When in Epcot, I highly recommend eating at the San Angel Inn restaurant in Mexico. You need to make a reservation, so I suggest lunch, since it might be easier to get a table. While you wait, there is a really awesome boat ride called The Gran Fiesta Tour on the inside, which is full of amazing lights and a scene that feels out of this world. The food is great, and there is a cute gift shop there too! Plus, it's all indoors and air conditioned, which is great on a hot summer day at Disney World! Thanks to Maddie for this tip!
Want to go on the most popular rides like Toy Story Midway Mania or Test Track more than once in the day without waiting hours in line? Try to get a Fastpass+ reservation around an hour after park opening, and make all your Fastpass+ reservations for early in the day. Enter the park when it opens and go immediately to the popular attraction and wait in the standby line. The line will be the shortest right at opening, and depending on the season, you might even be able to ride it twice before your Fastpass+ reservation is ready. Then, once your third Fastpass+ reservation is done, head to a Fastpass+ kiosk and see if you can get an additional Fastpass+ for the attraction you desire.
I was at Epcot last fall and it was raining, humid and very warm. There were many Disney poncho’s on the visitors. Just about everyone was sweating under the rain gear. I decided to buy a small collapsible umbrella, but I could not find one. I asked the cashier and she had some under the counter. The umbrella worked perfectly, I stayed cool and it folded up into a small package which I stuck into my back pocket. Thanks to John for this tip!
Disney Dining Tip: Make sure you try the bakery in Epcot's France pavilion. They have delicious macaroons, strawberry tarts, and other great treats. Sometimes the line is long but it is well worth the wait! Thanks to Frank for this tip!
On the lower level of the Japan pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, be sure to check out Mitsukoshi, a great store selling candy, chopsticks, toys, etc. The last time we were in the store, there was a stand where you could choose an oyster with a pearl in it. The cast member would clean it for you and put it in a cute box. Our daughter loved it. She felt like she had found a buried treasure! Thanks to Karen for this tip!
When choosing a spot to watch Illuminations be sure to take the wind into account. An open rail by the water is worthless if the wind is blowing in your face, all you'll see is smoke. Thanks to Jeff for this tip!
The wind can affect your enjoyment of IllumiNations.
When you're at the World Showcase at Epcot, explore every inch of every country. You'll find loads of fun things just off the beaten path. Morocco is a lovely pavilion that is so much fun to explore. Go through each of the shops in each country. Lastly, there is a little area kind of behind and below the pub in England, which is a really great place to watch IllumiNations! Thanks to Jeff for this tip!
In Epcot, the kids loved collecting stamps for every country visited. When we went there, they got to decorate a mask in Italy, and proceed to go to all the countries. It does take the whole day to do this, since there are a lot of things to see in each country. Thanks to Clarence for this tip!
To really enjoy Epcot to its fullest, do your best to catch the little shows they give outside of every country's pavilion at the World Showcase. It totally enhances your experience ,and even kids love the entertainment! These shows can help kids get into the whole concept of the World Showcase and help them enjoy this park too. Check out a full list of World Showcase's live entertainment here. Thanks to Miros for this tip!
The most delightful tea shoppe exists in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot. Don't miss the imported crackers & cookies, and candy! You'll also find fun tea accessories (like cutting boards and aprons), and some really nice (and reasonable) jewelry. Nice souvenirs that don't scream WDW. Thanks to Sam for this tip!
When attempting to find a good location to view Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot's Showcase, some sources recommend snagging a lagoon side table at the Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom pavilion. If you should decide to follow this advice, be prepared to eat more than just an appetizer. The Rose and Crown staff is fully aware of this tip and will only seat patrons who intend to eat a full meal. Thanks to Andrea for this tip!
Have small children at Epcot? Try The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, or Gran Fiesta Tour – starring the Three Caballeros. These have all been big hits with both small kids and kids at heart.
Epcot has several rides that are great for kids.
There are many places to get a great view of Illuminations around the World Showcase lagoon. Our favorite spot is the walkway between Mexico and Canada (right between the two stores). Get there at least 30 minutes early, because it fills up completely. Other great spots are between Mexico and China, and the waterfront by Italy.
An excellent option for lunch is the Fish and Chips in the United Kingdom at Epcot — but don’t go in the Rose and Crown Pub. Try Yorkshire County Fish Shop, the food stand located right next to it (towards France). It’s a cheaper and faster option, which leaves you more time to experience Epcot!
Epcot has an information board between the Innoventions plazas that offers the wait times for each ride in both Future World and World Showcase.
One of the best views for The American Adventure is right up front. Everyone will push for the middle, but the best seat is front and center. You will see every movement and expression made by the characters, and the movie portions are near the back of the stage, so it doesn't feel like you're sitting too close. Unless there are major crowds at Epcot, no one will be sitting around you. Thanks to Jeremy for this tip!
The Epcot Food and Wine Festival makes September through November a great time to visit Walt Disney World, but watch out for the weekends. Epcot can get VERY crowded on Friday evening and all day Saturday. If you are at Disney World for vacation, try a different park at those times and hit Epcot during the week - the crowds are much better then. Thanks to Jim for this tip!
At Club Cool at Epcot, you can sample Coca Cola products from around the world for free. This is a great way to get a cool refreshing treat for free, but be warned: Try Italy’s Beverly at your own risk. It is extremely bitter.
Get free soda at Disney World!
We like to only eat at the World Showcase restaurants at Epcot, but after our first trip to Disney World we discovered how expensive it was to have dinner there. Now, instead of having dinner, we have a late lunch. We try and book the last lunch seating, which works out great! You get a large portion of food at about half the price. Then in the evening, we just grab a snack or eat after we leave the park. It has saved us a lot of money on our Disney World trips. Thanks to Patti for this tip!
I was at WDW with my family a few days ago. We really enjoyed Epcot, especially Soarin'. It's amazing! If you go, you will repeat as many times as you can, even though the lines can be extremely long. My advice is get to Soarin' early when the park opens, as the line will be shortest then. Then try to get a Fastpass+ for later in the day. Thanks to Walter for this tip!
Epcot dining tip: If you don’t mind leaving the park for a little while, head out the World Showcase entrance (between UK and France) and go to the Boardwalk. There are many great dining options, including the Boardwalk Bakery, one of our favorites!
A good way to cool off without going back to your hotel room: Head to the Hall of Presidents - 23 minutes of air conditioned relaxation. Another long, air conditioned ride: Ellen's Energy Adventure in Epcot. Thanks to Roger for this tip!
There is a lot of traffic at the Mouse Gears store in Epcot, and the lines to the cash registers can get quite long. To avoid a long wait in the line waiting to buy something, go to the jewelry section and ask one of the clerks there if they can ring up your merchandise since they are not usually that busy. They will be glad to finalize your purchase while everyone else is waiting in line. Thanks to Arlen for this tip!
A way to avoid lines at Mouse Gears in Epcot.
Parking tip: We went to Epcot in the afternoon. There were no parking guides to tell you where to park, so we cruised up to the front to see if anyone has left and grab a close spot. We went to Epcot between 3-4 two afternoons-and parked front row both times. This should work for all parks if the parking guides are done for the day. Thanks to Ellen for this tip!
If you are spending time in another park and want to watch the fireworks from Illuminations in Epcot, drive or take the bus to the Boardwalk. Park in the visitor parking area and walk to the World Showcase entrance. (Don't worry, it's a pretty short walk). When you get into the park, head for the Bridge near France. Even if you don't get a spot on the railing, you can see most of the show because you are slightly elevated. When the fireworks are over, head back to the Boardwalk and you will beat all the crowds heading back to the Epcot parking lot and monorail. Grab a snack on the Boardwalk. The Beach Club has a great Ice Cream Shop called "Beaches and Cream." Awesome!!! Try the Kitchen Sink or the Reese's Pieces Sundae. Thanks to Sam for this tip!
When you’re at Epcot, go to the World Showcase as soon as it opens at 11:00 am. Finish Future World in the late afternoon. This will help you avoid the crowds.
On the Norway boat ride Maelstrom, get in the front of the line after getting off the boat. When they let everyone in the theatre, you can follow the last group of movie viewers out of the theatre. This lets you avoid watching the movie after the ride, which can get boring after seeing it once. Thanks to Gabe for this tip!
If the line for Test Track is long, and your party doesn't mind being separated (or not being able to fully design a car), go through the single rider line. You will all go through the pre show together, and when it is time to get on a car, they fill you in one by one into the empty 3rd seat when 2 people sit. Sitting in different cars (usually one behind the other) was a small price to pay for this time-saver! And sometimes, two of you will even end up in the same car! Thanks to Laura for this tip!
Try using the single rider line at Test Track, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Expedition Everest. If you don’t mind riding alone or being split up from your party, your wait time will be dramatically reduced.
Look out for the single rider line at some of WDW's most popular rides.
We just recently went to Disney World in the first week of February. Towards the end of the week, Magic Kingdom was getting pretty crowded and, needless to say, so were the lunch spots. Since we had park hoppers, we took the monorail to Epcot and ate in the World Showcase without hardly any crowd at all. We even had enough time to ride Maelstrom. Thanks to Rick for this tip!
If you work for Hewlett Packard, be sure and bring your ID card to get an up close and personal view of the Mission: Space ride. Go to the door marked HP Invent show your id and get escorted behind the scenes and receive a Fastpass for you and your family. The hours are M-F 9-5, so don't miss out. Thanks to Tim4Kim for this tip!