EPCOT might appear to be extra of an grownup park from the surface, but it surely’s actually a lot enjoyable for the entire household. Along with the Epcot rides and sights for the entire household and the international locations of the World Showcase, EPCOT can also be house to a number of annual occasions and festivals in the course of the yr. We love visiting EPCOT throughout all of those festivals – there’s a lot to get pleasure from.
In case you are planning a visit to Walt Disney World this yr, chances are you’ll be interested by studying concerning the varied EPCOT occasions. With a little bit advance planning, you may expertise one in every of these festivals throughout your loved ones trip.
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Enjoyable EPCOT Occasions To Get pleasure from All through the Yr
EPCOT Worldwide Pageant of the Arts
Sometimes held firstly of the yr (in previous years it was mid-January to the top of February), the EPCOT Worldwide Pageant of the Arts is the latest EPCOT occasion. It contains quite a lot of actions, kiosks, workshops, meals tastings, and extra.
In case you’d love to do some superior planning on your expertise on the Pageant, you’ll need to take a look at the assorted workshops provided. These can be found at a further price and must be reserved prematurely (name 407-WDW-TOUR). Make sure you e-book as quickly as you may, as a result of they will refill.
There are additionally a wide range of leisure choices that happen all through the competition. These embrace dwelling statues, artists that paint in entrance of you, a performing arts showcase for native faculty bands, and a group arts showcase.
There’s additionally the Disney on Broadway Live performance Sequence on the America Gardens Theatre, which is positioned proper within the heart of the World Showcase within the America pavilion. It options totally different Disney on Broadway stars who carry out standard songs from Broadway reveals.
Exhibits are held on a daily schedule, and you’ll both sit within the open-air theater or hearken to the music as you might be strolling by.
There’s additionally the choice to e-book a Disney on Broadway Live performance Sequence Eating Bundle. With this bundle, you’ll dine at one of many collaborating eating places after which obtain a voucher for precedence seating on the theater.
Up to now, there have been 4 or 5 collaborating eating places. Remember the fact that you will have to e-book this bundle particularly when getting your eating reservation. These packages have set costs which are sometimes dearer than the common eating choices.
Certainly one of my favourite elements of the EPCOT Worldwide Pageant of the Arts is the gathering of meals cubicles positioned all through the World Showcase. These meals cubicles provide issues like alcoholic drinks, appetizers, and desserts. Select just a few of your favorites and make a meal out of them!
You’ll additionally discover different experiences on the Pageant of the Arts together with an artwork stroll, “suave photograph ops”, kiosks, and outlets promoting paintings (with a few of the artists on website to autograph or meet with followers).
EPCOT Flower and Backyard Pageant
The EPCOT Flower and Backyard Pageant takes place within the spring, sometimes from early March to early June. In case you are a flower or plant lover, you’ll undoubtedly need to test this competition out. Mid-Might is my favourite time to go to as a result of faculty remains to be in session so the parks aren’t too crowded (or too sizzling).
Particular occasions and excursions can be found to company on the competition. These require advance reserving, and a few are provided for a further price. Some have age restrictions and could also be extra applicable for adults or older children.
There are additionally, as you’d count on, backyard and topiary reveals positioned all through EPCOT, in each Future World and the World Showcase. These may be visited at your personal tempo. After we go to in the course of the competition, we often cease on the totally different reveals as we stroll across the park using the sights.
Like the opposite festivals, there are meals cubicles, known as “outside kitchens”. These outside kitchens provide totally different meals choices in addition to drinks. A competition passport is obtainable freed from cost that may function your information and map to the meals choices.
The EPCOT Flower and Backyard Pageant additionally presents dwell music with the Backyard Rocks Live performance Sequence. This music sequence options throwback music artists day by day of the week in the course of the competition on the America Gardens Theatre in entrance of the American Journey pavilion.
Eating packages are additionally provided for the Backyard Rocks Live performance sequence. With these eating packages, you’ll dine at one of many collaborating eating places after which have the ability to see the present in a reserved seating space.
These packages need to be particularly reserved prematurely, and also you’ll pay a prix fixe fee. Collaborating eating places range. You received’t must dine proper earlier than the present, since you’ll obtain a voucher to go to the theater for a particular present.
EPCOT Worldwide Meals and Wine Pageant
Wish to pattern meals and wine from around the globe? The EPCOT Worldwide Meals and Wine Pageant is my favourite of the EPCOT occasions as a result of it presents so many scrumptious meals choices. It’s just like the California Journey Meals and Wine Pageant at Disneyland Resort and Le Rendez-vous Gourmand de Disneyland® Paris (the Disneyland Paris Meals and Wine Pageant)
Earlier than strolling across the competition, you’ll need to choose up a complimentary competition passport. It features a itemizing of cubicles and meals choices, in addition to a map and a schedule of occasions. With the passport, you’ll have the ability to take a look at the assorted choices so you may make a sport plan. The competition additionally presents kid-friendly meals choices.
All through the park, you’ll discover varied kiosks that includes totally different cuisines. Within the World Showcase, the kiosks are related to varied international locations, a lot of which aren’t sometimes represented within the World Showcase.
Within the different lands, you’ll additionally discover kiosks that aren’t particular to a rustic. Up to now, there have been seafood and cheese kiosks in Future World. With the continuing development, issues might range on this space of the park.
Meals and wine tastings are provided for a further price, and it may be best to pay with both a present card or a MagicBand.
These trying to make a full meal of it might be interested by getting a tasting sampler. These embrace vouchers for food and drinks, so that you don’t have to purchase all the things individually. You’ll need to be strategic utilizing these as a result of it can save you cash when you use the vouchers for higher-priced gadgets.
For me, these tastings are the spotlight of the EPCOT Worldwide Meals and Wine Pageant.
Once I go to the EPCOT Worldwide Meals and Wine Pageant, I restrict myself to only the meals tastings, somewhat than the entire different choices. However in case you are an actual foodie or Oenophiles, chances are you’ll need to take a look at a few of the different occasions.
The Get together for the Senses is a well-liked, separate ticketed occasion that you might want to e-book and buy individually. It’s often provided just a few occasions in the course of the competition and may be reserved prematurely. See particulars right here.
In the course of the competition, you might also have the ability to see superstar chef demonstrations. Test the Disney web site for particular particulars.
Like the opposite EPCOT occasions, the EPCOT Worldwide Meals and Wine Pageant features a live performance sequence. The Eat to the Beat Live performance sequence options all types of music genres on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Exhibits are held seven days every week in the course of the competition. Seating is obtainable however restricted, and you too can hear the music as you might be passing by the open-air theater.
Eating packages can be found and are an excellent concept you probably have a particular artist that you just actually need to see. You’ll must e-book the eating bundle prematurely, and it features a meal at a collaborating EPCOT restaurant, in addition to a voucher for most popular seating within the theater. As with the opposite competition eating packages, these need to be booked particularly for the eating bundle and are a hard and fast worth.
Suggestions for Attending the EPCOT Occasions
You’ll want legitimate park passes, in addition to a park reservation to attend any of those EPCOT occasions. There’s no further cost for most of the occasions, together with the live shows, however you’ll must pay for particular occasions, excursions, seminars, and meals and wine tastings.
In case you have the park hopper possibility in your tickets, you may go to a number of parks per day, after 2pm (all the time topic to vary, and relying on park capability limits).
Make advance reservations for the occasions that do require them, together with the particular dinner packages for VIP seating on the America Gardens Theatre. Some occasions, just like the Get together for the Senses, may be extremely popular. If there’s a live performance you actually need to see, it’s value reserving a dinner bundle if it’s accessible.
I like to recommend skipping a extra conventional lunch or dinner throughout your day at EPCOT, so you may pattern the number of food and drinks samples on the kiosks. Simply remember that there actually isn’t a lot seating.
In case you don’t have a MagicBand, it’s a good suggestion to buy one of many particular occasion reward playing cards so you may simply pay on your purchases.
The meals and beverage sampler lanyards generally is a nice possibility when you’d prefer to attempt lots of various things, or in case you are touring with a number of different individuals. Simply bear in mind to have a look at the costs and do the mathematics to be sure to are getting good worth on your cash.
Seize a competition passport earlier than you get began, so you may develop a plan earlier than making any purchases. I like to have a look at the e-book and select just a few issues that I undoubtedly need to have. In case you simply begin firstly and purchase as you see issues, you’ll most likely be full earlier than you even get a 3rd of the way in which by the choices.
Keep away from crowds by visiting midweek and early within the day wherever attainable. I’ve discovered that the Meals and Wine Pageant is very busy on the weekends, and evenings are the busiest.
Until you particularly have seminars you need to attend in the course of the competition, in the future might be sufficient to go to. Nevertheless, you probably have a park hopper and are staying close to EPCOT, it is likely to be enjoyable to get to the EPCOT Worldwide Meals and Wine Pageant
Questioning the place to remain? There are a number of handy EPCOT-area resorts, together with Disney’s Seashore Membership, Disney’s Yacht Membership, and the Boardwalk Inn. In case you keep at one in every of these resorts, you may stroll proper to the again of the park, on the Worldwide Gateway Entrance. There may be additionally a Skyliner station proper outdoors the Worldwide Gateway.
You possibly can see extra locations to remain close to EPCOT on this interactive map (affiliate hyperlinks)
Which is your favourite of the EPCOT occasions?