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EPCOT Guest Mistakes

When you’re thinking about EPCOT, it’s important to respect the size of this park! It’s huge! Just to walk around the World Showcase lagoon is 1.3 miles!

Here are a few mistakes that folks may make at EPCOT

Please note – there’s no right or wrong way to have fun at Disney. You do you:)

Making the wrong FastPass+ Reservation

EPCOT Character Spot
EPCOT Character Spot – Photo by Steps to Magic

EPCOT has a tier-ed system for their FastPass+ options. Your decisions should land between getting up early to make it for a rope-drop walk to Frozen Ever After and get a reservation for Soarin’, or do you get a Frozen reservation and try to pick up an “additional” FP+ choice later in the day.

The other thing to remember is that EPCOT is huge, so your reservations should reflect how much walking you want to do early in the morning.

Related Article – Ranking EPCOT FastPass+ 

Eating at the American Pavilion

Liberty Inn
Liberty Inn – Photo by Steps to Magic

I’ve made this mistake and it’s something that I regret daily when thinking about articles and tips to share. The food at Liberty Inn (quick service location) is weak and shouldn’t be placed above locations like France or other awesome spots in the World Showcase to eat, which is why it’s currently being replaced with a BBQ experience! 😉

Related Article – Ranking EPCOT Dining

Standby Line at Test Track

Test Track
Test Track – Photo by Steps to Magic

With Test Track being the only attraction in EPCOT with a Single Rider line, it’s important to not waste your time in a standby line when you have options. If you do choose to use the Single Rider line, you skip the interactive elements (unless you already have a car saved on your MagicBand from a previous visit).

Related Article – How to use Single Rider Lines

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Watching Illuminations from anywhere except Italy

Italy Pavilion at Sunset
Italy Pavilion at Sunset – Photo by Steps to Magic

The Italy pavilion is perfect for the Illuminations nighttime spectacular, as there are limited obstructions in the way of seeing the fireworks and the fire barge. It’s also in the back of the park, so most of the guests are in more populated areas towards the front of World Showcase.

Not checking the Events/Festivals page before going

Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT
Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT – Photo by Steps to Magic

Flower & Garden and Food & Wine Festivals are some of the most popular events at Walt Disney World. Keep an eye out for these, as the crowds at EPCOT are growing to a level of being uncomfortable if you don’t know what you’re walking into. In addition to those big events, there are smaller festivals throughout the year, including the Festival of the Arts (January / February).

Thinking the Cast Members in the World Showcase are just regular Cast Members

The Disney International Program is such a great opportunity for folks from countries outside of the USA (like myself) where you can work at Walt Disney World and represent your country in a number of positions, including Food and Beverage, Attractions or Merchandise.

Don’t waste an opportunity to reach out and talk to those who left their families and friends for a year adventure…because your conversations are what they like most about the job!

Oh, and definitely make jokes to the Canadians about how we all live in igloos and can’t go a day without going to Tim Hortons! The responses will just crack you up;)

Are there any other mistakes that you think should be on the list? Share them with me via social media @StepstoMagic!

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Written by Dustin Fuhs

I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality! If you want more Theme Park fun - listen to the We Like Theme Parks Podcast at

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