Top Epcot Attractions

The American Adventure. Many adults and older children love this patriotic look at American history.

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. You gotta watch out when you're in the same room as clumsy inventor Wayne Szalinski. Accidents do happen.

Illuminations. This amazing musical laser-and-fireworks show is Disney night time entertainment at its best.

Mission: SPACE. Blast off on a simulated ride to Mars, if you can handle the turbulence.

Soarin'. Feel the sweet-scented breeze as you fly over California's beautiful landscapes.

Test Track. Your car revs up to 60 mph on a hairpin turn in this wild ride on a General Motors proving ground.

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Tip Sheet

Don't try to do it all. Epcot is so vast and varied that you really need two days to explore everything. If you only have one day, visit just the attractions and pavilions that most interest you.

Upon entering, check Epcot's Tip Board past Spaceship Earth and just outside Innovations, and modify your strategy if there's a short line at a top attraction.

The best days to go are early in the week, since most people tend to go to Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom first.

Arrive at the turnstiles 15 minutes before opening, so you can avoid some of the lines. Make Mission: SPACE, Test Track, and Soarin' your first stops, and be sure to use your Fastpass option.

Plan to have at least one relaxed meal. With children, you may want to make reservations (try to make them three to four months in advance) for the Princess Storybook Breakfast at Norway's Akershus, or for lunch or dinner at the Land's Garden Grill, a revolving restaurant that features character appearances by Mickey and friends. Or opt for an early seafood lunch at the Coral Reef in the Living Seas. A late lunch or an early dinner at one of the World Showcase restaurants is another great option.

Touring The Park

Plan to arrive in the parking lot 30 minutes before the official park opening. Decide ahead of time whether you want to begin with the high-octane thrills of Mission: SPACE or with the remarkable but not stomach-churning high of Soarin'. As soon as you pass through the turnstile race over to either Mission: SPACE or Soarin' and wait in line to ride or get a Fastpass appointment. Afterward, choose either the East or West Future World track to continue.

East Track: After Mission: SPACE, pick up a Fastpass for Test Track. Then backtrack to Spaceship Earth. Upon leaving Spaceship Earth, head to Soarin'.

West Track: After Soarin' at the Land pavilion, take the Circle of Life boat ride, then proceed to the Imagination! pavilion and get another Fastpass ticket for Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. Visit Journey into Imagination with Figment, and if you have time left, meander through Image Works before returning to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. By this time there may be a line at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, but if there isn't, go on in and stay as long as you like.

Go counterclockwise into the World Showcase, toward Canada, while everyone else is heading towards Mexico. If it's lunchtime, you may be able to get a table right away at Le Cellier, one of Epcot's lesser-known dining gems. Then try to catch a performance of the British Invasion in the United Kingdom before crossing the bridge into France, where you can snap up an √©clair or napoleon at Boulangerie P√Ętisserie. Shop in Morocco and Japan; then see the American Adventure Show, timing it to a Voices of Liberty performance. If there are lines at Norway by the time you get there, grab a Fastpass for the Maelstrom ride, then head for Innoventions or Ellen's Energy Adventure at the Universe of Energy.

Now's the time to head back to Norway and Maelstrom, followed by an early dinner at France, Italy, Mexico, or another inviting spot. See any attractions or shows that you missed, remembering that parts of>strong> Future World sometimes close ahead of the rest of the park. Stick around for IllumiNations, and stake out a spot early by the lagoon wall at Italy, on the International Gateway Bridge between France and the United Kingdom, or at an outdoor U.K. table. Make sure the wind is to your back so fireworks and special-effects smoke don't waft your way and obscure the scene. Take your time on the way out -- the park seems especially magical after dark.