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Epcot is the Disney theme park that celebrates technological advances in Future World and international cultures in World Showcase. Roam the beautifully landscaped grounds as you sample cuisine and browse items from various counties. There are also plenty of indoor activities. While preschoolers may not enjoy it as much as Magic Kingdom, rides, shows and extensive educational opportunities make this theme park appropriate for children and adults.
Three Must-See Attractions at Epcot
See the dinosaurs and travel through space with the comedy of Ellen DeGeneres on Ellen's Energy Adventure, an indoor ride for all ages. Mission Space delights thrill seekers as they transform into astronauts-in-training, and blast off into space. SeaBase, (appropriate for all ages), is an interactive adventure that features one of the largest man-made ocean environments in the world.
Where to Stay near Epcot
Hotels and resorts on location range from the luxurious Disney Yacht Club Resort, mid-luxury Dolphin Hotel, to the budget friendly Pop Century Resort. Guests staying at a Disney resort get several extra perks, including extended park hours (on several attractions), free shuttle service, free magic bands and the ability to reserve fast passes weeks ahead of your visit. If you're staying in one of the luxury suites, it may be worth the money for the experience and convenience. Otherwise try a nearby hotel like Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center (about 1.5 miles away) which entertains guests with indoor replicas of Key West, St. Augustine, and the Everglades, plus world class dining and shopping -- plus it's quiet.
Best and Worst Times to go to Epcot
The International Flower and Garden Festival runs several weeks in March through May. Visitors during this time will see incredible themed flower gardens and Disney character topiaries. Outdoor kitchens offer seasonal food in the World Showcase section.
Discounts at Epcot
Tickets are discounted for Florida Residents, but there are block out dates. Throughout the year special rates are offered on multi-day passes. Annual passes have no block out dates, give free parking and provide a discount on merchandise.
Food at Epcot
Dining options include counter service, buffet, family style, themed, fine and signature. Prices range from $18 all the way up to $70. If you love Mexican food, San Angel Inn Restaurante offers old world favorites in a twilight atmosphere amid Mayan Ruins. The only negative is that the tables are very close together. It is imperative to decide on your restaurant and make reservations before you go. It can take weeks or months to get a reservation for certain restaurants.
Parking at Epcot
Parking costs $20 to $25 depending on your vehicle. Staff directs you to a parking area when you enter. Shuttle service picks you up and takes you to the park and back to your parking lot. It's a good idea to take a picture of the parking lot sign if you think you may not remember at the end of the day. If you plan to stay at a Disney resort, go to the resort first and get a free parking pass.
Transportation Alternatives to Epcot
Public transportation is available on Lynx busses. Ride the monorail from the ticket center.
Author's bio: Edie Schmidt is an internationally published freelance writer in Central Florida. She loves to visit the theme parks on the coldest day of the year. See her other interests here.