There is an ambitious future for one of Disney’s most underrated parks. The whole focus of this park will be shifting like the current demolition and rebuilding of Future World. When the dust settles will EPCOT finally fulfill its promise?
A few facts on Disney’s EPCOT Center. For more information on the attractions please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Families & Older Children
Annual Visitors (2019):
Avarage Daily Visitors:
200 EPCOT Center Drive
Lake Buena Vista
EPCOT Attraction Mix
- Roller Coasters & Thrill Rides 17% 17%
- Family & Children’s Attractions 43% 43%
- Shows 39% 39%
EPCOT Entrance Plaza
The physical aspect of walking around theme parks almost every day for 2 or more weeks comes as a surprise to many people. To illustrate the physical exertion, I use my Google Fit app to track my step count and distance walked in each park. I’ve crunched the numbers and the figures below represent my most recent visit to the park.
17.41 km (10.81 miles)
An overview of the attraction types you can expect to find in EPCOT Center
Free guides, maps and tools to help you plan smarter!
An up-to-date park map to give you an idea of the layout and know where your favourite attractions are in relation to one another. Days in the parks can be long, don’t walk further than you have to!
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Set your priorities for the day by knowing the must-do attractions and ones to avoid. Set expectations so there is no disappointment when you arrive and know what else you can do if there is time.
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EPCOT’s roller coaster drought has come to end in spectacular style with the opening of Guardians Of The Galaxy: Mission Rewind, the world’s largest enclosed roller coaster.
Educating people doesn’t need to be without thrills but the thrills need to inform the subject. The two thrill attractions here are a perfect demonstration of this.
You would think a park built on education would teach us about our most important resource? Currently, two attractions use water only as a means of transport.
With a firm focus on education, the attractions at EPCOT are heavily skewed towards dark rides where Imagineers can conjure compelling stories.
EPCOT is built as a family destination. Only the two thrill attractions have a height restriction making this park perfect for families.
EPCOT’s reputation has been built on the quality of its shows and some favourites have made way for new experiences while others receive welcome updates.
See EPCOT Center Visually
FREE VISUAL GUIDE
EPCOT is the center of Disney World’s transportation network. If you are coming straight from Hollywood Studios you can even walk between the parks in around 20 minutes or hop on a water taxi to arrive in a little style.
These methods let you enter the park at the other entrance, the International Gateway. If you are in the vicinity of or are staying in the Swan and Dolphin resorts you can use this quieter entrance.
The Guardians Effect
The opening of Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind has fundamentally changed Genie+ and Individual Lighting Lane Reservations in EPCOT.
Guardian’s Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the hottest ticket in Disney World. So hot, it’s rumoured to have pushed one popular EPCOT attraction permanently onto Disney’s Genie+ selection from Individual Lightning Lane Selection!
If you want to ride Guardians Of The Galaxy please make sure you reserve either your virtual lane ticket or ILL Selection as soon as 7 am as possible. Reservations are drying up within minutes of being available.
Remember that the second wave of virtual lane tickets becomes available to those inside EOCOT at 1 pm. They will also go very quickly!
If you stay in a Deluxe Resort remember you may also have a 6 pm slot you can book if you have Extra Evening Magic Hours at EPCOT.
Bring Your Walking Shoes!
EPCOT is a big park with not many shortcuts. In terms of accessibility, EPCOT is actually larger than Animal Kingdom as a huge chunk of Animal Kingdom’s 500 acres is dedicated to one attraction that guests can’t walk in.
To get everything done in EPCOT you will be walking a lot more than you realise.
The walk around World Showcase alone is 1.25 miles without factoring in yo-yo-ing between attractions.