This is the fourth and final post in the series about Things for School-Aged Kids to Do at Walt Disney World. You can check out earlier posts for my recommendations on not-so-little kids at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.
Walt Disney World’s Epcot is best known as a great park for adults. Eating and drinking around the World Showcase is a favorite recommendation from locals and well-traveled Disney-philes (and a really great way to spend an anniversary, for the record.) The character greetings opportunities seem less frequent and the adults with no children are numerous. You may even be tempted to skip Epcot all together if you’re traveling with school-agers.
Epcot is a surprisingly good time for kids, especially older kids who are no longer excited by the site of Mickey.
Best Rides (and attractions) for “Not So Little” Kids at Walt Disney World Epcot
Disney’s Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure – Epcot World Showcase
When the phrase “fun for the whole family” was originally dreamed up by a marketing guru, I think they had the Kim Possible Adventure in mind. My family loves this. You get a transmitter that gives you clues to follow throughout the different countries. When you complete a mission, cool surprises pop out of the displays and landscape all over the park.
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – Epcot Mexico Pavilion
It’s like “A Small World” with tequila. OK, no one has technically had any tequila, but you kind of get the impression that the cartoon ducks starring in the show have had a drink or two. Not to worry – it’s totally family-friendly and you won’t have that song stuck in your head when the ride is over.
Soarin’ – Ecpot The Land Pavilion
This ride is, in my opinion, pretty over-hyped. It would never make my list of “all-time favorites”, but it is a neat simulator ride. Kids, especially, will enjoy it. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend waiting more than an hour in line. Grab a fast pass as soon as you get in the park.
Spaceship Earth – Epcot Spaceship Earth Pavilion
When you enter the park you’ll see a big white globe that looks like a golf ball? That’s the Spaceship Earth ride. Two things to know about this ride: 1) it’s busiest in the morning, 2) the line is not as bad as it looks. The line moves really quickly and it’s an interesting journey through the history of man combined with a few interactive features.
Test Track – Epcot Test Track Pavilion
The premise of this ride is that you’re in a car as it goes through a test track. That sounds like it could be a pretty exciting ride, but it’s actually very mild. It may not be a big hit for thrill-seekers, but it’s perfect for kids.
Of course, don’t discount eating and drinking entirely just because you’re with children. You may not want to offer them a beer, but a visit to Epcot is a great chance for them to try out sushi, crepes, or couscous.
Photo by Britt Reints