Welcome to the start a of a humble little series we’ll be doing here at Pirates and Princesses called “WDW Pro Tips”. This is the series where I, WDW Pro, will be providing you with tiny tidbits you won’t find anywhere else for navigating the Disney Parks. Today’s tips come to you from the construction zone formerly known as the Experimental Protoype City of Tomorrow… Epcot.
So, what should you know about Epcot before traveling during the pandemic, that will save you time and frustration? How about these little nuggets that will impress your family and friends as you deftly demonstrate vast knowledge of the park:
1. During the pandemic, always ask for the front seat on Living with the Land. Because of the plastic barriers to keep guests safe on the vehicles, and the reflections on those plastic partitions, riding Living with the Land in any other row is just not worth your time. So unless you want to ride through the farm scene with only a side-to-side view out of the boat, tell the cast member you’d like to be right up front.
2. Do you have someone in your party who is a little bit on the wide side of things? Well, keep your husky loved ones, as well as your claustrophobic crew, away from the Three Caballeros ride in the Mexico Pavilion known as the Gran Fiesta Tour. The current queue configuration has plexiglass dividers to keep you safe, but the little labyrinth here wasn’t ever made for that, so it can be a little bit stressful for larger persons and people who do not care of tight spaces. Better yet, if you think that’s the situation for someone in your party, maybe ask a cast member if they can enter from the exit when your party reaches the front of the line. They’ll thank you for it.
3. There aren’t many shows available in Epcot right now, and even the attractions are limited. If Test Track goes down, wait times across the park can be quite stifling. But as the temperature begins to rise again in sunny central Florida, you can always find a cool alternative to those “normal” rides around the park. Even without a park hopper pass, when the Monorail is running between Epcot and Magic Kingdom, consider taking it for a jaunt to the Ticket and Transportation Center and back again. Just remember – once there, the Resort line is even better since it features only three stops now and has full cabins for single parties.
4. Rather than treating Epcot like a theme park, you may find yourself having a better time if you focus on the culinary aspects. Knowing ahead of time that you’re going to spend some extra cash on treats will provide you with ample opportunities to sit down and enjoy people watching with the added benefit of receiving a mask break. I particularly recommend the Sushi Donut being offered at Epcot, as well as the Smoked Salmon Bagel you’ll find in Norway. Just make sure that you stay seated while eating so that nobody gets in trouble for having that mask off.
Of course, once the pandemic is over, these tips will no longer apply. So if you’re reading this article in 2024, just know we’re hopeful these ideas were for a less simple time. And if you’re reading this in 2024, and these rules still apply… well, God help us all.
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