Some people will tell you that Epcot at Walt Disney World isn’t for kids. With a focus on futuristic technology and international cultures, many feel that Epcot is an adults-only park and that kids and babies will be bored.
I’ve taken my kids (aged 6 months and 3 years old at the time) to Epcot and found that this Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow offered plenty for children to see, do, and eat. Keep reading to see what there is for babies to enjoy at Epcot, including activities specifically geared to kids during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
Fun for Kids in Future World
While some attractions at Epcot have subject matter than babies won’t understand, there are still ways for toddlers to get involved. Get your baby out of her stroller to walk freely, see the colorful lights, and interact.
Many of the rides at Epcot do not have height restrictions. The ride inside Spaceship Earth in front of the Park is dark and slow – perfect for nursing your baby or squeezing in a nap!
The discussion about eco-systems in Living with the Land will go over Baby’s head but Baby will still have fun pointing out the flowers and vegetables that grow along the ride’s route. Journey into Imagination with Figment is a whimsical adventure that explores sound, sight, smell, touch and taste.
Take a slow voyage under the ocean in The Seas with Nemo and Friends. After the ride, explore the pavilion to view the salt water aquarium and fish swimming inside! Turtle Talk with Crush (the sea turtle from the movie Finding Nemo) virtually greets guests in a live show. He answers questions from curious kiddos, all in an entertaining and sweet way with the kind of magic Disney does best!
Although Ellen’s Energy Adventure does not have a height restriction, keep in mind two things: There are no bathrooms, so it’s not appropriate for potty-training kids (this attraction lasts 45-minutes and you can’t leave once you’re on the ride). Also, there are lifelike dinosaurs that are both large and loud, potentially frightening for babies. I’d recommend skipping this one if you have little ones with you.
If Baby likes Character greetings, don’t miss a stop at the Epcot Character Spot for a meeting with one of your favorites!
Exploring Diverse Cultures in World Showcase
With 11 nations represented in Epcot’s World Showcase, there’s a lot here to learn and discover. You can walk the loop around World Showcase or take an air-conditioned Friendship Boat across the World Showcase Lagoon to minimize walking.
Older babies can participate in Kidcot, located in many of the World Showcase pavilions. Mickey’s adorable world-traveling teddy bear Duffy is the official mascot for Kidcot. At each of the Fun Stops throughout the pavilions, children are encouraged to color and draw while parents or older kids can chat with a cast member about their native land.
A new highlight that’s great for kids in the World Showcase is the addition of Frozen Ever After, a new dark ride adventure featuring Anna, Elsa, and familiar characters from the movie. Tiny Frozen fans can meet the princesses in their cottage as well. Another slow ride, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is baby-appropriate with plenty of festive songs and colors that little ones will enjoy.
Many of the pavilions offer beautiful films of the countries they represent. Some of the theatres have seating while others are standing room only. The American Adventure is comfortable and dark, making it a great breastfeeding or napping location for Baby (my baby daughter nursed and napped here on our last visit!)
There are dozens of different Characters available throughout the day in the World Showcase, each located based on their country of origin (Snow White in Germany, Aladdin in Morocco, etc.).
Epcot Dining for Tiny Tastes
With 11 nations represented in Epcot’s World Showcase, you might think that the dining borders more towards sophistication than kid-friendly. Perhaps you won’t be able to dine on the fancy dishes served at Chefs de France and Le Cellier Steakhouse when Baby’s with you in the Parks. However there are still plenty of ways to indulge and dishes to order that you can share with the baby.
Full-service restaurants with entertainment built around the meal are great for little diners. Garden Grill hosts Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast, a lively Character meal. At Akershus Royal Banquet Hall guests can meet with Disney princesses. Biergarten Restaurant features a rollicking German polka band. Coral Reef Restaurant serves up seafood and a view of The Seas aquarium.
Or grab quick service and you can still enjoy unique and flavorful dishes. Many of the World Showcase pavilions have quick service restaurants with large dishes to share (it was at Tangierine Café that I discovered my toddler liked lamb). If you have a less adventurous eater, be assured that many Epcot restaurants serve American classics like nuggets and burgers as well.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
With over 100 topiaries shaped like beloved Disney characters blooming around the Park, babies will enjoy pointing out their favorites. And talk about a perfect photo opportunity! The gorgeous colors in the many gardens are lovely for snapping a few (okay, a lot!) of pictures with Baby.
While parents can learn more about container gardens or Bonsai, babies will enjoy the bright colors, butterflies and birds.
Many locations at the Festival are intended for the little guests. The Florida Fresh Garden has areas for babies to roam. The Road to the Florida 500 garden features Lightning McQueen and Mater. And the Music Garden Melodies playground features topiaries of Mickey and Minnie, musical instruments to play and places to climb and play!
Other Things to Know about Epcot Before You Go
All Disney World parks have a Baby Care Center. Guests can feed their babies or change diapers in these air-conditioned rooms. Moms can breastfeed or pump in a semi-private, quiet room. There are also basic baby items for sale, like food or extra diapers.
Epcot is very large and spread out and this means a lot of walking. A stroller for Baby is a must! Bring along a front carrier too so you can tote your sleeping baby inside the pavilions.
Consider visiting Epcot over the course of two days (one day at Future World and one day at World Showcase) so you can take your time exploring at a leisurely pace.