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.
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.