While we are on vacation, I can’t help but try to get some learning in – and being at EPCOT makes it pretty easy. This year we focused on learning in the World Showcase at EPCOT, where you are able to visit 11 counties all in one day. Sound impossible? It’s really not, and you can get some fantastic learning in along your travels.
You can purchase a passport book made for EPCOT by Disney that has a passport book, stickers and a fun button. It runs around $25 on Amazon. You used to be able to get them at EPCOT, but this trip we didn’t see any.
We used these books on a previous trip, but I wanted to make my own so we could personalize them a bit. I purchased blank passport books from amazon, then visited the sticker aisle at Hobby Lobby for the country stickers. The girls had fun getting the books ready, and they got so many compliments on them at each country!
Once you are EPCOT, the World Showcase doesn’t open until 11am, while the rest of the park opens at 8 or 9am. You can walk around the countries while they are closed, you just can’t go into and do any of the activities. If you have a Frozen fan in your house, and you weren’t able to get a FP+ for the new Frozen Ride in Norway, go to the ride before the World Showcase opens and stand in line. You’ll wait for less than 20 minutes – and when the World Showcase opens it will over an hour wait!
The countries you will visit are: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, American, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. At each country you’ll look for the KIDCOT sign which is where you can get your passport stamped and pick up any material about that country.
In Mexico, the KIDCOT station is in the main building as you enter. If you go further into the building you will walk into a market place selling lots of souvenirs that you would find in Mexico. There is a restaraunt with seating looking over the lagoon, a traveling band who serenades the customers and a musical boat ride featuring the Three Caballeros. Similar to The Land ride, the boat takes you on a tour of Mexico as you help find Donald Duck. It’s quirky, fun and really low key. Character Alert: Donald Duck. You can find him as you exit Mexico towards Norway on the left hand side.
In Norway the KIDCOT station is in the row of shops opposite the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. If you are looking for Princess character dining, this is for you. It’s buffet style with four princesses who visit all the tables, and Belle who greats you at the door. It’s a little pricey, but watching your little Princesses parade and dance with Disney Princesses is priceless. We’ve seen Snow White, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella and Ariel here. The newest attraction is Frozen Ever After, a ride that takes you on a visit to Arendelle. Like everything Disney does, the ride is fantastic and doesn’t disappoint. Be warned that there is a possibility you may get wet, but other than that it’s awesome. We gave it 8 thumbs up! Character Alert: Anna and Elsa meet fans to the left before you enter the main section of Norway. If you are looking for a quick lunch or snack, the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is full of sweet treats and amazing sandwiches.
In China the KIDCOT station is in the far shop at the end, where the movie Reflections of China exits. The movie is 14 minutes long and shares places and faces of China in 360 degrees. My husband loves it. To the side of the theater is a huge display of Chinese artifacts that I find really fascinating. Character Alert: Mulan. She meets fans either on the right side of the Garden or inside the main building.
In Germany the KIDCOT station is in the group of shops on the left hand side all the way in the back. You’ll know you are in the right place when you find teddy bears everywhere! Character Alert: Snow White greets fans in an alcove to the left right before you enter Germany.
In Italy the KIDCOT station is to your right in the shops as you enter Italy. There are some pretty fountains here, but we didn’t spend a lot of time looking around. Lots of shops but nothing for kids.
In America the KIDCOT station is in the main building where the main attraction is The American Adventure, a 30 minute show about America through film and music. This is also the best place to find funnel cake in EPCOT – especially if you want it topped with ice cream. Yum! America is halfway around the World Showcase – you can see the Showcase Plaza.
In Japan the KIDCOT station is in the shops all the way in the back. Bella was so excited when she realized that Tsum Tsum originated in Japan (she LOVES them!) and was thrilled when the Japan representative drew her a Tsum Tsum stack in her book. You can see it in the video here! The front of Japan has a great photo spot to capture Spaceship Earth (aka the big ball).
In Morocco the KIDCOT stop is in the shops right under the huge arch. It’s a little crowded, but they get kids in and out pretty quickly. This is one of our favorite countries because of the amazing architecture. I love the colors and the tiles and arches – and the tiled fountain is one of the kids favorite things to see. Character Alert: Jasmine greets fans in the same area as the KIDCOT stop.
In France the KIDCOT stop is tucked away in one of the far shops. This one made me nervous because there seemed to be a lot of breakables around it, but we managed okay. You can visit France via their 20 minute film called Impressions de France, which gives you a great overview of the country. Character Alert: Belle greets fans by the water on your right as you enter France. Aurora greets fans in a covered pavilion to the left of the gardens in France.
In the United Kingdom the KIDCOT stop is back in the shops by the gardens. Here you can visit a replica of the castle and let your kids run around the garden *maze* in the back. We love this part of the UK, because the kids and run and laugh and it’s tucked away so they won’t bother anyone. Grab a photo in the iconic red photo booth, and if you pick up with phone you might hear someone on the other end! Character Alert: Mary Poppins and Alice both greet fans at the entrance to the gardens.
In Canada the KIDCOT stop is on the left side of Canada, behind the gardens where the O Canada film exits. This KIDCOT stop is my favorite because it has the most space, has tons of shade and the gardens are lovely! The O Canada film is 14 minutes long and takes you on a 360 degree tour of Canada.
You did it – you went around the World Showcase!! Some tips to make your passport personalized:
- Ask the country representative to write a fun fact about their country.
- Ask for your kid’s name to be written in their native langauge
- Ask for the characters in the county to sign on the country page
- Ask for stamps/stickers that correspond with the country.
This was one of our favorite days on our last trip to Disney World, and the kids have already had their passport books out to show their friends and to discuss all the fun we had.