1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
Admission: $97, $91 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.
Walt Disney’s original plan for Epcot was based on his idea to build a Utopian city: the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. They kept the acronym, but the vision was never fully realized. Today, EPCOT incorporates that innovative spirit with things like the kid-friendly Innoventions pavilions and the Living with the Land ride — you can’t spend much time at this park without learning a thing or two. The park’s signature giant silver sphere? There’s a ride in there, Spaceship Earth, that takes you on an informative journey through civilization. Make time for it, it’s a classic.
The other half of the park is the World Showcase, home to the culture and cuisine of 11 countries from Mexico to Norway. If you’re up for it (and have cash to spare), some parkgoers \“drink around the world,\” stopping to get drinks (usually alcoholic) at each of the countries. For something more family-friendly, seek out the Kidcot Fun Stops at any of the World Showcase stations, where kids can collect stamps on a Duffy the Disney Bear. Free souvenir alert! Bonus: Get the cast members at each station to say \“hello\” in their native languages.
Epcot is also home to the popular Food and Wine festival (where you can try exotic cuisine) each fall, and the Flower and Garden festival (where you can see pretty flowers!) in the spring, plus the Candlelight Processional during the holiday season, when you can hear the story of Christmas accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir!