EPCOT is a great theme park for preschoolers. A big part of having a great outing is prepping before going to the park. I’ve outlined some general tips in my article about Magic Kingdom with Preschoolers. Be sure to check that one out for general tips before arriving.
I think the perception is that EPCOT is an adults park because of all of the shopping and restaurants. But there is a lot for preschool age kids to do and a lot of the rides have very low if zero wait throughout the day.
What to do First
My recommendation with preschoolers is to work backwards and start in the World Showcase. That area of EPCOT gets really busy in the evenings with adults, couples, etc. that have dinner reservations in the many pavilions. Trying to navigate World Showcase with a stroller is really difficult at 6 or 7pm. So the key is to take in all the shops, rides, shows, restaurants in World Showcase in the morning then head towards Spaceship Earth in the evening.
So its not really about doing an attraction first but what section of the park. If you need to, I would buy both Lightning Lanes at Remy’s and Frozen so you can get those done earlier in the day.
EPCOT Attractions with Height Requirements
EPCOT does not have many rides with height requirements which is great for families. There are not many rides you’ll walk by and have to break the news the kids aren’t tall enough.
- Mission: SPACE – Guests must be 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
- Soarin’ Around the World – Guests must be 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
- Test Track – Guests must be 40 inches (102 centimeters) or taller
EPCOT Restaurants for Picky Eaters
There is nothing as stressful as trying to find a restaurant in the a theme park that will cater to everyone’s tastes. It’s even more stressful when you have kids that are picky eaters, or even adults. I’ll highlight 2 restaurants that I think will accommodate even the pickiest eaters. So get your hungry preschoolers across EPCOT and over there ASAP!
This is one of the newest additions to EPCOT and will more than likely be a family favorite for years to come. It has almost everything that a kid would ask for. Let’s take a look at some of the menu items.
- American Classic Burger
- Hand-breaded Chicken Sandwich
- Pepperoni Pizza
- Five-Cheese Pizza
- Mediterranean Side Salad
- French Fries
- Chicken Strips
Sunshine Seasons is located in The Land Pavilion that also includes Living with the Land and Soarin’ Around the World. So if you want to take a quick break inside and jump right back in line, this may be the best restaurant option for you.
- Oak-grilled Rotisserie Chicken
- Roast Beef Sandwich
- Pepperoni Pizza Roll
- Cheese Pizza Roll
- Caesar Salad
- Chicken Drumstick
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Fruit and Cheese Plate
Don’t Miss World Showcase
I think a great idea is to do World Showcase early and avoid in the evening if possible. But that doesn’t mean to skip it all together. There are great rides, shops, shows, etc. throughout the World Showcase. Our favorite is the Japan Pavilion and visiting Mitsukoshi Department Store. It’s the only place in Disney that I’ve seen Nintendo, Pokemon, and Godzilla merchandise. It’s a lot of fun to explore the different country pavilions and I’m sure you’ll find one you love to visit.
EPCOT with Preschoolers – Overall Tips
EPCOT is a great theme park for preschoolers. My kids love Journey in to Imagination with Figment, The Sea with Nemo and Friends, and just exploring the aquarium. The best thing is that those areas tend to clear out in the evenings. So it’s not unusual for those rides to all be walk on after about 6pm.
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