I recently wrote about my favorite places to take a mid-day break at the Magic Kingdom. Moving through Disney World, here are my favorite spots at Epcot to slip away, enjoy some cool air, and not feel as if I am wasting precious time in the park.
The American Adventure: Located in Epcot’s World Showcase, this 29 minute show takes guests through a patriotic look at America’s past. Hosted by Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, guests will see historical scenes depicting the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth Rock, all the way to the invention of the telephone. The lobby of The American Adventure is a nice place to sit and relax while waiting for the show to start, or if you have a little one who needs some quiet time. The theatre is well air-conditioned, and the seats are comfy enough to catch a quick nap in. I would love to give more insight here on the actual show, but, well, I’ve always used this show for my mid-day nap break.
Gardens in the UK Pavilion: The World Showcase can get quite crowded, especially during certain times of the year such as Food and Wine Festival. However, the Gardens in the UK Pavilion are usually quieter and much less busy. This is get place to sit and enjoy the weather with a nice cocktail.
The Fountain of Nations: One of my favorite simple pleasures of the Disney Parks, the Fountain of Nations is a great piece of Imagineering, and features water from 29 different countries. Located in Future World, every 15 minutes the fountain displays a wonderful water, music, and light show. The breeze coming from the fountain is always a relief from the heat. I always like to catch the show at least once while I am visiting Epcot.
Impressions de France: Another show that I have never stayed awake for, Impressions de France is also located in the World Showcase. This 18 minute travelogue type film shows different images of France, set to music by French composers. The film really is a beautiful glimpse into France, but the air conditioned dark theatre always lulls me to sleep. Give your feet a break from racing around, enjoy a croissant, and be swept away to France!
The Seas with Nemo and Friends: This is a great mid-day break because you won’t feel like you are missing out on anything. This attraction is all indoors (more air conditioning!) and themed as an underwater exploration base. There is an aquarium where you can slow down and take your time watching the sea life. Turtle Talk with Crush is also located here, which is a fun interactive show for younger children.
Reflections of China: Sit back and relax as you take a 360 degree film tour through China. Check out sites such as The Great Wall of China, Shanghai, and Forbidden City. With a run time of only 13 minutes, this is great for quick break before jetting off to your next FastPass!
Epcot is so great because there is so much variety! You can race around a track on Test Track, Soar over the country on Soarin’, and travel the world in the World Showcase. There is so much to see and do, and before you get overwhelmed, take a quick mid-day break at one of these spots! Your feet will thank you, and you won’t feel as if you are wasting your time.
Where do you like to relax at Epcot? Share your favorite break spots with us in the comments!
Monica is an Alumna of the Disney College Program. When she is not walking down the middle of Main Street USA you can find her wandering the World Showcase, or enjoying a Dole Whip while racing to her favorite attractions. When she is forced to endure life outside of Walt Disney World, you can find her in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she lives and works. You can visit her Disney lifestyle blog here.
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