The entrance to Remy's Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, with a classic Parisian fountain in the foreground, inviting guests into the charming streets of France.

Is EPCOT Worth It? Why EPCOT Is a Park You Don’t Want to Skip! {2024}

Planning a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth and wondering, “Is EPCOT Worth It?

EPCOT, which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, is one of 4 theme parks that are part of Walt Disney World Resort.

It’s a very misunderstood park that many people choose to skip; especially those with children.

Many people assume EPCOT is just for adults or is boring, or that it doesn’t have much to offer. If you have heard any of these things, know that this information is completely false.

Here in this post, I’m excited to share with you why EPCOT is worth it and why it should be added to your Walt Disney World or Orlando vacation!

Pssst…..I’m also a travel agent who specializes in Disney, so be sure to contact me and I can help plan and book your Disney vacation.

What Is So Great About EPCOT?

EPCOT is a unique theme park in that it combines thrilling rides, mouthwatering food, captivating shows, educational experiences, technological innovation, and cultural immersion all in one park.

And this cultural immersion is my favorite part of EPCOT and why I love it so much! This cultural immersion takes part in the World Showcase.

The World Showcase is a HUGE area in EPCOT, where you can stroll through 11 different country pavilions. It’s like taking a mini trip around the world!

You can savor delicious cuisine, shop for authentic souvenirs, and even interact with people from those countries. It’s a fantastic way to learn about different cultures without leaving the United States.

The Germany Pavilion at Epcot, featuring half-timbered buildings, a cobblestone square, and a clock tower, with no visitors present.

Another incredible aspect of EPCOT is its focus on innovation and technology. In EPCOT, you’ll find attractions that showcase the latest advancements in science, space exploration, and sustainability.

EPCOT is also known for its special events and festivals throughout the year. The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival offers a chance to indulge in incredible dishes from around the world. EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival offers the chance to enjoy stunning floral displays of your favorite Disney characters!

Is EPCOT Worth It?

There are SO many reasons that EPCOT is worth it! EPCOT is a park with nostalgia, cultural immersion, amazing rides, delicious food, and incredible entertainment.

So, let’s dive in, so you can see that EPCOT is a park not to be skipped!

✅ Feeling of Nostaliga

A topiary of Mickey Mouse as a cheerful conductor, with outstretched arms, stands among other character-shaped topiaries and a lush bed of multicolored flowers in front of Epcot's iconic sphere.

EPCOT has a way of evoking feelings of nostalgia for many visitors.

Did you know that EPCOT opened in 1982 and was Walt Disney World’s second park? For those who visited EPCOT in their childhood, stepping foot into the park can be like a trip down memory lane.

The iconic sights and sounds of EPCOT, such as the architecture, the familiar attractions like Spaceship Earth and The Land, and even the classic tunes that play in the background, can transport you back in time.

✅ Travel Around the World & Experience Other Cultures

Topiary panda bears in the foreground at the China Pavilion in EPCOT, showcasing the park's cultural elements and attention to detail.

The World Showcase itself makes a trip to EPCOT totally worth it! And the World Showcase is exactly why I love EPCOT so much!

If you are a lover of travel and of learning about other countries and cultures, then visiting EPCOT is a must!

Walking through the pavilions, you’ll encounter authentic architecture, performances, and exhibits. These pavilions include Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, and Canada. There is also an African Outpost.

It’s like a cultural adventure, allowing you to explore different corners of the world in a single park.

And don’t think for a second that this might be boring for kids. All of my kids have always loved the World Showcase and they each have their favorite country to visit!

Also, to entertain the younger kids in the World Showcase, let them take part in the Kidcot Fun Stops. In each country, your child can collect an activity card with features fun facts and traditions of each country.

The World Showcase is also known for its dining options, offering a wide range of international cuisines. From delicious pizza and pasta in Italy to mouthwatering bratwurst in Germany, you can indulge in diverse culinary delights.

Also, the shopping opportunities in each pavilion allow you to find unique souvenirs, artwork, and traditional merchandise from different countries.

✅ Amazing Rides & Attractions

When it comes to EPCOT’s rides, it’s important to note that the park’s primary focus is not solely on thrill rides like you might find in other Disney theme parks.

However, EPCOT has some pretty amazing must-do rides and attractions! The following are a few of the amazing attractions that EPCOT has!

Test Track

In EPCOT’s World Discovery, you’ll find the incredible ride Test Track.

This is one of my favorite rides in EPCOT! This thrilling ride allows you to design your own virtual concept vehicle and then put it to the test on a high-speed outdoor track.

You’ll experience twists, turns, and acceleration as you race through various challenges. It’s a thrilling and interactive experience!

Two children are engaged in designing a car at the interactive design station of the Test Track ride at EPCOT, with one reaching out to adjust the car's features on the touchscreen.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

EPCOT’s newest ride, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a thrilling roller coaster based on the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

It’s a unique ride that spins, twists, and even goes backward. You join the Guardians on a mission to save a species from aliens. It’s an exciting and immersive experience that combines the fun of a roller coaster with your favorite beloved characters.

Soarin’

Another one of my favorite rides at EPCOT is Soarin’ which is located in The Land Pavilion.

Soarin’ takes you on a simulated hang-gliding adventure over breathtaking landscapes including the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and the Taj Mahal in India.

This ride utilizes a massive IMAX screen and simulated motion to create the sensation of flying. You’ll be treated to beautiful sights and even catch a whiff of scents corresponding to the scenes. It’s a visually stunning and immersive experience.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth may not be the best ride in EPCOT, but is a classic and should be mentioned.

This ride takes you on a slow-moving journey inside the famous EPCOT sphere through the history of communication, utilizing animatronics and impressive scenes.

Frozen Ever After

In the Norway Pavilion of the World Showcase, you’ll find the super popular ride Frozen Ever After. This is a family-friendly boat ride where you will journey into the wintry world of Arendelle.

You’ll sail through scenes featuring beloved characters, catchy songs, and magical moments. It’s a charming and enchanting ride for fans of the movie.

Entrance to the 'Frozen Ever After' attraction at EPCOT, with a stone facade and blue banners, nestled between quaint European-style buildings and a leafy green tree in the foreground.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

In the France Pavilion of the World Showcase, you’ll find the family-friendly ride, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure based on the movie “Ratatouille.”

The entrance to Remy's Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, with a classic Parisian fountain in the foreground, inviting guests into the charming streets of France.

Shrinking down to the size of a rat, you’ll scurry through Gusteau’s restaurant, dodging larger-than-life obstacles and racing alongside Remy himself. The ride has cool 3D pictures and special effects that make it feel like you’re running through the kitchen.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Another super fun family-friendly ride in the World Showcase takes place in the Mexico Pavilion.

Gran Fiesta Tour is a gentle and whimsical boat ride taking you on a journey through Mexican culture and history.

Visitors on a boat ride inside the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot, passing under strings of colorful papel picado banners, with vibrant scenes and a 'Viva Donald' sign welcoming them to the Gran Fiesta Tour.

Mission: Space

Calling all space lovers, Mission: Space is the ride for you! Unless you’re claustrophobic like me, then do NOT do this ride!

Mission: SPACE offers two versions of the ride – Orange for a more intense ride and Green for a milder experience. You’ll become an astronaut and embark on a simulated space mission to Mars. It’s a realistic and thrilling adventure that simulates the sensation of blasting off into space.

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana is EPCOT’s newest attraction. This is an outdoor exploration trail that’s fun for all ages!

On this fun outdoor adventure in EPCOT, you’ll be able to interact with water just like Moana did. But not only is this a fun attraction, it’s also educational. Kids and adults can learn all about the global water cycle here.

You might even have the chance to meet Moana herself at the entrance to the attraction.

A lush Moana topiary, part of EPCOT's 'Journey of Water,' surrounded by a verdant garden, waterfall, and pond, with the geodesic Spaceship Earth visible in the background.

✅ Delicious Food

Is EPCOT worth it? Absolutely, especially if you are a foodie! In fact, EPCOT has the best food in all of Walt Disney World!

Imagine being able to munch on tacos from Mexico, pasta from Italy, bratwurst from Germany, sushi from Japan, and so much more, all in one place! They’ve got a ton of choices for everyone’s preferences.

Guests at the Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion at EPCOT enjoy a lively show. Children are dancing in front of the stage where a band in traditional German attire performs, enhancing the festive dining atmosphere.

EPCOT also has special events and festivals dedicated to food including the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival. At this festival, you can try all kinds of delicious bites from different countries. It’s a food lover’s paradise!

And when it comes to dining, EPCOT has a wide variety of options. You can grab something quick from a counter or have a sit-down meal at a fancy restaurant. They’ve got places with unique themes and others known for their great steaks or other tasty treats.

So, if you’re someone who loves food and wants to explore different flavors and cuisines, EPCOT is definitely the place for you. You’ll get to try amazing dishes from around the world and have a food adventure you won’t forget!

✅ Entertainment & Nighttime Show

Dusk at Epcot with the glowing sphere of Spaceship Earth by the lakeside, park pavilions twinkling in the distance, under a fading purple sky.

EPCOT offers a variety of entertainment and live music.

Some entertainment you might find in EPCOT includes a mariachi band in Mexico, a juggler in Italy, and Taiko in Japan.

Also at nighttime, EPCOT has a spectacular display of lights, music, and pyrotechnics that takes place on the World Showcase Lagoon. Watching this nighttime show is such a magical way to end your day at EPCOT.

✅ Festivals & Events at EPCOT

EPCOT is renowned for its vibrant festivals, which celebrate various aspects of culture, food, and the arts.

Here are some of the amazing festivals held at EPCOT throughout the year:

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

A vibrant view of EPCOT during the Flower & Garden Festival, showcasing a sea of colorful flowers arranged in patterns.

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival takes place in spring and showcases breathtaking gardens, topiaries, and floral displays throughout the park. 🌸 💐

It also features outdoor kitchens offering seasonal and fresh cuisine, as well as live music performances and interactive exhibits focused on gardening and environmental awareness.

Visiting during the International Flower & Garden Festival is my favorite time to visit EPCOT because I enjoy looking at all of the fabulous Disney character topiaries.

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is held in the later summer/fall. It is a paradise for food lovers. 🍷 🥗

It showcases a global culinary journey with a wide variety of food and beverage options from around the world. You can indulge in delectable small plates, attend culinary demonstrations, participate in beverage tastings, and enjoy live entertainment and concerts.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts celebrates the visual, culinary, and performing arts. This festival takes place in the early part of the year. 🎭 🎨 💃

It features art exhibits, interactive workshops, live performances, and food offerings that are as visually appealing as they are delicious. You can immerse yourself in the world of art, watch artists at work, and even create your own masterpiece.

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is EPCOT’s holiday season festival. This festival spreads joy and showcases holiday traditions from around the world. 🎄 🎅

The World Showcase pavilions are adorned with festive decorations, and you can enjoy seasonal treats, live entertainment, storytelling, and special appearances by Santa Claus and other beloved characters.

✅ Characters at EPCOT

A joyful little girl in a pink outfit hugs Daisy Duck in a pink dress and purple bow.

Did you know that EPCOT is one of the best parks for seeing characters?

At EPCOT, you’ll find all your favorite classic Disney characters including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Winnie the Pooh.

EPCOT is also a fabulous spot for seeing your favorite Disney princesses. Belle, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Anna, Elsa, and Jasmine all make appearances at EPCOT.

This park is also home to a couple of characters you will not find anywhere else including Joy from Inside Out and Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph.

EPCOT even has fabulous character meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

✅ Aquarium

Did you know that Walt Disney World has an aquarium? And this aquarium is located at EPCOT! 🐠 🦈 🐢

The aquarium at EPCOT is a massive saltwater tank that holds over 5.7 million gallons of water and is home to thousands of sea creatures. Here you’ll find tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, and rays.

The aquarium is housed in a building with other fun interactive exhibits, Turtle Talk with Crush and the family-friendly ride, The Seas with Nemo & Friends. On this ride, you will journey on a clamobile through scenes inspired by the popular Disney-Pixar film, “Finding Nemo.” The ride combines animated characters with real-life underwater environments, creating a unique and magical experience.

In addition to the aquarium and ride, the pavilion here offers interactive exhibits and educational displays. There are interactive touchscreens, educational videos, and knowledgeable cast members available to answer questions.

And don’t leave without stepping into Bruce the Shark’s mouth and getting your picture!

A child in a blue shirt is playfully standing inside the open mouth of a Bruce the shark replica from 'Finding Nemo,' featuring a wide grin full of sharp teeth.

For an additional cost, they also have a scuba diving experience and a “Dolphins in Depth” experience where you can interact and get in the water with dolphins. You can easily make a reservation on the My Disney Experience App!

FAQs

Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions relating to, “Is EPCOT Worth It?”

What Age is Best for EPCOT?

Kim and her family is seated in a row, ready to enjoy the Soarin' ride at EPCOT. Kim takes a selfie capturing the excitement and anticipation of her family.

EPCOT is a fun place for people of ALL ages! It’s also great for families, couples, and individuals!

My husband and I have been bringing our children to EPCOT since they were babies and the whole family has always had a wonderful time!

For toddlers and young kids visiting EPCOT, they will enjoy The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, and Journey into Imagination with Figment. In World Showcase, they will love Frozen Ever After, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros.

There are also great play areas in EPCOT for young kids to run around and burn some energy.

For older children and adults, there’s plenty of exciting stuff at EPCOT. You can try the thrilling Test Track, Mission: SPACE, or Soarin’ rides.

And for those who don’t like rides, EPCOT offers fabulous entertainment, shows, and the World Showcase!

Does EPCOT Need a Whole Day?

Spaceship Earth at Epcot under a twilight sky, with a colorful topiary of Mickey Mouse in a sorcerer's outfit in the foreground, surrounded by lit-up fountains and flowers

Whether or not you need a whole day at EPCOT depends on your personal preferences and the experiences you want to have.

EPCOT is a large park with a lot to see and do, so ideally, dedicating a full day allows you to thoroughly explore and enjoy all that it has to offer.

If you want to experience everything the park has to offer, then I highly recommend spending a full day at EPCOT.

Spending a whole day at EPCOT also allows you to fully appreciate the details and ambiance of the park. EPCOT’s architecture, landscaping, and design create a unique atmosphere that can be best experienced when you have enough time to soak it all in.

That being said, if you have limited time or a specific focus, it’s still possible to have a fulfilling visit to EPCOT in less than a day. You can prioritize the attractions and experiences that interest you the most and make the most of your time at the park.

It’s important to plan your day in advance, so you can make the most efficient use of your time and ensure you don’t miss out on any of your must-see experiences.

How Many Days Do You Need at EPCOT?

The amount of time you need at EPCOT depends on how much you want to explore and experience. If you want to cover all the major attractions, explore the World Showcase pavilions, enjoy the shows, and try out different dining options, you will likely need a full day or more.

EPCOT is a large park with a lot to see and do, so dedicating a full day allows you to take your time and fully immerse yourself in the park’s offerings. However, if you have limited time or prefer a more relaxed pace, you can still have a fulfilling experience with a half-day visit, focusing on your must-see attractions and experiences.

Ultimately, the ideal number of days at EPCOT varies based on your interests, schedule, and personal preferences.

The Wrap-Up

A peaceful scene at EPCOT with a view of Spaceship Earth across the World Showcase Lagoon, taken from a shaded promenade featuring benches and vibrant flower beds.

So, what do you think?? Is EPCOT worth it? I absolutely think it is! It is my favorite park, along with Magic Kingdom!

With its combination of thrilling rides, gentle rides, technological innovations, cultural immersion, and delicious food, EPCOT offers something for everyone!

Whether you’re fascinated by science and innovation, enjoy exploring different cultures, appreciate culinary delights, or simply want to have a magical and memorable time, EPCOT has it all!