Our Trip to Epcot Orlando
We have had our fair share of theme park trips. We have been to Disney Land parks in California, Legoland in San Diego, Disney World parks, Universal, and Sea World in Orlando. Plus few others here and there. A trip to Epcot in Disney World, Orlando was on our minds for quite sometime and we got to plan a quick vacation this month.
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I had read the description of Epcot a few times during our past trips and always thought of it as a park that the “grown-ups” would enjoy more. But I was so wrong. The park has so much to offer. there are two sections of the park – World showcase and Future World. World showcase is exactly that, it is like a cultural trip around 11 different countries of the world. Future world, on the other hand, is a great mix of rides, shows, and other random but interesting things.
EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
To add fun to our trip, Epcot’s annual Flower and Garden show was going on. The Disney-themed topiary creations were breathtaking and the flower gardens were a pure treat for the eyes. The kids got tiny Garden Passports that they could put a sticker on every topiary display that they had seen. it became a treasure hunt of sorts and we totally enjoyed it. We were mesmerized by topiaries spread around the park. There were Beauty and the Beast, Butterflies, Buzz Lightyear, Elsa and Anna, Timon and Pumba, Bambi, Daisy duck, Donald, Figment, Bromeliad Dragon and others.
There was a Road to the Florida 500 display near Test Track ride. Test Track and this display can easily be termed as Mr. Little V’s Epcot highlight. I mean there were Lighting and Cruz – what else could a little boy ask for?
The Goodness Garden Butterfly House
Butterfly house in the middle of a Disney theme park – Yes Please! This was a small little treasure with several species of butterflies. It was a great opportunity for both Ms. Little A and Mr. Little V to learn about butterfly habitat and their life cycle.
Contrary to what Disney gurus suggested, we started our visit with Future World, because that is what Ms. Little A wanted to do. She had rides on her mind and most rides are in the Future World Area.
Tip 1: Download the Disney wait times app on your phone. this was super helpful in planning and strategizing our rides and fast passes.
Tip 2: Get fast passes. I cannot stress this enough – LIFESAVER!
My favorite ride of the trip was Soarin. We had done Soarin in DisneyLand Claifornia adventure park. That one was Soarin over California, if I remember correctly. I was pregnant with Mr. Little V at that time so I will blame it on pregnancy hormones. This one in Epcot is Soarin over the world and it is AMAZING. As beautiful as the world sites are, I was awestruck that they had simulated smells in the ride too. So if you are soarin over Africa, with elephants running around, ou can smell the grass, you can smell the ocean over Australia and the best – wait for it – soarin over Taj Mahal, India has smell of roses. BRILLIANT! I loved it!
We did Test Track ride which had the longest wait times. You get to design your race car and then ride on the test track. It was the most thrilling ride for Mr. Little V!
Other rides that we did in Future World were The seas with Nemo and friends, Mission Space, Journey into imagination with Figment, Spaceship earth. Great fun was had!
Character Sighting: We met and clicked pictures with Baymax in Hiro’s workshop in this area too. There is also a meet Disney Pals character spot with huge lines where you get to meet 3 classic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie and Goofy.
After Ms. Little A has had checked off her list of rides, we headed to the World showcase.
Tip: Epcot is huge (close to 300 acres) and like most Disney parks, requires a lot of walking. So if you have younger kids in tow, bring a stroller.
World showcase is like a mini walking tour around the world.It features 11 different countries and each country’s pavilion has unique character featuring the country’s music, food, architecture, gift items that you can buy and entertainment/shows. I was completely floored to find out that even the cast members at each pavilion are from their respective countries. Disney brilliance!
Oh, and we ate and tried different foods along the way. I figure that information would have to be shared in a different post. Stay Tuned!
We started our World Showcase tour from Canada side.There are huge Totem poles, beautiful gardens and waterfalls. You can see O Canada, a 360 degree film about Canada here that lasts for nearly 20 minutes.
Next is United Kingdom lined with cobblestone streets and red telephone booths. There are cute little shops to buy English perfumes and bags. There is short maze and English Tea garden that is spotted with huge tea cups as garden containers. Super cute! Shakespeare garden is a vibrant little garden.
Character Sighting: Mary Poppins stops by (or should I say flies in) for a visit in Britain pavilion.
France is a short walk from UK pavilion and you can see the Eiffel Tower standing tall as you cross over the “river”.
France is full of delicious foods and small shops that sell wine from France. The gardens are set like countryside and Character Sighting is Belle who visits the pavilion.
Right next to France was Morocco which was hands down my favorite. The architecture is stunning, attention to detail is mind blowing and the people who were work in the pavilion were super courteous. There Is a bazaar set up with all the handicrafts and jewelry from Morocco. We ate lunch here (Falafel – have you seen my recipe? Find it here) and then enjoyed some entertainment of spicy music by Matboukha Groove band before leaving.
Character Sighting – Princess Jasmine in Agrabah’s Finest Export shop…:)
Japan was next and is full of beautiful bonsai and rock gardens. There is a huge gallery that has tons of Japanese merchandise, artifacts and handicrafts for sale. I bought some handmade and hand painted bowls for my kitchen (of course) here.
The pagoda in Japan pavilion has five stories, each representing one of the five elements of the universe – earth, water, fire, wind and sky. So cool!
It is funny that Epcot has a USA pavilion but it is important for guests around the world to come and visit this pavilion. Hence, justified!
We quickly scrolled through Italy since we planned on coming back for dinner there. So we moved to Germany next. The architecture is pretty and striking with a beautiful Alpine Container Garden and also a small village garden that the kids loved. Dr. A travels to Germany often for work and he was particularly impressed by the pavilion. Oh and there was beer – so that might have played a part.
Character Sighting: Snow White stops by the Wishing Well in Germany pavilion.
China is colorful and pretty with ethnic architecture. There is bamboo garden that adds to the beauty and greenery of the pavilion. Reflections of China is another 360 degree show that is about 13 minute long.
Character Sighting: Princess Mulan visits the Temple of Heaven.
Norway was next up and it had started storming. So we took a break and once the rain calmed down a bit, we started back with waiting for our Frozen ever after ride that had ridiculous wait times. Thank goodness for fast passes. The ride was enjoyable, since it is the only water ride in the park.
We also spotted Norway Vikings who were funny and entertaining.
Character Sighting: Elsa and Anna.
Next and final spot was Mexico, which is the only indoor pavilion in Epcot. As pretty as it was, I was disheartened at the lighting inside the building. It took fun out of my picture clicking experience. It was very beautiful nonetheless. Mr. Little V. was so excited to see so many familiar displays from Disney’s Coco movie.
Just outside Mexico pavilion is the Tropical rain forest garden which was a treasure hidden in a small pathway. There are great eating options and we also bumped into Pluto just outside Mexico.
Character Sighting: Donald Duck stops by Mexico and is so much fun. Both the kids loved him.
After having our Mexico fix, we walked back to Italy for getting our grumbling tummies calmed down. With tummies fed, legs tired, and hearts contended we did some souvenir shopping and walked back towards the Epcot “Ball”. So long Epcot!
Hope you enjoyed this virtual trip. I also post my trip updates on my Instagram so follow along here.
Love – Vaishali.
Lesley (makemeupblogs)July 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm
Such incredible photos! I’m dying to visit Epcot now – I love anything Disney!
TracyJuly 19, 2018 at 9:31 pm
The flower and garden show is one of my favorite times to visit Epcot. I was able to fly down for a quick weekend trip this April. The entertainment in the World Showcase is always top-notch. I especially liked the new drumming show in Germany.
IngridJuly 21, 2018 at 7:44 pm
. The variety of places you have captured in photographs tell the story of a life full of rich experiences. You have certainly done a lot of travelling. This is the kind of information that inspires the creation of bucket lists.
pujariniJuly 21, 2018 at 11:34 pm
Wow! Epcot is a place that I would love to take my son too. He loves Disney characters and I am sure the I would just fall in love with the World showcase section.
TessaGSeptember 23, 2018 at 11:09 pm
I was at Epcot years ago for a Team in Training race, and got to go scuba diving with the sharks in the tank outside the restaurant there before the race! It was CRAZY! I loved every minute of Epcot!
Monidipa DuttaSeptember 24, 2018 at 10:13 am
The pictures of Epcot are so lovely. I loved each one of them. The place is so great.
VaishaliSeptember 24, 2018 at 11:30 am
What Corinne DidSeptember 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm
Oooh it sounds just amazing and so dreamy! I have never been to orlando but i’d love to visit! Epcot sounds so great!
Amber MyersSeptember 24, 2018 at 2:05 pm
I love your photos! Epcot is such a neat place to visit. We enjoy checking out ‘the world’ there. We’ll be there next month and I can’t wait.
Rebecca BaileySeptember 24, 2018 at 6:49 pm
I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve never been to EPCOT. Reading your post and looking at the many beautifully detailed photos you’ve taken, makes me feel like I just visited, however. That’s what a story and illustrations are supposed to do! Thank you
Wendy LemericSeptember 24, 2018 at 7:40 pm
This is such a wonderful place! those are stunning topiaries!! <3 thank you for sharing your beautiful experience.
TalyaSeptember 24, 2018 at 7:54 pm
Wow! You got some great pictures!! I have not been to Epcot in years but I can’t wait to go back! We are already starting to think about our first Disney vacation with our kids when they are a little older and Epcot is definitely on the top of my list!
Stephanie | Adventures in AussielandSeptember 24, 2018 at 8:10 pm
I haven’t been to Epcot in years. I remember being so amazed by all the different country zones and trying the different foods. I have a few friends who say they can’t afford to travel who to go Epcot to get a slice of what it would be like to visit that country.
staceySeptember 24, 2018 at 8:26 pm
You can truly “almost” travel the world there. Those pictures of the Summer Palace in Epcot look very similar to the real thing in Beijing.
Kathryn at QuestFor47.comSeptember 24, 2018 at 9:53 pm
Your pictures are AMAZING! I’ve never been to Epcot before, but I have done Disneyland in California. It’s SO wild how different things are, depending on what coast you go to!
Julia DaySeptember 24, 2018 at 11:19 pm
I love Epcot! I live in Anaheim, CA and work for Disney but I am so jealous of Florida because they have Epcot! I could spend a week straight there. Great photos!
PassportofawanderwomanSeptember 25, 2018 at 2:56 pm
I’ve been to Orlando multiple times, nut always to universal studios. Now I have to visit Epcot looking at all these stunning pics. Great job. I especially loved the Mary Poppins one.
Kim GladSeptember 25, 2018 at 4:34 pm
My girls are 8 & 10 and they love EPCOT. They always have. Their favorite ride is Soarin’. I love the topiaries there too, especially during the Flower and Garden festival.
Chin chinSeptember 25, 2018 at 10:10 pm
The only way for me to visit these places is through pictures. So, I appreciate your tons of pictures. I wish I could actually go to this theme park someday.
LiveLoveAndAdventureSeptember 25, 2018 at 10:58 pm
Epcot is one of my favorite places in Orlando! I have gone several times and it’s really fun to be able to “travel the world” there. There is so much to see that it takes more than one visit to get through it all.
KatieSeptember 26, 2018 at 12:09 am
This looks like so much fun! Your pictures are great. I’m waiting until our kids are a bit older but these parks are fun, I enjoyed visiting a few as a kid. How fun to see Disney characters made out of foliage!
Sarah FatimaSeptember 26, 2018 at 1:54 am
Great read and such beautiful pictures. Everything looks so clean and fresh. Epcot is a wonderful place indeed.
NadjSeptember 26, 2018 at 1:54 am
OMG! My inner childhood is telling me to visit this place! huhu I hope to visit Epcot someday!
NinaSeptember 26, 2018 at 6:20 am
Epcot was always my favorite park in Disney. I loved going to all the different countries. I’ve always been someone who is very fascinated with the world. Morocco looks super cool!
EricaSeptember 30, 2018 at 1:00 am
i have never been to epcot. this place is like a paradise and a fun kingdom for me and my kid. would love to be here sometime
Ashli FergusonFebruary 26, 2019 at 10:26 am
Epcot has never been one of my favorites – but your pictures are gorgeous!!! I do love all the beautiful scenery in Epcot!
akatwala1421February 26, 2019 at 10:33 am
Beautiful photos! Now I want to go to Disney…
KelseyFebruary 26, 2019 at 1:04 pm
Epcot is my favorite Disney park! My favorite thing to go eat around the world! Sorin’ is my favorite ride in Epcot. Love all the pics!
LisaFebruary 26, 2019 at 4:15 pm
I’ve been here many years ago and it was so much fun! I’d love to return again one day. Great photos too.
Simply SheelaFebruary 27, 2019 at 12:38 am
Wow these picture are so amazing.
Nina NicholsFebruary 27, 2019 at 6:24 pm
Pictures are stunningly beautiful! I think this is the most detailed displays of Disney that I have ever seen. Epcot in Disney World is definitely amazing!
Monidipa DuttaFebruary 28, 2019 at 10:53 am
The place is beautiful. Seems you had a great time.
aisasamiFebruary 28, 2019 at 5:46 pm
I love the variety of green plants shaped in the style of Disney characters. I find this really lovely and very beautiful.
JK DarlingMarch 1, 2019 at 12:44 am
This place looks vibrant nd colourful … 🤗🤗🤗
Elizabeth OMarch 1, 2019 at 2:23 am
Your pictures are so beautiful and especially the garden’s pictures. I would love to spend my whole week there. You are so lucky that you got this experience.
Dan @ Style High GuyMarch 1, 2019 at 3:28 am
I LOVE THIS PLACE! Test track is probably my favourite ride but the firework show at night is just iconic. Great post and your photos are insane?!
Aruna MallickMarch 1, 2019 at 5:54 am
Never knew it before…husshh… And capture was amazing… Really had a great time..
Binge on BasicsMarch 1, 2019 at 9:54 am
These are some stunning pictures. I am now so dying to visit this place
SamarMarch 1, 2019 at 10:39 am
Seems like you had a good time…
Pictures are awesome.
Thanks for sharing
KimMarch 1, 2019 at 2:43 pm
My son is sitting next to me and begging me to take him now! Haha Guess we will need to plan a trip soon!
Blair villanuevaMarch 3, 2019 at 4:25 am
This is amazing! Looks awesome and seeing many flowers! BF will love this 🙂
siennylovesdrawingMarch 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm
very nice sharing from you, after reading your post here, I am wishing to visit it soon 😀 Lovely photos posted here cheers, siennylovesdrawing