I hear from parents of small kids all the time saying how there isn't much to do at Epcot, especially in the World Showcase. I am here to tell you that these parents are misinformed. My girls are ages 2 and 3 and they LOVE going through the countries of the World Showcase.
To begin if you're going to walk it counterclockwise Mexico is first up. The El Gran Fiesta boat ride features Donald Duck as one of the Tres Amigos and you can either find Donald dressed in a sombrero or a Mariachi band outside. If you're one of the parents that seizes all learning activities as I am, it's a great time to explain some of the products sold there, like sombreros, sarapes, etc. And don't forget to either grab a Duffy or Agent P (Phineas and Ferb character) on a stick to not only color but also use as a passport because each of the 11 countries has a unique stamp to collect.
Next comes Norway, a castle that has a Princess dining experience, right up a kids alley. It's called Akeresh. Then there is Maelstrom, a boat ride with a not so scary hill, and some funny trolls. My kids yell out "Back back over the falls!" right along with the 3 headed troll. Don't forget on the way out to have little ones try on a Viking helmet and don a sword and sheild for a photo op with a huge troll.
On to China, which has a character spot to meet Mulan or catch the Chinese acrobats. Plus when you go get your stamp the cast member will write your childs name in Chinese letters and depending on who is working also write down which Zodiac animal each kid is based on his or her birthday. They have a 360 movie there too.
Germany is a great place to see Snow White, grab a piece of carmel, and see the train sets.
Italy has 2 sets of live performers and my kids thought the mime who comes out on the skateboard gondella was a riot. My older daughter even participated in the show when it was time to throw the ball into his fishnet.
Halfway around we find the United States of America, not only are the funnel cakes hot and delicious, the choral group that sings before the American Adventure is exquisite. What's great is the kids can sit around the half circle on the floor almost at their feet so they are up close and personal with the singers as they go through some very recognizable tunes. During the Flower Fest in Spring and the Food and Wine Fest in Fall, the concerts also happen on weekends, my kids love seeing live performances even if they are too young to know who Starrship and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are. USA also has the patriotic band and color guard march around and my kids were both in the "parade" and given a scroll with a copy of the Declaration of Independance on it as a keepsake for participating. Finally, don't forget to snap a pic with some of the toparies in the area.
Moving onto Japan, which houses so many items that are fun to discover in the stores from the fine jewelery section to tasting a fish flavored waffer cracker (they're awful btw but fun to see the kids face when they taste it). While exploring all the Japanese products catch a glimpse of the Coi pond and the drums. And don't forget when you get your stamp they will write your name down in Japanese and possible pass your child a paper finger puppet made from the art of origami.
Next is Morrocco and the live band Mo-rockin (spelling, not sure) is sure to get the kids dancing. It's also where you can grab a photo of Jasmine and Aladdin, try on a Fez, and get your name written in Arabic.
Ah, next we drift on to France. The Eiffel Tower, the Reflections of France movie which is great for kids and adults because the theater is dark, air conditioned, and has seats (unlike the 360 movies of China and Canada). And it helps that the theme music for the show is from the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, any Disney kid would recognize it immediately.The kids can meet with Aurora from sleeping Beauty, Belle or Beast. Marie, from Aristocats has been relocated to the Magic Kingdom.
Over the bridge to the United Kingdom for some fish n chips (one of the best I've ever had) and maybe a rock concert in back or a photo op with Alice, Mary Poppins, or pop into Christopher Robbins bedroom for a meet and greet with Tigger and Pooh.
Finally, O'Canada. The Victoria Gardens are lovely year round, the waterfall is fun for the kids to see and the 360 movies is actually entertaining no matter your age or your childs. It's hosted by Martin Short so it has some light comedy.
And we've come full circle, been to eleven countries and hopefully your little ones love it as much as mine do. A final word of advice bathrooms are located in every other country so if you're recently potty trained like I am, don't forget to stop when you have the opportunity, it's a long walk back just for a restroom.
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