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Old 02-01-2006, 08:44 PM   #1
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What am I missing if I skip Epcot?

I have 3 small kids 7,4,2. I am thinking of either skipping Epcot of just going half a day *sceduling a chipndale Character lunch and catching the illuminations show. Is there anything else I need to see? Can I do it in half a day or should I plan an entire day? Or skip it all together? I am already planning doing Magic Kingdom for 2 days. And all additional parks a day a peice including the water parks. I have park hopper passes so I can do 2 parks in one day...Can I do Epcot and MGM in one? Or maybe Epcot and Animal Kingdom?

I am staying at the WL resort and staying 7days *not including last travel day since I leave early* but I get there EARLY our first day and plan on hitting Magic Kingdom kicking off our trip with an early lunch at Chef mickey's then heading into the park.

I have all parks sceduled going on days that have either extra morning or evening hours so we get the longest days...

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Old 02-01-2006, 08:55 PM   #2
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We usually always spend 2 days at Epcot. However if you skip alot of stuff you could do it in a half day.
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:01 PM   #3
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I spend more time at EPCOT than anywhere else at WDW,so I'm a bad one to ask..we are staying at the WL in 61 days..Have a great trip
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:09 PM   #4
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We NEVER would miss EPCOT with our 4 and 2 year old DDs. We just got back last month and our 4 year old would say EPCOT right under MK for her favorite park! She LOVED World Showcase - coloring her KIDCOT mask, talking to the CMs from the countries and seeing the sights and sounds of World Showcase. She also LOVED Soarin' and rode it 4 times in one day while we were there. She also loves Imagination, the Fountains, Spaceship Earth and can't wait to try Test Track during next year's trip. EPCOT is really what you make of it - if you expect to only have a "boring learning experience" that's what you'll have. If you go into it expecting to have a great time "exploring the world" you will have a blast. This past trip we did EPCOT our last full day and wish we had spent more time there during our 7 days there....there's always next year!!!!
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You'd miss SOARIN'!!!! We LOVE Soarin'! You'd miss Spaceship Earth, you'd miss lots of cool stuff. If you don't line up for Mission: Space (7 yr old? maybe. 4 & 2--no.) you would save time. I don't know how you feel about Test Track--that's another long line. I don't know the height requirements for Soarin', but I bet your 7 year old would REALLY like it.

We also go to all the countries in World Showcase. When DS was younger, 5-7, he did all the KidCot (is that right? It's been so long) Stations and that was really neat because he learned something about each country. My mom and I love sampling the food from "around the world." I guess I'm not a good one to ask because we love Epcot too!!!
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:12 PM   #6
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Really what am I missing looking at it online, what are the things that make you guys go? I have plenty of days to make an entire day just at Epcot just wondering why?

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Old 02-01-2006, 09:17 PM   #7
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I'm a world Showcase fan..There is a thread,just a ways down on this forum about things to do at the world showcase..Make sure you take your little ones to Turtle Talk with Crush.We also love spaceship earth.I love the ride sin Mexico and Norway.Love te movies in France,Canada and best of all CHina.. I love to buy chocolate in each of the world Showcase countries.we also eat *around the world* getting small food items to share in each country..Soarin is not to be missed. All but your 2 YO could ride that.Use the baby swap for your little one...Go to the Ice Station Cool and try FREE soda's from around the world.. Explore the shops in the each pavilion in the World Showcase while your kids do the arts and crafts..there are tonsof other things for small kids that I'm missing. My kids are a bit older
Oh yeah..the restaurants in the World Showcase are the best on property IMO
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YOU WILL MISS LOTS, but then again Epcot may not be for you and yours. Future World is the home of Spaceship Earth, The Land (Soarin, living with the land, circle of life -lion king characters, Nestle's exhibit where the children can make choco chip cookies), Innoventions, Journey into Imagination- Figment, Universe of Energy, Test Trak, Mission Space, etc...then World Showcase is home to lots of different countrie with lots of different foods, along with great entertainment, and also some good rides - Mexico and Norway are definite do's....then you have Illuminations to see as the park begins to close down....the children can particpate in Kidcot...each area and country has a piece to hang onto their Mask that they decorate, and a passport that gets stamped as they see each country....but then again this is my outtake on Epcot...but if you don't experience it you'll never know if you would have or had not enjoyed it....the choice is yours......HAVE A MAGICAL VACATION!!!!
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:46 PM   #9
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What will you miss...SOOO MUCH!!!

Soarin' (my girsl 6 & 8 were ga-ga over flying)
Turtle Talk (how does Crush actually talk to the kids, really, her actually talks to them, answers their questions, and asks questions, like he is RIGHT THERE...it is amazing, and different nearly every time you go)
Test track (OK, not my favorite, but the acceleration around teh track is pretty incredible)
Maelstrom at Norway...very fun with the trolls
Innoventions, East, West, whatever (again, not my favorite, but you just can't get the kids out of the place...)
Other stuff you got to see at least once includes Figment's Imagination, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Spaceship Earth, especially before it is gone...

And MY FAVORITE...Illuminations...fireworks, laser light, globe projection show at 9pm each night...will never get tired of it...
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:38 PM   #10
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When we took our 4 kids(14,11,9, 3 1/2) for the first time in Nov. these were our favorites @ Epcot:

Turtle Talk with Crush
Chinese acrobats in China(duh) ha
3 1/2 yr. old loved Characters in Character Connection area.

My 3 year old loved Test Track but the rest of us felt this was the only attraction in WDW we weren't impressed with. Me and a few of my kids loved Mission Space. Wouldn't take your 2 young ones though so could save this for another time.

We did not care for Imagination with Figment - but, the kids loved the photo play area after the ride. Very cool!!

It depends on your kids: I can see skipping the World Showcase and even Illuminations and just do the above few things for a half day at Epcot for this stage of their lives.Don't get me wrong- we loved Illuminations but there's a lot little ones won't "get" about it but if they LOVE fireworks, then they'll really like it. It's a late night for young ones and this really tired us out - but ya'll may be a more energetic or "late night" than my family.

But is anyone going with you and the kids? Adults really enjoy Epcot!!

Oh, I believe Chines acrobats don't start performing until the afternoon/early evening.

Definitely just my opinions!

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Old 02-01-2006, 09:39 PM   #11
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I would recommend half a day in future world for the kids. I love World showcase but our 3 and 6 year olds hated it on our last trip. They like arts and crafts but we just couldn't get them interested in the kidcot stuff. I guess they expect to ride rides at WDW. They did enjoy Imagination, Soarin and all the nemo stuff at the Living Sea. Be sure and see the Turtle Talk with Crush. It was the suprise of our trip, we all really enjoyed it.
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