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Old 02-01-2006, 09:46 PM   #16
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I think people who don't appreciate live entertainment for whatever reason end up feeling like it is okay to skip Epcot. A lot of people are very focused on rides and technology based attractions and don't realize how magical the live performances are for kids of all ages. Kids also really seem to enjoy meeting and interacting with the cast members from around the world over in WS. I know that I see so many children who are absolutely enchanted with the live entertainment (Dragon Legend Acrobats, Off Kilter, World Showcase Players, etc) get dragged away because the parents are eager to be off to sample the next beer or check out the next thrill ride.

Not saying everyone has to like Epcot or that it is wrong to skip it if it just doesn't suit your style but I do encourage everyone to give Epcot a chance to enchant you.
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I think people who don't appreciate live entertainment for whatever reason end up feeling like it is okay to skip Epcot. A lot of people are very focused on rides and technology based attractions and don't realize how magical the live performances are for kids of all ages. Kids also really seem to enjoy meeting and interacting with the cast members from around the world over in WS. I know that I see so many children who are absolutely enchanted with the live entertainment (Dragon Legend Acrobats, Off Kilter, World Showcase Players, etc) get dragged away because the parents are eager to be off to sample the next beer or check out the next thrill ride.

Not saying everyone has to like Epcot or that it is wrong to skip it if it just doesn't suit your style but I do encourage everyone to give Epcot a chance to enchant you.
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:53 PM   #18
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After my first trip I hated Epcot, but I realized after my second trip that I missed EVERYTHING! Now my DSs (ages 9, 6 & 6) and DH beg to go to Epcot, and as "chief planner" I am happy to oblige whenever they want. I am glad you've decided to go. Take some time doing research on what is there and where it all happens and have a blast.
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:58 PM   #19
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Our kids really didn't like Epcot when we first went to WDW, and the kids were young. But we made them go any way because as adults we saw the beauty of it. As the kids grew they began to enjoy it more and more and now it's their favorite park.

I would say even if you don't think they'll have a great time now, at least spend some time there showing them all the things you think are cool: The live entertainment, talking to CM's from other countries, The Living Seas, The Land, Journey into Imagination, some fantastic restaurants in the WS, the World Showcase Players, The Malestrom, Oh Canada, Margaritas in Mexico .....I could go on and on.

The most important thing I tell everyone when they ask about Epcot is: TAKE YOUR TIME. Explore all the countries. All the little nooks and crannies. It's the little things that make Epcot special.
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Old 02-01-2006, 10:10 PM   #20
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For me, the park I'd miss if I had to miss one is Animal Kingdom. I think you could do EPCOT and MGM in one day if you didn't do much in World Showcase (and if your kids are really small, I think they'd get more out of the other stuff anyway), and because MGM is so close, to EPCOT you could do it, too. If I had to choose between Illuminations and Fantasmic, I'd pick Fantasmic. I think MGM and Magic Kingdom are my favorite parks, but I also never miss EPCOT. I think you should look at the sites online and decide what's the best use of your time for you and your family. I'm sure whatever you decide, you'll have a magical vacation.

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Old 02-01-2006, 11:58 PM   #21
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It's funny... our "skip" park would be MGM. It 'does' have one of the COOLEST
rollercoasters ever, but IMHO, on a hot day it's the hottest park, for whatever
reason.

When our DD's were younger (they're 17 and 12 now) we'd spend most of
our time at EC -we loved the World Showcase.. eating, etc around the WS, and
watching the shows...

One of our favorite things happened when our oldest DD was somewhere around 4 or so... We were looking for characters.. and my DW asked if we
knew where Ti double gg r was today.. and my DD piped up from the stroller
with "and that spells Tigger!!!'' we laughed so hard we just about crashed the
stroller...

With younger kids, the Kidcot stuff might be lotsa fun, the shows (if your kids
like that kinda stuff) would be good.. Maelstrom in Norway, Figment,
The Living Seas (the aquarium kept our dd's entrancef for HOURS!)...
Innoventions, Universe of Energy.. Test Track (depending on age)..

Our DD's now say that EC is their favorite park......

It can be a surprisingly good park for kids...

have fun!!!

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Old 02-02-2006, 12:42 AM   #22
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If you don't already have it, The Unofficial Guide to WDW would be a great
book to find out all the details about each attraction/ride at Epcot.
It helped me tremendously in my planning for the children.
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