Epcot was originally called the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and was Walt Disney’s unfinished plan for a city of the future. It has futuristic rides but is most famous for its World Showcase, an area modeled after different parts of the world. What Epcot lacks in rides, it makes up for in culinary experiences. There is no shortage of places to eat in Epcot, especially during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which lasts through the fall.
Some regions have better food than others. I found the American area is least interesting, as it relies on Southern and fried. There are also specialty event dishes that are not found all year. There are restaurants in every corner of the park, but here are a few favorites, sorted by the part of the park they are in. Note that I didn’t include many sit-down restaurants because I was short on time.
Future World East
Cronut, Taste Track
Next to the entrance to the Test Track is a food truck in a courtyard with a few tables. This is where you’ll find the beloved cronut, a croissant-doughnut originally made famous by a New York bakery. Disney’s version is served with cinnamon sugar but there are also specialty versions during the events. It’s a cheap breakfast for $6, especially when paired with a Joffrey’s coffee (skip the line at Starbucks!). It can be found elsewhere in the parks.
Grey Goose Slushie, France
Upon entering France, the drink options are suddenly much more upscale, including champagne. The Les Vins de France kiosk sells the Grey Goose and Grand Marnier slushies for $10.75 in a plastic stem glass. It’s not a cheap drink but hits the spot on those hot Florida days. They offer different flavor offerings during events.
Tuna and Soba Noodle Salad, Japan
In addition to its full-service restaurants selling ramen and sushi, there are quick service kiosks selling specialty event items. The tuna and soba noodle salad for $6.50 is refreshing and is a nice reprieve from the fried items found elsewhere in the park. They also have a sake bar and sell frozen Kirin.
The Rose and Crown Pub has the types of beer you’d find at a real pub in the United Kingdom like Guinness, Newcastle, and Bass as well as cocktails like Pimm’s Cups. They also have mixed beers like the Bumblebee, a mix of Boddington’s and Guinness, for $10.39. They also have food like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and Scotch eggs.
General Tso’s Buns, China
The quick-service kiosks have potstickers and egg rolls, but Nine Dragons Restaurant is one of the full-service options. This restaurant is known for its General Tso’s bun, which costs $10.65, has soft buns filled with spicy tempura battered chicken, topped in raw red onions and carrots.
Mexican Mule, Mexico
Mexico has incredible food including quick tacos and full meals of mole. But enter the pyramid, home to a few rides and shops, and visit La Cava Del Tequila, an incredible cocktail bar. The people that work here are experts in the Mexican spirits and craft incredible cocktails using tequila and mezcal. This cocktail was $15 and worth every penny, including tequila, lime juice, mole bitters, and ginger beer.
If you’re looking to see as much as possible, book a Walt Disney World Private Guide.
It gets expensive to eat at Epcot, especially if you’re traveling with a family. I recommend using gift cards so that you can better keep track of how much you spend. Small bites around $5-10 while bigger meals are upwards of $15-20. And when it comes to drinks, expect to pay more than you usually would outside the theme park. Stay hydrated in the Florida heat and don’t overindulge! “Drinking around the world” is not for the faint of heart…or liver.