4 tips for enjoying epcot with a chronic illness

July 25, 2023

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As I look back on the times that I have I had of spending time at Disney and surrounding parks over my life (and especially the times over the last decade while I was sick), I am truly speechless with gratitude over the beautiful opportunities. Each day or time always seemed to have so much "magic" in every sense of the way.

At the same time though, I have traveled enough while I fought for my health to know that you don't "leave" your sick body and automatically get a "new one" so it is important to understand and prepare ahead of time for any trip when you are chronically ill. Traveling takes a risk and a courage- especially when you don't feel well, but when I was sick I wanted to live as fully as possible despite being sick. I wanted to grab onto life and experience it and live bigger than my world of illness allowed.

I have never regretted this for one moment and know that it is a large part of the reason that I still love traveling today and going on adventures near and far away

 So if you are taking that risk... if you are stepping out and grabbing onto life in a new way and are going for a visit to Disney World while you are ill I applaud you. I applaud you for any small or big steps you are taking as you heal. 

If you are looking for extra tips for your trip I shared a post a couple of years ago entitled 10 Tips for Enjoying Disneyworld with a Chronic Illness  that may be helpful to read. I have also shared other chronic illness tips (those related to Disney and beyond) which I share at the bottom of this post! 

Today I wanted to share 4 Tips specifically related to enjoying Epcot with a chronic illness and hope that these will help you in your next adventure!

1. Plan your Meal Times Ahead of Time
If part of your Chronic Illness includes a special diet (like myself) you will want to research ahead of time which restaurants are allergen friendly. One of the great things about Epcot is the choices of "allergen friendly" restaurants and options that they have. One thing that I love about Epcot is the very large amount of restaurants that there are to choose from (in my opinion it is a bit simpler to find a variety of different choices then in Magic Kingdom Park sometimes!) and it is great for those who have a chronic illness for a few specific reasons: 

1. Many "spoonies" like myself try to eat a healthy diet and whether you go "around the world" or just eat at "the land" there are tons of different and yummy health options. 

2. For those who have lots of dietary restrictions like myself, there really is a restaurant for everyone. I have eaten in so many different countries and at the land so many times and there are so many options! One of the things that I most appreciate about my experiences at Epcot is that staff members are knowledgeable, helpful, and know all the details. This makes it incredibly easy to choose something yummy and safe within my dietary restrictions without making a big production of anything. 

3. I have to say that one of the things that I mentioned in my post, 10 Tips for enjoying Disney With a Chronic Illness, is the weather and heat factor. For some that are struggling with a chronic illness heat is extremely difficult and Epcot provides different sit-down air conditioned restaurants (even in the land) which is a great bonus.

2. Plan a Route
One of the best tips if you are trying to conserve energy to enjoy as much as you can is to plan out a route for Epcot. For those struggling with a chronic illness the large scope of the world showcase can be daunting and planning a route can be incredibly helpful.

3. Stay with Your Group as Much as Possible
One of the things that I really enjoyed at Epcot was having the opportunity to hang out with my friends up till the moment that they got on a ride that I couldn't ride. I see this happen a lot at Disney and it deserves to be mentioned here also. Epcot is great about this too! They encourage you to spend time with your loved ones and you can easily exit (without having to go back through the whole line) when your party goes to get on a ride. I know that at some theme parks this isn't an option, but at Epcot it is, and is wonderful that you don't miss out on time with people.

4. Enjoy the Shows and Presentations
One of the unique parts of Epcot is the plethora of shows and presentations that are available to the visitor. For a lot of "spoonies" this can be a wonderful gift as it can give you a chance to sit down and rest a bit while you and your group are still enjoying the park!

If you are looking for additional tips for enjoying Disney with a Chronic Illness you can find my posts here:

Looking for tips on traveling with a chronic illness in general? Click on the helpful and practical tips below:

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Looking for information on the Disney Dream Cruise? Click on the posts below:

Happy Tuesday friends! I hope that you have a wonderful day! 

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