Epcot with Preschoolers (1)

 

With all the attractions specifically for preschoolers at the other parks, Epcot seems like it might be a bore. But make no mistake, Epcot can be fun for adults and preschoolers alike!

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a great place to start with your little one. Climb aboard a Clamobile and have your preschooler find Nemo among the fish in the aquarium. When you are finished, take in a Turtle Talk with Crush – an interactive experience where the kids are integral to the show. Be sure to prepare your preschooler with a question they can ask Crush before they go in, so that they get an opportunity to be part of the show. 

If some in your group want to take in some of the bigger rides, like Test Track or Mission Space, know there is a great indoor, air-conditioned area you can wait with your preschooler. To get to it, go through the store at the end of Mission Space and you’ll walk out into Space Base which includes a space themed playground for the kids. They will climb until their hearts content and the time spent waiting for your friends and family to finish their ride will pass in what seems like an instant.

World Showcase doesn’t need to be avoided with preschoolers but make sure you have a stroller to handle the long trek around World Showcase Lagoon. Many characters can be found in their native countries and the lines for pictures are generally shorter than those in other parks, not to mention the backdrops for those pictures are beautiful. Find the KidCot station in each country and let you child color a cardboard cutout of Duffy the Bear and get Duffy’s carrying stick stamped with a stamp unique to each country. When visiting Mexico, be sure to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros.

This is a lot more to do with preschoolers at Epcot than just these highlights mentioned. Take your time, enjoy the day and make sure to have Epcot part of your dream Walt Disney World vacation with your precious preschooler!

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist

Headed to Disney World with Preschoolers? Hollywood Studios should NOT be missed!!! There is lots of fun and experiences to enjoy with your preschoolers at Hollywood Studios.

Toy Story Mania is first on the list for preschoolers. For any Toy Story fan, this is the ultimate ride of fun. Stepping into Andy’s room complete with Candyland pieces, View Master slides, and Lincoln Logs, your kids will delight in seeing all of Andy’s oversized toys as the prepare for an interactive, midway-style 4D adventure. Be sure to head here first, grab a fast pass for later and get in line to take a ride. This is one adventure everyone in the family will want to ride more than once. You will find Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Andy’s Army Men also in this area for meet-n-greets.

Next, head over to Animation Courtyard to the enjoy Disney Junior – Live on Stage. Try to sit in the middle of the room to enjoy this new updated interactive show now featuring Doc McStuffins, Sophia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, as well as our favorite characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The kids will delight in some surprising special features that occur during the show. Also in this area, you will find the Voyage of The Little Mermaid. Be sure to stop in the Magic of the Disney Animation. At the end of this experience, you will exit out to a meet-n-greet with more great Disney characters. You can often find Sorcerer Mickey, the Incredibles and recent Disney film characters, like Wreck-It Ralph and Vanelope, who are ready to sign autographs and take pictures.

You will want to have a prime seat (we like sitting on Hollywood Boulevard) for the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun! Parade that happens every day at 3:00 p.m. Preschoolers will love seeing all their favorite Pixar characters from Monsters Inc., UP!, Toy Story and A Bug’s Life dancing and interacting with guests as they parade through the main streets of Hollywood Studios.

At the Streets of America, your little ones will love meeting up with Phineas and Ferb, Lightening McQueen and Mater, and Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc. Muppet Vision 3D movie and the Honey, I Shrunk The Kid’s Movie Set playground is also located here. If your preschoolers are still up for more fun, there is the Beauty and the Beast live show, Star Wars flight simulator (height requirement) and Fantasmic!- the nighttime laser and light, fireworks spectacular event everyone will enjoy.

If your headed to Walt Disney World with your preschooler, you will find a lifetime of smiles and memories made at Hollywood Studios theme park.

 

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

 

Disney is known for its amazing entertainment. On your next Disney World Vacation, be sure to check out some of these live stage shows that will be sure to delight and amaze you!

At Magic Kingdom, Dream Along with Mickey is set in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Featuring not only all the classic Disney Characters, princesses and princes, many of their arch enemies show up to sing, dance and entertain you as the battle between good and evil  is reenacted.

Hollywood Studios stage shows are available for those young and old. For the littlest of your group, Disney Junior – Live on Stage! might be their favorite. Planning Minnie’s best ever birthday party, you’ll see Handy Manny, Little Einsteins and Jake and the Neverland Pirates all come together to create a memorable day for Minnie. When the kids aren’t seated on the ground to watch, they will be jumping and dancing right along with their Disney friends and squealing with delight when bubbles start floating down from the ceiling.

Another favorite show at Hollywood studios is the reenactment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The costumes and scenery will amaze you as they are able to recreate scenes from the movie with dancing plates and cutlery in such creative and spectacular ways.

If you are a fan of reality TV, be sure to check out An American Idol Experience and even try out for a coveted stage performance. Guests of Hollywood Studios are featured in this singing competition where the audience members become the judges of the day. The best of the day’s performances compete for a Dream Ticket performance at a regional American Idol audition. You might see the next American Idol when you are there!

At Animal Kingdom you will not want to miss Festival of The Lion King and Finding Nemo – The Musical. At Festival of The Lion King, the audience is divided up into four animal groups for the celebration. You will be in awe watching the acrobats and fire juggler along with the other performers. The show appeals to all ages and you end up happily humming the songs all the rest of the day at the park.

The story of Nemo is weaved perfectly through puppetry and song in Finding Nemo – The Musical.  You feel a part of the ocean when sea life characters wind their way through the audience and bubbles float down from the above. Catch a seat right by the runway off the stage and Nemo may even come out and give you a good look in the eye!

Disney World is such a great place to see top of the line stage shows. Be sure to catch some of them on your next vacation and let us know what your favorite shows are!

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist