Epcot gets a reputation for being a park that isn’t for little kids but that is not the case at all. There is plenty to do in World Showcase and in Future World for your preschoolers and young kids.
Future World is a kid’s playground. There are plenty of attractions and activities for kids of all ages. First and foremost is Spaceship Earth, yes there is a ride in there and you can’t miss it. A slow moving trip through Earth’s history. Sure your child may not get a lot out of the history it but it is a nice dark cool place to take it easy. And it is a lot of fun to see yourself as a cartoon at the end. If you head over to Mission Space there is a great indoor play area for kids and you can go in through the shop to get to it.
The Land Pavilion is spectacularly awesome as it houses Soarin’. It has a height restriction of 40 inches or taller and if your child is taller than that you should definitely get in line for this ride. There is also the boat ride though the greenhouses: Living with the Land in which you can see fish, interesting fruits and vegetables, and maybe a few hidden Mickey’s.
Once you’ve finished with The Land head on over to The Seas Pavilion, which houses Turtle Talk with Crush, The Seas with Nemo & Friends and a large aquarium. Kids will love to ride Nemo, talk with Crush, and then have even more run around seeing sharks, fish, turtles, manatees, and eels.
Also in Future World you can check out Innoventions. This is a great interactive place for kids to play and learn at the same time. There is The Great Piggy Bank Adventure where kids can learn about saving money. Then check out Where’s the Fire to learn about fire safety. There are also a few fountains that kids can play by including the jumping fountain which is fun for kids and adults.
Also try out Club Cool for a taste of soda pop from around the world. Then head over to meet some characters at the Character Spot to meet members of the Fab Five.
In World Showcase there are two rides that will appeal to kids and adults alike. The Gran Fiesta Tour (located in the Mexico pavilion) and Maelstrom (located in the Norway Pavilion) are boat rides featuring stories of their host countries. Don’t forget to take some time to poke around the pavilions for interesting architecture, art, and shopping.
There is also Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure based on the show Phineas and Ferb. This interactive quest will take you to places in the World Showcase to thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans.
And last but not least there are the Kidcot stations. In each pavilion there are stops for kids to decorate and color a stick puppet of Duffy or Agent P. They are also get a stamp from each country and/or have the cast members write your child’s name or a phrase in their native language.
And don’t forget while you are walking around the world to check out the character meet and greets like Belle, Alice, Mulan, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Jasmine and Aladdin, Snow White and Duffy the Disney bear. Also many have live performances that are sure to delight kids and adults.
If you were on the fence about taking your young child to Epcot you can now see that there is plenty for kids of all ages to do when you visit this park. You will not be disappointed!