When I first started to write this post I didn’t intend it to be so lengthy but I wanted to make sure to let you know how to make Epcot fun for your child.
As a kid I remember Epcot being super boring. I wanted to give my children a different experience than what I had. This required me to plan ahead. My children love to dress up when they go to Disney. Epcot is no different. Therefore, I made sure that they all had costumes when we went to Epcot. Remember to bring an autograph book and a pen. Epcot does have character meet and greets
There are two distinct areas at EPCOT, Future World and World Showcase. Future World features rides and attractions that focus on energy, our environment, the ocean, our imagination, communication, transportation and space exploration. The World Showcase lets guests experience the cultures of 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. I think kids would love Epcot if you make it fun from the beginning. I suggest to do all the rides and exhibits in Future World.
Epcot Future World
If you go right when the park opens and if you have Memory Maker, have a Photopass photographer take your family pictures. Also ask them for magic shots. You will not get to see the pictures right away but it is a nice surprise when you get to view the pictures at a Photopass location or at home.
After your pictures, go straight ahead to the giant golf ball (that’s what my son refers it to). Spaceship Earth is a ride/attraction that goes back in time and traces the forms of communication throughout history. My kids enjoy this ride. They especially like to see their faces on the cartoon generated graphics (it’s part of the ride).
The Sea with Nemo and Friends ride is another ride that children enjoy, which usually doesn’t have long wait times. After you get off the Sea with Nemo and Friends there is an area with different kinds of fishes. My children love this area. Another thing that they like is to take pictures with the large statue of Bruce, the vegetarian shark from Finding Nemo. You can sit in the mouth of Bruce and pretend that he is eating you. Make sure to stop by Turtle Talk with Crush. It is like the Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom. They ask the kids to sit in the front so that Crush can interact with them. My kids are still perplexed as to how Crush can see and hear them.
*If you have a Disney Visa, this is the place to be to get your exclusive meet and greet with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and/or Goofy. Characters are subject to change. Sometimes you get the whole gang and sometimes you get a few. Remember to have your Disney Visa in hand to get in.
Some kids might enjoy Journey Into Imagination With Figment. You board a vehicle and you’re on your way through a journey of sight, sound and smell with Figment.
There are two play fountains. One is near Test Track, the other is by the center walkway that connects the two sections of Epcot. The kids delight in “testing the water” not knowing if it’s going to be a trickle or a deluge. It’s a great way for them to cool off, but be sure that they’re dressed appropriately or have a change of clothes as they can get saturated.
Try to use your FastPass+ early in the morning while you are at Epcot Future World. If you are a Frozen fan, definitely use a FastPass+ For Frozen Ever After or you can book an early breakfast reservation to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall restaurant. Once you are done with breakfast, hopefully when the World Showcase opens, you will not wait long in. Then you can save your FastPass+ for other attractions like Soarin’ or Test Track.
Most of my kids like Mission Space. It might be a bit intense for some children. One of my daughters gets motion sickness very easily so we try to skip this ride with her.
The Land Pavilion in Future World
Sunshine is a perfect counter service place to have a meal. Another fun place to eat is at Garden Grill. Last year was the first year that we had dinner there. I had no idea that as you dined the entire dining room floor revolved around. It is very slight that you cannot feel it. My kids absolutely love it. The food is served as family style. We had a wonderful waiter and delicious food. Of course Mickey and his pals were there. We absolutely loved it.
While you are at The Land Pavilion make sure you have a FastPass for SOARIN’ or expect a long wait time. The ride takes place inside a theater. Cast members will guide you row 1, 2, or 3. You will sit on seats that are connected together. In my opinion, the best row is row. In row 2 you cannot see the bottom of the screen or the top of the screen giving you a great experience that you are flying. When the ride begins, the front row winds up being the highest in the air and last row will be at the bottom of the screen. As the seats move you will not see the other rows in front of you. This ride makes you feel like you are flying to different destinations that are displayed on the screen. They also add wind and smells to immerse you in the experience.
Living with the Land is a relaxing boat ride that shows you the struggles farming in the past and plans for farming in the future with Hydroponics, Aeroponics and Aquaculture. You see the fruits and vegetable and fish that Disney is growing. What makes this so cool is that Living with the Land supplies Disney restaurants with fish, vegetable and fruits that they grow. My kids love this ride and they like to see how things grow.
Test Track is another cool ride offered at Epcot. Here guests customize their own concept vehicle at an interactive design kiosk while you wait in line. I make it a competition between my husband and I (since we have to split up because we have 4 kids). They love to design a car that can beat dad’s car! A little friendly competition makes this ride even better and more thrilling for the kids. After you are done designing the car, now you have to test it. It gives you stats on how your vehicle performs under certain conditions. At the end, it tells you what vehicle is the overall winner.
Epcot has an interactive splash fountain area in the walkway between Future World and the World Showcase. Make sure if you pass this area with your child that you do have an extra change of clothing. The water shoots up from the floor. Kids love to stomp on it and try to stop the water. I have seen kids in swim suits or just in diapers. This is an amusing activity for kids to cool off and have fun. In the Imagination Pavilion there are jumping fountains that jump from one place to another. You can get wet if you try to catch the jumping streams of water. I have seen some older kids enjoying these fountains and adults too.
If you have older kids who don’t want to get soaked, these great misters also found in Future World near Ellen’s Energy Adventure. Also in Future World, near Test Track, is the Cool Wash where you can indulge in refreshing misters. I like this one because it cools you off without soaking you.
Club Cool is another one of our must do. My kids absolutely love this and it is not a
ride! Club Cool is sponsored by Coca-Cola, located across from Mouse Gears, it offers unlimited free samples of Coca-Colas from around the world. We don’t buy soda in our house. It is their dream come true to drink sugar. This is a great stop to cool off. I prefer stopping at Starbucks which is near Club Cool.
Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is a free interactive quest based on the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb. As you travel around the World Showcase you will help Agent P solve challenges and puzzles to defeat Doofenshmirtz’s evil plot.
Stop by one of the recruitment centers in Epcot’s World Showcase to start playing Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. You can find recruitment stations near the Italy, United Kingdom and Norway Pavilions. You’ll be issued a F.O.N.E. (Field Operative Notification Equipment) by a Cast Member and then pick a mission from one of the participating countries and then you can get started on your mission. The mission will only work for the country that you are assigned to. The missions usually last about 30-45 minutes. Once you are done, you can head back to another recruitment station and pick up another country to play.
Before exiting out of Future World, I purchase a World Showcase Passport book, which has a page for each country in the World Showcase and stickers to decorate the book. It also includes a Mickey button. If you have trouble finding the World Showcase Passport kit ask a cast member for assistant. Sometimes it hides in plain sight. The World Showcase kit is about $10. Now you can make your own at home or purchase one at Epcot or not do this at all.
As you travel the World Showcase and visit each country, find the Kidscot location. If you
have trouble finding the Kidscot location for each country ask a cast member and they will point you to the right location. Each Kidscot location is staffed by natives of the represented that country. The Kidscot tables are stocked with markers and stick-puppets of Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb (use to also have Duffy the Disney Bear). Kids are encouraged to sit at the tables to color in their puppet. I have also seen grownups coloring their puppets too.
At the Kidscot location, the cast members teach you how to say simple phrases in that country’s language like hello, goodbye, ect. If you hand them your passport book, they will stamp it and write a message with your name on it in their native language. If you don’t have a passport book, they will also stamp the back of the puppet. My kids always loved filling out their passport until they have all 11 stamps. They also have the cast member stamp their puppets too.
As you travel around the world, don’t forget to stop for the meet and greets. If you are dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, you will meet Ariel (as a human), Aurora, Belle, Snow White or Jasmine. You can meet Donald Duck with a sombrero in Mexico. Meet Mulan at China, Belle at France, Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland in United Kingdom, Aladdin and Jasmin at Morroco. One of my favorite meet and greets was Pooh and Tigger Christopher Robin’s room in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately that meet is greet is no longer offered.
The day is not complete without fireworks. The IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks is a beautiful firework show. Some of the best views of the fireworks are around the lagoon. On one of our trips to Epcot, we were dining Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The fireworks start while we were eating. The waitress told us that we can go outside to view the fireworks and then come back to finish eating. That was pretty awesome.
What are your thoughts?
There is so many fun things for kids to do at Epcot. I know that my four children enjoy Epcot and they look forward to visiting the park. Has this post helped give your ideas on what to do with your child? What other fun activities does your child enjoy at Epcot?Please share in the comments!