An Urban legend is a bit of mis -information that is passed around widely enough, in a seemingly credible fashion, to the point that people just accept the information as fact. There are lots of urban legends about Disney. There is a great website, Snopes.com, that has a whole section devoted to Disney Urban Myths. But there is a huge myth that is so widely accepted that you will actually sometimes even find it in Walt Disney World related guidebooks – this official sounding legend states “that kids will be bored by Epcot (formerly called “EPCOT Center”) and parents of small children should skip this theme park altogether.” We at Build A Better Mouse Trip want to expose this crazy anti-Epcot conspiracy for once and for all!
There are very few thrill rides to exclude the younger members of the family. Instead, there are lots of interactive opportunities to engage the senses and hold the interest of almost every age group. You will also find your favorite characters (including character meals) and those little touches of Disney whimsy that delight young and old alike.
There are Kidcot stations throughout FutureWorld and the World Showcase. Your kids can decorate a cardstock Duffey the Bear (free) at which ever station they stop at first. Then they can add a decoration at each additional station.
Mission Space (height requirement: 44”/ 112 cm) is probably the only thing that may be too intense – and even that has a new “Less intense / no spin” option that is very well done. If you still have concerns, get a “Rider Switch” pass and have the more cautious parent ride first. If he/she thinks the ride will be fine for your little one, they can ride with the other parent. You can always add one extra rider with the “Rider Switch” fastpass but sometimes 2 or three additional riders are allowed. If your child is tall enough; Soarin ' and Test Track (height requirement: 40”/ 102 cm ) should be fine – Soarin ' (height requirement: 40”/ 102 cm) especially is a gentle ride and should not be missed . Captain EO 3-D may be too loud for very small children. Spaceship Earth, The Universe of Energy (Dinosaurs & 45 blessed minutes of air conditioning), and Journey into Imagination with Figment are all visually interesting for kids. Innovention East has a lot of things geared for little ones. The Seas with Nemo and Friends is great for kids – marine life & Turtle Talk with Crush are fantastic. The Land Pavilion has a character meal and there are Princess Storybook meals at Akershus Castle in the Norway Pavilion . You will find Character Meet & Greets all through Epcot and there is some great live entertainment too – the JAMMitors are a “Stomp” like percussion group.
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros!, the boat ride at the Mexico pavilion, is similar to It's A Small World . Maelstrom (must be three years old or older) ride in the Norway pavilion has a troll that might be a little scary, depending on the child. The kids may or may not enjoy the American Adventure or the Circle Vision movies in China & Canada . If I was going to choose one, I'd go with the China movie. There is a little hedge maze in the UK pavilion that is too short for adults to find challenging but I saw a bunch of kids gleefully running through. My kids loved wandering through the Morocco pavilion. There are Koi fish in the pond in Japan.
There is some fantastic live entertainment in the World Showcase that kids will enjoy:
The Serveur Amusant (France) is a comedic balancing act.
Japan has three great things for kids – Matsuriza is a traditional drum act ; Miyuki is a very neat candy artist who is a “must see” for my family.
The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats (China) are always a crowd pleaser.
Sergio ( Italy ) is a juggler.
Some kids will enjoy Off Kilter ( Canada ) – bagpipe rock and MoRockin ( Morocco ) – Middle Eastern pop sounding band.
All of the country pavilions except Canada, Norway & Italy have Disney Character Meet-and-Greet opportunities.
IllumiNations is the evening fireworks show and it is excellent.
Epcot takes a little advance planning so that you see the entertainment that you want to see - some starts earlier in the day, others a little later in the afternoon – France's entertainment usually ends earliest in the day (around 4:30PM) . You'll received a "Times Guide" when you get to the park but you can get an idea of the schedule in advance by clicking on the "Epcot" tab at http://www.wdwent.com/
Originally the park name was an acronym: Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow. But others have suggested that the real truth is that Every Person Comes Out Tired. This theme park is huge – it is about twice the size of Disney's Magic Kingdom . Consider renting a stroller for toddlers and children who generally no longer use one – even six or seven year olds will find this a lot of territory to cover and will appreciate the ride.
We love Epcot and would find great delight in helping your family enjoy this wonderful park. Please contact us today.