Walt Disney World's Epcot is the second most visited theme park in the world and for good reason. With over 31 Attractions scattered throughout the park and a 1.4 mile loop Showcasing 11 countries and there unique cultures and cuisines, getting everything done in one day seems more like a dream than a possibility. By all means if you think you can get to everything this vast park has to offer in one trip, than we say have at it. But for us mere mortals who have to pick and choose from all of the attractions, here is our list of the Top 10 "Must Do's" at Disney's Epcot.
Soarin' Around The World: While at first glance Soain' may not strike you as the most thrilling attraction, make no mistake, this one of a kind 4D Motion rides combination of special effects, realistic motion simulator and breathtaking visuals provide thrills like no other that make this one of our Favorite Walt Disney World attractions. The sensation you feel when you are flying over the SanDiego bridge or dodging golfballs on a California golf course or avoiding the treetops of the Swiss Alps is something that cannot be described and must be felt to truly understand how wonderful it really is. Soarin' has a 40in height requirement and is appropriate for all ages. While there are no scary or frightening elements, the attraction is quite high off the ground, almost 10 stories at the highest point so any guests with a fear of heights should make note of this and request to seated on the lower tier. Being one of Epcots most popular attractions, the wait times for this ride will skyrocket within minutes of the park opening so we highly recommend using Fastpass+ for this attraction or riding as soon as the park opens or right before closing during Illuminations to avoid a long wait.
Mission Space: Epcot's Mission Space is without a doubt one of if not the most thrilling attractions in all of Walt Disney World. While not a rollercoaster in the typical sense, this one of a kind flight simulators combination of High-G aerobatics, corkscrews, rolls and stresssful mission tasks will have you hanging on for dear life. Mission Space takes you on a daring space mission where you and your other crew members are given a series of tasks to accomplish in order to complete your mission, all the while being put through the craziest ride of your life. There is a 44in height requirement on Mission Space and while this attraction is appropriate for all ages, we highly recommend the green level for those who may get motion sick or have a heart condition as the Orange level can be too much for some. Being one of the most popular Epcot attractions and being located toward the front of the park, the lines for this ride will fill up almost instantly. We highly recommend using Fastpass+ for this attraction or riding as soon as the park opens or right before closing during Illuminations to avoid a long wait.
Test Track: If you only have time to get one attraction done while visiting Walt Disney World's Epcot. Make sure it's Test Track. Test Track is a High Speed, High Intensity thrill ride designed to take you through the rigorous tests new automobiles are put through before they are allowed to drive on the road. You start your automotive testing seminar by first designing your very own car. You get to choose everything including the vehicles shape, wheel size, color and even engine power. Now comes the fun part, testing your new creation! You will experience everything from 0-60 braking tests, a slalom course, icy road handling test, Hot and Cold weather tests, and our personal favorite, the acceleration and pedal to the metal High Speed Racetrack test! Test Track has a 40in height requirement and has absolutely no scary or frightening themes and is appropriate for riders of all ages. Test Track is by far the most popular attraction in Epcot so Fastpass+ is a must.
World Showcase: Take a trip around the world and experience the vibrant cultures and cuisines of 11 different countries, all in Epcots World Showcase. The World Showcase features 11 different countries including Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, U.S.A, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada, all showcasing their very own unique shops and restaurants. And While eating at every single restaurant in the World Showcase isn't very practical, stopping in at each country to explore their one of a kind shops, attractions and way of life is an absolute must. The best part about the World Showcase? Since it is so big and has so much to offer, aside from a few attractions, there is hardly ever a wait for most of the World Showcases's offerings making it the perfect attraction for the middle of the day when the crowds are at their peak.
Illuminations: While the Magic kingdom's Wishes and Hollywood Studio's Fantasmic may take the cake for the best fireworks Display's in Walt Disney World, Epcot's Illuminations is certainly not something to be missed. Illuminations combination of fireworks, laser light show and beautiful interactive center piece are what make this celebration of Mother Earth truly special. While there is no height requirement or wait for this attraction, we highly recommend getting a seat for this show as close to the entrance as possible to avoid the mass exodus that occurs at the conclusion of this firework show.
Frozen Ever After: Located in the heart of the World Showcase's Norway, Frozen Ever after is a flume type ride that takes into the Magical World of Frozen. A replacement for the ever popular "Maelstrom", some folks were a bit skeptical about having a new attraction in Norway but once they were able to ride Frozen ever after the skepticism quickly faded. Your adventure begins on the Docks of Arendelle as you board your Frozen inspired ship. Once you set sail, you are quickly whisked away into the heart of the Frozen Willow Forest where you will meet Kristoff's Troll family, Olaf, and much much more! This is a relatively new attraction at Epcot so you can expect there to be long waits throughout the day. We highly recommend a Fastpass+ for this attraction and or riding during extra magic hours.
Journey Into Imagination With Figment: While we wouldn't put Journey into Imagination with Figment at the top of our list of Must Do's, it's use of 4D effects and mind games are what landed it here on our list. Take a journey into your imagination with Figment as he shows you how truly powerful your imagination can be when set free. You will experience everything from butterflys that appear to be there one minute but disappear the next, some truly awful scents in the smell labs and even a room where everything is upside down. Journey into Imagination with Figment has no height requirement and even during the most crowded parts of the day the line never really grows to much more than a half hour wait time so Fastpass+ isn't recommended for this attraction.
Living With The Land: While Living With The Land is in no way, shape or form a thrill ride, this slow moving flume is my personal favorite attraction at Epcot. Living With The Land gives you a behind the scenes look at some of the problems plaguing the world and the food production industry and what is currently being done to solve these problems. You can expect to see everything from Upside down tomato plants, hydroponic gardens, fish farms and my personal favorite, Mickey Mouse shaped melons. There is no height requirement for Living With The Land and while during certain hours of the day the line can appear long, the line is constantly moving and in my 20 years of visiting Walt Disney World I have never waited longer than 20 minutes for this attraction.
Turtle Talk With Crush: In our opinion, Turtle Talk With Crush is the most entertaining attraction in all of Walt Disney World. Turtle Talk With Crush is an interactive show where you the audience gets to ask crush questions about sea turtles and his world under the sea and in return Crush will ask you questions about the life of "Human Dudes." Almost Everything that comes out of Crushes mouth will have you rolling on the floor laughing and we guarantee your kids will be walking around for the rest of the day saying "Dude" and calling you "Parental Units." There is no height requirement for Turtle Talk With Crush and the shows run every Half hour so there is never much of a wait. The content of the show is more than appropriate for all ages and we recommend showing up as early as possible to reserve a seat up front for young children.
Spaceship Earth: What Epcot Top 10 Must Do list would be complete without Spaceship Earth, it's a Disney Classic. Located inside of the "giant golf ball" in the middle of the park, Spaceship Earth takes you on a journey through time showcasing the technological advancements made by mankind. While this ride may not be the most exciting, the journey through time is always fun and no matter how many times you ride it you always seem to notice something new that you haven't seen before. Spaceship Earth has no height requirement and while there is usually a decent line, it is very fast moving a Fastpass+ is usually not needed here. We would recommend avoiding this attraction early in the morning and at noon as these are going to be the busiest times.
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