At the Walt Disney World Resort, Epcot is known as the park where you can eat and drink around the world! I often hear that people plan to skip this park with their kids. However, there is actually quite a bit for kids to experience here. This complete guide will help you plan when you are visiting Epcot with kids.
Arriving at the Park
There are two entrances to Epcot. If you come to the main entrance, you are in Future World. If you are staying in an Epcot area resort or along the Disney Skyliner, you arrive at the International Gateway. The International Gateway is between the United Kingdom and France Pavilions in the World Showcase.
Currently, Epcot opens later than the other parks. I do still recommend arriving prior to the scheduled park opening to be sure that you get to those popular attractions first.
Should I take my kids to Epcot?
The short answer to this? Yes, you should definitely take your kids to Epcot. My opinion is, there is quite a bit for little ones to do and this park should always be included in your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. Right now, there is a lot of re-imagining happening at Epcot. However, I encourage you to trust the process. There are amazing things coming!
In the meantime, there are attractions unique to this park that shouldn’t be missed because little ones will love them! From Nemo and Dory to the royalty of Arendelle, there is so much fun to be had in Epcot! The newest adventure opened in the France pavilion. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure takes guests into the world of Remy and his family as they venture through the kitchen at Gusteau’s Restaurant and escape the evil Chef! This attraction is kid-friendly and little ones will love seeing Remy throughout the ride! Check out our EPCOT with kids touring plan to help you plan your day at the park!
There is also a new fireworks show, Harmonious, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever produced by Disney. This all-new show is simply amazing and celebrates cultures around the world and the World Showcase. It’s a great way for any family to end their day at EPCOT!
Most of the attractions at Epcot are great for young children. There are only three that have a height requirement – Soarin’ Around the World (40″), Mission: SPACE (starting at 40″), and Test Track (40″). Rider Swap is available for each of these attractions too. Everything else at this park can be experienced by all ages, even the youngest visitors, making the park incredibly family-friendly.
Located in the Norway Pavillion, “Frozen Ever After” is a must-do for anyone in the family who loves Frozen and the Arendelle royalty. Furthermore, your little ones may find Queen Anna or Elsa in the Norway Pavillion. Currently, they are offering a socially distanced meet and greet with the opportunity to interact and take photos intermittently throughout the day. it is worth noting that this is the only spot throughout the Walt Disney World Resort where you can interact with these characters.
As mentioned above, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is now open too. With familiar characters and no height requirements, it’s the perfect addition to EPCOT!
Another spot that is great for kids is the Seas Pavilion. The Seas Pavilion is located in Future World. It is home to the popular attraction “The Seas with Nemo & Friends”. If seeing your little ones light up and maybe even dance along to music on the ride isn’t enough, wait until you are done riding! The Seas Pavilion is home to manatees, sea turtles, and more. Kids are able to explore the different aquariums and if you time it right, you may even see dolphins interacting with their trainers and putting on a little show!
Although character interactions still look a little different right now, there are more and more opportunities popping up at Epcot. Whether it’s seeing your favorite Disney princess in the World Showcase, spotting Winnie the Pooh chasing some butterflies, or Mickey waiting for you inside the Disney Pixar Short Film Festival, you are bound to see some of your favorite friends!
When it comes to dining, I have two words for you: World Showcase. In Epcot’s World Showcase, there are quick service options, sit-down down meals, and various food booths. There are so many choices that you are bound to find something to please everyone’s palate. With great festivals happening throughout the year, there is always something to see and EAT in Epcot!
In addition, there is a great character meal found in the Land Pavilion, at the Garden Grill. Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale are here, along with some pretty amazing food!
Baby Care Center
There is a Baby Care Center in each park at the Walt Disney World Resort. In Epcot, you can find it in Future World between Test Track and the entrance to the World Showcase, closer to the Mexico Pavillion. These Baby Care Centers offer a quiet space for families with babies and young children. There are several changing tables, space for nursing mothers, and an area for little ones to sit and decompress. In addition, a cast member is available and you can purchase a variety of baby items if needed.
Even though there are many changes in the works, Epcot is still worth a visit. There’s no doubt that memories will be made with your little ones! This park is so unique and offers experiences that cannot be found anywhere else!
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