EPCOT with Kids: Seven Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip This Disney Park

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Is EPCOT fun for kids?

This is a question I see and hear all the time. A lot of people would say NO, it’s Disney’s adult theme park. They think Epcot isn’t for kids and are inclined to skip the park altogether. This train of thought drives me crazy. Why?

Because it’s not true.

Epcot is PERFECT for kids. And I mean that 200%. My kids have loved Epcot since they were small children. It’s the first Disney Park they want to go to every time we visit Walt Disney World.

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Epcot is our FAVORITE Disney Park!

It’s completely age-appropriate for young children and is fun not only for kids but for your inner child as well. In fact, Epcot has enough activities for kids that it will keep them entertained for a full day, if not longer.

Here are 7 reasons you shouldn’t skip Epcot with kids!

Welcome to Epcot
Welcome to Epcot!

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.

Epcot’s focus on world culture and technology serves as a fabulous backdrop for engaging education fun for kids of all ages from babies to toddlers to preschoolers to school-age children to teen, tweens, and even adults.

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Spaceship Earth welcomes you to Epcot or as my kids call it the giant golf ball.

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.

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Taking a break to watch the water and jumping fountains in Future World at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World Resort

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, the United States, Morocco, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, and Canada, plus the African Outpost.

You’ll find activities, performances, and food in each country that teach you about the 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, Epcot has the most kid-friendly rides and attractions.

YES more than Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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ImageWorks: The What-If Labs, an interactive exhibit located at the Imagination! pavilion at Epcot aka “where Figment lives”

Best Attractions for Preschoolers and Toddlers 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
  • Epcot Forever
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along in France

Also coming soon a new Ratatouille Ride in France.

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Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros aka the Mexican Boat Ride

Best Attractions for 6-10 yr olds, Tweens and Teens at Epcot

Big kids will still love the rides and attractions that are perfect for small children. But they will also love these thrill rides that can only be found at Epcot Center.

  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Mission Space
  • Test Track
  • 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.

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The Land Pavilion – home of Soarin Around the World and Living with the Land

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.

Seriously.

Not only can you dine with them at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway, but you can meet them in their home countries around the World Showcase Lagoon.

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Meet all the Disney Princesses like Mulan in China and Anna in Norway

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, but you can also meet other Disney characters, some of whom you can’t meet anywhere else.

Characters at Epcot:

  • Mickey Mouse inside the Disney Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Minnie Mouse at the World Showcase Plaza
  • Goofy and Pluto at the Epcot Main Entrance
  • Donald Duck in Mexico
  • Daisy Duck near Future World East
  • Joy in the Imagination Pavilion across from Ralph and Vanellope
  • Ralph and Vanellope in the Imagination Pavilion in ImageWorks
  • Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, and Winnie the Pooh in the United Kingdom

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.

Also, 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, because the kids will want to play in the splash pads. They can be found by Test Track and on the bridge between Future World and the World Showcase.

PLUS don’t miss the jumping fountains by Image Works.

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One of the many splash areas for kids to cool off at Epcot

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.

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Our two favorite gluten-free foods at Epcot! Strawberry Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich in France and California Rolls in Japan.

Princess lovers will love dining with the princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

Three other Epcot 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 six-million-gallon aquarium.

Biergarten in Germany. Celebrate Oktoberfest all year long with German cuisine and entertainment. Kids will love dancing the chicken dance during lunch or dinner.

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Children of all ages will love meeting their favorite Characters like Pluto and Mickey Mouse at the Garden Grill and the entertainment at Biergarten in Germany.
Pictures by Katy at Northshore Parent

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.

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Don’t forget to take a ride on the Monorail!

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 know if you give Epcot a chance, you will LOVE it, and it will become a favorite park for your family.

Ready to have some fun at Epcot with your kids? Contact me for your free vacation quote – you can email me at cara@magicaldestinationstravel.com or fill out this form.

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