We have a few rookie mistakes to avoid at Disney World’s Epcot, if possible! Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 90 days? Well how about 90 minutes? You can do this, while also taking a look at our past and a glimpse of our future. Epcot, located within Disney World, allows you to experience different cultures, while still getting a being a part of the magic. #waltexpress #disneyworld #disneyworldplanning rookie mistakes to avoid

7 Rookie Mistake to Avoid at Disney World’s Epcot

Below, I’ve listed some of the rookie mistakes that I see happen nearly every trip I’ve made. Epcot is the one park where a rookie mistake could ruin the rest of your trip. Here are some rookie mistakes to avoid at Disney World’s Epcot!

7. Underestimating the Size of Epcot

Epcot is 300 acres! Yes, I looked it up because it’s who I am as a person. Imagine trying to go from Spaceship Earth to Frozen Ever After in Norway. I know My Disney Experience says it’s only a 10 min walk, but I can tell you, it does not feel like that. This is something to keep in mind whenever you’re planning dining reservations or fast passes. I remember missing out on getting an artist signature because we were rushing to get to our dining reservation.

6. Forgetting that Sunblock

A rookie mistake to avoid at Disney World’s Epcot is forgetting your sunscreen or sunshades. For those of us that the sun hates, it’s important to remember these. Epcot is one of the more “wide open” parks. There isn’t a lot of shade in between the countries, and it’s usually already occupied. Can you imagine getting sunburnt the first day? The rest of your trip would be pretty rough. Even if you’re fine in the sun, don’t forget about those kiddos. Their little legs hanging out in the sun all day could get burnt.

5. Wearing the Wrong Shoes

Did I mention how big Epcot is? Epcot is one of my favorite parks, but the lack of rides means you’re on your feet a lot! The walk around the countries is 1.2 miles, by ITSELF! That doesn’t seem like a lot, but you have to include the walk from the busses or skyliner with that. You might already be sore from a rambunctious day at Magic Kingdom, too! Your footwear is going to matter a lot at this park, and that includes your socks. I understand wanting to dress nice at some of the restaurants, but high heels or loafers are just a bad idea if you plan on visiting the rest of the park.

4. Not Riding Spaceship Earth

The ride selection at Epcot is, well, lackluster. Spaceship Earth is just a classic! There is a reason the symbol of Epcot is the ball which contains this masterpiece of a ride! If you’re able to read this blog, then “Thank the Phoenicians” and thank me after you ride Spaceship Earth.

3. Test Track Trap

I’ve been going to Disney World long enough to remember Test Track opening. I absolutely love Test Track, but it breaks down a lot. This means that your hour wait could easily become two. It is completely worth it, especially if you’ve never ridden it. There is so much to do at Epcot, not to mention if you have reservations, that you could miss waiting in line. I recommend planning accordingly if you really want to ride this one.

2. Skipping Rope Drop

I know, I’ve said I’m not a rope drop person. I’m only saying this is important if you want to ride Frozen Ever After. If you don’t get to this ride early, then expect a pretty lengthy wait. My daughter absolutely loved this ride! Her reaction was worth the entire trip. Epcot isn’t really on many people’s list of must do’s. This could make you think that sleeping in, and strolling into the park after lunch is a good idea. DON’T DO THAT! 

1. Not Taking Your “Sweet” Time in the Countries

A major rookie mistake to avoid is not taking the time to “taste” the countries. Disney has so many festivals throughout the year that it’s always festival season. My personal favorite festival is Festival of the Arts. My wife and I love to go to Disney World and get a variety of prints for our house. The first time we went during the Festival of the Arts, we felt like adults. Now we have a house full of Disney Art! I know many people really enjoy the Food and Wine Festival. While experiencing these amazing festivals, I advise you to take a breather and try a little something at each country.

Avoid at Disney World’s Epcot

I hope this blog was helpful in helping you learn to navigate how to get around these rookie mistakes to avoid while at Epcot!

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Lucas Johnson

Lucas is a husband and father to a 3 year and soon to be a set of twin girls. He is a professional engineer and a Disney Travel Agent. He's been going to Disney for over 20 years and loves the intricacies of what makes Disney properties so unique. One of his favorite past times is deep diving into how to get the most out of your trip.

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