Disney’s Epcot is a solo theme park traveler’s must do!
Epcot has always been a great full-day theme park for those visiting Walt Disney World solo.
However, it is now a park that is spectacular to discover for over a whole day.
The annual various Festivals throughout the year and the future addition of Guardians of the Galaxy has made Epcot a competitive international theme park.
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What makes Epcot perfect for Solo Travelers?
Epcot is located in the Orlando area and is a great park to take your time, get lost, and discover so many different countries and cultures of this world.
For a solo theme park goer, all you need is your smartphone, a good Disney podcast, your headphones, and you’ll be on your way to an out of this world theme park adventure!
Just remember that going to Epcot solo doesn’t have to be intimidating.
Since I started traveling to Disney parks alone, I’ve noticed I’m confident meeting new people.
I’m also able to let go just a little bit of my introverted side.
As a solo Disney park hopper, Epcot offers many activities that are amazing, such as:
- attractions meant to educate with exciting thrills
- delicious global cuisine
- mysterious cultures intended to spark your imagination
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One of the first questions you may have is…
How can I go to Epcot in one day?
It’s definitely doable if you have a good game plan. Save the Epcot one-day cheat sheet to your phone below!
The Worries of Traveling to Disney Alone
The Disney parks are just right for any solo adult traveler. You will never have to worry about feeling lonely or afraid when going by yourself.
Do you think people will notice that you’re visiting Epcot alone?
Or, do you feel you will not have as good of a time on your solo Disney trip when compared to going with someone else?
If this sounds like you, then I’m here to help guide you into the perfect solo day at Disney’s Epcot.
9 First Timer Tips for Doing Disney World’s Epcot Alone
Allow me to welcome you to Disney’s version of a worldwide adventure! Now, let’s jump into a few first timer tips to get you started on your solo Epcot quest!
1 – Start Small with Solo Travel
I always love mentioning this tips, since traveling this way can be frightening to some Disney visitors. I recommend easing your way into solo travel.
Try arriving to Epcot a few hours before your family gets there just to see if you like doing Disney alone.
This may just convince you to try a whole day at another Walt Disney World park, like Hollywood Studios, on your own.
2 – Map Out Your Day at Epcot
The thought of going to Epcot by yourself is probably way too stressful for you to even think about, so I recommend planning your day in advance.
Having an itinerary relieves travel anxiety and keeps your mind occupied with all the delicious cocktails and out-of-this world attractions you’ll be enjoying at Epcot.
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Just for you, I now have The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide for theme park hopping alone.
A handbook I wanted to share with you to walk you step-by-step to planning that first solo Disney World vacation.
3 – Book Your Top Epcot FastPasses and Reservations ASAP
FastPasses to the hottest attractions to any of the newest rides such as the Frozen Ever After at Epcot need to be booked like yesterday!
Trust me, you will thank me later for this.
Hipster Power Tip: When choosing FastPasses for Epcot be sure to choose at least one of the following attractions due to popularity: Frozen Ever After, Soarin Around the World, or Test Track.
In addition to booking your FastPasses, you’ll want to make other reservations early too.
Walt Disney World is the top tourist destinations in the world. This is an advantage for you, because you will never have to think of what to do while taking your solo trip.
You’ll want to book your dining or special event reservation as soon as you know your Disney vacation dates.
Popular Epcot restaurants and annual events book up quickly.
Take Note of Epcot Hours
The Epcot park opens at 9:00 a.m. each morning and closes 9 p.m. depending on the time of year (peak vs non-peak season).
4 – Discover Each Showcase and Country of Epcot
Learn the different traditions of each country inside Epcot. There are so many unique hidden gems and facts that you’ll love learning about as you walk through each highly themed area.
Epcot is divided into two areas:
- Future World
- World Showcase
The Future World area guides you through the sphere of science and technology, while World Showcase takes you on a trek through the diversity of different countries on this planet.
What are the countries in Epcot?
- America (United States)
- United Kingdom
The cultural learning aspect of Epcot is what attracts many adults.
Not to mention the top Disney attractions such as Soarin Around the World, Frozen Ever After, and Test Track. These heavy hitting attractions are adult favorites.
Should you do Drinking Around the World Solo?
I say it depends.
I would only do this challenge if you plan on being at Epcot for more than one day, that way you can pace yourself.
Maybe do half of the World Showcase drinking challenge on day one (Mexico to Italy), then finish the remaining countries (America to Canada) on day two.
Always have a designated driver (Disney transportation or a ride share company) on your solo trip!
5 – Experience Your Epcot Must Do Attractions
Since it’s your solo Disney trip, it’s a time to do Epcot your way!
This is the MAIN PERK of going to Walt Disney World alone.
In order to get all your Epcot must do’s, I suggest doing a bit of researching on the web and writing everything down you want to accomplish.
Best Rides at Epcot
- Soarin Around the World
- Living with the Land
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- Mission Space
- Frozen Ever After
Must Do Entertainment and Shows at Epcot
- Impressions de France
- Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360
- Mariachi Cobre
Best Places to Eat Alone in Epcot
- Les Chef de France
- Restaurant Marrakesh
- Takumi Tei
- Le Cellier Restaraunt
- Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Spice Road Table
Must Do Events at Epcot
- The Food and Wine Festival
- Epcot Festival of the Holidays
- The Flower and Garden Festival
- The Festival of the Arts
6 – Don’t Be Afraid to Socialize
I know firsthand what it’s like to be an introvert, but get out of your comfort zone.
Take the ThemeParkHipster challenge and introduce yourself to at least one person on your day at Epcot.
Get familiar with your social media community. There are lots of Facebook groups dedicated to Disney enthusiasts.
Join the Conversation on the Solo Disney Traveler Community on Facebook!
These groups usually have people in it who frequently travel to Disney parks solo.
They will become your very own theme park family and they will also help you out with the latest park news and their own personal theme park hacks.
Your Instagram community is another place to get to know your Disney family. Once these relationships are formed online, they may lead to long-term friendships.
7 – Take Lots of Photos at Epcot
Epcot is one big attraction meant to captivate and inspire.
Take advantage of the PhotoPass system at Disney, where Cast Members will take photos for you that can later be retrieved digitally (on your computer or your phone).
Don’t forget to take photos with characters in the park.
Now that I’m a bit older, I love meeting all the characters in Epcot, such as, Mary Poppins, Princess Jasmine, and Belle.
I also love watching others dress like the characters they plan on meeting in the parks. It always makes for amazing photos!
8 – Know the Reasons Why Doing Epcot at Disney World Alone is So Incredible!
Perk #1: Freedom.
There’s an incredible sense of independence when you’re exploring the parks by yourself.
You can join Figment in all his wacky adventures without anyone mocking you about your choice in entertainment.
A big plus is that your day will move a lot faster, meaning that you’ll do more without the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Perk #2: You Become a Better Problem Solver.
With the solo experience you gain the advantage of becoming a better problem solver.
Because it’s just you on this vacation path, you will have to come up with plan A, plan B, and plan C for some of the theme park events.
When you’re with a group of people you may have many different opinions or solutions to problems that arise.
However, when it’s just you, you become the sole problem solver.
Perk #3: You Meet Incredible Solo ThemeParkHipsters
Since I started going to Disney by myself, I’ve noticed that I’ve become more confident in other social settings.
Traveling solo to Walt Disney World makes me happy, which makes me more comfortable introducing myself to others.
9 – Remember You’re Home and Never Truly Alone
When you arrive at Walt Disney World you are home. The cast members, the characters, the Disney guests are all your family.
This is the most magical family reunion!
What to Know Before You Go to Epcot Alone
How much does Epcot cost?
A one-day REGULAR season Epcot ticket starts at $109* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).
What day of the week is best to go to Epcot?
Tuesday is the best day of the week to have your solo Disney day. If Tuesday doesn’t work, Wednesday and Thursday are good as well.
What are the best Disney resorts for Solo Travelers?
- Swan and Dolphin Resort
- Windsor Hills Resort (perfect if you’re meeting family or friends later)
- Fort Wilderness Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Buena Vista Palace
Have I convinced you to go to Disney’s Epcot solo yet?
Be courageous, take the leap and go!
Don’t spend your life waiting for others schedule to line up with yours in order for you to make that solo trek.
If you want to go to Disney World solo, then go!
Traveling by myself to theme parks is my Theme Park Therapy and I want it to become yours.
So, let me know below if you’ve ever went to Epcot by yourself or if you’re thinking about going at it alone in the comments section below?
Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
(Original Article Date: February 10, 2019/Updated February 23, 2020)