Many people think that Epcot is short on attractions. And it is probably true that Epcot has a smaller number of attractions than Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I think part of the reason why Epcot has fewer attractions is that they last longer – like the record-breaking 45 minutes of The Universe Of Energy – Ellen’s Energy Adventure.
But another reason why Epcot might not have as large a number of attractions is that there is so much more to see and do beyond attractions. In fact, you could very well spend an entire day at Epcot, not ride a single attraction, and have plenty of fun and entertainment. How? Let’s take a look.
I think that one of the best things about Epcot is all the live music you can experience throughout the park. In most cases you can take in a few minutes or the whole show.
The Voices Of Liberty – If you are a United States citizen, I think you are legally required to shed a tear upon hearing the hauntingly beautiful a cappella music of The Voices Of Liberty. With no musical instruments to accompany them, their voices belt out patriotic songs that inspire and uplift. A definite must see inside the dome covered lobby of The American Adventure.
Matsuriza – Japanese Drums – The sounds of these Japanese drummers echo all around World Showcase in a fascinating musical experience.
Special Event Music – From the Flower Power bands that are part of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival to the Candlelight Processional that takes place at Christmas time.
The lives shows are truly unique and worth checking out.
Serveur Amusant – Humor and amazing acrobatic moves come together in a fun show that people of all ages enjoy. This show takes place at the France Pavilion.
The Hat Lady – A fun show of piano music, storytelling, and fun in the Rose and Crown pub at the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Illuminations: Reflections Of Earth – A visit to Epcot is not complete without taking in this nighttime spectacular, a show with lasers, fire, music, and fireworks that takes place around the World Showcase lagoon. Don’t miss it.
Where do I begin with dining options. At Epcot, you can travel the culinary world and find something that’s sure to tickle the palate of your most decimating eater. Here’s just a few of my favorites:
Biergarten – It’s Oktoberfest every day in the Biergarten in the Germany pavilion. Enjoy a huge buffet meal with traditional German items like schnitzel, red cabbage, pork, and Bavarian cheese cake. Enjoy the sounds of the oom-pah band and a tall frosty stein of beer.
Le Cellier – A fine-dining steakhouse dining in the Canada pavilion, Le Cellier is always popular. Be sure to get your reservations early.
Monsieur Paul – Upscale, elegant French dining on the second floor of the France pavilion. Enjoy a gourmet meal with items like grilled beef tenderloin with mushroom crust, free-range chicken breast, roasted duck breast, or seared scallops. It’s a definite departure from traditional theme park food, and a good choice for those who enjoy fine dining or want a bit of culinary adventure.
Teppan Edo – More than just a meal, Teppan Edo in the Japan pavilion is also a show where you get to see Japanese chefs chop, flip, and prepare your meal at your table. Enjoy items like steak, seafood, chicken, or vegetables.
Club Cool – Ok, there is no food to be had here, but where else (outside of the Coca Cola headquarters) can you try sodas from around the world, all at no extra cost? Ever wonder what they like to drink in Germany or Mozambique? Now you can find out.
If all the music, food, and shows aren’t enough, there is even more fun available:
Phineas & Ferb Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure – Sign up at a recruitment center, get your Field Operative Notification Equipment (FONE), and solve clues to stop the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz. The Phineas & Ferb game is fun, and families can play together. You can choose to play for a short or long period of time around the country pavilions.
Solve adventures as part of a fun, interactive game with Agent P.
Character Greetings – Most people don’t think that Epcot has many opportunities to see Disney characters. But there are characters everywhere! From the Character Spot in Future World where you can meet Mickey and his friends, to Duffy the Disney bear, to characters that fit their country themes around World Showcase – like Snow White in Germany, Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco, and Donald Duck and The Three Caballeros in Mexico.
I know that the list above is heavy on World Showcase and is incomplete. I missed the Coral Reef restaurant in The Living Seas, quick service restaurants like the Yorkshire County Fish Shop and the Funnel Cake stand near the American Adventure. I also didn’t cover nearly all the live entertainment that is available. I’ll let you discover those areas yourself.