If we were going to spend a “perfect” day in Epcot, the plan in this post would be it. These are the attractions we would do, the restaurants at which we’d dine, and the quiet moments we would stop to enjoy. This post continues our series of single-day itineraries designed to answer the frequently asked question, “what would you do if you only had one day in ____ Disney park?” We call this series our “Daily Trip Blueprints,” or DTBs for short.
We think Epcot is like a fine wine (parts of it are more like a boxed wine, but you get the idea…), in that it’s meant to be sipped rather than chugged. Our ideal experience wouldn’t be complete without strolling through the quiet corners of the World Showcase, watching the Fountain of Nations dance, stopping to marvel at (and take ~235 photos of) Spaceship Earth, etc. As such, this Daily Trip Blueprint isn’t a touring plan or strategy guide for efficiently experiencing every attraction in Epcot. For our ride ratings and reviews of each attractions, read our comprehensive Best Epcot Attractions & Ride Guide post. We are about savoring memorable experiences, not crossing attractions off, checklist style. We know this approach isn’t for everyone. If you are a “commando” Walt Disney World tourist, this post isn’t for you.
We see no fun in pre-planning restroom breaks and stressing out over finishing X number of attractions. Instead, this is a rough itinerary that you can loosely follow of our favorite things to do during our “ideal day” in Epcot that balances savoring those special moments along with attacking the park efficiently. This post assumes moderate crowds at Epcot on the day of your visit. Consult our When to Visit Walt Disney World post to determine how bad crowds might actually be, or to plan your visit during a time when the park isn’t busy. Feel free to skip attractions, snacks, meals, etc., that are on the plan entirely, if certain things don’t appeal to you.
If you’re for something more comprehensive to plan every aspect of your Walt Disney World vacation, from where to purchase discount tickets to when to visit and more, read our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide.
FastPass+ sort of throws a monkey wrench into this itinerary, as not everyone reading is going to have access to all FastPass+ selections; that depends upon how early you make your ride reservations (read more about FastPass+ in our MyMagic+ FAQ). Epcot uses a tiered system for FastPass+, and my top picks for each tier are as follows: Soarin’ (Tier A), Misson: Space, and Spaceship Earth (Tier B). I also really like the IllumiNations FastPass+ viewing area, but that’s a Tier A selection, and choosing it instead of Soarin’ or Test Track means a long wait at one of them. If you don’t care about either of those attractions, or don’t mind missing them, I strongly recommend using that FastPass+ for IllumiNations. It’s a really great view. For the plan, we’ll assume you are able to make the recommended FastPass+ selections.
We’re also going to arbitrarily assume that you want to stay in a hotel that’s most convenient to Epcot. This is an odd assumption if you’re spending several nights at Walt Disney World (and you probably are). We’re mentioning it because it’s one of those things that could be(?) helpful if Epcot is your “most important” park, and you want the best hotel for Epcot. My top picks for Epcot are BoardWalk Inn or Beach Club. While these are a bit pricey, the good news is that you can save money at them by Renting Disney Vacation Club Points.
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