Toddlers at Epcot
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If you are visiting Epcot with a toddler it is a very big park and you may need to think about making two visits here if you intend to go around World Showcase. The first visit I would go to the Innoventions area. At the Living Seas you can see ' Nemo' s friends' ' several tanks full of the species of fish seen in the movie ' Finding Nemo' . Children can have their photos taken inside the jaws of Bruce the shark and go and visit Crush in an interactive attraction ' Turtle Talk With Crush. ” There are also dolphins, sharks, manatees and thousands of varieties of marine creatures to see here.
In the Pavilions you can let the toddlers out of the buggy and they can crawl through bug tunnel and play on dance mats.
You will not miss the huge musical, dancing fountains; they light up at night to make them even more spectacular. The Magic Water fountains are a great attraction for the children who appear from everywhere to run in and out of the water. We always used to take some spare clothes and a towel ready because the children do get very wet. The only problem with this attraction is the many crying children when they have to leave!
The Imagination Pavilion contains a big toddler favourite, Journey Into The Imagination with Figment (a purple dragon). This gentle ride is lovely but you will be sure to be coaxed to buy a Figment as you exit through the shop.
At intervals throughout the day, the Character Bus will appear and unload lots of Disney friends. This happens in front of the lake on the Innoventions side. Mickey and Minnie are nearly always on board with other favourites like Donald & Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, Chip & Dale and Baloo.
If you do decide to visit World Showcase first go to the ' Kidcot' stand. Here, your child can pick up a free ' mask' and they can decorate and add to it at every country around the World Showcase. This is a great idea, and even really little ones as well as much older ones thoroughly enjoy themselves with this.
Start off in Mexico where there is a lovely little boat ride which is very similar to ' It' s a Small World” but without the song.
At the German Pavilion there is no obvious ' attraction' , but little girls will love the Doll Shoppe where you can ' build your own doll' . There are teddy bears and cuckoo clocks too, which are always popular, especially around noon!
There is not much for little ones at Italy but you can get them an ice cream! At Japan they can see the huge Koi Carp in the fish ponds. Older children will enjoy the origami displays but these are not really suitable for toddlers.
Be sure to explore the narrow streets in Morocco because at the end of the pathways there is a surprise character meeting spot. Here you will usually find Jasmine, Aladdin or Genie, ready for a photo and as this area is quite hidden away, there is rarely a queue here so the characters get to spend plenty of time with the children. At France you will often find characters from Disney' s Beauty and The Beast.
In UK there is a character meeting spot for Pooh, Tigger and friends. Children love the hidden maze which is behind the gift shop, be sure not too lose them!
All around World Showcase there are street entertainers throughout the day, the little ones often like to sit in their buggies and watch them. There is also a fantastic firework display at Epcot at night but it can be very noisy and may scare your little ones.
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