Dad’s 3 Com­mon­sense Tips

If you are a first time vis­i­tor to Walt Dis­ney World, there are a few things you might want to know be­fore you get there.

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Dad’s Com­mon Sense Tip #1 – be pre­pared to walk a lot at Epcot.

The first thing you need to know is that Epcot is HUGE. It’s the big­gest park at Walt Dis­ney World. OK, I know, An­i­mal King­dom has a lot more acreage, but when it comes to walk­ing, Epcot is the big­gest, bad­dest, feet hurtingest, park in the whole world. How do I know? Mrs. Mom (my wife) kept track of our steps with her Fit­bit and it wasn’t even close. Epcot won hands down. It’s over a mile from the front gate of Epcot to the Amer­i­can Ad­ven­ture Pavil­ion (the fur­thest point). Oh and there’s no good way to get around. Un­like the other parks there aren’t any short­cuts. It’s walk, walk, walk ev­ery­where.

Dad’s Com­mon Sense Tip #2 – en­joy the FREE en­ter­tain­ment.

Epcot has more free en­ter­tain­ment than the other parks and it’s all re­ally, re­ally good. Most of the World Show­case Pavil­ions have cool lit­tle shows like the chair stack­ing ac­ro­bat in France. Speak­ing of ac­ro­bats, in China you can see the Ac­ro­bats of China. The United King­dom, Morocco, Ja­pan, Amer­ica, and Mex­ico (and even in Ger­many if you sneak into the Bier­garten) all have mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment. And most nights of the year there is a great con­cert in the Amer­ica Gar­dens Theater. There are toy builders, candy mak­ers, trash­can drum­mers and many more en­ter­tain­ment op­tions in Epcot. All for FREE! Don’t miss it! (No watch­ing ev­ery spew Bev­erly doesn’t count.)

Dad’s Com­mon Sense Tip #3 – eat around the World (Show­case).

I’m not sure Walt thought that Epcot would be the cen­ter of the food uni­verse at Walt Dis­ney World but that’s how it turned out. The World Show­case is the place to get any­thing from some in­cred­i­ble caramel pop­corn to a meal from the kitchen of four-star chefs. The World Show­case is a ver­i­ta­ble cor­nu­copia (I al­ways wanted to use that ap­pro­pri­ately in a sen­tence) of din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. It’s not just the ta­ble ser­vice (sit down) restau­rants that have all the “good eats”, the snacks, quick ser­vice (fast food) restau­rants and even the things like tea from Twin­ning Teas make culi­nary mem­o­ries. Eat­ing your way around the World is al­most an Olympic sport. It prob­a­bly should be.

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