Bye-bye alarm clock! With Walt Disney World announcing the brand Mid-Day Magic Ticket for the fall, it got us thinking. It happens once and awhile. What would the DVC Duo do with a half-day in each of the parks? Let’s kick it off in style with our half-day plan for Epcot. We’ve gotten our beauty sleep, slathered on our sunscreen, had our coffee, we’re ready to deploy our half-day plan for Epcot!
What Is The Mid-Day Magic Ticket?
Beginning on August 15, 2019, and running through December 15, 2019, Walt Disney World is offering a new park ticket where guests can enter the parks starting at noon. Available in two, three, or four park options, guests with the ticket can go to any of the four parks for a lower rate than a full day ticket. If you’re looking to park hop, you can add on the park hopper as well. For full details of the pricing please check here.
Passholder Insights: With the ticket, you’re able to use all the FastPass booking options, as long as the Fastpass selected return time is after 12 pm.
A Classic Beginning
Is a trip to Epcot complete without riding Spaceship Earth? We think not! Kicking off our half-day plan for Epcot is a ride through the history of communication. By mid-day, the lines for the classic ride have lessened, as the majority of the guests have made their way deeper into the park. For us, it puts us in the Epcot mood, you know that mood, the one where you just cannot stop smiling. Plus, we have to thank the Phoenicians!
An alternative is to flip Spaceship Earth to the end of the day. By night’s end, the ride is usually a walk on. A great time to ride is around 8 pm, as it gives you time to head back to World Showcase or another big attraction prior to park closing.
Passholder Insights: Outside the entrance to Epcot is a Joffrey’s coffee stand, it’s a great place to grab a cup before heading into the park as the line is usually pretty short.
Left or Right
Or should we say, Test Track or Soarin’? On our half-day plan for Epcot, we’re veering left to for the single rider line for the fastest ride at Epcot, Test Track. We would prefer to use our Epcot tier-one Fastpass on either Frozen Ever After or Soarin’, over Test Track. With the single rider line, we’re usually in and out in 30 minutes or less, as long as it’s not a rainy day at Epcot.
If you’re looking for the less intense option, Soarin’ is where it’s at. The Land Pavilion is perfect for a warmer afternoon, as you can enjoy both Soarin’ and Living with the Land. While on this side of the park, The Seas with Nemo is a great attraction for all fans of the famous clownfish. Once inside definitely checked out the Australia sea turtle, in Turtle Talk with Crush.
Passholder Insights: If you’re looking for more dark rides on your half-day at Epcot, check out the Imagination pavilion.
Mealtime! When arriving later in the day, our half-day plan for Epcot means a late lunch. With the majority of guests looking to enjoy lunch at the usual hour, noon, we’re switching it up with a later lunch around 2 to 2:30 pm. When in Epcot, there’s no better place to eat than around the World Showcase. With all the different quick-service locations, you really can’t go wrong. For us, the big deciding factor is always what we’re in the mood for. A couple of our go-to favorites have to be La Cantina de San Angel or the Tangierine Cafe.
Another great option is a sit-down lunch. Similar to the quick-service options, it’s all about what sounds good. We would definitely recommend making an advanced dining reservation through the My Disney Experience App, as many locations fill up quickly.
Passholder Insights: Keep an eye for the different Epcot Dining Packages, as in the fall they’ll have options for Eat to the Beat concert series that is part of Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival.
Wandering The World
Now that we’ve successfully avoided that hangry moment, back to our half-day plan for Epcot. After lunch, you’d find us wondering the World Showcase exploring the different shops and countries. For us, nothing is better than watching the different street performers and music acts within each of the countries. Through in an adult time out, and it’s the perfect little afternoon for the DVC Duo!
In our plan, we’re assuming we deploy our Epcot FastPass Strategy that includes a ride Frozen Ever After. We would follow that up with one of our favorites rides, The Three Caballeros in the Mexico Pavilion.
Passholder Insights: We recommend checking the My Disney Experience App for the performance times for the street performers, as they don’t all perform all day.
Enjoying The Night
Darkness is upon us! Wrapping up our half-day plan for Epcot includes two things, first is enjoying Illuminations or Epcot Forever (starting October 1, 2019). There’s no better way to wrap up a day at Disney than with a nighttime spectacular. Second is making our own dinner. No, we’re not busting out the cookware, we’re talking about sampling the different food booths is the World Showcase. Whether it’s the Food and Wine Festival or Festival of the Holidays, you can’t go wrong with food choices.
If nighttime spectaculars are not your thing, the end of the night is a great time to sneak one last ride. Whether it’s building a snowman with Olaf or Soarin’ over the World, the choice is yours.
Passholder Insights: As long as you’re in line for an attraction one minute before park closing you will be able to enjoy the ride.
Epcot is a fantastic half-day park. With any half-day park plan, it comes down to planning. We know when we’re heading in for a half that we’re not going to see it all. What we like to do is pick one or two rides that are our must do’s, along with a dining location then let the rest fall into place. It’s been a great day, let’s find our spot for Illuminations!