Epcot with Kids: Tips for Planning a Day at Epcot for Families

Is Epcot for Kids? We think so! At first glance Epcot might not look like the best choice for kids, but with a little planning you can enjoy the food and culture as a family. On our recent visit we discovered so much to do at Epcot with kids and we can’t wait to go back!

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Epcot is divided into two areas: Future World and the World Showcase. Epcot is a unique park in that the two sections have their own theming and is like two parks in one.

Future World will be undergoing a very big transformation that will change the lay out and add new attractions but for now it is the front area of Epcot near Spaceship Earth(the large landmark at the front of the park.)

The World Showcase is home to eleven countries that have shows, entertainment, and attractions for kids of all ages.

Both areas offer a lot of things to do for families. You will want to start your planning with booking tickets and securing a park reservation for the day of your visit.

Then you can start planning what you want to see and do at Epcot. Be prepared to do a lot of walking and plan to bring a stroller if you have young children.

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Best Attractions at Epcot with Kids

Some of the best attractions at Epcot with Kids include favorite Disney movie characters and are fun for the entire family.

Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After is one of the most popular attractions at Epcot for kids. It is located in the Norway Pavilion. This is a family friendly boat ride attraction that takes guests to see some of their favorite characters from Frozen like Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff.

This ride is great for kids of all ages. Be sure to secure a FastPass, if they come back, or ride as soon as you enter the park.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a dark ride attraction located in Future World. It takes guests on an adventure to find Nemo. This attraction is for all ages and exits at an aquarium. My favorite part is the final part of the attraction where Nemo and friends interact with real sea life animals.

Gran Fiesta Tour featuring the Three Caballeros

The Gran Fiesta Tour is located in the Mexican Pavilion and is a calm boat ride looking for Donald Duck and friends. It is located inside the large temple in Mexico.

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Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Journey Into Imagination with Figment is an Epcot classic and features the purple dragon Figment. This is not scary and is fun for all ages. Journey is located in Future World.

Living with the Land

Living with the Land is located in Future World, in the same building as Soarin. It is a boat ride that focuses on agriculture. Guests will see vegetation that is grown on -site and served in Epcot restaurants. There are also a few hidden Mickeys to be on the lookout for.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (Opening October 2021)

Remy’s will open in October of 2021 and will be a 3d dark ride attraction for all ages. This will be located in the France Pavilion.

Kidcot Fun Stops

KidCot fun stops are located throughout the World Showcase and highlight each country as you visit. I go into more details later in this article about how to participate.

Playgrounds and Special Event Scavenger Hunts

There is a play area and splash area in Future World for kids to run off some steam as well as scavenger hunts at different times of the year.

At the aquarium in The Seas with Nemo there is a complimentary scavenger hunt with Dory. Guests can pick up the booklet near the exit of the attraction.

During the Food and Wine festival guests can play Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt. This paid experience has guests looking for Remy throughout the World Showcase. Kids can get a prize upon completion. There is also a Figment activity during the Festival of Arts.

Soarin

Soarin’ takes guests high above the clouds in this flying adventure. There is a height requirement of 40 inches or higher but is worth adding to your Epcot list.

Test Track

Test Track is another very popular attraction at Epcot that is a must do. The height requirement is 40 inches and guests can build their own vehicle to test out on the track.

FAQ about Visiting Epcot with Kids

Is Epcot Good for Toddlers?

Yes!! Epcot can be great with toddlers. Plan your day around what they would like to do and experience it from a kids perspective.

What Characters Are at Epcot?

There are many characters at Epcot and traditional meet and greets have been put on pause temporarily. You will often be surprised by characters playing in the grass in Future World or waving from a distance.

At times you can meet Mary Poppins, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck, Snow White, Joy and Sadness, and Ralph and Vanellope. Check the Disney World website for the most up-to-date character list.

Anna & Elsa at Epcot on Disney VIP Tours

What are the Dining Options at Epcot for Kids?

Epcot is known for it’s dining and some of the restaurants are pricey and not exactly kid friendly, but there are places to dine at Epcot that are great for kids! Garden Grill is a character meal that is a great option for families! There is also a Princess Breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall that is temporarily unavailable.

Each country has counter service menu options that offer a great opportunity to try new food from different countries. We like to look at the menus before we arrive and pick a new place each visit.

Future World at Epcot with Kids

Future World currently has two of the most popular attractions: Soarin’ and Test Track. It also has Spaceship Earth, Living with the Land, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, and the Seas with Nemo.

It is also going through a very big change. Soon it will have a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, a Moana water exhibit, and possibly more attractions. These will be changes made over the next few years.

When planning your day at Epcot with kids you want to prioritize the attractions you want to experience. Don’t waste time with rides you are not interested in.

Epcot is huge and you may not be able to experience everything. I suggest creating a top 5 list with everyone adding there top picks. Ride the most popular attractions early or late in the day and save the walking around and exploring during busier times.

World Showcase at Epcot with Kids

Have you ever wanted to stroll the streets of Paris or explore a temple in Japan? What about dine on delicious cuisine from eleven different countries in one day?

One of the activities we believe you must do at Epcot is explore the World Showcase. At Epcot’s World Showcase you have an opportunity to experience different cultures around the world, without ever leaving the United States.

The World Showcase highlights the beauty and culture of eleven different countries allowing guests to fall in love with the cultures without ever needing a passport.

The most common question I get asked is – Are there things to do at Epcot with kids?

The answer is yes!! Let your kids guide the way with their curiosity and excitement, as you explore the different areas of the World Showcase.

Epcot for Kids: Best Way to Explore the World Showcase

We have visited Epcot many times and it is one of our favorite Disney theme parks. The World Showcase is one of the great things to do at Epcot with kids, but for some reason we never devoted time to explore the countries and experience it.

On our most recent visit we decided to spend the larger part of our day at the World Showcase and we ended up discovering so many interesting Epcot activities.

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Epcot with Kids World Showcase Itinerary

There are two entrances to Epcot. If you are arriving by the Disney Skyliner, you will enter between the France and United Kingdom pavilion. If you enter at the front of the park, you can choose to start your day at Mexico or Canada.

Where you start depends on your priorities and strategy. If you want to ride the Frozen Ever After attraction first, you will start at the Mexico pavilion and walk to Norway as soon as the park opens. After you ride you can take your time to explore the rest of the World Showcase.

We arrived at Epcot from the Riviera Resort which is on the Skyliner. Our first stop was the France pavilion to get breakfast at Les Halles.

Tip: The World Showcase doesn’t open until 11:00am. Les Halles(Bakery) and Frozen Ever After open at park opening.

Our Day at World Showcase in Epcot with Kids

  • Start with an Epcot Breakfast at Les Halles in France
  • Ride Future World attractions until World Showcase opens at 11:00am.
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Morocco
  • Japan
  • The American Adventure
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • China
  • Norway
  • Mexico

You can mix and match this itinerary any way you would like that works with your family’s plans at Epcot. Keep in mind your FastPass reservations(currently unavailable) and dining reservations.

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KidCot at Epcot Activity

The KidCot Fun Stops are located at each country in specific locations. At each stop kids can talk to someone from the country they are visiting and receive a sticker and postcard for visiting. If you complete all countries you can receive a World Showcase postcard.

This is a free activity and you can go at your own pace. You can start at any country and do it all in one day or pick and choose where you want to visit. All of my kids thought this was a fun activity at Epcot, and it is great for all ages.

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KidCot Activity stations at Epcot World Showcase.

France Pavilion at Epcot

We love discovering new food options and Epcot has so many different options. When traveling with kids I always review the menus before we arrive to make sure the kids know what we will be eating and to make sure there is something for everyone.

Les Halles is a can’t miss Epcot bakery that people were lining up for before the park opened. It is that good! It is also at a great price point for families. We purchased a Biscuit Chocolat(Chocolate Chip Cookie), Baguette, a Palmier(chocoalte elephant ear) and the Roulé Lard and Fromage (Bacon and cheese bread).

This easily fed all of us and cost under $20.00! It was a perfect place to start our day and we considered stopping every morning because it was so good! Check out the menu here.

After that we took our picture in front of the Eifel Tower and continued on to Future World. At this point the World Showcase would not open for 2 hours and we wanted to go do some rides while we waited.

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Best Breakfast ever at Les Halles in the France Pavilion at Epcot.

Attractions at the France Pavilion

  • Beauty and the Beast Sing Along (15 Minute film featuring songs from Beauty and the Beast
  • Impressions de France (18 Minute show of the sites of France)
  • KidCot France
  • Meet Belle
  • Meet Princess Aurora
  • Watch the Serveur Amusant (French Acrobat Show)
  • Dining
    • Crepes des Chefs de France
    • Chefs de France (Table Service/Reservations, $$)
    • Monsieur Paul (Signature Dining/Reservations, $$$$)
    • L’Artisan des Glaces (Ice Cream)
    • Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie (Quick Service, $)
    • Les Vins des Chefs de France (Wine)
  • Opening Summer 2020: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure! Remy’s will be a track-less ride attraction added to the France pavilion. It will allow guests to shrink to the size of a rat for an all new adventure.

Canada Pavilion at Epcot

As it got closer to 11:00am we made our way to the Canada Pavilion to start our World Showcase tour. First on our list was the new Canada Far and Wide show. This show offers 360 degree view of some of Canada’s finest views.

We enjoyed the show but it may be difficult for small children to stay focused during it. It is a standing theater but the kids were able to sit on the ground to watch.

Canada is a smaller pavilion with less to explore but the ambiance is very pretty with rolling mountains and water falls. It is worth exploring and stopping at the KidCot location.

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Entrance to the Canada Far & Wide Show at Epcot.

Attractions at the Canada Pavilion

  • Canada Far and Wide in Circle Vision 360
  • KidCot Canada
  • Dining
    • Le Cellier Steakhouse (Signature/Reservations, $$$)
    • Popcorn in Canada
    • Refreshment Port (Here you can purchase Poutine)

United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot

The United Kingdom is a smaller pavilion with less activities then some other countries but it is charming and cute to explore. My kids always enjoy checking out the red phone booth at the park.

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Exploring the United Kingdom at Epcot.

Attractions at the United Kingdom Pavilion

  • KidCot at the United Kingdom
  • Meet Winnie the Pooh
  • Meet Alice
  • Meet Mary Poppins
  • British Revolution Band
  • Rose & Crown Pub Musician
  • Dining
    • Rose and Crown Pub and Dining (Table Service/Reservations, $$)
    • Yorkshire County Fish Shop (Quick Service, $)
  • Coming Soon: A brand new Mary Poppins attraction. We don’t know much about opening date or what this attraction will be but we are excited to add this beloved classic to the United Kingdom.

France is the next pavillion but since we visited early in the day we walked on to Morocco.

Morocco Pavilion at Epcot

Morocco is a beautiful pavilion that can be missed if you move to fast. We took the time to explore and walk through to see the details throughout this area.

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Checking out the Sahara race in Morocco.

Attractions at the Morocco Pavilion

  • KidCot at Morocco
  • Gallery of Art and History (A walk through gallery of the race in the Sahara.)
  • Meet Princess Jasmine
  • Dining
    • Tangierine Cafe (Quick Service, $)
    • Restaurant Marrakesh (Table Service, $$)
    • Spice Road Table

Japan Pavilion at Epcot

The Japan pavilion is stunning. There are many different areas to explore and overall we really enjoy this area. We also ate lunch in this area at the quick service restaurant Katsura Grill.

When we arrived we headed straight to lunch for teriyaki chicken, and then explored the gift shop to purchase Japanese candy. When we were planning our trip the kids mentioned they would like to try this so we added it to our itinerary. We also explored the Bijutsu-kan Gallery.

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The Japan pavilion is so beautiful.

Attractions at the Japan Pavilion

  • KidCot Japan
  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery (A gallery that explores the kawaii-“cute” culture)
  • Dining
    • Kabuki Cafe
    • Takumi-Tei (Signature/Reservations, $$$$)
    • Teppan Edo (Table Service/Reservations, $$)
    • Tokyo Dining (Table Service/Reservations, $$)
    • Katsura Grill (Quick Service, $)
  • Watch the Matsuriza Show (Drum show that runs daily.)

The American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot

I was really excited to see the American Adventure show that is a 30 minute audio-animatronic show of American history. This show is a bit long for preschool kids but older children should be okay.

The audio-animatronics are impressive and it’s a great place to rest your feet and escape the heat. There is also a brand new restaurant at the American Adventure pavilion that I would love to try. It is called Regal Eagle Smokehouse.

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Entrance to The American Adventure at Epcot.

Attractions at the American Adventure

  • The American Adventure
  • American Heritage Gallery
  • KidCot The American Adventure
  • Dining
    • Regal Eagle Smokehouse (Quick Service, $)
    • Fife & Drum Tavern
    • Espresso, Coffee, and Pastries
  • Voices of Liberty (a cappella group singing patriotic music)

Italy Pavilion at Epcot

Italy is a small pavilion that will not take long to explore. The best time to visit is during the juggler and mime show, Sergio. Also there is a KidCot in this location and an amazing pizza place.

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Italy Pavilion at Epcot.

Attractions at the Italy Pavilion

  • KidCot at Italy
  • Dining
    • Gelati (Quick Service/Gelato, $)
    • Tutto Italia Ristorante (Table Service/Reservations, $$)
    • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
    • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Table Service/Reservations, $$)
  • Sergio (Mime/Juggler Show)

Germany Pavilion at Epcot

The Germany pavilion has a really impressive model train set as soon as you enter, coming from Italy. Kids love watching the trains and noticing all the details in this area. Germany also has a caramel shop that has the best treats!

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Model Train at Germany.

Attractions at Germany Pavilion

  • KidCot Germany
  • Model Train set
  • Meet Snow White
  • Dining
    • Biergarten Restaurant (Table Service/Reservations, $$$)

China Pavilion at Epcot

The China pavilion is another one that is impressive. The size and attention to detail is makes this area very immersive. We planned on watching the Reflections of China show but ended up missing the time. Instead we explored the Shanghai Disney gallery.

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Entrance to the Reflections of China show at Epcot.

Attractions at the China Pavilion

  • Reflections of China (14 minute Circle-Vision 360 degree film)
  • KidCot China
  • House of the Whispering Willows (Sneak Peek at Shanghai Disney Resort)
  • Meet Mulan
  • Dining
    • Joy of Tea
    • Nine Dragons Restaurant (Table Service/Reservations, $$)
    • Lotus Blosson Cafe (Quick Service, $)
  • Jeweled Dragon Acrobats Show

Norway Pavilion at Epcot

The Norway Pavilion is the busiest area of the World Showcase due to the popularity of the Frozen Ever After attraction. I do expect this to balance out more in the upcoming years when Remy and Mary Poppins open, but it is a very popular attraction.

If you are following our itinerary I suggest you ride Frozen Ever After at park opening or reserve a FastPass. Stand-By wait time are typically 1-2 hours. I love this attraction and if you are a Frozen fan I think it is a great attraction. You can also meet Anna and Elsa in this area of the park.

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Meeting Anna & Elsa at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

Attractions at Norway

  • Frozen Ever After (Ride at Rope Drop or Secure a FastPass)
  • KidCot Norway
  • Stave Church Gallery (Small walk through gallery)
  • Meet Anna & Elsa
  • Dining
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Character/Princess Dining/Reservations, $$$$)
    • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Quick Service/Bakery, $)

Mexico Pavilion at Epcot

We really enjoy the Mexico Pavilion because it has an exhibit of one of our favorite Disney movies, Coco. As you enter the ruins you will find the Coco Gallery, a ride, shopping, and a sit down restaurant inside. This is a great place to escape the heat.

We always ride the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros and the wait times are typically under 15 minutes. This is a great final stop on your world showcase tour to relax on this Donald Duck boat ride attraction.

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Mexico Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

Attractions at the Mexico Pavilion

  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • KidCot Mexico
  • Mexico Folk Art Gallery (Remember Me Coco Exhibit)
  • Meet Donald Duck
  • Dining
    • San Angel Inn Restaurante (Table Service/Reservations, $$)
    • La Cantina de San Angel (Quick Service, $)
    • La Hacienda de San Angel (Table Service/Reservations, $$)
  • Mariachi Cobre
  • Marimba de las Americas (Band)
  • Viva Mexico (Band)

As you can tell we really enjoyed Epcot with kids. There are so many things to do at the World Showcase and Future World. From trying new cuisines to learning more about the culture of difference countries, exploring the aquarium, and experiencing Frozen, we discovered there is so much at Epcot for kids to explore and enjoy.

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6 thoughts on “Epcot with Kids: Tips for Planning a Day at Epcot for Families”

    • Ha!! It’s okay-Mexico is pretty great!! lol!! Next time you visit you should take the time to check it all out. There is so much to see and do!

  1. This is a great list of things to do in Epcot with kids! We were just there and our 2 year old loved the Finding Nemo ride and Tres Cabellaros and it was fun seeing him recognize things in the world showcase from places we’ve been. I’m excited for when he can enjoy more of the world showcase on a future visit!

    • I think it is a common misconception that Epcot can’t be for little ones but I really think it does a good job of having something for everyone.

  2. We really loved Epcot when we visited – it’s very different from the other parks and so much fun. It’s not really like anywhere else we’d ever been! And yes, you’re right, it’s absolutely great for kids.

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