Disney World Tips and Tricks
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Use the single rider line on some of the most popular attractions to dramatically decrease wait time. It is available at Rock n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Test Track, and Mission: Space.
Epcot dining tip: If you don't mind leaving the park for a little while, head to Boardwalk outside of the French pavilion and eat at ESPN Club. The food is excellent and you can't beat the price! Make sure you head over before the lunch or dinner rush however, during the peak season you may wait up to 90 minutes for a table! There are also a lot of other great dining options at the Boardwalk. Thanks to Ryan for this tip!
Be sure to get a Fastpass for Epcot's most popular attraction: Soarin.
I was at WDW with my family a few days ago. We really enjoyed Epcot, especially Soarin'. It's amazing! If you go, you will repeat as many times as you can. My advice is get to Soarin' early when the park opens, grab a Fastpass, and then ride the ride. Most likely, you'll be able to ride Soarin' a second time shortly after. If the line for the Fastpass is long, just go on the ride first and then grab the Fastpass. Thanks to Walter for this tip!
I was at Epcot last fall and it was raining, humid and very warm. There were many Disney poncho’s on the visitors. Just about everyone was sweating under the rain gear. I decided to buy a small collapsible umbrella, but I could not find one. I asked the cashier and she had some under the counter. The umbrella worked perfectly, I stayed cool and it folded up into a small package which I stuck into my back pocket. Thanks to John for this tip!
There is a lot of traffic at the Mouse Gears store in Epcot, and the lines to the cash registers can get quite long. To avoid a long wait in the line waiting to buy something, go to the jewelry section and ask one of the clerks there if they can ring up your merchandise since they are not usually that busy. They will be glad to finalize your purchase while everyone else is waiting in line. Thanks to Arlen for this tip!
Make sure you try the bakery in Epcot's France pavilion. Sometimes the line is long but it is well worth the wait! Thanks to Frank for this tip!
On the lower level of the Japan pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, there is a great store selling candy, chopsticks, etc. The last time we were in the store, there was a stand where you could choose an oyster with a pearl in it. The cast member would clean it for you and put it in a cute box. Our daughter loved it. She felt like she had found a buried treasure! Thanks to Karen for this tip!
If you work for Hewlett Packard, be sure and bring your ID card to get an up close and personal view of the Mission Space ride. Go to the door marked HP Invent show your id and get escorted behind the scenes and receive a fast pass for you and your family. The hours are M-F 9-5 so don't miss out. Thanks to Tim4Kim for this tip!
A perk for HP employees at Epcot.
When choosing a spot to watch Illuminations be sure to take the wind into account. An open rail by the water is worthless if the wind is blowing in your face, all you'll see is smoke. Thanks to Jeff for this tip!
When you're at the World Showcase at Epcot, explore every inch of every country. You'll find loads of fun things just off the beaten path. There is a little area kind of behind and below the pub in England which is a really great place to watch IllumiNations! Thanks to Jeff for this tip!
Parking tip: We went to Epcot in the afternoon. There were no parking guides to tell you where to park, so we cruised up to the front to see if anyone has left and grab a close spot. We went to Epcot between 3-4 two afternoons-and parked front row both times. This should work for all parks if the parking guides are done for the day. Thanks to Ellen for this tip!
In Epcot, the kids loved collecting stamps for every country visited. When we went there, they got to decorate a mask in Italy, and proceed to go to all the countries. It does take the whole day to do this, since there are a lot of things to see in each country. Thanks to Clarence for this tip!
Don't miss World Showcase's live entertainment options.
To really enjoy Epcot at its fullest, do your best to catch the little shows they give outside of every country's pavilion. It totally enhances your experience and even kids love the entertainment! These shows can help kids get into the whole concept of the World Showcase and help them enjoy this park too. Check out a full list of World Showcase's live entertainment here. Thanks to Miros for this tip!
In Epcot center, there is a nice spot called Club Cool (formerly known as Ice Station Cool). In addition to being a freezing cold building (for those extra-hot Florida days), there are soda fountains inside with Coke products from around the world. The best part? They don't charge to use the soda fountains! Grab a bottle from a gift shop (or from Wal-Mart) your first day in the park and head to Club Cool. Taste the different Coke varieties until you find one you like. My favorites are the apple from Israel and watermelon from China… and I would recommend to AVOID ITALY’S!. Fill up your bottle with soda from there (as many times as you like) and you won’t have to pay for any your entire time at Epcot. One downside is that you won’t have any ice, but in Florida the ice melts quickly anyway, so you can probably go up to any of the counter service restaurants and ask them for a cup of ice if you so desire. Thanks to Heather for this tip!
If you are spending time in another park and want to watch the fireworks from Illuminations in Epcot, drive to the Boardwalk. If you are not driving, take the bus there. Park in the visitor parking area and walk to the World Showcase entrance. (Don't worry, it's a pretty short walk). When you get into the park, head for the Bridge near France. Even if you don't get a spot on the railing, you can see most of the show because you are slightly elevated. When the fireworks are over, head back to the Boardwalk and you will beat all the crowds heading back to the Epcot parking lot and monorail. Grab a snack on the Boardwalk. The Beach Club has a great Ice Cream Shop called "Beaches and Cream"...awesome!!! Try the kitchen sink or the Reese's Pieces Sundae. Thanks to Sam for this tip!
The most delightful tea shoppe exists in Britain (by Rose & Crown) at Epcot. Don't miss the imported crackers & cookies, and candy! You'll also find fun tea accessories (like cutting boards and aprons), and some really nice (and reasonable) jewelry... nice souvenirs that don't scream WDW. Thanks to Sam for this tip!
When attempting to find a good location to view Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot's Showcase, some sources recommend snagging a lagoon side table at the Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom pavilion. If you should decide to follow this advice, be prepared to eat more than just an appetizer. The Rose and Crown staff is fully aware of this tip and will only seat patrons who intend to eat a full meal. Thanks to Andrea for this tip!
When you're at Epcot, go to the World Showcase as soon as it opens at 11:00 a.m. Finish Future World in the late afternoon. This will help you avoid the crowds.
Get to World Showcase right as it opens and avoid the crowds.
We like to only eat in the Epcot country restaurants, but after our first trip to Disney World we discovered how expensive it was to have dinner there. Now, instead of having dinner, we have a late lunch. We try and book the last lunch seating, which works out great! You get a large portion of food at about half the price, Then in the evening we just grab a snack or eat after we leave the park. It has saved us a lot of money on our Disney World trips. Thanks to Patti for this tip!
Thanks to attractions like The Seas with Nemo, kids will probably like Future World better than the World Showcase at Epcot.
The best place to view the fireworks/laser show Illuminations at Epcot is the walkway between Mexico and Canada (right between the two stores). But get there at least 30 minutes early, because it fills up completely.
An excellent option for lunch is the Fish and Chips in the United Kingdom at Epcot -- but don't go in the Rose and Crown Pub. Try Yorkshire County Fish Shop, the food stand located right next to it (towards France). It's a cheaper and faster option, which leaves you more time to experience Epcot!
You can skip the movie at the end of Maelstrom at Epcot.
On the Norway boat ride Maelstrom, get in the front of the line after getting off the boat. When they let everyone in the theatre, you can follow the last group of movie viewers out of the theatre. This saves you the incredibly boring video! Thanks to Gabe for this tip!
Epcot has a board between the Innoventions plazas that offers the wait times for each ride in both Future World and in World Showcase.
One of the best views for The American Adventure is right up front. Everyone will push for the middle, but the best seat is front and center. You will see every movement and expression made by the characters, and the movie potions are near the back of the stage, so it doesn't feel like you're sitting to close. Unless there are major crowds at Epcot, no one will be sitting around you. Thanks to Jeremy for this tip!
If the line for Test Track is long, and your party doesn't mind being separated, go through the single rider line. You will all go through the pre show together, and when it is time to get on a car, they fill you in one by one into the empty 3rd seat when 2 people sit. Sitting in different cars (usually one behind the other) was a small price to pay for this time-saver! Thanks to Laura for this tip!
Try using the single rider line at Mission:Space and Test Track (at Epcot). If you don't mind riding alone, your wait time will be dramatically reduced.
We just recently went to Disney World in the first week of February. Towards the end of the week Magic Kingdom was getting a little crowded and needless to say, so where the lunch spots. Since we had park hoppers, we took the train to Epcot and ate in the countries without hardly any crowd at all (we also caught Mailstrome and train of thought). Thanks to Rick for this tip!
When the Magic Kingdom is getting crowded, try Epcot for lunch!
For the Wine and Food Festival in September and October, watch out for the weekends. Epcot can get VERY crowded on Friday evening and all day Saturday. If you are at Disney World for vacation, try a different park at those times and hit Epcot during the week - the crowds are much better then. Thanks to Jim for this tip!
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