Thursday, August 18, 2016

What Can I Do At Disney's EPCOT With Little Kids and Babies?

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What can I do at Disney's EPCOT with little kids and babies?

EPCOT.  It is the "Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow".  This was something of a pet project for Walt Disney but he died before being about to see the plan through, so instead of a city we have the theme park.  

Can I bring my little one on rides at Disney's EPCOT?

There are currently seven rides that guests of any height may ride.  They are as follows:
  • Ellen's Energy Adventure (Be prepared, it's 45 minutes long.) UPDATE: No longer available. 
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (World Showcase)
  • Frozen Ever After (Brand New! World Showcase)
  • Spaceship Earth

What can't little kids and babies ride?

As to be expected, there are a few rides that simply aren't safe for shorter riders (or if there are certain health concerns).  For these rides your group will need to split up.  Be sure to take advantage of the Rider Swap option to get everyone that meets the requirements on the ride!  Here's a list of the rides with height restrictions:

  • Soarin' -- 40 inches 
  • Chevrolet Test Track -- 40 inches
  • Mission: SPACE -- 44 inches
  • The Sum of All Thrills -- 48 inches (54 to go upside down)* UPDATE: It's gone! I'm so sad. 

*This ride is highly under-rated in my humble opinion.  Big kids and adults should be sure to check it out!

What shows will the little ones enjoy?

The following four are indoor, and air conditioned, shows that we've seen.  The first two are big hits for our family.
  • Turtle Talk With Crush
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • The Circle of Life
  • 'O Canada!

What else can the kids do at EPCOT?

EPCOT is neither ride heavy nor oozing animated characters like Magic Kingdom.  Yes, those two characteristics are present, but this park has a different feel.  (And there are some characters that you can ONLY meet in EPCOT, so be sure to check them out!  Mulan, Snow White, Mary Poppins, Joy, Sadness, and Baymax are some of my favorites!)

The World Showcase really is an amazing place.  I'm still discovering more details and hidey-holes.  Many of the countries have small museums that are rich with history and information.  The architecture of each section is breathtaking.  The street shows are fascinating.

Colortopia is an interactive exhibit where my whole family (including the toddler) could spend hours.  (Sadly, though rightly, they do try to keep people moving through the attraction.)

Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure is a smart phone based scavenger hunt through the World Showcase.  (You can borrow one if you need to.)

The aquariums at the SeaBase (with Nemo) are mesmerizing.  You can watch the Dolphins play, see the manatees float about, marvel at the sea horses, and rediscover a sense of wonder.   (Of course, you can also get a cheesy, yet adorable, photo in a shark's mouth.)

Two kids in Bruce's mouth, from Finding Nemo, located in the Seas at EPCOT.

Some of the rides have interactive games at the departure point of the ride, such as Spaceship Earth, Mission: SPACE, Figment, and Test Track.  This is especially helpful for the rides that your kids don't meet the height requirements.

Finally, this is a Disney park.  So, of course, there are character meet and greets!  This is the place, as in these characters don't appear in the other parks, to meet Baymax, Joy, Sadness, and Belle (in her blue dress -- you can see Belle in her ball gown during Enchanted Tales, but that one isn't a true meet and greet).

A girl meets Baymax, from Big Hero 6, in a character meet and greet at EPCOT.

Keep in mind that things at Walt Disney World are constantly changing.  Something that might be there today might not be there tomorrow.  Something that is there today might not have been there yesterday.  If you notice something on this page that needs updating please leave me a comment.

Be sure to check out the other posts in this series!

What Can I Do At Disney's Animal Kingdom With Little Kids and Babies?


  1. I've never even heard of the sum of all thrills - so I had to Google it and it really sounds cool! I saw it opened about 7 years ago, so I guess that's why it's new to me - I haven't been to Disney in over a decade (despite living here!)

  2. Maybe one day! :D Thanks for sharing at FTF!

  3. My kids have always enjoyed EPCOT and even as littles often claimed it was their favorite park. There is so much to see and do! We spent one rainy day in the Innovations building.


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