How Many Miles is Epcot?

As you plan your Walt Disney World Vacation you will want to be aware of how much walking you will be doing while in the theme parks. You have full days and you will walk a ton. The Disney parks are very big.

The average person will walk around of 7-9 miles each day of the Disney vacation. That is around 14,000-18,000 steps per day. Multiply that for however many park days you have and you can see why people schedule in a “rest day” in the milddle of their vacation! Disney tired is a special kind of tired.

how many miles will i walk in epcot?

Each of the Disney Theme Parks are different sizes. Disney World itself is 27,000 acres. This includes all the theme parks, the resorts, Disney Springs, the water parks, and space to build! It is the biggest theme park in the world!

Here is a breakdown of the walking distance of each of the Disney World parks. Keep in mind, these are the distances of the paths if you were to walk the loop one time and not diverge at all from the main route.

  • Disney’s Magic Kingdom – 1.6 mile walking loop
  • Disney’s Hollywood studios – 1.2 mile loop
  • Disney’s Animal kingdom – 2 miles
  • EPCOT – Approximately 1 mile from the entrance to the World Showcase, and then 1.2 mile World Showcase loop.

You will walk much, much more than these numbers in each of the parks.

How Much Walking Will You Do in Epcot?

Lets break down EPCOT! This particular Disney theme park is a favorite for many. With the Food and Wine Festival and International Flower and Garden Festival, EPCOT is a fan favorite for adults!

In fact, it is ranked the best Disney theme park for adults. There is plenty to do for kids, too! One of our favorite parts of EPCOT for kids is the aquarium. You may have a hard time pulling your kids away from that.

beauty and the beast epcot belle
Beauty and the Beast Flower and Garden Festival

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Two EPCOT loops

EPCOT is a whopping 300 square miles! It has two main parts – a “loop” that goes around the EPCOT ball that used to be called Future World and the World Showcase.

Note: Epcot is undergoing an overhaul and Future World is no longer called Future World. It is now three ‘neighborhoods’ called World Discovery, World Celebration, and World Nature. The World Showcase continues to called the World Showcase.

One of the downsides of EPCOT is that you can’t criss cross very well. There is no way to cut through the middle of of the park by the ball, and the World Showcase is around water – the world showcase lagoon. There are very few shortcuts in EPCOT.

EPCOT
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Dining Reservation Consideratons

Another thing to consider when considering your walking distance in EPCOT is where your dining reservations are. If you have made reservations at one of the table service restaurants you will need to plan walking time to get there.

For example, it will take quite some time to walk from Spaceship Earth to a dining reservation in Japan. We recommend taking some time to think this through the day before you will be in EPCOT.

Genie+ Considerations

If you are using Genie+, it can be tempting to grab whatever is available when you can get it. Depending upon your day, that can be fine.

However, if you have dining reservations somewhere make sure you are thinking through locations of the attractions and the restaurant as you are booking your lighting lane pass times.

Two EPCOT Entrances

Epcot Main Gate Entrance

EPCOT main entrance

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There are two park entrances to EPCOT. The main entrance is to the north. That is where the parking lot is, the bus stop, and the monorail stop. The front gate is furthest from the World Showcase. You are closest to the ball when you enter here.

Epcot main gate map
Epcot main gate map

World Showcase Entrance

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The second enterance is to the west of the park and gives you easy access to the World Showcase. You will enter inside the World Showcase between the France Pavilion and United Kingdom pavilion.

If you take the Disney Skyliner you will get dropped off here. The EPCOT Friendship boat departs from this location as well.

Epcot entrance map
West World Showcase Entrance between France and the United Kingdom

EPCOT walking access from Walt Disney Resorts

Perhaps our favorite way to get to EPCOT is if you are staying at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. There is a walking path from the resort to this western entrance. It is quick and pleasant!

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is also not too far away. If you are choosing los tay at a Walt Disney World Resort and plan on spending time at EPCOT you may want to consider one of these hotels for the short walk option.

Beach Club map to EPCOT
Beach Club Resort Walking Path

If you are wanting to rope drop Frozen Ever After consider entering in the World Showcase.

What To Do In EPCOT

We have a post that breaks down every single attraction in EPCOT, so we won’t go into detail about the attractions here. What we will do is break down the order in which you will find the attractions as you enter the park!

Attractions in World Celebration, World Discovery, and World Nature

Of course, as you get through the man entrance you will see the iconic EPCOT ball known as Spaceship Earth. It is truly the main attraction of EPCOT. You have to take a ton of pictures of the ball – its basically a requirement of visiting this park! As you enter, if you take the walking path towards the right you will find, in order:

  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas With Nemo and Friends
  • Living with the Land
  • Soarin Around the World
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Test Track
  • Mission:SPACE
  • Guaradians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

The monorail more or less follows this loop on its track.

the land pavillion

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Table Service Restaurants

The table service dining in this part of EPCOT that require reservations are:

  • Coral Reef (Table Service)
  • Garden Grill (Table Service, Character Dining)
  • Space 220 Lounge (Table Service)

The EPCOT World Showcase

The World Showcase has 11 different pavilions featuring different countries. Each of these pavilions has a ton to see, do, and experience. The Disney Imagineers have packed a lot into each of these areas.

You will find shops, restaurants, bakeries, attractions, art exhibits, and more. You can easily put in many, many miles on your feet while in the World Showcase. Visiting these little shops and exhibits are extremely enjoyable if you are on an adults only Disney Vacation!

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If you choose to go to the World Showcase – and we definitely think you should – here is what you will find on the one mile loop going towards the right. We have included the table service restaurants as they require reservations.

There are many additional places to eat in the World Showcase beyond what we have listed here (quick service restaurants and kiosk style food service). We are not noting the table service dining as they require planning in regards to walking time.

Canada Pavilion Pavilion

  • Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360
  • Kidcot Fun Stop
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse (Table Service Dining)

United Kingdom Pavilion

  • Kidcot Fun Stop
  • Rose and Crown Dining (Table Service)

France Pavilion

  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • Impressions de France
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Chefs de France (Table Service)
  • La Crêperie de Paris (Table Service)
France Pavillion World Showcase

Morocco Pavilion

  • Kidcot Fun Stops

Japan Pavilion

  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • Teppan Edo (Table Service Restaurant)
  • Tokyo Dining (Table Service Restaurant)
Japan pavilion EPCOT World Showcase
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America Pavilion

  • The American Adventure

Italy Pavilion

  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante (Table Service Restaurant)
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Table Service Restaurant)

Germany Pavilion

  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • Biergarten Restaurant (Table Service)

China Pavilion

  • Reflections of China
  • House of the Whispering Willows
  • Kidcot Fun stops
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant (Table Service)

Norway Pavilion

  • Stave Church Gallery
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • Frozen Ever After

Mexico Pavilion

  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • Mexico Folk Art Gallery
  • La Cava Experience (Table Service)
  • La Hacienda de san Angel (Table Service)
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante (Table Service)

Friendship Boat Transportation

One way to cut down some of the walking in the World Showcase is to use the Friendship Boat. You can board and depart the Friendship Boat from the following locations:

  • EPCOT Internaational Gateway
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Morocco

photo credit Alexis Lariscy

You will have a very full day when you are in EPCOT! There is much more to see and do than it initially appears. There are hidden things to do in EPCOT and there are quite a few characters available to meet.From our personal experience, we have had some of our favorite character interactions at EPCOT!

We have seen Baymax, Pluto, Snow White, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, and Mary Poppins all with minimal wait times and all without planning! We did plan to see Elsa and Anna and that was worth the energy to get up early and make the huge walk to Norway with little kids in tow.

Epcot ball

photo credit Alexis Lariscy

A few final tips. You will want to make sure you are wearing good walking shoes. We have our favorite shoes for the whole family here.

You will find amazing snacks in EPCOT, specifically in the World Showcase. You can see the most popular ones here.

Additionally, you will want to read our advice on how to avoid the dreaded Disney Rash. It is real, but you can prevent it!

All in all, be prepared to walk and make plans to rest throughout the day and you will be fine! You are in the happiest place on earth!

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Dave and his daughters have been going to Disney for 30+ years, all on a teacher's budget . They love helping families have the most magical Disney vacation ever by sharing all their expert family secrets. Feel free to send them a message or follow along on Instagram!