(Article last updated: August 2, 2016)
Epcot 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...
In this article
- A quick overview
- Future World
- Test Track
- Mission: SPACE
- Living with the Land
- Club Cool
- Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
- Journey Into Imagination
- Ellen's Energy Adventure
- The Seas Pavilion
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Spaceship Earth
- Circle of Life
- Seas w/Nemo & Friends
- Character Spot
- Character Spot - Joy & Sadness (character meet)
- Character Spot - Baymax (character meet)
- Pluto (character meet)
- Daisy Duck (character meet)
- World Showcase
- World Showcase
- Mexico Pavilion
- Mexico - Gran Fiesta Tour
- Mexico - Mariachi Cobre
- Mexico - Donald (character meet)
- Norway Pavilion
- Norway - Frozen Ever After
- Norway - Anna & Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus (character meet)
- China Pavilion
- China - Acrobatic show
- China - Refl. of China
- China - Mulan (character meet)
- Germany Pavilion
- Germany - Wies N Buam
- Germany - Snow White (character meet)
- Italy Pavilion
- Italy - Sergio
- Amer. Adv. Pavilion
- American Adventure - Voices of Liberty
- Amer. Adv. show
- Japan Pavilion
- Japan - Matsuriza
- Morocco Pavilion
- Morocco - Musique Aramenco
- Morocco - Aladdin & Jasmine (character meet)
- France Pavilion
- France - Impr. de France
- France - Serv. Amusant
- France - Belle (character meet)
- France - Aurora (character meet)
- UK Pavilion
- UK - British Revolution
- UK - Quickstep
- UK - Mary Poppins (character meet)
- UK - Alice in Wonderland (character meet)
- Canada Pavilion
- Canada - Bodh'aktan (playing select dates in Oct & Jan)
- Canada - Alberta Bound
- Canada - O Canada!
- Agent P's Adventure
- Dining at Epcot
- WDW Prep Members
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Circle of Life
This is a widescreen movie about the environment, hosted by characters from The Lion King.
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.
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.
A fun drum line that utilizes trashcans to beat out popular tunes.
A chance to meet a few of the classic characters, often without a line.
Character Spot - Joy & Sadness (character meet)
Character Spot - Baymax (character meet)
Pluto (character meet)
Daisy Duck (character meet)
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).
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.
Mexico - Mariachi Cobre
A fun and festive mariachi band that performs the traditional folk music of Jalisco, Mexico.
Mexico - Donald (character meet)
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!).
Norway - Frozen Ever After
A beautiful & gentle boat ride with all your favorite Frozen characters.
Norway - Anna & Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus (character meet)
Meet Anna and Elsa at their Royal Sommerhus located in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot.
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.
China - Acrobatic show
China - Refl. of China
A 360 CircleVision movie on China
China - Mulan (character meet)
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.
Germany - Wies N Buam
Germany - Snow White (character meet)
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.
Italy - Sergio
Sergio is a master juggler and mime that entertains guests in a lighthearted, old Italian piazza-style juggling show.
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).
American Adventure - Voices of Liberty
An a cappella group that sings patriotic songs in the rotunda.
Amer. Adv. show
A show in the theater upstairs of the American Adventure pavilion that highlights the history of the United States.
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).
Japan - Matsuriza
A live performance of Japanese Taiko drums which includes both rhythmic beats and choreographed moves.
Beautiful pavilion with great food options. There's live music and belly dancing inside Restaurant Marrakesh.
Morocco - Musique Aramenco
A 3-piece ensemble plus a belly-dancer that performs a variety of traditional and modern Moroccan music.
Morocco - Aladdin & Jasmine (character meet)
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.
France - Impr. de France
20-minute show which features the sights of France, shown in a plush air-conditioned theater.
France - Serv. Amusant
A funny juggling act that lasts for about 20 minutes and appears most days of the week.
France - Belle (character meet)
France - Aurora (character meet)
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.
UK - British Revolution
The British Revolution covers a variety of crowd pleasing favorites from British bands like The Who and The Rolling Stones.
UK - Quickstep
An acoustical quartet that plays authentic Scottish, English and Irish songs.
UK - Mary Poppins (character meet)
UK - Alice in Wonderland (character meet)
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.
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
Canada - Alberta Bound
Canada - O Canada!
A fun movie narrated by Martin Short that highlights some of the best parts of Canada.
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.
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.
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.
WDW Prep Members
Level 2 WDW Prep Members have touring plan tools to put together their own plans. The attractions indicate height requirements, if it's a good use of FastPass+, illustrations of ride vehicles so you can see how many people will fit (especially handy if the kids outnumber the adults), and when to visit each attraction.
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.