I will confess…I am a huge Epcot nerd. It’s my favorite theme park in Disney World! I work with clients planning their Disney vacations and I’m always surprised when someone says they don’t want to go to Epcot. What?! I sometimes hear “there’s not enough for my kids to do there”, “I remember being bored there when I went 25 years ago”, “isn’t that the educational park?”. Please say it isn’t so. Epcot is awesome! It is a theme park where there are so many things to do yet many guests walk right on by some of the best activities, in a hurry to get on a ride. Did you know in addition to some great rides, you can also taste beverages from around the World, create your own roller coaster and then ride it on a virtual simulator, play in jumping water fountains, conduct music with your hands, become a secret agent and go an interactive adventure, experience what it’s like to be in a hurricane, go on a piggy bank adventure, enjoy musical bands, I could go on and on. One of the activities my family enjoys doing is participating in Kidcot Fun Stops.
Kidcot Fun Stops can be easy to overlook. They are simply a table that’s set up in each of the 11 showcased countries along Epcot’s World Showcase. The tables will have paper Duffy bear cutouts and sharpie markers. At each table children (or I suppose adults too if they want) can color in their Duffy bear cutout. While they are making their masterpieces, there are Cast Members located at each of the Kidcot Fun Stops from that particular country. The idea is to go from country to country and meet with different Cast Members who will tell you about their particular native land. Not only will your kids have fun doing a craft, they’ll get a free souvenir and they get to learn about each country. OK, so maybe Epcot is educational but it’s fun as well! Each Cast Member will stamp the Duffy paper cutout on a stick with that particular country’s stamp so you can collect them all. Kids will enjoy creating their works of art and you can get some downtime or perhaps even learn a thing or two yourself! Next time you’re in Epcot, slow down and give the Kidcot Fun Stops a try!
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