Epcot is sometimes known as the Disney park that doesn’t have a lot to offer kids, but I couldn’t disagree more! In addition to the popular rides, Future World has Innoventions, which is a fun interactive play area that can keep kids entertained for a few hours!
One well known activity for kids in the World Showcase is the Kidcot stops, where kids can color a character on a wooden stick (Duffy Bear or Agent P) and then take their character to each country and get a stamp, along with a special hand-drawn symbol representing that country.
It’s fun for younger kids, but not always exciting enough to keep an older kid’s attention. However, on our last trip, we stumbled upon a new fun way for kids to explore the World Showcase – the Epcot Passport. For around $10, the stores sell an authentic-looking passport that comes with stickers that look like stamps – including the flag of each country and a few of the sights from each country of the World Showcase.
At each Kidcot stop, kids can apply the stickers and then have their passport stamped with the country stamp while the cast member marks the date and time of entry along with a note about the country – something like, “Bonjour! Welcome to Canada – home of popcorn!” My favorite part was that in countries like Morocco, China, and Japan, where the alphabet is different from English, the cast members wrote our daughter’s name in that language – super cool!
There is also a spot in the passport for the child to write their thoughts about each country. Here’s one I found in my daughter’s passport:“Mexico – lots of noisy birds but beautiful sights.” It’s an interactive and thoughtful way to get kids looking around and noticing things that they might otherwise just bypass.
Although the passport wasn’t free like the characters-on-a-stick, it was well worth the $10 to provide entertainment and excitement at each pavilion visit around the World Showcase, as well as a new way to interact with cast members from each country. And unlike Duffy Bear, the passport can be carried in a purse!