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WDW: Epcot

Another day, another theme park, and today it's a visit to Epcot, which is split into two lands: Future World and World Showcase. The theme park is well known for its geodesic dome - you can't miss it - and inside the dome you'll find Spaceship Earth, a ride which tells the story of how communication has developed over time.

Most of Epcot, you see, has an educational slant. Food that's grown in the "Living with the Land" ride is grown to be used in various restaurants at Walt Disney World. There's a film featuring The Lion King characters called "The Circle of Life", which is about conservation. You get the idea!

Your first Epcot FastPass+ pick has to be for Frozen Ever After, which (probably) *doesn't* have an educational slant. I'm not 100% sure as queue times were always around two hours and we couldn't get a FastPass+ slot. If you can't get a slot, pick to skip the queue at Test Track or Soarin'. I sometimes found I felt a bit queasy on the motion simulator rides - you glide around the world - but Soarin' has a wonderfully sharp screen and I felt fine. Definitely my favourite ride at Epcot!

If you've been to Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor (Magic Kingdom), then you don't want to miss Turtle Talk with Crush! It's a similar format, and super cute! Other Epcot highlights include Mission: SPACE, an intense astronaut experience (if you pick the orange path). It may make you feel queasy, but if space travel ever takes off then it's good practice, surely?

Like with the other parks, you can meet characters at Epcot. They hang out in their appropriate country at World Showcase - Mulan in China and Mary Poppins in England, for example - though you can also meet characters in Future World. We spotted Joy and Sadness from Inside Out, and met Baymax (Big Hero Six) who had no queue. How?!

Whilst we were at Epcot the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival was taking place, which meant we got to sample lots of yummy foods from various stalls dotted around the lake (Olly remembered to take his passport so could try out a local craft beer flight). A lot of sites say that Epcot has the best food out of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World... I can see why!

The lake is also the perfect place to watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the nightly firework show. Different websites will share contradicting "perfect" spots to watch the fireworks - we stood between Norway and China and had a great view, so that's my recommendation! What do you think to Epcot? x

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