Kids Corner: 5 Best Things in EPCOT

As a quick introduction, I’ve asked my niece, now a very experienced Disney World traveler, to give us the insight of a young person about different aspects of Disney World and what she likes best about them. We don’t have to guess about what our children may like to do most. She will gladly tell us. Any edits I made are in brackets for clarification and I added the photos, otherwise this is straight from her.

By Pan

I have been assigned to write about my top 5 favorite rides in Epcot.

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My first ride I will talk about is Spaceship Earth. I like this ride because you get to learn a little about the past. You descend the “vacation ball” as my brother calls it, backwards and tilted back making it feel like you are upside down.

 

Another ride I like is Journey into the ImaginationIt is about imagination and that you should use it and should not always be serious. I also like this ride because it has a funny character named Figment and he is really funny. This ride will make you laugh out loud.

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I also really like the ride Test Track.  It is were you make a car and then ride in a car that looks kind of like the car you made.

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I also like the Dancing Fountains, kids are sure to get wet when they play in that area.

I also like walking the countries [World Showcase]. You can also get different souvenirs from the country that you visit. My favorite country is either Mexico because it has great food or Japan because you can open an oyster and get a pearl. If you want to go to Japan just go to Disney World and go to Epcot. It will save you time and money.

 

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Hidden Gem: Jumping Water Fountains

With a less than popular ride and a mostly unused pavilion, EPCOT’s Jumping Fountain, today’s hidden gem, goes unnoticed. These simple water features, which defy gravity, capture the imagination of children and can be a cool place for adults to rest while their little ones chase the dancing droplets and get a little wet. IMG_6888They can be found right by the exit from the Journey Into Imagination with (not enough) Figment and the Disney and Pixar Film Fest, tucked in a corner and away from the more well traveled paths.   I remember being fascinated by these as a child, as well as the nearby “backwards” fountain.  Neither is talked about much or featured on many itineraries, but it is a can’t miss for my family. Surprisingly, my niece and nephews request to visit those fountains every trip. There is no line, no FastPass, no extra cost, and no limit. Too often we can let our Disney vacations become a race from one E ticket (popular) attraction to another. Instead, a trip to the Jumping Fountains can offer a much needed respite and a change of pace and an oasis in the hustle and bustle. Remember, vacations to Disney World are still vacations and EPCOT is the perfect place to slow down and smell the roses (sometimes literally). On your next trip, leave some time to enjoy this oft unappreciated hidden gem.

Additional tip, your kids might enjoy the nearby wildlife too.