Things You Have To Do On Your First Trip to EPCOT

EPCOT is one of the most visited theme parks in the world, and although you may have never been before…there are some things that you just gotta do!


EPCOT is completely a full-day park. With Future World and Ratatouille & Frozen Ever After opening at 9am and the World Showcase opening at 11am), there are things to see and experience throughout the day that are highlights before the fireworks at 9pm.

From The Seas to The Land and everything in between, the experiences that make EPCOT a unique place to visit are all around you! Don’t just go attraction to attraction, because your day is all about the details.


Regal Eagle Smokehouse BBQ (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Stop into the Regal Eagle Smokehouse for lunch. In addition to a Muppets-themed experience, the food is actually perfect for a long day of walking around the World Showcase and Future World.


Spaceship Earth at EPCOT (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Riding the attraction that’s housed inside of the theme park icon of EPCOT is a must-do! Know ahead of time that the experience is incredibly popular in the morning, so wait until the afternoon/evening and it’ll probably be a walk-on.

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Soarin’ at EPCOT (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Join your chief flight attendant Patrick and see the world from one of Disney Imagineering’s most innovative ride vehicles at Soarin’!


Japan Pavilion at EPCOT (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

With pavilions representing 11 countries, you’ll want to spend time shopping, eating and exploring!

With every country having an individual draw for guests, it’s impossible for me to share whether the highlights for me will be the same for you. That being said, I’m always partial to searching for Hidden Mickeys in the Canadian Pavilion;)


You’ve heard about the School Bread at Norway OR the Beignets in France….no? Well consider this your best tip on the list because I’ve almost booked a trip to Walt Disney World around the snack game in the World Showcase!

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Test Track at EPCOT (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Stop into the store before you head into the Test Track line because you’ll want to pre-design your virtual car, but as soon as you’re ready to race…head into the Single Rider entrance. This will save you a LONG time in the queue and as the ride vehicles sit 6 (3 in the front and 3 in the back), there’s a great chance that you’ll get through the line quickly!

Remember that a trip to Walt Disney World is exciting and adventurous, even if your itinerary allows for only a small amount of time in the theme parks. EPCOT is my home park, so although most folks think that the Magic Kingdom is the only destination…there’s so much to discover:)

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!

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