I hear time and time again from parents/guardians, “There is nothing for my child to do at EPCOT. It’s mainly for adults”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s explore what EPCOT offers for the younger park guest.
All will agree that Future World has more attractions and activities for the young explorer. Let’s take a closer look at a few attractions that get overlooked.
If your little adventurer is not ready to blast off into outer space on Mission: SPACE, then perhaps they would like to explore the Advanced Training Lab. Here, the smallest of aspiring astronauts can race their rocket from Mars to Earth. Up to 56 cadets can play at one time. After the rocket is safely back on Earth, your junior astronaut can explore the surface of Mars while searching for fellow astronauts in Expedition Mars . Next, enjoy the interactive play ground where kids can crawl through wormholes while reaching for the stars. Before you leave, send a Postcard from Space. Your child can create a video postcard and email it to anyone in the universe. Sounds out of this world!
As you stroll through Future World, you may see the trash can-drumming clean-up crew called the JAMMinators. Take a moment to enjoy their unique use of every day household utensils. You’ll be given ideas on new uses of the utensils and will be glad you stopped to watch.
After you have visited Journey into Imagination with Figment, head over to Image Works-The “What if” Labs where imagination runs wild. In this sensory-inspired lab, younger guests (and older alike) can conduct an orchestra with Figment’s Melody Maker, create their own music by jumping on the “Stepping Tones” and build their own Figment by selecting the wings, color, and body type. Email it to your friends and tell what a magical time you are having at EPCOT.
In the Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion visit Bruce’s Shark World Experience. Here you can go to “school” with Mr. Rays quizzes and then pose for a photo from the inside of Bruce’s grin. Before you leave the Sea Pavilion, be sure to check out the Caribbean Coral Reef Aquarium which is home to over 4,000 sea animals representing over 60 types of species!
Over at InnoVentions, guests can join the interactive SpectacuLab that demonstrates science principles like barometric pressure, force, and acceleration while learnng how these principles support today’s technologies. Before you leave InnoVentions, stop by Colortopia. Here your younger guest can explore three interactive zones: The Color Lab, Color Our World Studio, and the Power of Color Theater. Each zone explores how color influences daily lives, such as how color affects your mood. Sounds moody, eh? Download Colortopia app to take your masterpiece home!!!
Before leaving Future World for the World Showcase, be sure to stop by Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure for your agents sleuthing assignment. In order to accept the challenge, you will be required to sign up online while in EPCOT. Each agent will receive clues (via smartphone) that will help solve the mystery. The mission takes allows you to explore many of the World Showcase country pavilions. Each spy-centric adventure lasts 30-45 minutes.
The World Showcase hosts a Kidcot Fun Stop activity that lets you and the kids create their own personalized souvenier. Visit each of the Kidcot stops to pick up a Ziploc “suitcase” filled with activity cards, stickers, crayons, and more. Countries include:
- Mexico Pavilion (near Animales Fantasticos)
- Norway Pavilion (at The Puffin’s Roost)
- China Pavilion (near the exit of Reflections of China)
- Germany Pavilion (at Volkunst)
- Italy Pavilion (outside, near La Bottega Italiana)
- American Adventure Pavilion (outside, near Heritage Manor Gifts)
- Japan Pavilion (in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery)
- Morocco Pavilion (at the Marketplace in the Medina)
- France Pavilion (at Souvenirs de France)
- United Kingdom Pavilion (at The Toy Soldier)
- Canada Pavilion (at the exit of O Canada!)
In addition to all of this, most country pavilions offer a special rides, attractions or live performances. Examples include: Jeweled Dragon Acrobats (China), Sergio the street performer (Italy), and Serveur Amusant will thrill the audience with balancing acts and coordination (France). All the acts and shows are wonderful to experience. Check the Park Times Guide for performance times.
One last fun activity for the entire family is to get to know the cast members of each country. Think of one question that the kids can ask a cast member from each country. For example, what is your favorite food from your country? Or favorite holiday? Favorite sport? They learn so much about each country this way.
The next time you are in EPCOT take time to experience the many different events or attractions available for your younger guest.
Written by Dawn Rodriguez with Ears of ExperienceTweet