Epcot Theme Park Guide
At Epcot Theme Park, Disney’s unique park of discovery, fun and imagination are combined with the wonder of diverse cultures. You’ll find something to amaze and excite everywhere you turn. Where else can you travel to four continents, take a rocket ride to Mars, explore land and sea adventures, experience future technologies today and journey into your imagination — all in one vacation? Epcot is a one-stop vacation spot for celebrating discovery.
Updates at Epcot
Big plans are in store for a multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences will be impressive, all while keeping true to the original vision of the park.
First, changes are coming to the Epcot main entrance. Here the entrance plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. As part of the new entry experience, Leave A Legacy photos will be moving just outside the park’s gateway. Additional significant redevelopment will begin between Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade.
At the D23 Expo in 2017, it was announced that two large scale new attractions would be added to the park. The first would be a Guardians of the Galaxy coaster that would replace the Universe of Energy attraction. The second would be a brand new attraction for the France Pavilion, called Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. This new attraction is similar to the one that’s located at the Disneyland Paris Resort. The experience will have guests scrambling for safety through the Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant after being transformed to Remy’s size.
A brand new pavilion is slated to be crafted. There will soon be a play pavilion that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the park. This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the unnamed pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life. The pavilion’s city will be bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment.
Other new changes for Epcot include:
- Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will be ending in 2019. There will be a limited-time nighttime experience over World Showcase Lagoon called Epcot Forever which will be set to classic Epcot tunes, followed by an all-new nighttime spectacular debuting in 2020
- A Space-themed table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE
- A new Circle-Vision 360 film for the China Pavilion and updated O Canada! 360-degree show
- Signature Dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan
- Beauty and the Beast” sing-along in the France Pavilion, showing in addition to the pavilion’s current film, Impressions de France
For those who are excited about these upcoming projects, you’ll soon be able to stop by the new Experience Center coming to Epcot later this year. The Experience Center will be located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion and feature interactive exhibits to help visualize park projects throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.
Epcot Theme Park Admission
Deciding what ticket to get for your visit to Epcot Theme Park is no simple matter. You can get a ticket with one-day’s worth of admission, a ticket with 10-days worth of admission or something in between. You can also add options like a Park Hopping or Park Hopper Plus (which includes water parks, miniature golf and golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex). Other admission options are available such as Walt Disney World annual pass, Florida resident passes and more. For detailed information on Walt Disney World admission options visit MFL’s “Walt Disney World Tickets” page.
Attractions at Epcot Theme Park
Epcot Theme Park is divided into two distinct sections: Future World and World Showcase.
- Future World – a high-energy, high-tech land where guests interact with exhibits, experience internet zones, visit a home of the future and thrill to the pulse-racing liftoff.
- Future World Attractions: Spaceship Earth, Mission: SPACE, Test Track, Soarin’ Around the World, Living with the Land, Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, Journey into Imagination with Figment, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush
- Innoventions East: Colortopia
- Innoventions West: Character Spot with Mickey, Minnie & Goofy; Meet Baymax from Big Hero 6; Meet Joy & Sadness from Inside Out; Meet Ralph and Vanelope from Wreck-It Ralph
- World Showcase – a world of multi-cultural enchantment, featuring marketplaces bustling with international flavor and a dazzling display of countries that transports guests through the magical worlds of 11 nations with just a few steps.
- Mexico – Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
- Norway – Snacks, shops, and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall restaurant. Frozen Ever After attraction and Royal Summerhaus Frozen Meet and Greet.
- China – Reflections of China (360 movie)
- Germany – Restaurants, shops and entertianment
- Italy – Restaurants and street entertainment
- The American Adventure – The American Adventure
- Japan – Restaurants, gardens, and Japanese drums
- Morocco – Restaurants, shops, entertainment
- France – Impressions de France (movie presentation)
- United Kingdom – Restaurants, gardens, and street performers
- Canada – O Canada! (CircleVision 360 movie)
- Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure – an interactive game played throughout World Showcase; sign up at Odyssey bridge or International Gateway
Print out a copy of the Epcot Future World Hidden Gem pocket guide and Epcot World Showcase Hidden Gem pocket guide from our Pocket Guide page and have more fun in the park discovering the hidden gems.
Pick up a Epcot Times Guide as you enter the park for important information such as park hours, special hours, show times, parade and fireworks times, character greeting times and other park hours to help you plan your day.
Throughout the park Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience. Disney’s PhotoPass and Memory Maker gives guests the opportunity to have great high-resolution photos taken by Disney Photographers using state-of-the-art digital equipment at picturesque locations. Even better, your photos can be accessed, shared, and ordered online. Visit our Disney’s PhotoPass Guide for more information on Disney’s PhotoPass service.
Mothers with infants can visit Epcot Theme Park worry free with the services of the Baby Care Centers. The Baby Care Center is located at Odyssey Center between Future World and World Showcase. The facility offers guests a place to feed, change and nurse babies. Highchairs, rocking chairs, nursing rooms, changing tables and a microwave to heat bottles and food are available. The Baby Care Center also offers formula, bottles, pacifiers, Children’s Tylenol, cold and allergy medication, band-aids, Motrin, children’s undergarments, t-shirts and baseball caps for Guests to purchase in those “baby emergencies”.
Stroller rentals are available for single day rentals as well as length of stay. Visit our Stroller page for detailed information on stroller rental.
There’s nothing more frightful to parents than the thought of losing their child in the ocean of people inside a theme park. There are many fascinating distractions at Epcot and children can wander off in a blink of an eye. Be prepared so that you won’t spend precious vacation time frightened and in search of each other. Have a plan, before your vacation, make and print some Kids Travel ID’s. There are many designs to choose from, they’re easy to make and children love to have their own ID cards. When you enter Epcot at the beginning of the day, take a picture of your child from your camera, phone or by a Disney Cast Member on your Photopass so that you can readily show a Cast Member what your child is wearing and what he/she looks like if you should become separated from your child. Set up a meeting area in the park. Locate a Cast Member so that your child can meet a Cast Member “in person” and will not be afraid of them. Let your child know to look for Cast Members with Disney ID tags and to show the Cast Member their ID cards if they could not find you.
If you become separated, stay in the area and enlist the assistance of a Cast Member to search for your child. Most likely your child is in the same vicinity looking for you. If you have not located your child after searching the area, and there is more than one adult in your party, split up and have one go to the pre-determined meeting location while another follow the direction of a Cast Member. All lost children will be taken to Lost Children area inside the Baby Care Center by a Cast Member if they can not locate the parents in the immediate area.
Epcot Theme Park Height Requirement at a Glance
Walt Disney World attractions require children under the age of seven to have someone age 14 or older with them in the “same” ride vehicle and in the “same” row or the row directly behind them.
Visit our Height Requirement page for height requirements to all Walt Disney World attractions.
Walt Disney World also offers Rider Switch so that it is possible for one or more people to stay behind with a child who cannot ride and then switch out with other members of the party.
MouseForLess Tip: When traveling with children in a group, it may be important to consider educational opportunities that are available at Walt Disney World.
Extra Magic Hours
Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels can enjoy more time in the theme parks with the enhanced Extra Magic Hours (EMH) benefit. Each day, one of the theme parks opens an hour early, or stays open two hours extra after regular park hours. This benefit offers guests more time to enjoy shorter lines during these extended theme park hours. There is no charge for this Disney Resort guest benefit. Dates and times for EMH very throughout the year. Go to Extra Magic Hours Schedule for the current schedules. Not all attractions are open during EMH. For details and a list of attractions currently listed as open during EMH go to MFL’s Extra Magic Hour Information page.
FastPass+ is a system that lets you “eliminate the wait” at the most popular park rides and attractions. Nothing feels better than being able to bypass this wait and jump straight to the front of the line. FastPass+ allows guests staying at a Disney-owned resort to book up to 3 FastPasses+ selections per park per day up to 60 days in advance or off-site guests to book up to 3 attractions per park per day on the day of their visit.
For specific information, tips, and strategies about using Fastpass+ in Epcot, visit our guide.
Visit our “FastPass+ Guide for more details on FastPass+, and great MouseForLess tips on how to use utilize this great tool to it’s fullest. Visit our MyMagic+ to get information about using MagicBand during your park visit.
Fireworks at Walt Disney World are transformed into nighttime spectaculars. Each night, Epcot presents Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. This show can be viewed from around the World Showcase lagoon at park closed every time (check the times guide for seasonal changes). Illuminations shows the history of Earth and ends with hope for the future of our planet. Highlights include an Inferno Barge (which launches fire 60 feet into the air), an Earth Globe with a spherical video display, lasers, and fireworks.
In addition, guests can enjoy desserts and a special Illuminations viewing area by purchasing a ticket to Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party. Visit the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party page for information on pricing and food offerings.
During Holidays Around the World at Epcot, a special ending is added to Illuminations featuring the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
Guests to Epcot Theme Park may bring coolers smaller than 24″L X 15″W X 18″H. Coolers will be inspected and no glass containers or alcoholic beverages are allowed. For those who prefer to leave the cooking to Disney, the following selections are available. Click on the name below for menu. Visit our WDW Menu Page for a complete list of menus available for Walt Disney World. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan you can print out a pocket guide for Epcot in our Pocket Guide page.
- Future World
- World Showcase
- United Kingdom
- World Showcase
There are two locations for lockers at Epcot Theme Park, one inside the park and one outside of the park. Outside lockers are located at Epcot Bus Facility, behind the Bus Information booth. Inside Epcot you will find the lockers located at the base of Spaceship Earth. Guest lockers have been upgraded at all Walt Disney World theme parks. The process for renting a locker has now changed, as each locker location is now equipped with a self-service kiosk. Guests paying with cash or credit card may now proceed directly to the kiosk to rent a locker. Guests paying with a MagicBand or gift card should see a Cast Member at the nearest merchandise location where the Cast Member will provide the Guest with a code to access one of the lockers. Lockers are available in Standard (12.5” X 10” X 17”) size for $7.00 per day, Large (15.5” X 13” X 17”) size $10 per day and Jumbo (17” x 22” x 26”) size locker for $15 per day. Guests are no longer required to pay a deposit when renting a locker.
Epcot Theme Park hosts two of the most beloved special events at Walt Disney World. In the spring, Epcot comes to life with Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. In the fall, experience delicious food and drink during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Admission to these events is included in your park admission, although there is a separate charge for some special seminars, food and beverages. Each festival is a unique and memorable experience.
Guests who are interested in guided tours can take advantage of some excellent tours offered at the Epcot. “Epcot Dive Quest” is a unique scuba diving experience inside the 5.7-million-gallon saltwater tank at the Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion in Epcot theme park. In “Dolphins in Depth” Guests can learn about and get up close with a school of dolphins at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion. “Seas Aqua Tour” allows Guests to swim on the surface of the 5.7-million-gallon saltwater tank inside the Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion. “The UnDISCOVERed Future World Tour” takes you into secret backstage areas of Epcot theme park and see amazing facilities that Guests are ordinarily not permitted to visit. “Behind the Seeds at Epcot” takes you through the future of agriculture in greenhouses and labs, go alligator gazing, and learn the advanced, and often experimental, techniques used to grow hydroponic crops with little or no soil. “Gardens of the World Tour (Seasonal)” is an in depth look at the Flower & Garden Festival throughout the park. “English Tea Garden Tour (Seasonal)” explores the history of eat and teaches how blending created different tea flavors.
Wheelchair Accessibility and Service Animals
For the convenience of Guests with disabilities, wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV) are available for rent at Epcot. Quantities are limited and subject to availability. For Guests who require a wheelchair rental for multiple days, a Length of Stay rental ticket is offered. The wheelchair and ECV rental location at Epcot is on the east side of the Epcot theme park Entrance Plaza and at the International Gateway near Spaceship Earth. See also our Wheelchair/ECV Guide as well as Services for Guests with Special Needs.
Guests can ask for a Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. Epcot Theme Park can accommodate guests with mobility, visual and hearing disabilities. Refer to the guidebook for more details on special restrictions and seating areas.
Trained service animals are welcome at Epcot Theme Park and are allowed in most locations. Not all attractions can accommodate service animals. In those instances a member of the guest’s party must remain with the animal. All service animals must remain on a leash or harness at all times. See also our page on Service Animals at Walt Disney World.
Most restrooms are designed for access by Guests using wheelchairs. Companion-assisted restrooms are available at the following locations: First Aid, near Spaceship Earth, Future World East opposite Test Track, Future World West Opposite The Land, Near Norway, Near Morocco, Near Canada.
In addition to Walt Disney World buses running to Epcot from individual Walt Disney World resorts, Disney has added park-to-park buses on a permanent basis. Epcot Theme Park guests can catch buses running to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios approximately every 20 minutes throughout the day.
Park guests may also take a water ferry from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, the Yacht and Beach Clubs and the Swan and Dolphin resorts to Epcot park.
Epcot Theme Park guests also have the option of catching a Monorail to or from the Magic Kingdom resorts. The Monorail “to” Epcot is located the Transportation and Ticket Center and can be reached from the Magic Kingdom by taking a ferry or Monorail from the park.
Guest driving electric vehicles may use one of four Level 2 ChargePoint charging stations found at the Journey parking lot at Epcot. Cost is $.35 per kw/h, with a minimum charge of $1.50. Payments can be made at the charge station with a credit card or a ChargePoint account card. For more tips check out the Parking Information page.
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