Do Disney Like a Cast Member: Tips for Epcot
Years ago I was a Cast Member at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Most Cast Members are the biggest Disney fans you can find, so we all frequented the parks on our days off. Here are a few tips, tricks, and some extra magic on a park-by-park basis so you can do Disney like seasoned veteran.
Epcot is another park with special weekends, the most popular being the Food and Wine Festival. During this time the regular country pavilions are joined by carts and areas from other regions, each one offering a sampling of their countries food and beverage. You can also enjoy cooking demonstrations from some of the gourmet chefs on property as well as outside celebrity chefs such as Paula Dean. Canada’s beer cheese soup is to die for and can be regularly found on the Le Cellier Steakhouse menu.
Mission: SPACE is an amazingly intense experience. I recommend going on an empty stomach and as your last attraction. I am not a person who gets motion sick, butI was done for the day after experiencing this attraction.
Captain EO is back! You may remember it from its original run at Epcot from 1986-1994. This is a cult classic 3-D experience starring Michael Jackson as Captain EO…just a bit of nostalgia that may be lost on the younger generation.
The most important fact I can tell you about Spaceship Earth is that it is inside the giant “golf ball.” It is definitely worth a trip, but save it for the afternoon, as it’s the first ride of the day for most guests.
If you take a look at the Morocco pavilion you can actually see the Tower of Terror. The Imagineers choose the color scheme of the Tower so it would seamlessly blend with this part of Epcot.
At Innoventions: The Road to Tomorrow, you can create for FREE a hollow plastic robot. This is great for kids begging for one more souvenir.
Illuminations: Reflection of Earth is a spectacular fireworks display. There is not a bad seat in the house; my preferred viewing location is near the United Kingdom pavilion. It is closer to the exits, so it gives you a leg up on the mass exodus.
Epcot has the most options in table service. Almost every country pavilion has restaurant feature local cuisine. My favorites are Le Cellier, Coral Reef, San Angel Inn, and Restaurant Marrakesh.