Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups: What to Do at Epcot

10398035_10153240182002488_375123465181839590_nWalt Disney World can be just as much fun for adults as it is for kids, and Epcot is definitely a great place for adults to visit, particularly because of the beautiful World Showcase that makes up over half of the park. Epcot is a unique park experience, not just because it has some great rides, but because much of the park is made for wandering and browsing.

Epcot is divided into two sections – Future World and World Showcase. Future World contains most of the rides in Epcot, and there are a few that we love to visit and recommend for adults.

Over in the Land Pavilion is one of Epcot’s most popular rides, Soarin’. This “hang-glider” style ride makes guests feel as though they are flying over California, and is not particularly intense, though may not be for those averse to heights. If you’re looking for something intense, on the opposite side of Future World is Mission: Space. Guests board a simulator for a mission to Mars. This ride actually comes in two versions, Orange and Green – the simulator actually spins to mimic the g-forces of a rocket take-off in Orange, and in Green guests will only experience some bumps and feelings of acceleration.

While Future World has most of the rides in Epcot, the park’s main attraction for us has always been World Showcase, a collection of pavilions representing eleven countries around the world. Each pavilion has its own entertainment, so stop to watch some street shows as you tour the pavilions. We love the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats in the China Pavilion, Serveur Amusant in the France Pavilion, and Matsuriza in the Japan Pavilion. Some pavilions also have films featuring the culture and landscape of their respective countries – our favorite is Impressions de France. Don’t forget to also check out all the amazing details that went into theming the pavilions – each one has little hidden spots and amazing architecture the farther you venture into each pavilion.

Adults should also check out the great dining options available in World Showcase. Some of our favorite table-service spots include Les Chefs de France, Tokyo Dining, and Rose & Crown. World Showcase also hosts some great special events for adults, such as the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in the spring and the very popular Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the fall.

In the evening, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth takes place on the lagoon at the center of World Showcase, and is an amazing combination of fireworks, pyrotechnics, lasers, and other effects. It’s a beautiful show, and viewing is available all around the lagoon – be sure to grab a spot early.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful family. Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong – but she also realized how good planning can make such a difference for having a fun, relaxing vacation! Elizabeth became her family’s go-to resource for Disney planning. Now she is dedicating her planning skills to helping other families create vacation memories as a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. She will plan your trip as if it were her own. Her blog, planningformagic.com, has tons of advice on how to plan your next Disney trip, including trip planning instructions, sample itineraries, dining tips, and more. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter for more planning tips and theme park news. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@theaffordablemouse.com.

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