Friday, October 4, 2013

Disney Tips Day 5: EPCOT

Epcot is divided into two areas. You will first enter Future World then World Showcase.  Future World has the giant globe (Spaceship Earth) that is a family ride, Soarin, Mission Space and Innoventions.
World Showcase is divided into 11 countries. These include cultural experience, rides and restaurants authentic to those countries. The countries include: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada.
Kidcot Stations at each country allow your child to decorate a free souvenir mask to keep them occupied so you can enjoy your stroll through the countries.


Another really neat family activity in World Showcase is to play the Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure.  This is an interactive adventure that takes you around the world showcase as a spy.  My kids have loved it and it is good from 5 years old-15!  Disney really thought this one through and it allows you to travel the showcase without as much whining from the kids.  There are many different adventures so if you want to do more than one adventure you can return to the station and get another one. The kids hold a handheld device like a phone that tells them where to go to solve a mystery.

My favorite snack item is the caramel store in Germany, Karamelle-Kuche. Another great snack option is in France at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie.

Soarin’ is my favorite ride in all of EPCOT.  Another ride that is interesting and often overlooked is Living with the Land.  This ride shows you some of the interesting ways Disney is growing vegetables and farming fish (aquaculture). 

Food is abundant since you are moving through the different countries.  You should already have your table service meals planned.

Most of the countries have a quick service meal as well. Most employees in all areas of each country are from the country they are working in.  Ask questions and look for all the cultural lessons to teach the kids.

Snacks are abundant, especially if you visit in September and October because that is the food and wine festival.  There are booths throughout EPCOT with items that only take a snack credit. You can eat your way through Disney. In fact, many have drank their way through as there are quite a few beers available from the different countries as well.

Club Cool in Future World is a place to serve yourself ‘cokes’ from around the world.  There are flavors that are excellent and some you will be sorry you swallowed!  However, this is one of the only places you will find FREE soda!  The kids love it and it is nice in cool while hanging out in the air conditioning.
Future World opens first and the World Showcase generally doesn’t open until around 11.

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