Epcot has by far become one of my favourite theme parks at Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we try to convince Hubby’s Mum, she isn’t interested in visiting Epcot because she thinks it’s boring. Epcot is so far from being boring, but we do understand the educational stigma that many people associate with Epcot.
After half a dozen visits to Epcot, we haven’t seen it all, and I can’t wait to visit again next year during Flower and Garden Festival time in the Spring. If you’re thinking of taking a trip, then you’ll be pleased to discover these things to do at Epcot with kids.
Sea Base Aquarium
You can experience life under the sea in the Sea Base aquarium in Epcot. Located in Future World, the aquarium is home to over 4,000 sea creatures. You can spot over 60 different species including rays, sharks, fish, sea turtles and plenty more.
If you time your visit right, you may even see some of the fish being fed and be able to listen to some of the trainer talks.
When you set off on your World Showcase adventures at Epcot, we are often hearing moans about the walk ahead from young people. Kidcot is a great way to keep the kids entertained on your journey around the World Showcase.
In each pavilion you will find a Kidcot station. You can take the opportunity to do some colouring, drawing and get your country stamp on your Kidcot bear. The cast members are full of fun information about their pavilion.
Epcot is full of characters to meet and greet. I didn’t quite realise how many there were on our first visit back in 2014. You will find Mickey, Minnie and Goofy in traditional costume inside the Character Spot near the Land pavilion.
We always make a stop here and often use a Fastpass to go through and meet the characters. We have always had great interaction, and its a good way to see the traditional costumes.
There are also plenty of characters to be found in the pavilions in the World Showcase. For example Mary Poppins can be spotted in the UK pavilion along with Alice. Snow White can be spotted in Germany, Belle in France, Anna and Elsa in Norway and Donald Duck in his Mexican outfit in Mexico.
Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
Another fun way to keep the kids entertained as you journey around the World Showcase is to set them off on Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, cracking clues as they go.
Agent P is the alter ego of Phineas and Ferb’s Perry the Platypus. Perry has missions for you to complete to defeat Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
This is a smartphone adventure as you receive clues via text on your way around the World Showcase to complete. It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained.
Epcot Character Meals
Epcot is home to some amazing character meals such as the Garden Grill, a slow rotating restaurant home to Chip, Dale, Farmer Mickey and Pluto. We have eaten here before and it’s on our list to go back and visit again one day, we enjoyed it that much.
You can also enjoy a princess character meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway. Meet Belle and a variety of princesses at this themed restaurant. Akershus is often a great alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table for a cheaper price.
There are a good variety of rides at Epcot for kids. Some of our favourites include Spaceship Earth, The Seas With Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush and Test Track. We can’t go to Epcot without a ride on Frozen Ever After in Norway and a trip across the world on Soarin’
We will always pop into Club Cool when in Epcot to sample the different sodas from around the world. A great free way to have a nice drink and try the famous Beverly that splits the population in terms of whether they like it or not. Personally I really enjoy it and always get a few cups of it when we’re visiting.
One sure fire way to keep the kids entertained in Epcot is to set them off hunting for hidden Mickeys. There are a lot to spot in Epcot, and we always have fun trying to find new ones. A few places we have spotted them are in the Sea Base aquarium, there is a knotted rope hidden Mickey at the bottom of the tank.
You can spot one in the mini railway in the Germany Pavilion made out of grass. There is often one made of rose petals in the Japan Pavilion outside Katsura Grill.
Imageworks is an interactive play area just at the end of Journey into Imagination with Figment. It’s a great place to take a few minutes and let the kids burn off some energy. You can create slow motion images, create music with your arms and so much more in this fun play area.
Epcot Splash Zone
In the Florida heat, a small amount of water is always welcomed by kids. You can find splash zones in Epcot as you venture towards the World Showcase near the Innoventions Pavilion. You may need a towel if the kids stay in the shooting fountains for too long, but they will dry off quickly on a hot day.
Epcot is also home to the leapfrog fountains, these are fun to watch and to try to catch the small jets of water as they shoot from fountain to fountain. We always get sidetracked when walking past and spend a little while watching the water.