Epcot’s World Showcase for Kids

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Published on February 20, 2014 at 3:00 am with 17 Comments

A lot of first time Walt Disney World guests tend to write-off Epcot as an “adults only” type of park, but I encourage all of them to give it at least one day with the kiddos, and most of them are glad they did.  While my little mouseketeers enjoy all of Epcot, they really gravitate toward the World Showcase.  It’s not unusual for them to spend two or even three days wandering through the eleven pavilions and having a blast!  Here are just a few of the fun experiences for littles in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Kidcot Fun Stops

Sprinkled throughout the showcase (and Future World, as well), these stations have provided hours of fun for my kids.  Each stop provides a chance to interact with a cast member or two who are natives of the country in which they’re located.  The kids can chat with these cast members, continuously add to a craft (most recently a Duffy Bear or Perry the Platypus on a stick) and get a stamp from each country.

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Get Park Wise: A fun way to navigate the Kidcot stops is to purchase or bring a homemade passport.  Each station will stamp the passport, and the cast member will write a message in their native language.

Characters

First-timers are often not aware that the World Showcase is chock full of character meet and greet opportunities.  Many of the pavilions feature Disney friends who call that country home.  You can find Snow White in Germany, Mulan in China, Aladdin in Morocco, etc.  One of my favorite things about World Showcase meet and greets is that the surroundings make great backgrounds for your photos!

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Get Park Wise: World Showcase meet and greet locations typically have times posted, so if you want to meet your favorite international character with little wait, hop in line a few minutes before the meet and greet begins.

Performances

Similar to Hollywood Studios’ streetmosphere performers, Epcot’s World Showcase also features “pop-up” performances.  In true Disney fashion, these shows often involve audience participation, and many kids love being the center of attention.  Check out your Times Guide for show schedules.

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Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

Kids get a chance to interact with their favorite Phineas and Ferb characters via Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.  After signing up to be an agent (located at several kiosks around the showcase), your Field Operative Notification Equipment (aka F.O.N.E) will guide you through a country.  Secret agents will use their F.O.N.E.s to receive clues and interact with the World Showcase, hopefully defeating Dr. Doofenshmirtz!

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What do your kids like to do in the World Showcase?

 

About Jessica Ma'ilo

Jessica is a special education teacher by day and blogger and Fairy Godmother Travel agent by evening. When not supervising play dates or sleepovers, she can be found creating, sewing or singing. She loves hitting the Disney Parks, and she and her family escape to the World and Land as often as they can. She can be contacted at [email protected], and you can also check out her family blog, Magic, Memories, Mayhem.

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  1. I don’t have kids but I’ve done the KidCot thing and went around to every World Showcase country to get my Duffy on a stick stamped and had each cast member write “Duffy” in their native language. Several CMs got a kick seeing an adult take the time to do it with no kids in tow.

    I also love to meet characters. I think I have more fun with them now than when I was a kid. There’s a particular Tigger at the UK pavilion that recognizes me and knows Tigger has been my favorite character since I was like 3. He gets SO excited when he sees me but the icing on the cake was last year when he “proposed” to me. It was just hilarious and epic – and yesthere are photos. Totally made for one of the best character interactions I’ve ever had.

    • I do hope you accepted!

      It is experiences like this that make me want, more than anything else, to visit the Florida parks once I retire. I don’t have kids — I am one. I’m like a short eight-year-old who can’t get on rides and has to do “other stuff” only, this time around, I’m happy for it!

    • Sounds like you’ve had a great time around the showcase!

  2. How about you teach your children to appreciate and explore the cultural and architectural differences between the pavilions instead of distracting them from it with Agent P and character interactions?

    • They’re not mutually exclusive options, for sure.

  3. ORDDU: How about letting them do a little bit of both?

  4. When I was a kid, I always thought meeting characters was the lamest thing ever…

  5. Took my 9 year old Nephew to World Showcase and he was beyond bored. It’s very hard to tell a kid there isn’t a ride here but look at the architecture. The highlight of entire World Showcase for him was Norway, where he played with the swords. I’m not joking. After that he wanted to go back to the hotel pool.

    • I’ve known some adults to be bored to tears, too. Haha! My littles love it, which I’m glad for because I do, too! Of course, they do have their moments where they’d prefer the pool to the parks.

    • The World Showcase does have one ride, it’s a water ride called Maelstorm, though I never been to it since I live in California, so I don’t know if it’s fun or not.

      • Oh, there’s also the Gran Fiesta Tour and the circle vision rides.

  6. As a Disneyland fan since 1963, as an adult I found the original Epcot to be a total snooze compared to even the lame magic kingdom.
    My opinion hasn’t changed.
    If you want to introduce your youngsters to
    culture and art, I highly recommend the Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete.

    • Yes, but is that run by a giant mouse?

  7. Yes, let’s spend $500 to get in Epcot and then have the kids color little coloring book pages with castmembers.?!?

    Add the meals, $130 plus the hotel $280 for two value rooms plus $500 to enter.

    $910 to eat and color pictures, meet 5-6 characters, and ride the same lame rides from opening day, in some cases.

    Uh, you are never going to be able to retire.

    • I’d sure hate to travel if that’s how I saw my vacations. Good things it isn’t!!