While a large portion of the attractions in Epcot are indoors, it is by no means a limited or a small theme park. In fact it is large enough that most guests leave after a day feeling like they missed more than they saw. These visitors were not just taking a long time on one thing or leaving out a whole area of the park, it really is hard to fully take in all of the country themed pavilions and other attractions in one day at Epcot Center.
The start to a good day at Epcot is actually the hardest part; avoid all of the attractions at the front of the park. The iconic Spaceship Earth is very tempting, but saving it for on the way out could be even more rewarding. This allows for more of the park to be taken in at first, that way if time is getting short later in the day even if Spaceship Earth can’t be experienced it was at least seen. Skimming over certain smaller attraction, typically seasonal ones, is also advised. The main buildings will be more rewarding, especially the memories they give. For example the Kidcot Fun Stops could mean more time to possibly take in Soarin’.
Planning ahead can also save time when in the park. For example ask which country pavilions are more interesting to those in the group. If no one is particularly interested in a certain pavilion then it will be easy to walk past it and save more time for doing other fun things within Epcot that does interest you more.
All of the time saving and fun maximizing tips though are dependent on the group and their willingness to agree. A disagreement takes up time, and distracts from the overall vacation experience. So as long as there is enough adults to do this, divide into smaller groups and take different paths. Not only does this make everyone happy but allows for a change of plans should one group find something out of this world.
In essence experiencing Epcot in one day is all a matter of teamwork and planning ahead, with a little bit of restraint at first. Following these tips will make for a fulfilling visit to Epcot and hopefully keep there from being so many visitors at the end of the day who feels they missed more than they saw.