Each time we visit Walt Disney World, we always walk away with a new-found love of one of the four parks. Once it was Animal Kingdom because we had an amazing day filled learning about animals. Another time, we really loved Magic Kingdom because the kids were young and were absolutely star-struck by all the character interactions they had.
This trip was all about EPCOT.
I have always liked Epcot but never really gave it much time other than to ride Soarin’ and Test Track. And while those rides are incredible and worth the wait to ride them, there is SO MUCH more to see and do when you are at Epcot. We discovered some fun things that do not get as much attention.
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: Agent P ‘s World Showcase Adventure
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: Lunch in the World Showcase
It was about 2 pm and we were just entering the World Showcase. So instead of waiting in a very long line in the bakery in France, we opted to try Chefs de France. We were sat immediately as it wasn’t prime mealtime. We ended up having the best time learning all about France from our waiter, trying new foods and getting a lesson in French dessert making. Our experience was so much more than just a meal – it was one of the most memorable of our trip!
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: KidCot
Each country within the World Showcase features a Kidcot booth. Designed to provide an activity for your child, it gives parents an opportunity to rest in a shaded area. I encourage you to take the time to talk to the cast members & ask them questions about their country. We tried to get our name written in each language we encountered one year! Kidcot is so much more than just getting a stamp!
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: See the Trains in Germany
There is a charming miniature train within Germany in the World Showcase. Kids love to watch them go round and round.
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: Take a Selfie in Every Country
Last Spring, my daughter and I set a goal to take a selfie in every country around the World Showcase. We had fun finding the iconic spots to take a photo in front of AND now we have this cool keepsake!
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: Catch a World Showcase Street Performance
Try to catch a few street performances within the different countries while in the World Showcase. We have never been disappointed in the free entertainment. This visit, we were fascinated with this chair-balancing acrobatics in France!
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: Try Beverly at Club Cool
For a cool treat, head to Club Cool to taste various Coca-Cola products that are popular around the world. We always love the pineapple fanta but definitely NOT the Beverly!
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: Watch the Water Show
You don’t have to wait for IllumiNations each evening to see a great show! The big fountain outside of Innovations East & West puts on an incredible water show. We grabbed a snack from the kiosk within the plaza and took a break while watching the show.
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: Listen to some Great Music in the World Showcase
Each country within the World Showcase has great bands – look at the schedule, grab a snack from that country and enjoy! Our favorites are Off Kilter in Canada and the British Invasion in UK.
10 Cool Experiences at Epcot: Dine with the Princesses in Norway
One year, we couldn’t get into a Princess meal at Cinderella’s Castle, so we opted for the dining experience at Askershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway. It ended up being such a great experience for both my kids. We had ample time with all the princesses and were able to sample Norwegian food.
There is so much to do at EPCOT, I haven’t even scratched the surface with these 10 experiences. I really encourage you to take your time, and enjoy what you can get to. If you have the time for it, you could go for more than one day and not see the same things. In doing a bit of research for this article, I even found more things we haven’t seen yet. Guess it’s time for another trip!
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We fell in love with Epcot this spring as well! We stayed at Beach Club and loved being so close. The food and cocktails for the Flower and Garden show were delicious. Would love to know what other experiences your research turned up 🙂