At first thought, Disney World’s Epcot might not seem like the most kid-friendly park. The name alone, The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, makes it seem like it is not going to interest children especially younger kids. When you take a close look it actually has a lot for the kiddos to do here, and more gentle rides. This includes many learning opportunities as well. There are many rides and attractions that would be appropriate for children to participate in.
Quantity wise it actually has the second most rides for kids after Magic Kingdom. The all-ages/heights rides are as follows. Note that many of these rides have dark parts and loud sounds. Spaceship Earth, the symbol of Epcot is a slow-paced journey through time and development of civilization. Go with the flow on The Seas with Nemo & Friends. This ride takes you on a journey in the big blue world, as you climb aboard to explore the ocean and all it’s sea creatures, including some live aquarium marine life. Worth mentioning is Turtle Talk with Crush, not a ride but an interactive show that is righteous. Living with the Land, in the Land Pavillion is also a family-friendly educational ride that teaches you about horticulture.
One of my life long favorites is Journey into the Imagination with Figment. I’m still partial to the original ride but I’m happy there is still a Figment ride I can bring my son on, as it holds a bit of nostalgia for me and my family. The Grand Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros is a Mexican adventure down the Rio Grande where you will see Mayan ruins, and Donald and his friend serenading you on your boat ride. It is the equivalent to a Mexican version of Its a Small World.
Then there are a few rides that are still good for kids but have a little more thrill in them. Frozen Ever After which is good for all heights but has a little bit of a faster pace in some parts and a sudden drop. I have taken my son on it when he was one and he did fine but you know your kids and if they don’t like drops you may want to skip this. Soarin’ while gentle in nature does have a 40-inch height requirement as it lifts off the ground so if you or your kids are scared of heights this one would not be for you as it simulates gliding through the air.
Test track also is more thrilling but depending on the child might be okay as well. It also has a 40-inch height requirement. You are a test dummy doing road condition tests including going on an open track 65 miles per hour. So this could be a bit too frightening for younger children. Another one that I would say is too scary for kids would be Mission Space. It is intense even for me. The ride has doggie bags and an emergency stop button in it. While thrill-seeking individuals probably love this one, it’s not for the younger kids.
Don’t forget about the various shows you can also see with your whole family at Epcot. The Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival is worth checking out. The Kidscot Fun Stops are sprinkled through the World Showcase for fun crafts for the kids to do as well. Disney is currently working on building a new family ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. There are some big changes coming to Epcot which will add even more family-friendly attractions. Check back with Disney Addicts for more fun ideas to do at the Parks with the kids.
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