Ten Epcot Attractions for Younger Kids at Walt Disney World

Ten Epcot Attractions for Younger Kids at Walt Disney World

Epcot is often viewed as a park for older kids and adults. However, there are many Epcot attractions for younger children!

Young kids in Epcot

In fact, if you don’t pay a visit to Epcot while the kids are younger, you’ll miss out on some spectacular attractions that may no longer appeal to your brood once they are older.

With that said, I don’t want you to rush into Epcot without a plan. Utilize FastPass+, escape the park during the busiest (and often hottest) afternoon hours, and/or take breaks when needed. Epcot requires a lot of walking. A lot.

Epcot Friendship Boat Transportation
Tired feet will appreciate taking a Friendship Boat across World Showcase Lagoon.

Even with a teen, we tend to tour Epcot on two separate days. We might tackle Future World one morning, and then World Showcase on another evening. Of course, park hoppers help to break up a tiring Epcot day. There are many options for breaking up Epcot days, including touring until the International Gateway in World Showcase and then taking a boat to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Epcot Transportation Friendship Boat
Hop on a Friendship Boat.

If you are a one park per day family, then plan for rest stops. If you aren’t returning to your hotel for a mid-day break, then be sure to sit for small respites — Epcot has some wonderful hidden areas (the park in United Kingdom is a favorite!) where you can relax.

Hyde Park in Epcot's United Kingdom
Hyde Park is a lovely place to relax with the family.

Future World Attractions

Touring these Future World attractions first thing in the morning or later in the day (early evening is optimal!) is a good strategy for less crowded conditions. However, since these attractions are not headliners, you may be able to visit throughout the day with little to no wait, depending on the time of year that you visit. Of course, school holidays always yield longer lines.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion

This pavilion showcases a slow-moving ride in a “clamobile”. Join Pixar friends Marlin and Dory as you search for Nemo through vibrant ocean scenes. After, explore the 5.7 million gallon salt-water tank filled with sharks, dolphins, turtles, and more species. Don’t miss my favorite area — the manatee rehabilitation room. Love those “sea cows”!

Plan to see the first show of Turtle talk with Crush. It’s not-to-be-missed for younger kids and their parents. Children will be invited to sit on the floor in the front of the theater, so that they can peer into the undersea window and vie for a better position in which to chat with Crush. Innocent questions posed by the offspring can result in memorable laughs. This show is totally cool for your dudes and dudettes!

Club Cool

Coca-Cola fans (and visitors looking for a free thirst-quencher ;)) can sample products from around the globe. Kids of all ages have fun sipping these tasty and some not-so-tasty (yep, I’m referring to Italy’s Beverly) beverages. What’s your favorite?!

Child sipping beverage at Epcot's Club Cool
Take a sip!

Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

Phineas and Ferb’s pet, Perry the Platypus takes on an alter ego, Agent P, in this hands-on World Showcase adventure. Kids of all ages delight in becoming secret agents to help foil arch-nemesis, Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Clues are sent to a borrowed FONE (Field Operative Notification Equipment) or a family-owned smartphone that direct newly commissioned agents to one of seven World Showcase pavilions. Each location highlights a new 30-45 minute adventure. Try one, several, or all of them!

Sign for Agent P's World Showcase Adventure
Help Agent P save the world!

Treats, Toys, and/or Snacks in World Showcase

Look for unique treats, toys, and/or snacks in the World Showcase pavilions. On one Epcot trip, we had our son choose a different candy from each each country — a definite highlight of his vacation. Visit the shops, bakeries, ice cream shops, food stands, and restaurants for a smorgasbord of tasty edibles.

Variety of snacks including Pocky at Epcot's Japan pavilion
Candy in Epcot’s Japan.

Journey into Imagination

Another slow-moving ride that is perfect for guests of all ages! Dr. Nigel Channing’s sensory labs will delight your senses as you travel through this imaginative journey. Set your imagination free with the mischievous purple dragon named Figment. And, hold your nose in the Smell Lab! There’s a small interactive exhibit, ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs, that follows the ride.

Child playing in Epcot's ImageWorks
Jump on squares to create different sounds at ImageWorks

Kidcot Fun Stops

Mickey Mouse travels the world with his teddy bear, Duffy. During your adventure around the globe, take a breather while watching the kids join in artistic fun at any of the eleven Kidcot Fun Stops.

Kidcot Fun Stop in Epcot
Kidcot stations are fun stops in Epcot.

A Cast Member will provide a free cardboard Duffy the Disney Bear for your child to decorate and adorn with a commemorative stamp at each station. Ask the Cast Member about their home country. It’s especially fun to have them write your child’s name in their native language. By the time your World Showcase tour is over, Duffy will be completely decorated for a take home souvenir!

Kidcot Fun Stop in Epcot
Take a break at Kidcot Fun Stops.

Street Performers

One of the most popular performances to watch with kids is in France. Gravity defying acrobats –Serveur Amusant™ — delight young minds with their balancing acts.

French acrobat in Epcot
French acrobats amuse young audiences.

Characters

Disney characters can be found throughout Epcot. A quick look at the Times Guide (an informational sheet that you can pick up when entering the park) or on your My Disney Experience app will give you the daily schedule for character greetings. Stop by Epcot Character Spot in Future World or seek out Disney friends throughout World Showcase.

Child posing with Mary Poppins in Epcot's United Kingdom
Visit characters throughout World Showcase. Don’t forget your autograph book!

World Showcase Diversions

Don’t miss the little things. These unexpected diversions can really add to your youngster’s visit to Epcot.

Model train village in Epcot's Germany
Watch the train in Epcot’s Germany
Koi Pond in Epcot's Japan
Check out the Koi Pond.

World Showcase Attractions

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Young kids love the mystery of Mexico’s pyramid and the twilit Festival Marketplace inside adds to the adventure. Kids like posing for a picture wearing a sombrero, trying out the maracas, and spotting the volcano on the way to Gran Fiesta Tour.

Child posing with sombrero inside Epcot's Mexico
Try a sombrero in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion.

The calm and silly boat ride is inspired by The Three Caballeros, a Disney film that debuted in 1944. What kids enjoy is helping to find Donald Duck. He’s disappeared! So, José Carioca (a Brazilian parrot) and Panchito (a Mexian charro rooster) need your help to find him.

Sign for Epcot's Mexico pavilion attractions
Head inside the pyramid in Epcot’s Mexico.

Frozen Ever After

Travel through Arendelle with Queen Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and other Frozen friends! A “summer snow day” is the perfect time to visit the frozen willow forest, Troll Valley, and North Mountain aboard a gently gliding boat. Along the way, you’ll hear favorite Frozen songs in this attraction at the Norway pavilion in Epcot.

Don’t leave Norway without stopping by Royal Sommerhus to meet Anna and Elsa.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

A memorable fireworks show brings guests together around World Showcase Lagoon at the end of an Epcot evening. Earth’s birth, the history of humanity, and joyful hope for the future are all celebrated in this fiery display. If your little one is unsure of loud noises, visit a nearby shop where the sound will be diminished.

Epcot's fireworks during IllumiNations show light up the sky
If your child is afraid of loud noises, try watching IllumiNations from inside a shop.

Extra Epcot Tips

Plan a vacation during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival as the topiary arrangements add an extra layer of free fun to your family’s itinerary.

Disney topiaries at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival
Check out the floral exhibits at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Never underestimate the allure of the Disney monorail. Take the kids for a ride on the monorail before leaving Walt Disney World!

The Disney monorail passes through Epcot's Future World
Consider the Disney Monorail a must-do attraction!

Epcot should definitely be on your touring agenda. These attractions and others like Spaceship Earth will entertain the whole family.

What do your kids enjoy in Epcot?

Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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