Friday Five: 5 things to do with your toddler in Epcot

Epcot ball

It’s part 2 of a Friday five SERIES! Today we’re going to talk about 5 things you can do with your toddler in Epcot. Many adults typically think of Epcot as an adult geared all toward adults, but there are plenty of fun things for kids of all ages to explore (and again it’s behind just character meet and greets!

1. Epcot Character Spot (and the Disney Visa Card Meet and Greet). These two experiences offer your little ones a great opportunity to meet some of the classics. At Epcot character spot, you can say hello to Mickey, Minnie, and Ellie minnieGoofy in their traditional attire (something that’s less and less common). The Disney Visa card meet and greet varies by character but the last several times we’ve visited it’s been Minnie and Pluto. In a close second is the meet and greet of Pooh and friends in England/United Kingdom.

2. The after market shop – near Test Track This is a great little diversion for adults that want to ride test track (or those with older kids who want to ride). If you go in the after market shop near the exit of Test Track and following it back toward where riders come out, you’ll find a great toddler “playground”! The kids can climb in cars, “test drive” virtual cars and more. It’s a nice little air conditioned place to wait without going into a shop!

3. The Living Seas building I’ll talk more about the details of the attractions in this building later. Take time to enjoy the aquarium life as well as take some photos and let kids run around in a safe environment here! There are tons of fish and aquatic life to explore. My daughter (who is an animal lover) could spend hours in here and be happy as a clam! There are also plentiful washrooms in this area for diaper changes or potty breaks!

4. Innoventions buildings Another great indoor location for kids to play. There are some fun tactile (immediate response to an action) type of experience without much needed adult interaction. They obviously won’t get as much out of some of the experiences as their older siblings or friends would, but it’s another great little diversion! If you want to be out in the heat, head a bit toward World Showcase and find the jumping fountains (you’ll see them on your right side before entering World Showcase (typically you’ll hear the screams of young children before you’ll see the water!) Just like it’s counterparts in other parks, bring a change of clothes!

5. The attractions…Seas with Nemo & Friends and Turtle Talk with Crush. Epcot runs a bit short on
attractions for guests of all ages when comparing it to Magic Kingdom, but these two based on Finding Nemo, it’s a great way for kids to interact with their favorite Disney Pixar characters and see them live in action! A little warning for little ones that are scared of Bruce the shark – you’ll see him for a little bit in the Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction but it’s not in an intense way. Turtle Talk is a really fun interactive experience to talk with Dude Crush the sea turtle!!

Honorable mention in a few categories:

  • Character meet and greet – Princesses around World Showcase
  • Attractions – Journey into Imagination with Figment (be aware there’s a bit of a surprise with a loud noise toward the end, but it’s a cute attraction!) and the upcoming Pixar shorts.
  • Energy busters – Exploring each country in World Showcase (banging the drums, KidCot activities, going up and down stairs, etc), Cool Wash near Test Track (kids will get WET again!)
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A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

As the mom of a toddler who has enjoyed more than one Disney World vacation with her, I consider myself an expect on traveling with toddlers! Interested in experiencing your own Disney World vacation in 2016?  Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

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