Guide to all Epcot attractions

by Shannon Albert 22 comments Like the Facebook page

(Article last updated: August 2, 2016)

headerepcotEpcot is my favorite park now and it was when I was a third grader on my first visit.

It's a huge park with lots to explore.

Here's a guide to all Epcot attractions to help you decide what to do on your next trip...

A quick overview

Epcot is the park with the large "golf ball" as its icon and it's split into 2 sections: Future World and The World Showcase.

Although this park is my favorite, I don't recommend it for families focused on little ones, especially if their trip is 5 days or less.

Let's take a look at each of the 2 sections...

Future World

Test Track

Guests on this ride first spend time in a pre-show room with computer screens where you build your own car. You then proceed to the ride area and board a car. Once boarded, you ride a convertible car through various car tests, ending in a high-speed lap outside. Many people are confused about how their designed car relates to the ride itself. If you look on the screens throughout the ride (after every car test), you should see the car you designed and how it performs compared to the cars designed by other people in your ride vehicle. The exit area of this ride allows you to do other things with the car you designed, including driving it on a virtual track. You can also pose with various real cars with virtual backgrounds to get your picture taken and emailed to you.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 40
Suitable for: Anybody 40" or taller who can handle some jerky movements and high speed
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: 1st hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: Single rider line is available here

Soarin'

Soarin' is one of the most popular rides in all of Disney World and a very unique experience. You sit in a ride vehicle that lifts you in front of a huge screen and then you glide through many popular landmarks from across the world, often smelling various things you see on screen.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 40
Suitable for: Anybody 40" or taller
Recommended? Definitely
When to visit: 1st hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: Ask to be seated in the front row to avoid seeing dangling feet in front of you during the ride

Mission: Space

This attraction is a simulator that lets you feel like an astronaut and takes you from launching pad to Mars. Each rider is assigned 1 of 4 jobs to do during the mission (in reality, it just means you push a blinking button when it lights up in front of you). There are 2 versions of this ride: Green which is less intense, and Orange which is the original version and more intense.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 44
Suitable for: Anybody 44" or taller who can handle simulators
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: 2nd hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: To prevent motion sickness, just keep looking forward and don't look to the side to see your companion. The exit area is really fun and a great place for non-riding members of your group to wait while you ride.

Living with the Land

This gentle boat ride takes you on a tour of some of the greenhouses to see how things are grown at Disney World.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Only as a time filler, not a high priority
When to visit: Anytime (closes at 7pm)

Journey Into Imagination

Located in the Imagination pavilion, this ride takes you through an exploration of your senses. The exit area is a fun play area for little ones.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Not a high priority but with relatively few attractions for little ones, this should definitely be on the "must see" list for families with young children.
When to visit: Anytime (closes at 7pm on non-EMH nights, 9pm on EMH nights)
Tips: Visit any time, rarely much of a wait (if the wait is longer than 15 minutes and you've used all 3 of your FastPass+ reservations, you should try to get a FastPass+ in the My Disney Experience app)

Circle of Life

This is a widescreen movie about the environment, hosted by characters from The Lion King.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Only as a time filler
When to visit: Anytime

Spaceship Earth

Inside the golf ball is this attraction which is an easy ride through time to see how far we've come. Your picture is taken at the beginning of the ride and your head is put on illustrated characters throughout, including in the exit area where you can see your head up on the screen.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Everybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: Do not ride this in the morning. Many people enter the park, see this first and want to ride. Although it used to seem crazy to suggest using a FastPass for this attraction, it's actually a good idea now.

Seas w/Nemo & Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is an attraction that allows you to view the water with real fish in it as well as animated characters from Finding Nemo.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: You can visit this pavilion any time without much of a wait although getting a FastPass+ for Turtle Talk with Crush can be helpful during many times of the year

Turtle Talk with Crush

Turtle Talk uses the same technology that is used at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor in Magic Kingdom which includes an actor voicing the character while also controlling the live animation on the screen. This fun show includes many of your favorite characters from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. The technology always amazes me.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: Although you can visit this pavilion any time without much of a wait although getting a FastPass+ for Turtle Talk can be helpful during many times of the year.

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

Located in the Imagination pavilion inside the Magic Eye Theater, this 4D movie experience includes 3 animated shorts from both Disney and Pixar Studios.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Not a high priority but great as a time filler and fun for anybody that enjoys the popular animated shorts.
When to visit: Anytime (closes at 7pm on non-EMH nights, 9pm on EMH nights)
Tips: Don't sit too close to the front.

The Seas Pavilion

The Seas pavilion includes a ride that gets you into the building called The Seas with Nemo and Friends which allows you to view the water with real fish in it as well as animated characters from Finding Nemo. Once inside, you can explore the various exhibits and see some of the shows which include dolphin demonstrations and a show called Turtle Talk with Crush.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: You can visit this pavilion any time without much of a wait.

Club Cool

Located right by Innoventions West, Club Cool is where you can sample various sodas from around the world. The Beverly drink is notoriously bad and many people like to trick their travel companions into trying it.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Only as a time filler, not a high priority
When to visit: Anytime (usually opens at 10:30)

Ellen's Energy Adventure

45 minute attraction about energy features Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy, circa 1996. Guests are seated in rows, watch a movie on large screens and then the seats move at various points to maneuver you between various screens and through dinosaur scenery.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Only as a time filler
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: Visit any time, especially good in the middle of a hot afternoon to get some A/C for 45 minutes

Innoventions West

This building used to be home to several different exhibits but they closed as of April 30, 2015. Innoventions West is still home to a Disney Chase Visa cardholders exclusive character meet that allows card members to meet some characters without the long lines. Guests receive a free 5x7 photo at this meet and greet.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Only for people wanting to visit the Disney Chase Visa cardholders character meet or those looking for a place to cool off in the AC
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: Even though there isn't much inside to see, there are plenty of spots to sit and relax in the air conditioning as well as some outlets you could use to charge a phone.

Innoventions East

The main attractions here including a Colortopia exhibit and a ride called Sum of all Thrills which gives you the chance to design your own attraction and then experience it in a simulator.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: The exhibits are suitable for anybody. Sum of All Thrills is suitable for anybody 48" or taller who is comfortable with simulators.
Recommended? Sum of All Thrills is recommended
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: Since it doesn't have a FastPass, visiting Sum of All Thrills within the first hour the park is open is recommended

JAMMitors

A fun drum line that utilizes trashcans to beat out popular tunes.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: 9:45, 10:45 & 11:45am, 12:45, 2:15, 3:15 & 4:15pm
Tips: The JAMMitors is the only live entertainment available in Future World.

Character Spot - Baymax (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: Park open - park close
Tips: Though the original Character Spot has a FastPass+ option, this does not.

Character Spot

A chance to meet a few of the classic characters, often without a line.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody interested in characters
Recommended? For character-lovers, yes
When to visit: 2nd hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: Although this attraction has FastPass+ available, you shouldn't need it

Character Spot - Joy & Sadness (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 1st hour the park is open is best (lines build quickly and no FP+ is available here), available to meet from park open to park close daily
Tips: Although the original Character Spot has a FastPass+ option, this meet does not have one

Daisy Duck (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 9:00am - 1:00pm & 1:30-4:10pm daily

Pluto (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 11:30am-2:30pm & 3:00-6:40pm daily

World Showcase

Mexico Pavilion

This dimly-lit pavilion opens at park opening and is a pyramid that contains various shops and a ride called Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros! Entertainment in this area includes music available several times a day, 7 days a week (available outside unless the weather is bad and they move inside).

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: Before noon
Tips: Unlike most of the rest of the World Showcase, Mexico opens with the park

Mexico - Gran Fiesta Tour

A cute, gentle boat ride that is sort of like its a small world, but instead of being the world it is only focused on Mexico.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: 9:00-12:00
Tips: The Mexico Pavilion opens with the park and you should try to ride Gran Fiesta Tour before the rest of the World Showcase opens to avoid lines that build later in the day.

Mexico - Mariachi Cobre

A fun and festive mariachi band that performs the traditional folk music of Jalisco, Mexico.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: Sunday-Thursday at 11:30am, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 4:15 & 5:00pm

Mexico - Donald (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 12:00pm-3:00pm & 3:30pm-7:10pm

Norway Pavilion

The Norway area which looks like a quaint, Norwegian town square, is now home to the popular Frozen Ever After attraction as well as the Anna and Elsa character meet. There are also places to eat (try the school bread at the bakery) and shop (smells so good inside!).

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00
Tips: The Norway pavilion opens with the park.

Norway - Frozen Ever After

A beautiful & gentle boat ride with all your favorite Frozen characters.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes, especially for Frozen fans
When to visit: At park opening
Tips: After exiting Frozen Ever After, head over to meet Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus.

Norway - Anna & Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus (character meet)

Meet Anna and Elsa at their Royal Sommerhus located in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Frozen fans
When to visit: Available to meet from park opening to park closing, but within the first 2 hours of park opening is usually best
Tips: Anna and Elsa begin meeting guests at park opening, and lines are shortest before the rest of the World Showcase opens at 11.

China Pavilion

China is a gorgeous pavilion with the main attractions here being a 360 CircleVision movie called Reflections of China that is shown every 30 minutes and The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats which appear outside toward the front of the area several times a day.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Everyone
When to visit: After 11:00

China - Acrobatic show

Height req.: None
When to visit: Sunday-Thursday at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:15 & 7:30pm Friday & Saturday at 2:55, 4:15, 5:15, 6:15 & 7:15pm
Tips: The area where the acrobats appear can be very sunny and hot so try to pick a spot where you won't mind sitting for awhile.

China - Refl. of China

A 360 CircleVision movie on China

Height req.: None
When to visit: After 11:00
Tips: While you wait for the movie to begin, explore the Tomb Warriors room which is right next to where you wait for the movie to begin.

China - Mulan (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 11:00am-11:35am, 12:00pm-12:40pm, 1:00pm-1:40pm, 2:00pm-2:40pm, 3:50pm-4:30pm, 4:50pm-5:30pm

Germany Pavilion

Food and shopping are the main attractions in the Germany pavilion. Using snack credits for caramel treats at Karamelle-Kuche is 1 of our favorite things to do here. A German band appears about once every hour for 25 minutes inside the Biergarten restaurant.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00
Tips: There's a lovely miniature train village located outdoors as you walk toward Italy that is worth a stop.

Germany - Wies N Buam

Height req.: None
When to visit: As scheduled

Germany - Snow White (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 5:20 & 6:20pm

Italy Pavilion

Shop, eat and enjoy the architecture in the Italy pavilion. There's also a juggler named Sergio that appears in this section and a flag show called Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro that appears daily.

Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00

Italy - Sergio

Sergio is a master juggler and mime that entertains guests in a lighthearted, old Italian piazza-style juggling show.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: Sunday-Thursday at 11:50am, 12:35, 1:20, 2:15, 3:10, 4:05 & 5:00pm

Amer. Adv. Pavilion

This colonial-style pavilion is home to a few great entertainment options: the Voices of Liberty (an a cappella group that sings patriotic songs in the rotunda), American Adventure (a show in the theater upstairs), and American Music Machine (a capella group that performs at the American Gardens Theater).

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: After 11:00

American Adventure - Voices of Liberty

An a cappella group that sings patriotic songs in the rotunda

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Daily at 11:45am, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30 & 4:15pm
Tips: Plan to see Voices of Liberty and American Adventure together. You'll first want to arrive about 15 minutes early to grab a seat inside the rotunda. When you go inside, sit to the right side of the circular area because they will perform on the left side. When they finish singing, line up for the American Adventure.

Amer. Adv. show

A show in the theater upstairs of the American Adventure pavilion that highlights the history of the United States.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00
Tips: Plan to see Voices of Liberty and American Adventure together. You'll first want to arrive about 15 minutes early to grab a seat inside the rotunda. When you go inside, sit to the right side of the circular area because they will perform on the left side. When they finish singing, line up for the American Adventure.

Japan Pavilion

The Japan pavilion is not only beautiful, it also happens to be my favorite. The food is great, the large Mitsukoshi Department Store has a lot to see (including the option to pick a pearl) and the architecture is fantastic. Entertainment here includes Matsuriza (drummers that can be heard from a long way).

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00
Tips: As you're walking toward the Japan section from American Adventure, there's Kabuki Cafe which serves kaki-gori. Kaki-gori is basically a snow cone which is a great, kid-friendly treat to cool down if you've gotten hot walking around the World Showcase. It also counts as a snack credit.

Japan - Matsuriza

A live performance of Japanese Taiko drums which includes both rhythmic beats and choreographed moves.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: Monday-Thursday & Saturday at 11:45am, 12:30, 1:10, 2:00, 2:40, 3:25 & 4:15pm

Morocco Pavilion

Beautiful pavilion with great food options. There's live music and belly dancing inside Restaurant Marrakesh.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00
Tips: The lunch and dinner menu at Restaurant Marrakesh are almost the same, but lunch is less expensive. Eat there at lunch to spend less money.

Morocco - Musique Aramenco

A 3-piece ensemble plus a belly-dancer that performs a variety of traditional and modern Moroccan music.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: Wednesday-Sunday at 1:20, 2:20, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45, 6:30 & 7:45pm

Morocco - Aladdin & Jasmine (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 11:45am, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 4:35 & 5:35pm

France Pavilion

Ahhh, France. Such a beautiful area. Fine dining and great shopping are located throughout this pavilion. There is a 20 minute show here called Impressions de France which features the sights of France. Entertainment here includes Serveur Amusant, a funny juggling act that lasts for about 20 minutes and appears most days of the week.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00
Tips: There are often a lot of PhotoPass opportunities here with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop.

France - Impr. de France

20-minute show which features the sights of France, shown in a plush air-conditioned theater.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00

France - Serv. Amusant

A funny juggling act that lasts for about 20 minutes and appears most days of the week.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: Sunday-Tuesday at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45 & 4:30pm Friday & Saturday at 12:45, 1:35, 2:25, 3:05, 3:55 & 4:40pm

France - Belle (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 11:00am-11:35am, 12:00pm-12:40pm, 1:00pm-1:40pm, 2:50pm-3:30pm, 3:50pm-4:30pm, 4:50pm-5:30pm

France - Aurora (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:20, 5:20 & 6:20pm

UK Pavilion

Shopping, fun entertainment and a pub are the main attractions in the U.K. pavilion. There's also a butterfly garden and a hedge maze to walk through.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00

UK - British Revolution

The British Revolution covers a variety of crowd pleasing favorites from British bands like The Who and The Rolling Stones.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: Sunday-Wednesday at 3:00, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00 & 8:00pm Friday & Saturday at 11:00 & 11:50am, 12:45, 1:40, 2:35, 3:30 & 4:45pm

UK - Quickstep

An acoustical quartet that plays authentic Scottish, English and Irish songs.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00

UK - Mary Poppins (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 11:00am, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00pm

UK - Alice in Wonderland (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 11:30am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:20 & 5:20pm

Canada Pavilion

A gorgeous and a great advertisement for the Canadian tourism industry. It's also home to one of the best World Showcase movies, O! Canada, and a fabulous steak restaurant called Le Cellier.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Everyone
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: After 11:00
Tips: Be sure to walk around and explore the gardens and meander back where the waterfall is located

Canada - Bodh'aktan (playing select dates in Oct & Jan)

Musical group that combines elements of celtic, trad-Quebecois, polka, punk, Irish folk, Breton and Maritime sounds

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: After 11:00am

Canada - Alberta Bound

Height req.: None
When to visit: After 11:00

Canada - O Canada!

A fun movie narrated by Martin Short that highlights some of the best parts of Canada.

Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Anytime after 11:00

Agent P's Adventure

A fun activity to do throughout the World Showcase that involves getting a phone device from various kiosks (or using your own smartphone) and solving clues that you are given. The devices activate things in the pavilions in the World Showcase so secret doors might open or things will start moving.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Younger kids and tweens
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: After 11:00 (closes at 6pm)
Tips: This is a great way to get younger kids involved and interested in the World Showcase.

Illuminations

A nighttime show on the lagoon in the World Showcase section that includes fireworks and a globe on the water with imagery projected onto it.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: As scheduled (nighttime entertainment)

Dining at Epcot

I have a dining guide below to help you decide on food options at Epcot.

The pros and cons of all Epcot restaurants
Because of the World Showcase, Epcot has a huge number of restaurants compared to the other parks. Be sure to check out the list to help you decide where you'll eat during your trip.

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And as you build your touring plans, they are grouped by hour (for the first 3 hours) and then your whole plan is plotted on a map at the bottom of the page so you can see how it all lays out.

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