it did not look very exciting. But wow it was incredible, I honestly felt like I was flying. We have never rode Saorin before, just dismissed it, but this is not a ride to be missed.
Try Out Test Track, this was another of our FastPass selections; Test Track is every car lovers dream. Chris and the boys were in their element designing their own car. I went for style whilst they went for speed; to be honest it all got a little competitive. I thought the ride on the track would be tame but trust me it’s not and is well worth riding.
Brave Mission Space, there are two routes on Mission Space. You get to ride on your own spaceship into orbit in a NASA style, training ride. I will admit we started out on the orange route, this was high intensity, but as soon as we saw the sick bags I panicked and made everyone get off and ride the tamer green route. This was enough for me ha ha, but still a fab ride.
Meet Your Favourite Characters, what I love about the character meet and greet at Epcot is that it is indoors and air-conditioned. Perfect for cooling down when it’s scorching outside. We did not book a FastPass so had to queue for a little while, but we were so hot we were glad of the rest. We were able to hop from one character to the next comfortably and nice and cool.
And because it was cool the characters were able to last longer without swapping, when you are melting in a queue it is soul-destroying when you get to the front and the character pops of for a break. Of course they need that break it is hot. And this for me is why the indoor meet and greets are so much better.
Enjoy a Glass of Champagne in France; you cannot visit France without stopping for a glass of pink champagne. And on a hot hot day it tastes even better. I love sitting in France and people watching, the atmosphere in France feel so romantic, I could honestly sit there all day.
Enjoy an Ice Cream in Italy; you cannot visit Italy and not have an Ice Cream. It blows my mind how Disney has managed to get the World Showcase so perfectly right. The whole atmosphere as you walk around the World in a day is incredible, and something I could never get bored with.
Open an Oyster in search of a pearl in Japan, when Joe said he wanted to open and oyster in Japan I tried to talk him out of it, I thought it was a waste on money. I think it was around $30 and he wanted to use his holiday money to pay. But do you know what? It was such a wonderful experience for him he was so excited. And the ladies that work on the Oyster station make it such a huge deal of it, that I am so glad we allowed him to make this special little memory. The Oyster he won was valued at $35, which we have put away for him for when he is older as a little memory.
Take your time and take in the sights, the detail at Epcot is just incredible, everywhere you looks there is something amazing to see. Magnificent details in every corner, for me the key to Epcot is taking your time and absorbing all the detail, the atmosphere and the incredible Disney-fication of the world.
Watch the IllumiNations Reflections of Earth, like all Disney fireworks the IllumiNations are breathtaking. You can watch them with the rest of the crowds as we have done in previous years, which has its benefits such as quick exit from the park, and a great atmosphere.
This time we booked a table at the Rose and Crown English Pub, now I do tend to avoid English Pubs when traveling abroad, but the Rose and Crown is an old style pub set on the lake, its like taking a step back in time. If you book a table overlooking the lake you have the perfect view of the fireworks. We enjoyed our meal as the fireworks lit the sky around us, it was the most wonderful vantage point and one I would thoroughly recommend.
And lastly, even if you don’t stay for the IllumiNations, which you would be mad to miss, stay until its dark, the sight of the Spaceship Earth Sphere at night is just breathtaking; the way it is lit is just stunning.
So there you have it; 10 things we love about Epcot. It is so different to the other Disney theme parks but in the most wonderful way. And that is what I love about Walt Disney World.