I’m in quite of few Facebook Groups for those that LOVE all things Disney. I love giving advice and chatting with other Disney lovers. However, I have noticed a trend that drives me insanely crazy. Every time anyone asks about visiting Epcot with kids the answers are “no, it’s boring”; “skip Epcot, the kids won’t have fun there”, “Epcot isn’t for kids”.
Rinse and repeat 5000 more times.
These comments make me want to shake the commentator and tell them to STOP and wake up.
Because it’s not true.
Epcot is PERFECT for kids. And I mean that 200%.
My kids have loved Epcot since they were itty bitty, it’s the first part they want to go to every time we visit Walt Disney World. I’m going to share with you why I think Epcot with kids is a MUST do and why no one should skip this AMAZING theme park.
Epcot is Educational
Not in that boring, OMG we have to sit and listen to someone lecture way. Nope, it’s actually built to educate the way kids actually learn. Through interactive fun, hands on learning and play.
Kids can learn about marine life in The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Here you will find manatees, dolphins (yes Disney has dolphins) and other marine life. Over at in The Land Pavilion, Living with the Land teaches kids about sustainable farming and where their food comes from. A history lesson on communication can be found on Spaceship Earth. I could go on and on but just about every attraction in Epcot has some hands on interactive learning happening! And with the new Play Pavilion opening in the next few years, learning at Epcot will be more fun.
Explore Twelve Different Cultures at Epcot’s World Showcase
Most children aren’t going to be lucky enough to take a trip around the world. However in Epcot’s World Showcase they can take a mini one. The World Showcase is filled with mini versions of eleven different countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Morocco, Japan, France, United Kingdom and Canada plus the African Outpost.
In each country you’ll find activities, performances, and food that teach you about country. Learn about the Day of the Dead in Mexico, see the trolls in Norway, watch the acrobats in China, watch the candy maker in Japan, see a performance in the United Kingdom….
Also the cast members that work in the country pavilions are native to that country and in my experience they love talking about life back home.
Don’t forget to stop by the Kidcot Fun Stops in each country to color a picture and learn more about that country.
Tons Of Attractions At Epcot For Kids
Outside of Magic Kingdom Park Park, Epcot has the most kid friendly rides and attractions.
YES more than Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Attractions great for small children at Epcot:
- Spaceship Earth
- Living with the Land
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends from Finding Nemo
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- Imageworks – The What If Labs
- Pixar Short Film Festival
- The Advanced Training Lab by Mission Space
- The American Adventure
- Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
- Frozen Ever After
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros aka the Mexican Boat Ride
- Illuminations Reflections of Earth
Also coming soon a new Ratatouille Ride and a Beauty and the Beast Sing Along in France.
Not only are there a ton of great attractions for smaller kids, big kids will love the thrill rides at Epcot: Soarin’ Around the World, Mission Space. Test Track, and coming soon a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster. These rides do have a height requirement so be sure to check before you ride.
There is so much to do at Epcot you really need two days to explore it all.
ALL The Disney Princesses
Epcot is where you can find a lot of the Disney Princess.
If you have a Princess lover, you need to run to Epcot.
Not only can you dine with them at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall but you can meet them too.
Disney Princesses at Epcot:
- Elsa and Anna in Norway
- Mulan in China
- Snow White in Germany
- Jasmine in Morocco
- Aurora and Belle in France
The only other Walt Disney Park with this many princesses is Magic Kingdom.
Meet More Characters at Epcot
Not only can you meet almost all the Disney Princesses, you can also meet other Disney characters, some of whom you can’t meet anywhere else.
Characters at Epcot:
- Mickey, Minnie and Goofy can be found in the Character Connection
- Pluto can be found at Legacy Plaza West
- Donald can be found in Mexico
- Daisy can be found near World Showcase Plaza
- Joy and Sadness from Inside Out and Biomax can be found across from Character Connection
- Ralph and Vanellope are at Image Works
Epcot has Play Spaces and Splash Pads
Little ones need to run and play and Epcot is the place for them to do just that.
During Festivals like the Flower and Garden Festivals you can find play spaces geared for children. There is a great one behind Mouse Gear. There is also a small maze in the Garden of the UK Pavilion.
In addition there are some indoor play areas too. Kids can play at the Mission Space Training Lab Advanced, Project Tomorrow at the exit of Spaceship Earth, Test Track Design Studio, Seabase and Image Works.
Bring a towel and change of clothes because on hot days kids are going to want to play in the splash pads. They can be found by Test Track and on the bridget between Future World and the World Showcase.
PLUS don’t miss the jumping fountains by Image Works.
FOOD At Epcot
One of the best things about Epcot is the food. Even if you don’t have adventurous eaters there are a ton of food options for them. For those with adventurous eaters, try and do an eat around the world challenge where you try one food from each country. My kids, who happen to be picky eaters, love this! Epcot is where I can get them to try new things. We now have a list of food we must get each trip like the sushi in Japan and the Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches in France.
Princess lovers will love dining with the princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.
Two other restaurants kids will LOVE are:
Garden Grill where they can meet Mickey, Pluto and Chip and Dale. The restaurant slowly rotates which adds more fun to the meal.
Coral Reef, I mean who wouldn’t love eating next to a giant aquarium.
There is so much food at Epcot, so so much food. I personally think some of the best food at Walt Disney World is at Epcot. I have travel clients who agree and will book every meal at a different restaurant at Epcot.
Did I change your mind about Epcot? Did I prove to you that it’s the PERFECT place for kids to play, learn and enjoy. There is so much here and I just know if you give Epcot a chance you will LOVE it and it will become a favorite park for your family.
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