Epcot was the second park built at Disney World, and it has unique offerings you can’t find anywhere else.
Whether you desire to fly above the world in Soarin’, or to check out one of Epcot’s many festivals (like the Food & Wine Festival), or even to drop in for a visit with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf on Frozen Ever After, you’ll find Epcot has a wide variety of options to appeal to your family.
Don’t try to go to Epcot without first planning your day, though. Check out these resources to help you maximize your time (and money) during your trip…
How many days should I visit Epcot?
For most trips there simply aren’t enough days to see and do everything at Disney World, so deciding how to divide your time is an important step in planning your stay.
The table below has suggestions for the number of days you should plan to spend at each park, but depending on your family’s tastes and interests you may want to adjust how you allocate your time.
Suggested number of days in each park
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Epcot is home to 2 distinct areas – Future World and the World Showcase.
Future World is divided into 2 sides: Future World East and Future World West.
The World Showcase surrounds the World Showcase Lagoon and is home to 11 pavilions that each highlight a different country with themed architecture, entertainment, and restaurants:
- The American Adventure
- United Kingdom
Want a map you can download? Get Epcot maps to download before your trip.
Parking at Epcot
Thinking about driving at Disney World?
Parking is quick and painless and a good option if you’ll have your car on your vacation.
All parking lots are staffed with an abundance of Cast Members that will help direct you to your spot. If you park too far away from the front gate to walk, there will be handy trams to shuttle you back and forth from the end of your row to near the front gates.
How much does parking at Epcot cost?
- Free for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests
- Offsite guests $25/day
- Passholders – Free with Passholder card and photo ID
- Preferred Parking – $45-50/day
Want more tips on driving? Check out our post on using a car at Disney World.
What should I bring with me to Epcot?
Since Disney allows you to keep your bag with you on every attraction, many people find it handy to carry a bag or backpack with them into the parks.
What you pack in your backpack will vary on your age and who you are traveling with but to help you decide what you might want to bring we have an entire post dedicated to Disney World park bags.
Here are some other common questions on what to bring with you:
Can I bring food with me?
Yes! You can bring your own food items with you. The only restrictions are no glass containers (baby food is an exception) and no alcohol. Also, for the safety of the animals, no straws are allowed at Animal Kingdom.
Can I bring a cooler?
Yes, small coolers are allowed; however, the total size can’t exceed 24″ by 15″ by 18″. We recommend bringing a cooler small enough to fit into a locker or in the bottom of a stroller (note: as of 5/1/19, loose ice and dry ice are not allowed in the parks, so you will need to use an ice pack or something similar if you plan to bring cooled items).
Are wagons allowed?
Items that can be pulled behind you are not allowed at Disney World, and that includes wagons.
Can I bring my selfie stick?
Sorry, but no. Selfie sticks are banned at all Disney World parks, including Animal Kingdom.
Can I bring my tripod so I can take pictures?
Tripods (and monopods) that are small enough to fit in a backpack are allowed.
I heard the lines are long. Can I bring a folding chair with me to sit in while I wait?
Folding chairs are not allowed, and we’d never want you standing in a line long enough that you’d need one! Make sure you read the touring plan information below so that you avoid standing in long lines.
Epcot has a lot to offer when it comes to rides, attractions, and entertainment. From Test Track and Soarin’ to Frozen Ever After to the Voices of Liberty, Epcot is bound to have something that will appeal to every member of your family.
Check out this guide for attraction details, including when to visit each one, ride videos, height requirements, and more.
We have put together crowd calendars that use an easy-to-understand, color-coded rating system. These handy crowd calendars also include park hour and entertainment information, and they can be found on the Monthly Crowd Calendars that corresponds to your travel dates.
Since Epcot (like Hollywood Studios) uses a tiered-based system for their FastPasses, it makes it extra important for families to plan ahead before their trip. Don’t know which attractions you should pick? Check out the information in the section above first to see which will work best for your family.
Touring plans can help you maximize your time in the park (and minimize your time in the lines).
And while you can still find traditional theme park food like funnel cakes, you’ll also find plenty of Table Service and Quick Service options that highlight the countries represented in the park.
Whether you are looking for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the theme park, or you just want to explore the Epcot resort-area while grabbing a meal, this post will give you all your nearby dining options.
The Food and Wine Festival is held at Epcot every fall for several weeks and includes special events, food booths, celebrity chefs, and more. Aside from some special sessions the festival is largely included in the price of your admission. Check out this post to find out what to expect if your vacation dates overlap with the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
The Festival of the Holidays is held at Epcot from late November through the end of December and includes special events, food, and performances all themed towards celebrating the holidays around the world. While most of the offerings are free, there are a couple of things (like the Candlelight Processional) that can be tricky to get seats for. Check out this post for tips on how to spend your time at the Festival of the Holidays.
Most people will agree that Epcot never looks better than it does during the Flower and Garden Festival. Like the Food and Wine Festival, the cost for most of the festival activities are included in the price of your admission. Check out this post to see what you can expect to find if you find yourself vacationing at Disney World during this annual springtime event.
The Festival of the Arts is the newest of the festivals but it has quickly become a fan favorite. Like with the other festivals offered at Epcot, the cost for most of the festival activities are included in the price of your admission. This festival includes Broadway performers, tons of art demonstrations, and of course, special food offerings at the booths that line the World Showcase. Check out this post for more information on what to expect.
Epcot is undergoing some major renovations that will totally reinvent parts of the park. We’ve compiled a list of all the new and changing restaurants, attractions, shows, and more that you need to know before you visit.
Did we leave anything out? Let us know your questions in the comments below.