2022 Epcot for Adults the Complete Guide

Walt Disney World for Adults: Epcot Edition

Let’s talk about my absolute favorite theme park in the world.


Particularly, Epcot for adults.

Yeah, we’re going there today.

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What is Epcot?

Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and has always been thought of as Walt Disney World more adult friendly theme park. Epcot’s approach has been to take the present and create the future we want to have.

This has been done through Future World highlighting technological advances of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Whereas World Showcase goal is to highlight learning and living with people of other cultures.

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This article will answer why Epcot is for grown-ups with the following common questions:

  • How much does Epcot cost?
  • Are there any tips for adults going to Epcot?
  • What is there to do at Epcot for adults?
  • Is Epcot fun for adults?
  • What are the Epcot must do’s for adults?
  • How can I do Epcot in a day?
  • What are the best rides, attractions, shows, dining, and annual events at Epcot for Adults?
  • Is there a list of all the Epcot Attractions?
  • How many countries does Epcot have?
  • What are the countries in Epcot?
  • Where are the best places to drink in Epcot?
  • What are the must do drinks at Epcot?
  • Where can I find alcoholic beverages in Epcot?
Finding Nemo at Epcot Lush Entrance on a Sunny Florida Day
Finding Nemo at Epcot

There aren’t many thrill rides here, but the rides at Epcot come with more of a purpose then what you will see in other Disney theme parks.

The classic dark rides, the theatrical entertainment, and the seasonal events are great for a more mature audience.

This isn’t to say that kids won’t enjoy Epcot.

But a lot more adults truly love and enjoy it and I’m TOTALLY not being biased…

…well maybe I am.

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot
Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot

Either way it goes, you’ll have fun planning your Walt Disney World trip to Epcot.

Now let’s get into the most common questions I’m asked when it comes to going to Epcot as an adult.

You can listen to Part One here and Part Two here for how to do Disney’s Epcot the grown-up way!

How much does Epcot cost?

A one-day REGULAR season Epcot ticket starts at $109* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).

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What are tips for adults going to Epcot?

1. Get to the park before it opens. 

I mention this tip in almost every post because it is very important. Especially if you’re coming to any of the central Florida theme parks.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 Theme Park Alone
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Plus, you will be able to get a jump start on your adult adventure at Epcot. Starting out in Future World and moving on to World Showcase for drinks and treats.

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2. Be sure to check out the crowd calendar.

The calendar gives you an estimation of peak times at the Epcot throughout the year. Beware, its times can change and is not always 100% accurate, but it gives you a general idea of the park’s busyness.

3. Plan out your day using the Disney FastPass+ system (once it returns). 

This system allows you to book up to three attractions before you arrive to the park. FastPass+ ensures that you can ride the top attractions on your list without feeling like you’ve missed anything.

You can use your MagicBand to book Fastpasses in the park or to redeem Fastpasses at attractions.
You can use your MagicBand to book Fastpasses in the park or to redeem Fastpasses at attractions. Copyright Disney.

4. Download the Walt Disney World park app and purchase tickets online. 

The Disney app allows you to make your FastPass+ reservations before your visit. You can book FastPasses while you’re in the park.

The app will allow you to link your tickets to it, book dining arrangements and view park wait times within the app.

Tickets are also cheaper when you purchase them online.

5. Dress comfy but stylish. 

Make sure you have a good pair of sneakers, a light-weight t-shirt, shorts, and a hat to block the Florida sun. You’ll want to remain stylish.

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6. Have water on hand. 

The must bring item is water. The Florida heat and humidity is hard to describe to out of town guests who are used to milder temperatures.

The Florida summer heat and sometimes the early fall heat can affect someone who’s not used to it.

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7. Don’t be afraid to ask a cast member for help. 

Disney cast members are some of the best people who are around to help. They like to service each guest the Disney way. In the mist of helping, they sometimes do what’s called “plussing” your day.

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Which adds more Disney magic to your day at Epcot.

8. Go during the weekday

Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be the quieter and less crowded days at Epcot.

You can get the full breakdown on which month to visit Walt Disney World here.

9. Pace yourself when it comes to drinking.

I’ve wrote a whole article called the Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking at Epcot. I was inspired to talk about this topic because, I’ve seen some crazy alcohol induced shenanigans at Epcot.

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Ottawa Apple Cocktail in Canada Pavilion

Due to the many drink options, you definitely want to have a game plan.

You want to prepare your body for eating and drinking alcohol. Stay hydrated, take your vitamin b supplements, and keep water and snacks on deck.

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10. Walk through each pavilion thoroughly.

Each World Showcase pavilion has lots of nooks and crannies to discover.

Takumi Tei Epcot Japanese Restaurant Front Entrance

If you’re sticking to the main path of the World Showcase circle, you will miss so many of the amazing experiences each country has to offer.

What is there to do at Epcot for adults?

Everything…just kidding! 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.

EPCOT Mission Space Mars

There are also loads of exquisite food and incredible booze to try. It’s a perk for adults who are not into the whole edutainment aspect of Epcot.

You can be there to eat all day and drink all day and still not try every delicious option Epcot has to offer. Epcot food is outstanding and far beyond your standard theme park food.

You also experience the Wine Walk, which is one of Epcot’s hidden gems that’s perfect for adults.

Rosa Regale Wine Walk at Epcot
Rosa Regale Wine Walk at Epcot

Let’s not forget Epcot International Food and Wine Festival…an adult’s paradise!

This annual event brings in so many fans from around the world. It has started to develop its own cult following.

A following similar to the famous Dole Whip.

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Is Epcot fun for adults?

Yes! Did I even need to answer this question?

Of all the Disney parks, Epcot is probably the most adult friendly and fun park to discover. It’s for young adults, seasoned adults, drinking travelers, and foodie experts.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Canada Pavilion Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar
Canada Pavilion Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar

I always have fun at Epcot, even on scorching days.

Epcot is one of those parks where there’s no pressure. You just enjoy yourself.

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What are the Epcot must do’s for adults?

One of my favorite things to do at Epcot is to ride Living with the Land in the morning before the park gets busy.

It’s a true classic Disney ride and I usually have a boat to myself. A very peaceful adult thing to do.

Leaping Leprechaun in UK Pavilion at Epcot #Disney #Epcot
Leaping Leprechaun in UK Pavilion at Epcot

Another thing I like to do is to sit in the garden section towards the back part of the UK Pavilion. I usually have a drink from the Rose & Crown Pub, such as the Leaping Leprechaun or a nice cider.

It allows you to sit back and absorb the Disney vibe.

Sometimes I have a nice Disney book to accompany me and other times I just put on my headphones and listen to a Disney Pandora station.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Outdoorsy Diva and NikkyJ of ThemeParkHipster
Outdoorsy Diva and NikkyJ

You must also country hop as an adult in Epcot! There is nothing like it.

The various countries are immersive and offer so much educational information about each culture.

Another must do is to get your passport stamped in each country while enjoying World Showcase with a glass of your favorite wine.

How Many Days do You Need for Epcot?

Epcot can be done in one day! However, if you truly want to explore all the nooks and crannies of the park, then you’ll need two days.

How Can I do Epcot in a Day (for Adults)?

  1. Download park map and guide.
  2. Book FastPass+ prior to vacation.
  3. Get a photo in front of Spaceship Earth.
  4. Ride Soarin’ Around the World and Living with the Land.
  5. Ride with Figment.
  6. Explore the Seas with Nemo & Friends.
  7. Ride Mission: SPACE and Test Track.
  8. Have lunch at La Cantina de San Angel
  9. Ride the Three Caballeros
  10. Have a margarita at La Cava Del Tequila.
  11. Ride the Frozen Ever After Attraction.
  12. Watch Reflections of China theater show.
  13. Explore the Germany Pavilion.
  14. Do the Wine Walk.
  15. Discover the Italy Pavilion.
  16. Watch The American Adventure theater show.
  17. Walk around the Japan Pavilion.
  18. Visit the Morocco Pavilion.
  19. Watch Impressions de France.
  20. Walk through the shops of the United Kingdom Pavilion.
  21. Watch the new Canadian theater show.
  22. Ride Spaceship Earth.
  23. Watch fireworks show.
Disney's Cars in topiary form in Japan Pavilion. Must do rides for adults at Epcot.

Best Rides at Epcot for Adults

Must do Entertainment and Shows at Epcot

  • Impressions de France
  • Canada: Far and Wide
  • Mariachi Cobre
  • Nightly fireworks show (once it returns)
Spaceship Earth at Epcot Entrance Evolution of Mankind Painting
Spaceship Earth

The Must Do Epcot Dining Experiences

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Must Do Events at Epcot:

Epcot Flower and Garden festival tips with monorail and topiaries galore! #disneytips
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Complete List of Epcot Attractions

Please note that some of the rides may be temporarily unavailable due to the global crisis.

  • Advanced Training Lab, Future World
  • American Heritage Gallery, World Showcase
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery, World Showcase
  • British Revolution, World Showcase
  • Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360, World Showcase
  • Coral Reefs, Future World
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, Future World
  • Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, Multiple Locations
  • Frozen Ever After, World Showcase
  • Gallery of Arts and History, World Showcase
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros, World Showcase
  • House of the Whispering Willows, World Showcase
  • Fireworks, World Showcase
  • Impressions de France, World Showcase
  • JAMMitors at Future World East, Future World
  • Jeweled Dragon Acrobats, World Showcase
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment, Future World
  • Kidcot Fun Stops, World Showcase
  • Living with the Land, Future World
  • Mariachi Cobre, World Showcase
  • Matsuriza, World Showcase
  • Mexico Folk Art Gallery, World Showcase
  • Mission: SPACE, Future World
  • Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future, Future World
  • Reflections of China, World Showcase
  • Ratatouille, World Showcase (Opening October 2021)
  • Rose & Crown Pub Musician, World Showcase
  • Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro, World Showcase
  • Sea Turtles – Disney Animal Encounters, Future World
  • SeaBase – Disney Animal Encounters, Future World
  • Sergio- Streetmosphere, World Showcase
  • Serveur Amusant- Streetmosphere, World Showcase
  • Sharks and Stingrays – Disney Animal Encounters, Future World
  • Soarin’ Around the World, Future World
  • Spaceship Earth, Future World
  • Stave Church Gallery, World Showcase
  • Test Track, Future World
  • The American Adventure, World Showcase
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Future World
  • Turtle Talk with Crush, Future World
  • Voices of Liberty, World Showcase

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How many countries does Epcot have?

There are 11 (eleven) countries in Epcot.

Italy Pavilion Square in Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

What are the countries in Epcot?

Read: Around the World in One Day: The EPCOT Pavilion Experience!

Where are the best places to have a drink Epcot?

Like everywhere in the park and I mean that. Nothing else needs to follow…

I will say that Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion and La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion are the absolute best places to chill and enjoy a drink.

If it’s not too crowded.

Green avocado margarita with salt around the rim. Where to find the best drinks at Epcot?
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What are the best drinks at Epcot?

My top 5 must have alcoholic beverages are:

  1. Avocado Margarita from La Cava del Tequila in Mexico
  2. Mediterranean Journey for Spice Road Table in Morocco
  3. Leaping Leprechaun from Rose & Crown Pub in United Kingdom
  4. Apple Ice Wine from the Trading Post in Canada
  5. Tokyo Sunset from Kabuki Cafe in Japan

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Where can you find alcoholic beverages in Epcot?

Epcot has many options to avoid the Florida heat and enjoy a refreshing beverage.

…and you know we adults hate drinking and eating heavy in the heat.

Mediterranean Journey at Epcot Spice Road Table
Mediterranean Journey at Epcot’s Spice Road Table

Beer, wine, and the variety of cocktails can be found throughout Future World and World Showcase. There are vast offerings of alcoholic beverages that change throughout the year.

You can find some type of beverage at most carts and in each country of World Showcase.

Don’t be surprised if you see hazy eyes roaming around Epcot at twilight. 

Before we end this article I want to give you a glimpse of what’s coming to Epcot.

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New Epcot Rides and Attractions

New Epcot Attractions at Disney
  1. New Park Entrance – Epcot is updating the front area of the park into one that pays homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements. COMPLETED
  2. Guardians of The Galaxy Roller Coaster – Construction is fully underway for the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction that was announced at D23 in Japan.
  3. Space-Themed Restaurant – As if my favorite theme park couldn’t get any better, Disney has announced that there will be a new space-themed restaurant that will be located between the park’s Mission: SPACE and Test Track attractions.
  4. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – Construction is underway for this 4-D ride that will be similar to the Ratatouille: The Adventure ride at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, France which opened in 2014.

You can read all 13 new rides, attractions, and features coming to Epcot here!

Final Thoughts

As you can see, you can find something to do at Disney the grownup way. I Hope you enjoyed this guide to doing Epcot as an adult.

Let me know some of your favorite things to do when you’re at Epcot without the kids in the comments section below.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!


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(Original article date: Summer 2017/Updated June 13, 2020April 26, 2021)

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8 thoughts on “2022 Epcot for Adults the Complete Guide”

  1. Great advice! The only thing I would add is that if you want to get into the parks first thing in the morning, I would book a character breakfast before the park opens. Yes, even as adults. While you might not get as much of a kick out of the character interactions as the kids do (or you might…you might surprise yourself!), there are three big reasons to book that character breakfast: 1) The food is good, especially the signature pastries at both breakfasts, 2) seeing the park with almost no one in it is a really cool and unique pixie dust moment, and most importantly…3) you can get on one of the big-ticket rides with no wait. The Garden Grill is in the same building as both Soarin’ and Living With the Land and Akershus is next door to Frozen Ever After. The *only* way to get on Frozen Ever After without a ridiculous wait is to either win the FastPass+ lottery OR have a delicious early breakfast at Akershus. Princesses, potato casserole, then walking on to Frozen Ever After…sounds like a pretty magical start to the day for me!

    • This is absolutely great! I’ve never done character dining at Epcot. I think that’s a wonderful addition for adults going to the park. I’ve watched YouTube videos with the Garden Grill Character meet and greet, and it’s definitely on my bucketlist. Thanks again for such an awesome suggestion 🙂

      • Glad you liked the idea! Never even thought of doing character dining before this year, since we figured it was for the ‘kids’ and, well, what was I going to do with the autographs of a bunch of cartoon characters? But we got the Deluxe Dining Plan (went during Thanksgiving) and decided to splurge on a *bunch* of character breakfasts. We brought clear plastic ornaments for the characters to sign (which they *loved*…breaks up the autograph book monotony) and had a blast with it.

        It can feel a bit rushed, especially if all the characters are coming around one after the other, but if you expect that character ‘rush’ and prepare for it (put your autograph supplies and camera down on the table the *second* you sit down) it makes the experience feel a little less stress-inducing. And Garden Grill is waaaay less of a crazy rush than Akershus seems to be. You really only get one shot with each princess at Akershus but the characters will come around to your table 2-3x each at Garden Grill. I got a couple of great pictures of me scratching the back of Pluto’s neck (hey, he’s a dog!) and we used a gesture conversation to finally figure out the relationship between Chip and Dale (for the record, they’re BFFs and not blood related). They’ll just wave at you and move on if you want, but if you just want to throw caution to the wind and play around with the characters, you will have a great time!

        I will say it was a joy to people watch at both the princess character breakfasts (we also did Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom). The princesses are all *really* good with kids. During the princess parade at Akershus when we went, Snow White took such great care with gently leading a blind girl around the restaurant at the head of the parade. Snow was treating *her* like she was the princess, and it brought a tear to my eye just watching it. Gotta love those Disney Magic moments. 🙂

        My advice for character breakfast ‘rookies’: 1) this is not grab and go food. Plan for the full experience to take at least 60-90 minutes and you will feel much more relaxed about the whole thing. 2) You’ll be most tempted to feel rushed if the food arrives at your table while the characters are coming around. Enjoy the character interaction *first*. If your food gets cold, the Epcot breakfasts are both all-you-can-eat skillets, so just ask for more. And…3) You might also be tempted to strangle Epcot security first thing in the morning—it feels like they take their sweet time about *everything*! Everyone at the restaurants are very familiar with how park security runs in the mornings and *no one* has ever had their reservations canceled because of a security delay. Pack your patience and know that it will all be ok.

        Hope this helps! Have fun!

        • Wow, Laura! This is AMAZING advice!!!! It made my day 🙂

          No matter how many times I go to Disney, there are still things I am not aware of inside the vast resort. Great tips for character dining rookies, especially a rookie like me. I so love the ornament idea. I will have to try that this year.

          Thank you, thank you! Happy New Year 🙂

  2. I am elderly and cannot walk far. But I have always wanted to visit the foreign countries in Epcot. It is all I am interested in—– the different countries pavilions. Dont want the rides or other entertanment. Can I do this at an advanced age. Can guides be hired with some kind of transportatons which can travel between the country pavillions.

    hank you

    • Hi Moyra!

      Thanks for reaching out to me. Walking around World Showcase is doable, just be sure to take lots of breaks in each country and maybe watch a film or sit in a bench to people watch and take in the wonderful Epcot atmosphere. There are alternatives to help you get around if you need any assistance such as a scooter that can be rented at the front of the park.

      The rides at Epcot are friendly for people of all ages, so you won’t have to worry about missing too much. The most intense rides there are Test Track and Mission Space. Everything else will be great for you.

      Disney does offer an upcharge to have a private VIP Tour of the park with a Cast Member, it’s just super expensive, but it’s a wonderful option if you have the extra money to spend.

      I hope this helps,



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