Walt Disney World

Disney Fanatic Family Series post # 9

Epcot for the Holidays

The Walt Disney World Complex in Orlando can get pretty busy during the holiday season and for good reason, no one decorates for Christmas quite like Disney.

Lucky for John and I, we went on a Wednesday and I would highly suggest that if at all possible, that anyone going to any of the Disney parks during the holidays, go on a weekday. Our Wednesday visit was a pleasure as crowds were thinner and waiting times much shorter. That is not to say that there were no waiting times however a 30 minute wait is certainly much better than an hour or more waiting time that you would get on a busier weekend day.

Of course even going on a weekday, it is still a good idea to book those fast passes to insure a less wait time. We had booked fast passes for Soarin, one of Epcot’s most popular rides and we got on pretty quick. The wait time, mind you on a Wednesday, without a fast pass would have been 40 minutes.

Soarin around the world is by far my most favorite of Epcot rides. You really feel like you are flying over some of the most recognizable spots in the world. Soarin is located in Epcot’s Future World and it is there that you will find the rides that are popular with the kids. Journey into the Imagination with Figment, Mission Space, the Seas with Nemo and Friends, Test Track, among others, are all located within this section of the Park.

Eleven countries are represented in Epcot’s world Showcase, The United States, Canada, Mexico, Norway, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, China & Morocco. One of the most favorite past times of the 21 and up crowd is drinking around the world. This is where you enjoy an adult beverage popular to each country at the pavilions of the 11 represented countries. If this sounds like something you want to do then you might want to book yourself an evening stay at one of the Disney resorts like the Dolphin, Swan or Boardwalk, located near Epcot with convenient transportation provided or please at least have yourself a designated driver. Please don’t drink and drive. I myself am not a drinker, I am more of an eat my way around the world type of person and with each represented country having restaurants, bakeries and places to grab a snack, I can do just that. We had lunch in Mexico at San Angel Inn Restaurante, a late afternoon Bavarian snack in Germany, a Cappuccino in Italy and to end our day, a scrumptious pastry in France. With all that eating throughout the day, no dinner required.

In each country’s pavilion you can also find gift shops filled with items that the represented country is known for. It makes for quite the enjoyable shopping experience and if you happen to be looking for a unique Christmas gift, you just may find it in the World Showcase.

Illuminations is now gone and the new fireworks show called Epcot Forever has begun. Celebrating the past and future of Epcot, this fireworks and laser light display truly is the extravaganza that has been advertised. I am not going to spoil it for you, you will just have to see it for yourself.

There is a lot of construction going on right now at Epcot as they are going through an enormous transformation period that is not scheduled to be completed until 2021. Rumor is, that this is the biggest construction effort at Epcot since it’s opening on October 1st, 1982.

Even with all this construction going on around you, Disney does an excellent job of not letting it put any kind of a damper on your experience there. I can’t say you don’t notice the construction as it seems to be going on throughout the entire park, however, it does not interfere with in anyway, the ease of movement around Epcot or your ability to have a days worth of park enjoyment.

Epcot is a full days experience that is popular with the adults as well as children and because it does take all day and into the evening to see the park, you should remember to wear comfortable shoes and take breaks.

This is post number 9 in our continuing Disney Fanatic Family series. If you would like to know more about our Disney adventures please see our other posts. We truly are a Disney loving family so watch for future posts by subscribing to our website and by joining the Florida Discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/THEVIEWFROMFLORIDA/groups

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