Epcot is the most over-looked park when traveling with kids. It has the reputation of being an adult-centered park with not enough rides to entertain your kiddos. I will admit I was a little hesitant to take my 6 year old and 8 year old daughters there. In the end, it was my 8 year old’s favorite day! Here are some tips for Epcot and reasons why you should definitely include it in your vacation plan.
World Showcase Passport
You can purchase a passport book for the kids to use while touring the World Showcase (they are sold pretty much anywhere within Epcot). At each country, there is a Kidcot Fun Stop where the kids can get the passport stamped and signed in the language of that country. Each stop also includes crafts/coloring if your kiddos are into that. GET THE PASSPORT! It is so worth it! My girls absolutely loved this and still cherish their passport book. They were enthralled with finding each Kidcot Station – it made the day.
All of our favorite rides were at Epcot. Even though there is only a handful to go on, they are top-notch, amazing “experience” type rides. Soarin and Test Track were favorites of everyone – young and old.
Character Dining Options
Epcot offers two very popular character dining experiences. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway offers breakfast, lunch or dinner with a variety of princesses and is an alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. The Garden Grill, located in the Land, offers dinner with Chip n Dale, Mickey, and Pluto. We have dined at the Garden Grill and all the offerings were mouth-watering. Everything is served family-style with unlimited helpings!
It seemed every country we entered in the World Showcase had a meet-and-greet with a different princess or character affiliated with that country. For example, you can meet Belle in France, Jasmine and Aladdin in Morocco, or Mulan in China. Be sure to check out times and places for this so you don’t miss it as they are usually only offered in small time increments throughout the day.
They are everywhere and extremely elaborate! I was very camera-happy that day! Some of our favorites were Anna and Elsa, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Spacious, Beautiful Surroundings
Ok, so your kids might not care about this as much but I found this to be a much more relaxing day than other parks. It just doesn’t get as congested as the other parks and you can walk around without constantly dodging people. Also, the detail of each country is stunning and the flowers, topiaries, and lake make for a gorgeous setting.
Epcot’s firework/light show set to music is not-to-be missed!
I would highly recommend including Epcot in your plans. If you are still hesitant to take the kids, consider having an “adult” day or night there (assuming you have grandparents or someone to watch the kids). It would be a great date to tour the World sampling food and drinks and ending with the fireworks. FUN!