Space 220 - Interior Epcot Restaurant

If your kid is dining at Space 220, their trip to dine in space just got a little sweeter. Each purchase of a kids meal or a mocktail at Space 220 will come with a pack of Space 220 Collectible Trading Cards. Each pack comes with 5 cards, which feature artwork depicting life in space and facts about space exploration, food in space, and innovations in space technology. Space 220 also offers a "Zero-Proof Sipper" cup shaped like a rocket ship, available for purchase for $12, which includes a specialty space-themed beverage.

If your kid is interested at all in space travel and science, Space 220 might be the must-do splurge meal of your Disney World vacation. If your kid would love some trading cards but you don't want to shell out the cash for the full Space 220 experience, going to the lounge and ordering them a Zero-Proof Sipper is the most affordable option to score this neat souvenir at Epcot.


Rise of the Resistance Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Ever since Disney World debuted a virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance, they have tweaked the process for securing a boarding pass. We've shared a lot of tricks to reliably securing a spot in the virtual queue, and familiarity with the system is only getting more important as Remy's Ratatouille Adventure is debuting at Epcot with the same virtual queue system. Disney just added a new way to save a ton of time while trying to join a virtual queue at Disney World. While this might seem minor, this could be the difference between getting a spot on the ride or missing out entirely, as the virtual queue can fill up within seconds on busy days.

Within the MyDisneyExperience app, you can now confirm your party up to 1 hour before the virtual queue opens up. You can do this by going to the menu in the app (bottom right button with three lines), tapping "Virtual Queues," clicking "Join Virtual Queue," then clicking "Confirm Your Party." You can select all of the guests linked to your account that you will be securing a boarding group for. This will make it easier to join the virtual queue with the correct group selected, and you can avoid having to waste precious seconds by deselecting a guest who isn't eligible. If you've linked your Disney World account to a lot of different family members and friends like I have, this will make a big difference.

It should be noted that while the ability to confirm your party opens up 1 hour before the virtual queue opens (so starting at 6 am for the 7 am queues at Disney World), you don't have to get up at 6 am to confirm you party. You have all the way up until the virtual queue opens up to confirm your party, so you can wait until 5 minutes before to confirm.



Fish and Chips - Yorkshire County Fish Shop - Epcot Dining - Disney World

Going to Epcot during one of the many festivals that features food booths? A tray can be a very handy item, especially if you order multiple items at a booth. You could bring your own from home, or purchase one at a Festival gift shop, but here's a tip for a free tray: Yorkshire County Fish and Chips gives out trays with their meals. Have Fish and Chips for lunch, save the tray, and enjoy more convenient dining at the Food Festival booths for dinner.

Frozen Ever After - Epcot Fastpass Guide

Having to choose between Frozen Ever After, Soarin, and Test Track can be tough. Use our Epcot FastPass+ Guide and Tips feature to pick the best strategy for riding all of Epcot's best attractions and saving hours of time in line. Click here for more information.

Donald Duck - Gran Fiesta Tour - Disney World Attraction

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!

Toy Story Midway Mania - Hollywood Studios FastPass

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, use the Disney World app 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.

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!

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!

Epcot - Illuminations

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. Look toward the torches along World Showcase Lagoon to see which way they are blowing. Head toward where the wind is blowing from so that the smoke from the fireworks will blow away from you as you watch the show.

Rose and Crown - Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion - WDW Dining

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!

Miyuki Candy Art - World Showcase Entertainment - Epcot Attraction

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.

Ziti Sisters - World Showcase Entertainment - Epcot Attraction

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.

United Kingdom - Epcot

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.

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.

Marlin and Dory - The Seas with Nemo and Friends - Epcot Attraction

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.

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.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop - Epcot United Kingdom Pavilion - Walt Disney World

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 Tip Board - Disney World

Epcot has an information board between the Innoventions plazas that offers the wait times for each ride in both Future World and World Showcase.

American Adventure - Epcot Attraction

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.

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.

Club Cool Entrance - Epcot

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.

Rose and Crown - Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion - WDW Dining

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. Certain restaurants will have a lunch menu, which offers a significant discount over dinner. 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.

Soarin - Disney World Ride

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.

Avatar Flight of Passage on Pandora Ð The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Early bird gets the worm at Disney World. If you want to get the most out of your day at the parks, get there about 30-40 minutes before the park opens because you'll be able to ride all of your favorite rides before the crowds come. You'll have very short waits for popular rides like Toy Story Midway Mania, Space Mountain, Soarin, Frozen Ever After, or Expedition Everest. Avatar: Flight of Passage will still have a relatively substantial wait if you get there before park opening because of the demand (sometimes as much as 45 minutes to an hour as soon as the park opens), but this will still be significantly shorter than the standby wait later in the day (which can stretch over 2 hours easily).

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!

Hall of Presidents Exterior

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. Other long, air conditioned attractions: The American Adventure at Epcot, the Frozen Sing Along at Hollywood Studios, and Finding Nemo: The Musical at Animal Kingdom.

Spaceship Earth - Exterior

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.

If you are spending time in another park and want to watch the fireworks from Harmonious 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). Alternatively, you can take the Skyliner to Epcot to get to this entrance. 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.

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.

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!

Fish and Chips - Yorkshire County Fish Shop - Epcot Dining - Disney World

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 go on a couple of rides.

Mission: SPACE - Epcot Thrill Ride

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.