Disney World: Epcot (Orlando, FL)
First and foremost I want to address a lie I was told several times prior to my visit to Epcot: “Epcot is boring.” That is absolutely the furthest thing from the truth! I could maybe, sort of, kind of (but still not really) see how it could be somewhat boring for a young child who just wants to ride rides and meet Disney characters, but as an adult I had the time of my life.
My husband and I knew that on our family Florida trip (with like 19 people, I think…), we wanted to slip away for a day and visit a Disney park. I went to Magic Kingdom when I was 11 and I went to Disneyland and California Adventure in 2017. It was just us going and we don’t have kids, so we chose Epcot. Of course, with both of our loves of travel and food, it was the obvious choice. Although, I had never been to Epcot before (or quite frankly, even looked at pictures of it), I had a picture in my head of what it would be like, as I do with most places I go. It was completely different than what I pictured but that was not a bad thing.
The very first thing we did when we got there was visit “The Sea”. It was like 100 degrees so being inside a cool aquarium was nice. We walked all around the aquarium and even did a “talk to turtles” Q & A type of thing. They had Crush from Nemo on a big screen interacting with the audience. It was a lot more entertaining than I would have thought.
Then we headed off to visit different countries. We first stopped in China to have lunch. I had some spicy chicken with rice and Foo Beer. It was all delicious. Then we headed into a gift shop. Throughout all the countries, we did many of the indoor boat rides. My favorite was the Frozen Ever After ride in Norway. We also met Anna and Elsa in Norway! I can honestly say that during the ride and meeting Anna and Elsa, I felt the joy of a little kid. I was so excited, probably too excited for a woman in her mid 20’s.
With the exception of Frozen Ever After and Soarin’ Around the World, we didn’t have to wait in line for anything. We drank beer in Germany, had gelato in Italy, mochi in Japan, poutine in Canada and nachos in Mexico. We rode in fast Chevy cars at the Test Track and experienced a tour of the world on Soarin’ Around the World.
As I said in the beginning of this post, prior to going to Epcot, I was told it would be boring and that I was better off visiting a different park. That is totally false! Epcot is so much fun! I appreciated how much there was to do that didn’t involve rides and waiting in lines for hours. They had plenty of character meet and greets too! We only met Anna and Elsa but we saw Belle, Daisy and a few others (I saw signs for Jasmine and Aladdin too). One thing I also noticed in the shops and restaurants was that you can reasonably experience something from every country even if you don’t want to spend a ton of money, especially if you share. There were items in some of the gift shops, particularly China and Japan, that only cost a couple dollars. There was a building run by Coca Cola where you could sample different beverages from around the world for free. Yes, for free. The architecture of some of the buildings added to the illusion of being in the countries. They also had music and street performers. In my opinion, Epcot is where its at, especially if you love to travel.