Besides the famous Spaceship Earth, there’s much to love about Epcot, which is arguably the Disney park most suitable for adults (though kids love it too). Indeed, there’s so much to love about Epcot that you could reasonably come here seven days in a row and still be having fun. After all, Epcot is about more than its rides; it’s about the atmosphere, which is among the best you’ll find at Walt Disney World.

Alas, most people don’t have an unlimited number of days at the park. You’ll probably only have one day in which to see Epcot. The question is, will that be enough to see everything? Let’s take a look at the answer.

Is Epcot Enough For One Day at Disney? 

Yes, Epcot is enough for one day. The question isn’t whether you should dedicate a day to Epcot but whether one day will be enough. In general, you should think of Epcot as a two-day park. There’s so much to see and do that you really need a couple of days to enjoy everything without feeling like you’re rushing through the park.

But we recognize that most people can’t or won’t give two of their precious days at Disney to Epcot. Those people will find that one day is more than enough to see the highlights and get their full dose of the park’s wonderful atmosphere. Just don’t expect it to be the most leisurely day out; since time is at a premium, you’ll need to plan the day well and be happy with missing out on a couple of experiences.

Tips for Seeing Epcot In One Day

Knowledge is power at Disney World. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to enjoy your trip. And that’s certainly the case at Epcot, which is a two-day park that many people try to fit into just one day. Setting just one day aside at Epcot? Follow these tips.

Arrive Early

It’s best to arrive as early as possible at the park. After all, the more time you have at Epcot, the more you’ll be able to do. Most people arrive between 10 am and 11 am, so aim to arrive before then. The park typically opens at 9 am, though it’s worth checking before you visit.

Early Theme Park Entry

Early Theme Park Entry is a perk offered to guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. It allows them to enter each of the theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot) half an hour prior to the park opening to the general public. This is a notable way to experience popular attractions with shorter wait times before the crowds arrive.

Extended Evening Theme Park Hours

Epcot is one of the parks that’s often included in Extended Evening Theme Park Hours, usually on Mondays. The park stays open upwards of two additional hours for guests of select Walt Disney World hotels on these days. Combining these extra evening hours with early morning entry can net you an additional 2.5 hours in the park.

Hit the Popular Rides During Lunch Time

If you don’t hit the popular rides when you first arrive, then plan on going during lunchtime. Then, there’ll be fewer crowds between 12:30 – 2 pm when most people are eating lunch.

To Dine Or Not? 

The food at Epcot is among the best at Disney World. But if you’re only there for one day, it can be worthwhile skipping a sit-down meal and instead eating at the food stands at the World Showcase, which can be just as delicious as a meal at a table service restaurant.

Must-see rides and attractions at Epcot

Walt Disney World’s Epcot is divided into four main areas: World Celebration, World Nature, World Discovery, and World Showcase. Here are some must-see rides and attractions in both areas:

Future Celebration, World Nature, World Discovery (formerly Future World):

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind: An astounding indoor roller coaster featuring a musical soundtrack.
  • Spaceship Earth: A slow-moving ride through the history of human technology and communication.
  • Soarin’: A simulated hang gliding ride that takes you on a tour of famous landmarks from around the world.
  • Test Track: A high-speed experience when you ride Test Track. You design and test your own virtual car.
  • Living with the Land: A boat ride that takes you through the greenhouses and labs of the Land pavilion, showcasing Disney’s agricultural and horticultural innovations.

World Showcase:

  • Frozen Ever After: A boat ride through the kingdom of Arendelle featuring scenes and songs from the movie “Frozen.”
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros: A boat ride that takes you through the Mexico pavilion, featuring the characters from the Disney film “The Three Caballeros.”
  • The American Adventure: A 30-minute stage show that tells the history of the United States through audio-animatronics and film.
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends: A ride that takes you on a journey under the sea with Nemo, Marlin, and Dory from the Disney-Pixar movie “Finding Nemo.”
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: A 4D attraction considered to be one of the most technologically advanced rides at the World Showcase and one of the most popular amongst Disney fans. It’s a family-friendly ride and is suitable for all ages.

Some attractions are subject to change or closure due to maintenance or covid-19 restrictions. It’s recommended to check the official website for the most up-to-date information on what’s open and closed before visiting before you head out on your Disney World vacation.

Enjoy Your Day at Epcot Walt Disney World  

No matter how long you have to visit Epcot, you’re sure to have a great time. We think you’ll find EPCOT is well worth visiting. After all, this is one of the most charming, fascinating, and fun parks at Walt Disney World.

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