I hear a lot that EPCOT is not for kids, or that parents simply do not want to take their young ones to EPCOT because “there is simply nothing to do with them”! Well this is untrue. One thing I have learned about Disney is that there are a Ton of things for kids of ALL ages. All 3 of my kids (ages 2,3 and 5) were very young when at Disney their first times. They LOVED all aspects of it. Plus Daddy and I did not have to give up what we wanted to ride either. At EPCOT there are a ton of things for those little tykes to do!
Usually when we go, we hit Spaceship Earth first thing. Line is never long (actually we always walk on when we go right away). This is a DARK RIDE (meaning that it is mostly in the DARK.) ****TIP: Take a small pen light for your little ones if they are afraid of the dark. They can then play with this and use it in the ride*******
Next we head to The Land! Daddy and I will get fastpasses for Soarin and take the kids on the Living with the Land Ride! My kids love this. They have always been involved in our garden at home, so they like this a lot. We will watch the Circle of Life movie and hopefully our fast passes are ready by this point. Now I will ride Soarin first and Daddy will get a snack with the kids at Sunshine Seasons. I come off the ride and Daddy gets on. Now there is something called Rider Swap where you tell a cast member that you would like to use rider swap as a person in your party is taking care of the little ones. A cast member will then give you a pass for the other person to get on the ride after you get off. We find it just as easy to use the Fast Pass system and just arrive at the beginning of our return time.
Back to the kids. My kids love The Seas with Nemo and Friends. We ride the ride, see Turtle Talk with Crush and explore in the aquarium. We could spend hours here. It is amazing.
The Imagination pavilion is next on our list. We ride Journey into Imagination and let the kiddos run WILD in the area after the ride. They love all of the stuff that they can explore. We skip the 4D movie (just too scary for the little ones). If the fountains are jumping we watch those.
We do skip half of Future World because it is too scary or the kids can not ride. We save that for Mommy and Daddy’s night out. So Mission: Space, the Test Track and Ellen’s Universe of Energy are not rides that we partake in. Not saying that you can’t because you could, but I still have too little ones and we just don’t.
My kids love the World Showcase. The kids love the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros! So we ride that in Mexico. We walk around the other countries and shop and look at different customs and cultures. We try to catch a couple of shows too. If the kids have a question about something we will have them ask a cast member. They find this fun. If you think that your kids will not enjoy the different cultures of the world, then try getting them a passport! No not the kind from the state department. You can get a World Showcase Passport at any World Showcase Shop. The kids can then collect Stamps and signatures from the different countries. There are also little craft stations, called Kidcot Fun Stops, that the kiddos can create a craft at in each country.
I do not think that EPCOT is a park that you should “SKIP” because you have little kids. I think that it is fun for them and if you find that they are getting a little bored, head back to the hotel and hit the POOL!!!
Illuminations:Reflections of Earth is also the kids favorite Fireworks show! Plus it is at 9 PM so it is not that late after bed time. :D