Your One-Day Guide to The Best of EPCOT

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If you’ve got one day to experience EPCOT and don’t want to miss a thing, this one is for you. The second-born Walt Disney World theme park took a different approach to the fantastical Magic Kingdom and is divided up a little bit differently. There is so much to see and do in this park, so we are going to help you pack as much into your one-day visit as possible.



Leave Enough Time for World Showcase

Even though the World Showcase area is at the back of the park, I would consider the sizable amount of time you will need to enjoy it at the beginning of your planning stages. This area is filled with culture, specialty food and beverages, shows, and even some of the most enjoyable rides, like the Frozen Ever After attraction in the Norway pavilion. You could spend an entire day moving through this space, so I would highly recommend leaving several hours in your afternoon free to take it on. We will come back to this one shortly, though it is important to be aware of this first up so you can plan your morning in the front of the park accordingly.

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Know Your Goals

EPCOT is a park that blends exciting rides together with learning experiences and entertaining attractions. The best way to get the most out of your time here is to know what your goals are. The park is divided up into themed areas, different from Magic Kingdom:



Having a good understanding of your traveling party will help you to navigate the park better and potentially split up into sections if some want to wait for the more thrilling attractions while younger ones enjoy the slower ones.

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Journey of Water

Skip a Dining Reservation

There is a lot of great food in EPCOT, and I mean a lot. There is no chance you will get to experience all the highlights in one day, which makes planning your dining experiences even more important. This park is one of the few where I would recommend not making a dining reservation at all if only there for one day. The best way to get a taste of everything is to snack your way around the World Showcase, getting one item at a time and sharing it with everyone in your group. This is a great way to try different beverages as well without overdoing it. There are several fantastic restaurants in EPCOT, so if you have more time, then be sure to take advantage of those.

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Take time to appreciate what EPCOT stands for

What makes EPCOT so special is the message it is trying to send. From conception until the modern day, this park has managed to keep up with the expectations of being a theme park with rides but also offers a friendly reminder of how precious the world around us is, from science and technology to the land and ocean, EPCOT is a reminder of how lucky we are. The more you allow yourself to appreciate the details within this park, the better your experience will be. What does EPCOT actually stand for? Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.



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Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

Join Zoë as she lets you in on all the tips, tricks, anecdotes, and embarrassments that arise from her family adventures.













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