Travel: Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration – Epcot

Bonjour! Welcome to day three of our Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration vacation where we explored Epcot! I’ll admit, this was never one of my favorite parks but I do love World Celebration and after this trip, I’ve decided I actually do love Epcot. Also, this time of year is the International Flower and Garden Festival and there are some beautiful topiaries throughout the park.

{You can read about day one at Magic Kingdom here and day two at Hollywood Studios here! A quick primer on Genie + can be found in the Magic Kingdom Day One post.}

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Epcot

What We Did

Our strategy for this park was to book a Lightening Lane {LL} for Frozen Ever After first thing in the morning and rope drop Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Since we were still at the POP Century Resort, we would be arriving via the Skyliner, which drops you off right near the Remy ride.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind had just opened and was on a virtual queue, but since I can’t ride due to motion sickness, this wasn’t even on our radar.

When we arrived, there was already a long line for Remy, but it moved quickly and within about 20 minutes we were on it. Super cute ride which usually has an hour plus long line, so we were happy we woke up early, even though we were starting to get very tired.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure Epcot

We then walked from France to Norway to redeem our LL and ride Frozen Ever After. Again, a very cute ride which usually has an hour plus line. So far we were liking our morning strategy. We then ate breakfast at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, then headed to Mexico.

Frozen Ever After Epcot

After stopping for a photo op with Donald Duck, we rode Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros and there was no line, so we hopped right on. We then started walking back towards France where we had an early lunch reservation at La Crêperie de Paris.

Because it was still fairly early in the morning, there was very little foot traffic in World Showcase. We stopped in China and got some beautiful photos. We then ate some candy in Germany since we needed to get some pep in our step.

China Pavilion World Showcase Epcot

We walked around Italy, then took a few photos at The American Adventure before heading over to Japan. My daughter really wanted sushi here, but it was too early, so our plan was to return in the evening and get some yummy sushi and watch Harmonious.

Japan Pavilion World Showcase Epcot

Next, we stopped in Morocco where there were very few people and I was able to get some amazing pictures. Finally, we made it back to France where we had time for some shopping. My daughter got the cutest pair of Paris Minnie Mouse Ears at Plume et Palette.

Morocco Pavilion World Showcase Epcot

After lunch, we headed back to rest at the hotel, where I was able to get a LL for Test Track in the early evening. Our plan was to return to do the U.K. and Canada, then head to Future World to ride everything there.

Unfortunately, we napped hard and came back to the park later in the afternoon then we wanted, so we ended up by passing the U.K. and Canada, and grabbing a Dole Whip on our way to Living with the Land to redeem a LL. As my daughter said about this ride, “I didn’t come all the way to Disney World to go to Lowe’s Garden Center.” I know this is a popular ride, but it wasn’t for us.

Living with the land Epcot

Ella then redeemed a LL for Soarin’ Around the World {I can’t ride because I get sick} which is one of her favorites. Next, we went back to Canada, then to the U.K for shopping and a quick bite. We got a LL for Journey into Imagination with Figment, even though the wait for this is never very long, we were trying to maximize our time before our LL at Test Track.

Canada Pavilion World Showcase Epcot

After Figment, we got in line for The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The line for this isn’t long, so we did standby and got on quickly. We then redeemed a LL for Spaceship Earth. I was booking the LL’s for something else as soon as we would redeem one. Although the lines for these rides don’t get very long, by the time we walked to the next one, it was our time to ride.

Spaceship Earth Epcot

Spaceship Earth took longer than we anticipated, so we were now in a bit of a hurry to get to Test Track. We made it and loved it! When we came out it was raining, so we put on our rain gear and headed back to World Showcase, entering through Mexico.

By the time we got back to Japan, there was no more grab and go sushi at Kabuki Café, they were only serving drinks prior to Harmonious. My daughter was very bummed and a little upset with me.

I had read that you didn’t need to get to a spot for the show too early and 10 minutes was enough time. It really wasn’t and most of the spots were taken. We did manage to find something in France, an actual seat no less, but not the best view.

Before the show was over, we started making our way to the Skyliner to beat the crowds and it was super easy getting back to the hotel.

Epcot at Night

What We Ate

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe After riding Frozen Ever After, we went to eat breakfast here. I got a Mickey Mouse shaped cinnamon roll and Ella ate an Almond Pretzel. She loved hers! I was regretting my choice since I had a cinnamon roll at Gaston’s earlier in the week and there are so many delicious looking Scandinavian pastries. Oh well, next time.

Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Roll Epcot

La Crêperie de Paris – We loved it here. We arrived about 15 minutes early and they were able to seat us no problem! We both opted for dessert crepes, me getting the Melba {peaches and berries} and Ella had the Gourmand {hazelnut and whipped cream}. It was delicious and reasonably priced. I highly recommend.

Craperie De Paris Epcot

Pineapple Promenade – Ella got a Dole Whip before riding Living with the Land. I believe Pineapple Promenade is only available for the Flower and Garden Festival, then it changes for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Be sure to check the app!

Yorkshire County Fish Shop – I really wanted to eat fish and chips here, but we were planning sushi for later, so we just got one fish and chips to share. We ate it sitting on the sidewalk. It’s grab and go and it was very busy, but oh so delicious!

Bambi Topiary Epcot

Again, not everything went according to plan, but we really enjoyed Epcot. Although next time, I will make sure we get sushi in Japan!

Up next is day four at Animal Kingdom!

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