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EPCOT WITH KIDS – WORLD SHOWCASE EDITION

Let’s talk about Disney World’s Epcot with kids.

Epcot is known as the least kid-friendly of all of the Walt Disney World parks. Although this has some truth to it, I encourage you not overlook this park. There are so many things your kids can still do at Epcot that are fun and oftentimes educational. 

My personal favorite part of Epcot is the World Showcase. There is literally so much to do in Epcot with kids, and I’m going to share my favorites! I can’t even count how many times I’ve “walked around the world” and I’m still discovering new things to do in the countries! 

WHAT TO DO IN EPCOT WITH KIDS: WORLD SHOWCASE EDITION

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If you’re not familiar with Epcot’s World Showcase, I’ll do a quick breakdown for you.

World Showcase consists of 11 different countries. These countries are:

Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. 

Each country provides cuisines, products, and experiences that reflect that country’s culture. It’s really quite incredible, and fun even just to walk around in.

Here are the top things to do in Epcot’s World Showcase with the whole family, broken down by each country!

MEXICO

Mexico has so much to offer! Between the food, marketplace, and Mariachi band, Mexico is always bustling with entertainment. Here are the top things to do with kids while visiting the Mexico pavilion.

Plaza de los Amigos

This place is so cool! You start by walking inside a replica of the Mesoamerican Pyramid. Once inside It’s as if you are transported into a Mexican market scene. There are so many fun kiosks full of handcrafted souvenirs. This is also where the Gran Fiesta Tour ride is located, the San Angel restaurant, and of course, my favorite adult spot, the La Cava del Tequila.

Anyways, the marketplace is a great spot to grab some souvenirs or just look around. There is also a Coco display when you walk in that is fun to check out. 

 

Gran Fiesta Tour

A favorite in my family is the Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride. This is a fun 8-minute boat ride starring The Three Caballeros. There is hardly ever a long line, so it’s the perfect ride to hit up when you need a break from the heat or rain.. Or just need to rest your feet. Adults can sit back and relax, while the kids have fun watching the search for Donald Duck. Plus, all ages can ride it!

Ring Carvers

Once you walk out of the Mesoamerican Pyramid, you are going to see the ring carvers. This is where you can get your name or initials carved into a ring. You can purchase brass, silver or gold. It takes a while to finish, so I recommend walking about the world once and circling back around to grab the finished product.

NORWAY

Norway has a lot to offer, between its restaurant, bakery, shopping, and Frozen Ever After ride. Not to mention the pavilion is beautifully done. You’ll feel like you were dropped right into the Scandinavian country. 

Frozen Ever After
Norway has one of the most popular rides at Epcot, Frozen Ever After. If you have kids that are fans of the Frozen movies, this is a must-do ride!

The story of Frozen Ever After is that Elsa has proclaimed a Summer Snow Day for the Kingdom of Arendelle. Everyone is invited to her ice castle. You will take a journey on Viking boats past scenes that showcase characters and songs from the Frozen movie. 

It’s very well done, and one you won’t want to miss. There is no height requirement, but parents beware that the boat does make a small backwards drop that will give you a little bit of a tickle belly.  

Epcot with Kids – Frozen Ever AFter

Akershus
If your child loves princess characters, then you might want to snag a reservation at Norway’s restaurant, Akershus. Princesses like Ariel, Mulan, Belle, and Snow White (plus more!) are all a part of this character dining experience. There are generally at least four princesses in the dining room at all times.

The food is decent, but the experience is really what makes it worthwhile. I recommend it as a one-and-done for the family.

Troll Photo Op
One last thing you’ll want to do with the kids, is drop in at The Fjording Shop to get some viking gear and a photo with the giant troll!

Epcot With Kids - Norway Troll

Bonus picture of my husband acting a fool with the souvenirs 😉

Epcot's Norway Pavilion

CHINA

China is impeccably done. I recommend grabbing some egg rolls from the Joy of Tea kiosk and walking around the pavilion to soak in all of the beauty before hitting up all of the fun.

China Pavilion

Pre-pandemic the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats would put on one heck of a show, but they haven’t come back yet. I’m really hoping their show comes back soon, because I promise, your kids will be mesmerized.

 

Wondrous China

Wondrous China is the new CircleVision 360 movie presentation that will take you through some of the rich history of China. It’s a great presentation to learn more about Chinese culture and history.

 

House of Good Fortune

You’ll want to hit up House of Good Fortune, too!  It’s a large, multi-room shop selling things across the board. You’ll find things from furniture, kitchenware, rugs, clothing, slippers, silk, paper fans, cloisonne, you name it!

Bonus, if you want to make a souvenir personalized, you can find a fan or parasol that you like, and have it personalized with your name or a message in Chinese.

GERMANY
Germany is one of my favorites! Good pretzels, good beer, a tiera kiosk, but I digress…this is about the kids!

Werthers Karamell-Küche

Okay, I have to hit this place up EVER time I go to Epcot. It’s a non-negotiable. The aroma alone will lure you inFun fact: it is the only working kitchen for Werthers in the entire world! Pretty cool, hey? The Werthers shop makes fresh candy, caramel corn, and other caramel apples, and more.  My favorites are the caramel apple cookie and butter bars. Oh my word are they delicious. MmmmMmmmm. 

Bier Cart

Why don’t you go ahead and grab yourself a beer at the numerous beer carts in Germany. While you’re doing that, you can grab a pretzel bigger than your head to share with the family. I usually grab a few mustard packets and we all go to town. 

German model train

My niece LOVES the German model train located right before you venture into Italy. Look closely, and you’ll find even this miniature town gets decorated for the festivals that are going on at Epcot. 

ITALY

Via Napoli

Via Napoli is another family must-do spot when we visit Epcot. It’s  a casual pizzeria in the Italy pavilion at Epcot that makes the classic Neapolitan pizzas. This place is kid-friendly and the pizza is always a crowd pleaser. I mean, what kid doesn’t love pizza? Oh, and did I mention it’s budget-friendly?

Fun fact: Disney brings in special water from the northeast that they feel best matches the mineral content of Naples, Italy so they can make the perfect pizza crust. That’s right! They don’t use water from Florida.

Epcot's Via Napoli

La Gemma Elegante

Make sure to take a stroll through La Gemma Elegante shop.  Find an array of Venetian masks in this shop at the back of La Bel Cristallo. You kids can even make their own masks! I’m talking about the ones that go over your eyes, not mouths and noses 😉

Gelato

One last thing! You can’t leave Italy without grabbing some gelato at the gelato kiosk. It’s so yummy.

 

THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE

Voices of Liberty

Voices of Liberty is an a cappella group dressed like they are in the 1800s. The singers bring you a full 15-minutes of Americana, Folk and Patriotic songs. They perform several times a day, and usually have times on the My Disney Experience app. I’m not quite sure if they will be back, so you might want to check before you go.


The American Adventure

It’s a 30-minute tale of America’s history, narrated by Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. It features a host of famous people who helped to shape the nation. John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and many others.


American Garden’s Theatre

This theatre always has acts performing on stage. If you are there during a festival, you might catch some throwback concerts like Hanson or Sugar Ray.

JAPAN

Pick a Pearl

The pearl station is a fan favorite. Choose an oyster and cast Members will chant as they pry the shell open and measure the pearl you selected. Cast members will beat a drum in celebration if the pearl you selected is of the larger variety. You can have your pearl set into rings, necklaces and earrings. It’s great entertainment for adults and kids. Here’s my pearl from the first time I did it 🙂

Epcot Japan

 

Kabuki Cafe Kiosk

This kiosk serves shaved iced with different syrup flavors + you can add sweetened milk to it. It’s a refreshing treat on a hot day.

Matsuriza drum show

Matsuriza is a Japanese Taiko drum show that performs in the Japan pavilion at Epcot. 

These Japanese drummers put on shows several times throughout the day. It’s said that the drums can be heard halfway around World Showcase. 

Fun fact: “Taiko” means “great drum” in Japanese

Mitsukoshi Department Store – has some fascinating displays you’ll want to find including fans, dolls, Japanese Swords and where you will find the fresh water pearls.

MOROCCO

Okay, I’ll be honest. Morocco is undergoing a bit of a facelift right now, which I believe will continue in the years to come. So although there might not be a whole lot going on right now, stay tuned!

Prior to the 2020 shutdown, there were belly dancers, and a really cool pavilion to walk around and explore.

Henna Artists

I’m adding this to try to manifest them bringing this back ASAP.  Henna Tattoo Artists will create hand drawn works of art on your skin. This is the only place in Epcot and one of only 2 locations in Walt Disney World where you can get a henna tattoo. The other is in Animal Kingdom. 

FRANCE

With so much to do in France, it is a fan favorite amongst guests. Let’s get into it!

Impressions de France

Impressions de France is a 4K film that showcases the beauty of France. The film is a little shy of 20 minutes long, so it’s a good one to do if it starts raining. It’s not the most exciting for kids, but an option. 

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Now this entertaining act will be sure to keep your kids entertained! The Beauty and the Best Sing-Along  is a twist on “tale as old as time”. Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury) narrates the show.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

This is the hot new ride at Epcot! The Ratatouille-inspired attraction is a  super-sized adventure with Chef Remy, across Gusteau’s kitchen. This is one you will want to put on the bucket list.

Image from Disney Parks – Walt Disney World

L’Artisan des Glaces

My nephew and I love hitting up this delicious ice cream shop tucked into a nook in France. It’s an artisan ice cream and sorbet shop with an array of flavors and multiple topping choices.

Everything is made in-house with fresh ingredients and served in a waffle cone or cup. You can also get Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich, a scoop in a warm pressed Brioche or 2 scoops in a waffle bowl. There are some alcohol options for the adults, too 😉

UNITED KINGDOM

If you want to see some fun characters, the UK is a great place to check out. You’ll find both Mary Poppins and Alice from Wonderland in this pavilion.  Don’t forget to search for Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore, who are all tucked away in Christopher Robin’s bedroom. 

HEDGE MAZE

If your kids need to blow off some steam, there is a really fun hedge maze that they can run around in. 

CANADA

The Canada pavilion is gorgeous, with one of the yummiest steak houses at Disney (in my opinion), Le Cellier. But what will the kids enjoy about the pavilion?

 

Popcorn Cart

If you like popcorn, you’ll love the popcorn cart right outside the Canadian Pavilion. They are known for their freshly popped maple popcorn in paper bags or a refillable souvenir bucket. 

Northwest Mercantile

This is Canada’s souvenir shop that is worth checking out. Browse hockey merchandise, apparel, maple syrup, PJs, toys and more. If the weather is cold, this is a good place to find hats, gloves, and jackets.

Canada Far and Wide

Canada Far and Wide is the new film all about Canada. If you’re a Schitt’s Creek fan, you’ll be excited to know Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy are the narrators of the film!

Now that we’ve gone through things to do with your kids in each country, I want to touch on a couple more things to do with your kids while traveling the world. 

 

KIDCOT!

Each of the World Showcase countries has a special “KIDCOT” area that provides an opportunity for your kiddo to interact with a native of the country you are visiting.

Your child will receive traveler cards. Every traveler card has the country name, flag and capital city plus a spot for Cast Members to add their personal touch. If your child collects all 11 of the Traveler Cards, he/she will receive a bonus Mickey Mouse postcard!

FIREWORKS

Let’s close this out with how you should close out Epcot….with Harmonious!! Harmonious is the new fireworks finale that takes place right before the park closes at the Showcase Lagoon. It’s the largest nighttime spectacular ever created by Disney World.

During the fireworks show, you will hear interpretations of Disney songs, inspired and influenced by cultures and people from around the world.

The music goes along to choreographed moving fountains, lasers, and fireworks. It’s really a can’t miss show, and the perfect way to end your night at Epcot with kids.

 

So as you can see, there is SO MUCH to do at Epcot with kids…and I ONLY covered the World Showcase. There is even MORE to explore at Epcot. What will you be putting on your Epcot list with the kids? Let me know in the comment section!

 

 

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I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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