My 13 Favorite Things To Do at Disney’s Epcot
Disney’s Epcot may not be one of the general public’s favorite parks, but this park holds a special place in my heart. There is just something magical about being able to walk around the world in the afternoon. While obviously you’re not really going around the world, however, you can see a snippet of the culture from these real locations which is always a really cool experience! Disney also goes above and beyond with seasonal festivals held in Epcot such as the Food and Wine Festival and, my personal favorite, the Flower and Garden Festival. Both of which enhance the cultures shown in the World Showcase and the beauty of Epcot. Since, I personally, find this park to be underappreciated I have decided to put together a list of 13 of my favorite things to do around this amazing theme park.
Please keep in mind this list is in no particular order.
1. Journey into Imagination with Figment
This is definitely a personal favorite, not a fan favorite. In fact, most of you are probably rolling your eyes and saying a little prayer to the Disney Gods (*cough* Walt & Roy *cough*) to bring change to this beloved ride of mine – and that’s okay! I am more than open to this ride leaving, however, until it does I will be taking the journey with my favorite purple dragon, Figment.
2. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Growing up with the beach right across the street from my house the ocean always was a magical fascination for me. I always wondered what else was out there and what else lived in those beautiful waters. As I grew up I would attend a summer camp in Delray Beach, FL at a very small nature/beach reserve center called “Sandoway” that I later would volunteer to work for in the summers. This love for the ocean and beach life drives my love for this attraction. I will never forget the first time I rode The Seas with Nemo and Friends and all of a sudden there was Nemo swimming alongside LIVE dolphins and fish! The magic and love I have for Disney connected with a love and passion I have outside of this magical company and really just gave me a pure appreciation for this attraction.
3. Character Spot: Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie
Well, being a 90’s baby and having my first memories at Disney World being with Minnie and Mickey in Toon Town (RIP Toon Town in Magic Kindgom and Toon Town Online), the Character Spot at Epcot will always be a favorite and “must-do” when I visit the park. There is always something magical about being with the mouse that started it all alongside the classics, Minnie and Goofy. In fact, the meet and greet photos taken at the Character Spot are always my favorite photos taken of myself with characters!
4. Meeting Joy and Sadness & Baymax
Another pair of fun meet and greet interactions are Joy and Sadness from Inside Out and Baymax from Hero 6! Joy and Sadness are just as expressive as you would imagine them to be! You can play with their board and watch the images of Riley from their memory! Baymax, you personal health care provider, is always great for a big fluffy hug and makes for a great photo opt!
5. Meeting Alice in the United Kingdom
Alice in Wonderland has always been a personal favorite movie of mine right behind Peter Pan. These classic tales of imagination and adventure drove my childhood. Whenever given the opportunity to meet characters from either movie I jump on it! Alice and I always have wonderful unbirthday parities together and catch up on the latest Wonderland gossip.
6. Eating Crepes and Meeting Belle in France
Crepes are the most delicious treat in the world, among all the other delicious treats I give this title (i.e. Mickey Ice Cream Bars, “The Grey Stuff” at Be Our Guest, Dunk-a-roos from back in the day). Another perk of France is that you can sit by the water, eat your crepe, relax your feet, and take in the beauty of the World Showcase. When you finsish eating the meet and greet location for Bell from Beauty and the Beast is right next to the crepe kisok! Being my favorite Disney Princess I will never pass up the chance to meet Belle!
7. Walking the Marketplace in the Medina in Morocco
The smell of incense is probably one of my favorite smells to fill the air, it doesn’t even matter the particular scent of the incense. Walking around this area, browsing the beautiful lamps and clothing for sale is one of my favorites part of walking the World Showcase. Its a nice, relaxed part of the day out of the hot, Florida sun.
8. Shop in Teppan Edo and Visit the Bijutsu-kan Gallery in Japan
This is honestly my ultimate favorite part of Epcot as a whole. I never leave this store without at least one purchase and the gallery is so beautiful. There is literally something for everyone in this area of Epcot!
9. Lunch/Dinner at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizza in Italy
This is my FAVORITE place to eat. I am a super picky eater and grew up in an Italian home. The pizza and pasta are my favorite dishes to get and I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. My parents even came to Epcot and paid for tickets to enter the park just to eat here.
10. Shop at House of Good Fortune in China
This is another store that I never leave empty handed. There is something for everyone and everything is so beautiful! I could spend hours just looking around this store.
11. Frozen Ever After in Norway
I debated long and hard if this was going to be added to my list. I am still pretty bitter about the loss of Maelstrom, however, Frozen Ever After was very well done and I actually thoroughly enjoy it. I am one of the few that still can enjoy the movie Frozen, so I may be biased in my opinion of this ride. I do recommend riding it at least once though!
12. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros & Margaritas in Mexico
The Three Caballeros are a childhood favorite of mine, which is honestly why this will always be on my list. My dad is a huge Donald Duck fan and one day he brought home a Three Caballeros movie and we watched it over and over. My dad even would do the Donald Duck voice – all the time, not just when we watched movies together. This ride brings back all the fun childhood memories I have of watching that movie over and over with my dad.
The last thing in the World Showcase that I always enjoy is a nice, cold, frozen margarita. I do not drink alcohol often, however, I always enjoy a margarita at the end of my walk around the world.
13. Last Stop Shop at Mouse Gear
Mouse Gear is one of my favorite stores on Disney World property, next to World of Disney. This is always the very last thing I do during a day at Epcot because I tend not to like to carry too many bags around the parks and I find it a nice “cool down” period before the venture to the car. Personally, I tend to walk back to the car instead of taking the tram so this is a nice break from the hot Florida Sun.
Those are my 13 favorite things to enjoy at Epcot! What are some of your favorite things to do at Epcot?! Feel free to leave a comment letting me know!