Many families who visit Walt Disney World tend to see Epcot as the “adult” park. It’s often not viewed as “fun” or “engaging” for kids. Guess what? Epcot is actually a great spot to visit with your little ones! Your friends at Disney Addicts suggest these six must-do experiences that your children are sure to love!
6. Character Dining Experiences
Epcot features two extra special character dining experiences that the littles (and the big ones) in your party will enjoy. The Garden Grill features Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast table-side buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Located inside The Land Pavilion in Future World, Garden Grill serves farm fresh food, some of which has been grown in the Living with the Land greenhouses. Children can expect visits from Chip and Dale and his friends like Farmer Mickey and Pluto! Plus, the restaurant slowly circulates so that guests can peak inside the Living with the Land attraction as they dine. However, if princesses are your Disney characters of choice, then you must dine at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall! This special character buffet can be found in Norway, one of the country’s featured in Epcot’s World Showcase. Akershus can be reserved for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you can expect to feast on delightful Norwegian delectables! Your little ones can also meet their favorite princesses like Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora, and even Ariel (although character appearances are scheduled to change). Best of all? Like Garden Grill, Akershus Royal Banquet only costs 1 dining credit per person on Disney’s Dining Plan! Visit your My Disney Experience account or call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations.
5. The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion
Stop by this kid-friendly pavilion located in Future World for under-the-sea-style fun! Kids of all ages will love The Seas with Nemo & Friends, the pavilion’s namesake attraction. Here you’ll board a “clamobile” for an underwater adventure with Nemo, Marlin, Dory, and their friends as you explore their “big blue world.” Many of the scenes in this attraction feature real fish from The Sea’s massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium, which you can visit after you disembark your clamobile. You’re kids are sure to spot the real-life counterparts of many of the fish featured in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. Lastly, be sure not to miss Turtle Talk with Crush, which now includes characters from Finding Dory! Crush is a live-action 15-minute show where your kids can ask Crush questions – and receive live answers from him! Not only is it entertaining for little ones, but older kids and parents alike will love listening to Crush’s adorable and funny conversations with his younger guests.
4. Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
Do you have an aspiring secret agent in the family? Then you need to check out Agent P’s Showcase Adventure! This experience is perfect for kids and tweens who love a good mystery or just enjoy watching Disney’s Phineas & Ferb television show! Your child will receive an official “FONE” (which stands for Field Operative Notification Equipment), or they can also use their own smartphone device, to participate in a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt around the World Showcase! They’ll follow clues that lead them through many World Showcase pavilions including China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Each pavilion offers a different secret agent adventure that can last up to 45 minutes. You can try them all or just try a few, but your child’s progression will only be saved until park closure. Sign-up your child for this fun quest by stopping by the Odyssey Bridge or visiting agentpwsa.com.
3. Kidcot Fun Stops
The younger child in your family might enjoy Epcot’s special Kidcot Fun Stops located across the World Showcase. Each of Epcot’s international pavilions offer Kidcot stops, which feature fun coloring activities for little ones. Stop by any of the Kidcot Fun Stops to acquire a complimentary cardboard Duffy the Disney Bear. Your child will be invited to decorate and personalize his or her bear at each Kidcot station, where Cast Members from each country will share interesting information about their homeland and award children with special Duffy passport stamps. Kids will love these fun stops, and parents can enjoy a little downtime as their children play and interact with Disney’s international Cast Members.
2. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
End your day at Epcot by viewing their nightly fireworks show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. This spectacular nighttime event takes place along Epcot’s World Showcase and features a 3-part story that tells the tale of Earth’s past, present, and future. We recommend snagging a viewing spot early. However, if your little ones don’t like the loud sounds that come with fireworks, consider exiting Epcot through the International Gateway and viewing the show from the BoardWalk area. Although you won’t be able to hear the accompanying music, you can still enjoy the fireworks in a less intense setting.
1. Frozen Ever After
Epcot’s newest attraction is an absolute must for kids of all ages – even mom and dad! Frozen Ever After opened in June 2016, and since then, families have flocked its home in the Norway Pavilion to experience it! Your family can board an ancient Norwegian vessel and explore Arendelle! You’ll be sure to sing along to beloved songs like “Let It Go” as you celebrate a special “Summer Snow Day” with your favorite characters like Queen Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and friends. Disney Addicts recommends scheduling Frozen Ever After as a FastPass+ option as it tends to be the most popular attraction at Epcot! But it gets even better! Beginning select nights on July 17th, Disney is offering a special Frozen Ever After Dessert Party! Tickets can be purchased for $79 for guests ages 10+ or $47 for guests ages 3-9 . This special ticket allows you access to a yummy dessert buffet with special beverages hosted at the World Showcase Plaza East, where you’ll also have prime seating for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. After viewing the nightly fireworks show, your family will be escorted to Norway where you’ll get to experience Frozen Ever After! Purchase your tickets now via your My Disney Experience account or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
We hope that next time you think of Epcot, you’ll remember that it’s not just for adults – kids love it, too!
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