Why Epcot is Our Favorite Park

Once again, we really must reiterate that we do NOT like to play favorites. Just last week we were forced to share why Disney’s Animal Kingdom is our favorite park

Epcot

But this week, our feelings have shifted. This week we are craving trips around the world, festival feasts, and of course, we feel the need… the need for speed.

Here are 5 reasons why Epcot is our favorite park:

1. Festivals

Food and Wine Festival, Spain Wine Flight

One of the best things in all of Walt Disney World happens at Epcot: the Festivals! From the original Food and Wine Festival to the beautiful Flower and Garden Festival, and the merry Festival of the Holidays to the newest Festival of the Arts, each festival has its own eats, entertainment, and unique charm.

As a grown-up, there is very little I enjoy as much as strolling through World Showcase sampling new eats and drinks. Not only that, but I love the specialty wine seminars at Food and Wine, the topiaries at Flower and Garden, the many stories of Christmas at the Festival of the Holidays, and the Broadway performances at Festival of the Arts. Epcot Festivals are truly a delight and a must-do.

2019 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries in Norway

 

2. Disney’s Fastest Attraction

Test Track

Did you know that Test Track is the FASTEST attraction at Walt Disney World? Clocking in at almost 65 mph, Test Track is more than TWICE as fast as Space Mountain.

Test Track is also a really fun attraction if you want to get competitive with your family. Split up at the Design Stations in the queue (make sure you let the Cast Members know before you get in there) and each make your own Simulator Vehicle. After the ride is over, check out whose car scored the highest. Loser buys the first round of Drinks Around the World?

To learn more about Test Track, check out our recent AllEars TV ride-through video!

3. Traveling Around the World

Morocco Bab Boujeloud Gate
Morocco Pavilion

Where else can you travel to 11 different countries in a day? Each of Epcot’s World Showcase pavilions is home to unique entertainment, shopping, and dining that transport you around the globe.

You can grab a pint in a British pub, followed by a fresh pastry in France. Be amazed by Chinese acrobats and dance to a Mexican Mariachi band.  Epcot’s World Showcase is likely the best place in all of Walt Disney World to go without any major plans — just stroll and stop as your heart desires and we guarantee you’ll have a great day.

4. The Land Pavilion 

The Land

The Land Pavilion is one of the coolest spots in Disney World! Not only does it host the universally loved attraction, Soarin’ Around the World, but there’s also an amazing rotating restaurant, a diverse quick service spot, and the chance to check out Disney’s greenhouses!

Head to Living with the Land for a boat ride through the Greenhouses to learn how Disney is leading the way in sustainability. Then dine in Garden Grill or Sunshine Seasons, where most of the produce was grown right there!

5. SO MANY EXCITING CHANGES ARE COMING!

Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Construction

Sure it may be a little premature, but we are SO excited about the changes coming to Epcot! The new restaurant Takumi Tei just opened in the Japan pavilion, plus there will be even more new dining later this year at the Space-themed restaurant coming to Future World. New attractions are landing soon too — like the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

Epcot is undergoing a huge transformation, which Disney has said will be completed by 2021, just in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary. And while we haven’t seen these changes yet, we are so excited! After all, Walt’s passion for technology and innovation is what sparked the idea for Epcot, and it was Walt who once said, “Keep Moving Forward.”

So there you have it — five reasons why Epcot  is our FAVORITE park, this week at least! What about you, why do you love Epcot? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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7 Replies to “Why Epcot is Our Favorite Park”

  1. I totally agree! It’s has always been my husbands favorite park and even our kids love EPCOT! Though my favorite is to go to F&WF without kids 😉

  2. I love Epcot because there’s always new things to explore I didn’t know existed. The festivals are fabulous because they are interactive. Festival of the Arts is becoming my favorite. You get to paint a mural, become part of a classic painting or just watch the artist create their beautiful pieces of art. I still think about the ‘Mosaic Cake’ Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate from this year. It was so good!!! There’s just so much to do! I love it!

  3. Even with all the changes, EPCOT is still my favorite. I still make multiple visits on a trip, EPCOT is the only reason I get a Park Hopper. It used to be the least crowded and a smaller percentage of kids which lent a more “adult” feeling. I’m actually glad to see more kids, even if they’re mostly there for Frozen. At a minimum it has to qualify as the most underappreciated park

    1. Has there been any word on when Spaceship Earth is supposed to close for its refurbishment/remodel/recreation? I’m planning a trip to WDW for myself and a close friend (it’ll be his first), and I feel like experiencing Spaceship Earth is just a huge part of the Epcot experience.