Being a travel agent with Up and Up Travel, specializing in Disney Travel, we are always on the lookout for a chance to upgrade our knowledge of all of the Walt Disney World Parks. We make sure to visit at least once every year. In the last two years we’ve had a total of 28 days on property doing research…. wink… wink!
Most of our days either begin or end with a visit to Epcot. Why you ask? Because we love it there. And even if we don’t start there, we usually visit Epcot on most days. Our first full day is usually on our second day of the trip.
But here is how our first day at Epcot usually unfolds.
If you read my blog post, “My Favorite Day at Walt Disney World”, you would know that it couldn’t be our first day of the trip. In case you haven’t read that post, I’ll include a link. https://wdw4adults.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/my-favorite-day-at-walt-disney-world-is/
Most of the time we arrive at Epcot at around 9:30 AM after a relaxing breakfast in our room. We go from the front gate directly to Spaceship Earth for our time travel back into history.
Yes we’ve experienced Spaceship Earth a hundred times or more, but we really enjoy this attraction. Another plus is there is a cart that has Mickey Bars just after you leave Spaceship Earth, by the Electric Umbrella.
We always make our FastPass+ reservations for Soarin’ on our first Epcot day. We try to make them to start at 10:00 AM…. and since we can’t include Test Track with Soarin’, we include the Seas with Nemo and Friends and Turtle Talk with Crush. We try to have them all out of the way by 1:00 PM.
Many people have said to not waste your FastPass+ on either Nemo or Turtle Talk but frankly, there is not much else we enjoy more. We absolutely love watching the “littles” talking to Crush….. and you never know what is going to come out of the mouths of babes!
As long as we’ve completed our three FastPass+ stops before lunch, we usually head over to the Electric Umbrella for a quick lunch. They have changed their menu and I really like the Sausage and Pepper Sandwich.
Here it is from their current menu. Italian Sausage, Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes, and Provolone Cheese with choice of Grapes or French Fries for $9.49.
Patti likes to get Veggie Naan Wich….. Broccoli Slaw, Edamame, and Tofu Wasabi Dressing with choice of Grapes or French Fries for $9.49.
After lunch we usually head over to the World Showcase and visit as many countries as we can before our favorite entertainers take stage in the U.K. We love the music of the British Revolution. Although their show times change, they usually start at 3:00 PM.
We’ve became friends of the band though another dear friend that we met on Twitter and love to see when we visit. Although she usually visits Epcot on Sundays, we occasionally see her on other days. Thanks and hugs go out to Jenny.
We used to alternate between the British Revolution and Off Kilter, but Disney Executives decided to bring in a Lumber Jack Show and replace Off Kilter. I’ll admit that Epcot is not the same without Off Kilter performing.
Disney also shutdown one of our favorite comedy troupes, The World Showcase Players. I was honored to be part of their show for one day during a visit. I was chosen to play the role of the King Arthur. I tried to stay in character but the actors had me laughing the whole time.
After we watch the British Revolution rock we enjoy walking around World Showcase just seeing whatever we want to see. We usually stop in the American Adventure and relive our history. And it doesn’t hurt that the quick service there serves Bud Lite on tap. By the late afternoon I enjoy a cold beer as we sit out front and people watch.
For a quick but very good dinner…… try the Liberty Inn while you are there. They have a surprisingly good New York Strip Steak with Demi Butter, French Fries and Steamed Broccoli for only $11.99.
After dinner we love to just walk from country to country visiting all the little shops along the way. You can usually see us walking hand in hand around World Showcase until it’s time for Illuminations. We try to get a good spot on the upwind side of the show.
I don’t think you really need to get a spot early as you can see the whole show from so many good spots, even if you are behind people that have camped out for an hour before.
After Illuminations is over there is usually a mad rush for the busses but now is a good time to sit and relax for a few minutes. Or as we sometimes do, we exit through the International Gateway and walk to the Boardwalk to watch the entertainers juggle and do magic tricks for the people right on the Boardwalk.
After we’ve had our fill, we can always catch a bus from the Boardwalk Resort and Inn to Downtown Disney, or another park if there is extra magic hours.
So there you have it….. a relaxing, fun filled day at Epcot! What do you think? Please leave me some comments and/or questions below.