Podcast Episode 124: Epcot Quick Service Locations

Continuing on in our series, we discuss all your quick service dining locations within Epcot.  There are plenty of really great options both in Future World and World Showcase so be sure to give some of these a try on your next trip!

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Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Missing At Epcot

Epcot ThingsWe love Epcot and there are lots of things to do there, especially for kids.  Here are some things you probably didn’t know you were missing at Epcot!

1.  Glowing pathways – At night, part of the sidewalk in Future World glows.  You can look down and see it right there under your feet!

2.  Lots of water fun – There are splash zones for kids in three places throughout Future World: outside Test Track, on the main drag from Future World to the World Showcase, and one on the way to Mission Space.  Be sure to bring dry clothes!  Also, you can check out the jumping water fountains.

3.  Club Cool – We talk about this a lot but lots of people don’t think to stop there.  It’s a great way to quench your thirst for free and soak up a bit of a/c.  They have different flavors of Coca Cola sodas right there on tap from many countries around the world, and it’s all free!  You can have as much as you like!  

4.  Gran Fiesta Tour – There is a boat ride with Donald Duck inside the Mexico pavilion and there’s hardly ever a wait for it.  It’s one of our favorites. Try it out!

5.  Refreshment Port – Boring name, awesome food!  This is where you can find the Cronut, winner of our March Madness of Food challenge!  We love the Cronut!

Epcot for Adults

Have you ever heard that Disney is for kids or that people are going to Disney for their kids?   We at Dole Whipped could not agree less with this.   Disney vacations are for everyone!  For this article I am going to tell you why Epcot is for adults, what you can enjoy while visiting this amazing park.

Let’s start with the best of the best: Drinking Around the World!  Those over the age of 21 can enjoy beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks from eleven countries.  Check out our information on this subject: Blog and the Podcast.

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If you drinks aren’t your thing maybe Snacking Around the World is an option!  This is a fantastic option with a group of friends so you all get a little taste of everything!  Check out our articles here for ideas.

Another great option for adults are the movies that play in the pavilions of the World Showcase.  France, Canada, and China all have Circle Vision 360 films featuring landmarks and places of interest in these countries.  The films are fairly short and very well done and perfect for adults to enjoy.

Future World also has many great attractions and I won’t list them all, but those that adults may find most fun are Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, Living with the Land, Test Track, and Mission Space.

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Dining in Epcot is a dream! There are so many choices for the adventurous eaters, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Mexican, Norwegian, seafood, and steakhouse.  There are of course some character dining options but if you are looking to avoid this there are plenty of choices in Epcot.  Just be sure to make your advanced dining reservations.

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Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party is a great activity for adults!  You get drinks and desserts and a lovely view of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.  You can read all about it!

Seasonally there is the Flower and Garden Festival.  There are the concerts, gardening seminars, playgrounds for kids, amazing gardens and topiaries, butterfly house, and food booths called Outdoor Kitchens.

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Like Flower & Garden there is the Food & Wine Festival.  Included with this are the Eat to the Beat Concerts, cooking and mixology classes and seminars, as well as food and drink booths from around the world.

Epcot really is a park for everyone!  Check out my articles on Epcot for Kids, Epcot for Preschoolers.

Imagineer for the Day-Epcot

Epcot is a park that hasn’t seen new work in a long time. We will be seeing a new Frozen attraction in 2016 but if I were in an Imagineer for the day here is what I would do.

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World Showcase could really use some more attractions for the whole family, the films just aren’t cutting it. I would add a dark ride to Germany, one that takes you through different regions of Germany. The rooms could represent the most popular regions displayed on screens similar to that in the Gran Fiesta Tour.

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Next in France we will take a ride with Remy from Ratatouille around Paris and follow his adventures based on the film.

If we wanted to go really bold we could add a Mary Poppins attraction in the United Kingdom pavilion. I’d love to see Mary and Bert on their Jolly Holiday.

In Future World I would also make some more changes. Let’s first get rid of Ellen’s Universe of Energy, in its place will go an E-ticket attraction similar to Test Track. Maybe an energy themed ride with is interesting and educational.

It is possible that after all the work is done in Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios that Epcot will see the next change.  But until then all we can do it dream!

If you missed Part I or Part II check them out!  Leave a comment of what you would change in Epcot.

Epcot for Preschoolers

Epcot gets a reputation for being a park that isn’t for little kids but that is not the case at all. There is plenty to do in World Showcase and in Future World for your preschoolers and young kids.

Future World is a kid’s playground. There are plenty of attractions and activities for kids of all ages. First and foremost is Spaceship Earth, yes there is a ride in there and you can’t miss it. A slow moving trip through Earth’s history. Sure your child may not get a lot out of the history it but it is a nice dark cool place to take it easy. And it is a lot of fun to see yourself as a cartoon at the end.  If you head over to Mission Space there is a great indoor play area for kids and you can go in through the shop to get to it.

The Land Pavilion is spectacularly awesome as it houses Soarin’. It has a height restriction of 40 inches or taller and if your child is taller than that you should definitely get in line for this ride. There is also the boat ride though the greenhouses: Living with the Land in which you can see fish, interesting fruits and vegetables, and maybe a few hidden Mickey’s.
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Once you’ve finished with The Land head on over to The Seas Pavilion, which houses Turtle Talk with Crush, The Seas with Nemo & Friends and a large aquarium. Kids will love to ride Nemo, talk with Crush, and then have even more run around seeing sharks, fish, turtles, manatees, and eels.

Also in Future World you can check out Innoventions. This is a great interactive place for kids to play and learn at the same time. There is The Great Piggy Bank Adventure where kids can learn about saving money. Then check out Where’s the Fire to learn about fire safety.  There are also a few fountains that kids can play by including the jumping fountain which is fun for kids and adults.

Also try out Club Cool for a taste of soda pop from around the world. Then head over to meet some characters at the Character Spot to meet members of the Fab Five.

In World Showcase there are two rides that will appeal to kids and adults alike. The Gran Fiesta Tour (located in the Mexico pavilion) and Maelstrom (located in the Norway Pavilion) are boat rides featuring stories of their host countries. Don’t forget to take some time to poke around the pavilions for interesting architecture, art, and shopping.

There is also Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure based on the show Phineas and Ferb. This interactive quest will take you to places in the World Showcase to thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans.

And last but not least there are the Kidcot stations. In each pavilion there are stops for kids to decorate and color a stick puppet of Duffy or Agent P. They are also get a stamp from each country and/or have the cast members write your child’s name or a phrase in their native language.

And don’t forget while you are walking around the world to check out the character meet and greets like Belle, Alice, Mulan, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Jasmine and Aladdin, Snow White and Duffy the Disney bear. Also many have live performances that are sure to delight kids and adults.

If you were on the fence about taking your young child to Epcot you can now see that there is plenty for kids of all ages to do when you visit this park. You will not be disappointed!