Today, guest writer Lauren is telling us all about the Kidcot Fun Stops at Epcot! Next time you've got a little one with you at Epcot, make sure to include these fun stops in your touring plan! Thank you Lauren for this great information! ~Terri
Epcot has come a long way, since I was young. There are so many activities for the little ones to do that keep them interested in the World Showcase. One of my son’s favorites is the Kidcot area. Not only is there a fun… and FREE coloring of Duffy the Bear or Perry the Platypus, it is rare to find a free activity/souvenir in Disney World, so be sure to take advantage of it. The only negative thing I would warn parents of toddlers is that several of the countries use Sharpies. These are great because the color lasts longer, but for toddlers just learning how to color, it can be messy. My two year old did fine, but I made sure I was watching him close to make sure his clothes didn't get ruined. While the kids are coloring, or even if you choose not to color, there are CMs there to talk about their native country. Most of them will also draw the country’s flag on the back of Duffy with hidden Mickeys in the design. However, if your child really loves the idea of traveling to different countries, you might consider purchasing a kid passport for $9.95. The CMs at each country will then stamp the passport and write something in their native language. I love this opportunity to educate my child, while having a great time on vacation. You can find the passport books at most of the stores and for some children it is worth the money. Every kid wants to feel like an adult and most think it is pretty cool to have their very own passport.
There are 11 countries with Kidcot areas, but my family’s favorite is the United Kingdom. The coloring area in the UK is located in the back of The Toy Solider along with my son’s favorite characters Pooh and Tigger. When we were there last spring, Tigger even helped my son color. The Kidcot areas can be difficult to find, but ask any of the CMs and they should be able to help you (there is a list at the bottom of this article to help a little more). If you happen to walk by the telephone booths while in the UK, be sure to have even more free fun with your kids and “prank” call them with Disney trivia or other cleaver things to make the trip extra special. Check out WDW Hints article for how to call the booths. It always amazes me the excitement children have over the smallest things. It is definitely worth a try!
- France – Souvenirs de France
- Morocco – Marketplace (in the Medina)
- Japan – Bijutsu-kan Gallery
- America – near Heritage Manor Gifts (outside)
- Italy – near La Bottega Italia (outside)
- Germany – Volkunst
- China – House of Good Fortune (inside)
- Norway – The Puffin’s Roost
- Mexico – near Animales Fantasticos (inside the Mayan Temple)
- United Kingdom – The Toy Soldier (near the back of the store)
- Canada – O Canada! Attraction exit
Lauren is a wife, mother and lover of all things Disney. Having recently started running, she continues to train for the runDisney races and hopes to eventually do the Coast-to-Coast challenge. Disney is her home away from home and nothing makes her happier than helping others have as much fun there as her family and she does.