All newbies, first timers and seasoned Disney goers ask me what my favorite things to do at each park are. This is one of my favorite questions to answer not only to compare notes with other seasoned guests but to get the new ones in on the trade secrets. As with any list, this is my humble opinion only. I’m going to take you through the 4 parks of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando in this series and name what I feel are good, well-rounded, excellent-for-everyone activities. No matter the age of travelers these are the best of the best that I believe everyone needs to see! Join me at EPCOT, won’t you?
1. World Showcase
This seems obvious but I’ve spoken to so many people who have not only been to EPCOT and skipped the World Showcase entirely or not even visited EPCOT at all because they think the park is boring because of the countries. I think those are both INSANITY! The World Showcase houses eleven countries and each hosts eateries, shopping, meet and greets with different characters and other shows. Just walking around the water and taking in the sunshine is breathtaking. Go try some food and browse the shops….you never know what you might love!
2. Fountain of Nations
This fountain greets you in Future World on your way farther into the park. Every few minutes there is a musical “Show” put on by the water itself! My favorite is when I catch the theme music from “The Rescuers Down Under”. What a display! The fountain is called “Fountain of Nations” in honor of the 29 countries that contributed the actual water it holds. If you pass the fountain and it’s quiet it’s worth waiting for the next round of magic.
3. Special Events
If you are visiting during the International Flower and Garden Festival or the Food and Wine Festival you will savor the specialties at EPCOT. The beautiful topiaries during the Flower & Garden Festival are shaped like very character you can fathom. There are gardens as far as the eye can see and everything is so manicured and perfect. The Food and Wine of course is for you if you enjoy the finer things on your menu! The excitement in the park during these events is tangible. If you’re lucky enough to be in Disney at Christmas you must find time for the Candlelight Processional.
4. Living With the Land
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. For those who haven’t gone on this relaxing boat ride- you simply must. It’s a nice way to take a load off those feet and get out of the sun, naturally. However, the plants, flowers and growing veggies and fruit you will see on this ride will astound you. I guarantee you will see something that makes you say “wow” and you’ll learn something new. You cannot go to EPCOT without going on this ride. You can also stop at Sunshine Seasons counter service nearby for lunch or dinner.
If you are a night owl and enjoy thrilling pyrotechnics this is a must-see. Over the water you’ll watch fireworks and a 350,000 pound “Earth” rotating with the world’s first spherical video display. You can dance along to the music and marvel at the world images on display. It’s a beautiful way to end your day exploring EPCOT.
These are my Top 5 for EPCOT for anyone and everyone. If you would like to discuss other options or need help planning your next magical trip, contact me today for your quote! Also find me on Facebook!
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