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The Ultimate One-Day Solo Trip to Epcot

I've always told myself that I didn't know if I could ever go to Universal Studios in Orlando with out going to Disney World, because, how dare I? But when my family planned a trip to Universal Studios, I saw my opportunity to fly down a day early and make the most of my 24 hours (give or take) at Disney world.

After researching and carefully planning the "perfect" day at Epcot, I am happy to say I pulled it off and I am here to share one of the most magical days ever!

6:00 AM - Wake Up
Seems like an obvious thing, right? Just wanted to make sure those of you who are not early risers know that waking up this early is imperative to making it to Epcot on time. I checked with my hotel (Pop Century) and verified that the first bus left at 7:15 am, giving me at least one hour before I needed to be in Epcot to start my tour.

7:30 AM - Head to Bus Stop
Epcot is about a 15 minute ride from Pop Century, so I made sure I had enough time to wait for the bus, the bus ride, and getting through security. (it can add up)

Fanny Pack? Check. Disney Themed Vans? Check.

8:15 AM - World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered Tour
Now this tour will be getting a post of its own, but for an overview, this is by far one of the most interesting things to do at Epcot, not to include the most bang for your buck. At $109.00 (tax not included) You are given a 5-hour guided tour of all 11 countries in the World Showcase, with behind the scene access.

I chose this tour for many reasons, the main one being able to enter Epcot as early as possible. Even with the extra magic hours, I would not have been able to enter Epcot until 9:00 am, and even then, the World Showcase does not open until 11:00 am (expect for that Frozen ride in Norway). Major Bucket List points for getting a chance to walk around the World Showcase before it opened to the public.

Morocco will always be one of my favorite countries in the World Showcase

After lunch at the Rose & Crown, which was included in the tour, we finished at the UK and Canada Pavilions. Just when I thought it was over, we were surprised with Soarin' Fast Passes - with the guide herself! Waited maybe 15 minutes, all the while learning about the ride and Disney magic.

This tour had a few other "magical moments" that I will keep to myself, but trust me, worth every penny.

2:00 PM - Drink Break
After going non stop all morning, I was ready for a little breather. I stopped at the Coca Cola Refreshments station for a few free tastings of Coca Cola from around the world.

2:15 PM - Test Track
Single rider lines anyone? With no fast pass, I waited 15 minutes for this ride. That's it. 10/10 would recommend.

2:45 PM - Afternoon Snack
Lunch had me full for a while, but I knew I needed something to tide me over until my next meal, so I stopped and got a Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar. $6.00 + tax never tasted so good.

3:10 PM - Living with The Land (Fast Pass +)
I had read that this ride is notoriously fast and easy to walk on, but I had an extra Fast Pass + to use since Misson: Space was still under renovation. Still, I was able to walk on and waited 0 minutes in line.

3:45 PM - Behind The Seeds Tour
This is a 60-minute tour of "behind the scenes" of the Living with The Land ride. Another one of the best bang for your buck, it was only $25.00 (tax included). I read this was also easy to walk up to and schedule, so I was able to score a tour right after the ride. (like I didn't plan that...)

Very informative for someone, like me, who finds the future of agriculture and science fascinating. I even got to taste a cucumber grown right there in the green house. Not as cool if it was back home, but hey, it was Disney!

5:20 PM - Spaceship Earth (Fast Pass +)
I've gone on this ride every time I've been at Epcot but I still can't get over the audiotronics and after a long hot day, it's nice to sit on a ride in a dark air conditioned building. We'll call this my "break".

At this point, I had accomplished everything I wanted to in the Future World, but now it was back to the World Showcase to watch a few flicks and drink a few drinks.

5:45 PM - Mexico
I came back to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. I grew up on this movie, so it holds a special place in my heart, and what's not to love about the "It's a Small World After All" Ride feeling.

Side Note: I've heard it through the grapevine that this ride will most likely be replaced by a CoCo themed ride in the future, so ride it while you still can!

This is the point in my story that I tell you for as much planning as I did, I thought I'd be alright without a poncho. After hanging out in Mexico for a little bit, I came outside to a monsoon that lasted well over an hour. Only took me about 20 minutes under shelter to realize I wasn't going to melt.

6:45 PM - China
I read on many occasions about the Reflections of China, which is shown with Circle-Vision 360. It's a 14 minute video that takes you on a journey through ancient and modern China, and let me tell you, I've never wanted to go to Hong Kong as much as I did after watching the video. After the video I walked around the shops, letting the rain pass.

As I headed towards America, I stopped and got the Tipsy Ducks in Love, another must-drink.

Also, shout out to DelleaDesigns on Etsy for this awsome Drinking Around The World Tank!

7:30 PM - America
You would think after living in the country all my life, there wouldn't be anything to discover, but I read time and time again that The American Adventure is a show not to miss. 30 minutes long, both Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain take you through the history of America with beautiful images and audiotronics. And I didn't tear up...much.

8:15 PM - France
Last but not least, I headed to France to watch the Impressions de France film which showcases the grandeur, charm and romance of one of Europe's most enchanting countries. The 18 minute film was breathtaking and only made better by the faint Beauty and The Beast music in the background.

Couldn't end my time in France without the Grand Marnier Slush!

9:00 PM - Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
Finally, a chance to stand still. I took in all the fire works and thought about my day, my life and everything in between. I mean really, this firework show is more than just fireworks in the sky, there's so much meaning behind it all. (which you may or may not learn about on your World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered tour)

9:15 PM - Disney's BoardWalk
Although Epcot closes after the Illuminations show, there is a small walk way from Epcot to Disney's BoardWalk, which is still very much open. I enjoyed walking at night and taking in all the magic and the last breathes of summer air.

9:30 PM - AcadabraBar
Not wanting my night to end just yet, I went to the magic themed bar, AbracadaBar. The theming was perfect and the cocktails were delicious. I met a few people and talked for a while about where we were from, and where we were going.

RECAP: I still can't believe how much I accomplished in one day, in addition to actually doing everything that I set out to do. (I'll admit it was probably all of the fast walking). But I'm not perfect, so I'm sure you realized I did not eat after the Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar, and you would be correct. I planned on eating again at one of the countries later in the evening, but between not being able to take food and drinks into the films, and making sure I did everything, eating fell to the way side. I would not recommend this though, I do wish I would have stopped to eat. But other than that, and the poncho situation, I had a delightful day and night.

Transportation Tip: In order to get from Disney's BoardWalk to my Pop Century hotel, I had to Uber. The buses had stopped running by then (After 10:00 pm) - but it was cheaper than Disney's new "Minnie-Van" Uber service. It had just rolled out the week before and to go anywhere on property was a minimum of $20.00. No thanks, Disney, I'll pay $7.54 to an Orlando local.

*Disclaimer: I believe the main reason my day went so well was because I was by myself. You could possibly pull this kind of day off with two people, but any more and it loses it's magic. But please feel free to use any of these ideas for your best day ever!

World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered Tour Information
Behind the Seeds Tour Information
Complete Itinerary on Travefy.com

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