When you think of Epcot, you probably think of very adult things: drinking around the World, fancy dinners, educational exhibits and rides. It most likely doesn’t even occur to most people to go to Epcot with kids. You probably think, “I’ll take my kids to the Magic Kingdom instead.” But you’d be very, very wrong! Epcot is a great place for kids to explore nature, other cultures and fun. True, my kids didn’t enjoy it as much when they were preschoolers at Disney as they do now that they are nine and ten, but there is so much about Epcot they love. Here are four wonderful things your kids will fall in love with at Epcot:
Four reasons why Epcot with Kids is Fun for the Whole Family
1. The Seas
The main attraction here is Sea Base, a 5.7 million gallon salt-water aquarium that’s home to 6,000 inhabitants representing more than 60 species. If that doesn’t mesmerize your young one, I don’t know what will! The pavilion’s ride, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, allows guests to climb into a giant clam and travel through the seas, tagging along for the adventure we all know and love from the movies. Turtle Talk with Crush is an interactive show, where the surfer dude turtle from Finding Nemo engages with the guests in real time. As if that weren’t enough enchantment, the pavilion is also home to an indoor mini-playground featuring Bruce, the shark. Younger kids, especially, love this area.
The popularity of Frozen has inspired countless little girls. We’ve made Frozen inspired popsicles, played with Frozen inspired play dough, and one year my daughter was among the throng of Elsas wandering the neighborhood on Halloween. We used to bring my youngest to Epcot every year for her birthday to dine with the princesses. However, as she got older her interest waned–until Arendelle was built at Epcot. On our last trip to Disney, Pea could barely contain her excitement over the Frozen Ever After Ride. She absolutely beamed throughout the entire (short) ride. I loved how much detail was put into the new Arendelle area.
3. The Land
This is one attraction that I didn’t expect my kids to enjoy. They are too young for Soarin’ but we always go to the Living with the Land boat ride when we come to Epcot. My kids are fascinated by the plants and vegetables that are grown here. The behind the seeds walking tour is one of their favorite tours. When we eat at Epcot they love that they saw where the vegetables were grown. Don’t assume that attractions at Epcot will be boring for your kids because you are still at Disney World, after all.
I know what you’re thinking: this is the apex of educational Epcot, right? But, truly, the interactive games available in these two pavilions were, in a lot of ways, designed with kids in mind! Take, for example, the Great Piggy Bank Adventure. There’s a lesson to be learned here about responsible saving and working toward a goal, but there is also a lot of fun to be had. For starters, the game requires you to carry around a totally adorable piggy bank. Then, as you move through the game, there are lots of moving pieces and parts that are fun for the young and old alike. Also check out Smarter Planet for a techy-gamer adventure.
What do you think? Will your kids find enough to do in Epcot? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!
Guest post from Herchel Scruggs who is a full-time mom and writer living in Northeast Florida. She shares her tips for active families on Gym Craft Laundry and is just counting the days until her next Disney Cruise. In between trips to Disney, she’s organizing a blogging conference and working to help other moms hit their blogging goals.