While I encourage all guests to Walt Disney World to review ride descriptions and make their own choices on rides they are attracted to, I also have found it useful myself to read reviews and opinions before riding. Below, please find the current Epcot ride and attraction offerings - you will see Disney's take on it, followed by some brief thoughts from me. The attractions with a smiley face next to them are toddler-friendly.
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The Land Pavilion
Take a free-flying adventure across the natural wonders of the Golden State aboard this thrilling Epcot® attraction. With the wind in your hair, glide 40 feet in the air as you look down upon the breathtaking vistas of Yosemite and redwood forests. Soar as high as your imagination over a world of wonders.
Height Requirement: 40" or taller
This attraction has FASTPASS
--Brook’s Notes: This is a hands-down favorite for most guests, it’s wonderful for all ages, a definite “Must Do!”
☺The Circle of Life
Marvel at the wonders of nature in this delightful film that combines animation, live action and your favorite "Lion King" characters. Timon wants to open a non-ecological resort, but Pumbaa and Simba realize how important the different kinds of plants and animals are to the health of the planet. After all, they're part of the Circle of Life.
--Brook’s Notes: A cute, entertaining and educational movie. Don’t miss this one if you are a Lion King fan! Comfy seats in a dark theater.
Set sail on a voyage of discovery through living laboratories. Cruise through a tropical rain forest, the African desert and the American plains to discover the latest developments in aquaculture and desert farming. Float by experimental greenhouses and take a fascinating first-hand look at an aqua environment with alligators.
This attraction has FASTPASS
--Brook’s Notes: Educational and interesting
Mission: Space Pavilion
This ultimate interactive thrill-packed adventure is as close as you can get to blasting off into space without leaving Earth. Each member of your astronaut team has a challenging role in a dynamic and daring cosmic mission dodging meteors and navigating nebula. Feel the force of lift-off and have an exhilarating, mystical rendezvous on another planet. It's out of this world!
Height Requirement: 44" or taller
This attraction has FASTPASS
--Brook’s Notes: Very intense, if you get motion sick, skip this one or ride the non-spinning GREEN side.
☺Mission: Space Advanced Training Lab
Calling all aspiring astronauts! Burn off some energy by playing Mission: SPACE Race, a competition where two teams are pitted against each other in a high-energy race to see who can rocket back to the space station first! Dock at the Space Base to explore a fun interactive crawl space. And don't miss Expedition Mars, where a joystick and jet pack button are all you need to discover the surface of Mars. Those big and brave enough may also want to blast-off on the thrilling Mission: SPACE. Let the Space Race begin!
--Brook’s Notes: Includes a small play area with tubes for the little ones. Perfect place for the younger kids to hang out while the older members of your traveling party ride.
☺Test Track Pavilion
Enter the hair-raising world of auto testing on one of the longest, fastest rides in Disney history! Strap yourself in to race up bumpy terrain, roar through hair-pin turns, speed into freezing cold chambers, and rush on to 50-degree banked curves at 60 miles an hour.
Height Requirement: 40" or taller
This attraction has FASTPASS
--Brook’s Notes: If your child is tall enough and brave enough to enjoy the high-speed lap, this will be a winner. It’s a lot of fun! At the exit of the ride there are cars on display (between the ride and the gift shop) that kids can climb in and pretend to drive. Another great area to be with the little ones while older kids, or adults, enjoy the ride.
☺The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion
*Scuba certification required; Special tours and experiences require an additional fee and are not included in regular Epcot® admission.
--Brook’s Notes: Huge fisht anks are both on the main floor and upstairs in this pavilion - everything from sting rays to manatees.
☺The Seas with Nemo & Friends Ride
Cruise out to sea in the clamobile! Greet all your Nemo pals as they swim amid the live marine life of the gigantic aquarium. Join Marlin and Dory on their search for the elusive clown fish and encounter dozens of "jellies", a toothy anglerfish, even old friend Bruce the shark. Then thrill to an incredible grand finale, where Nemo and all his friends appear to actually swim alongside the real-life creatures of the coral reef. Delve down into the deepest parts of the ocean in this fun-filled story where the majesty of nature meets whimsical Disney magic.
Inspired by Disney·Pixar's "Finding Nemo"
--Brook’s Notes: Cute and simple, it features some of the best music from the movie.
☺Turtle Talk with Crush
Yo, Dude, come check out this totally cool interactive show. Go under the sea and have a conversation with Crush in his digital underwater world. The 152-year-old sea turtle from the Disney presentation of Pixar's "Finding Nemo" chats, jokes and even recognizes Guests. This is a first-of-its-kind live, real-time animated show you have to see to believe. It's soooo awesome!
--Brook’s Notes: No two shows are the same! Have your young ones sit up front for a chance to chat with Crush (not everyone gets picked), and sometimes Crush will talk to the “parental units” as well. Incredibly entertaining and very often hilarious!
☺Journey into Imagination with Figment
Take a rollicking ride through the Imagination Institute, where that playful purple dragon Figment really puts you to the test! Climb aboard a train of thought in the Sound Lab. Use your Common Scents in the Smell Lab. Watch your world turn upside down in Figment's house. There's no journey like the Journey into Imagination!
--Brook’s Notes: A cute ride-through. Some kids can get scared in the Sound Lab when it sounds like a train is about to run you over! And also in the Smell Lab when you get blasted by the smell of a skunk.
Let your imagination run wild in this incredible interactive playground! Wave your arms and move your body to create magical music, videotape your image and play it back in super slow motion, make up a symphony by jumping on stones, transform yourself into an animal and e-mail the photo to friends, and much more.
--Brook’s Notes: This area is a lot of fun for kids (and kids at heart) - you can run around and enjoy the various stations. An excellent spot to run off some energy, or to stay out of bad weather, or to wait on others enjoying thrill rides.
"Captain EO," the classic musical spectacular that thrilled Epcot® Guests from 1986-1994, has returned to Epcot for a special open-ended run. The attraction's return provides new audiences the opportunity to experience the original 17-minute 3-D production for the very first time, as well as a nostalgic look back for longtime fans wanting to see Michael Jackson in a rare performance created for the big screen.
This attraction has FASTPASS
--Brook’s Notes: Very, very, very cheesy. Yet....strangely entertaining. Some people LOVE it, others believe it’s a waste of time. If you enjoy the 1980’s and/or Michael Jackson, you’ll probably enjoy this! It’s pretty intense though, lots of scary looking aliens, might not be suitable for young children.
Spaceship Earth presented by Siemens is a slow-moving, time-travel adventure through the history of communication, showing how the spirit of innovation has moved people from the caves to the cosmos. Recent transformations include dramatic lighting effects, vibrant new costumes, detailed set decorations, enhanced staging, new narration and a new musical score. Located in the giant "ball" icon of Epcot!
--Brook’s Notes: Educational and interesting, some pre-teens/teens may find it a tad boring, but usually the younger-set are in awe of the different scenes. The interactive ending is always a winner with people of all ages! Large interactive area at the exit of the ride with all sorts of fun stations.
Experience new technologies first hand through exhilarating experiences where you can touch, feel and play with the toys and tools of the future. Become an action figure in a video game. Examine DNA with the "Look Closer" machine. Run a virtual business in Opportunity City. Play the Toontown Tag game. Put your hands on tomorrow's technology today - at Innoventions!
--Brook’s Notes: There are two buildings, East and West. All sorts of interactive games and stations in both buildings. Air conditioned.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure
Get a burst of energy on this fun-filled ride starring Ellen DeGeneres. Move through the creation of the universe and see...and hear...the Big Bang. Ride around, between and under dinosaurs. Float far above Earth with satellites and atoms. See what brain power can really accomplish - only on Ellen's Energy Adventure!
--Brook’s Notes: While I think some kids may enjoy this, it’s a 45 minute attraction!!! Many people go here to nap, since it’s dark and long. It does have some funny moments with Ellen and Bill Nye the Science Guy hosting.
☺Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure
You and your family can be transformed into Team Possible secret agents and help save the world from super-villains during the ultra-interactive, Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, based on the Disney Channel animated series, "Kim Possible."
--Brook’s Notes: This is a really neat game. Kids 3+ will enjoy it, even many adults do! It will take you into a country pavilion where you defeat the bad guys and get to enjoy a good portion of the pavilion.
Visit a festive pavilion with an active marketplace, music and dining, and enjoy the delightful Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros – a delightful boat ride in a shady lagoon at the foot of a smoking volcano. Discover authentic baskets, pottery and clothing in the lively Plaza de los Amigos and mouth-watering Mexican cuisine at the romantic San Angel Inn. Or dine near the waterfront at the quick-service La Cantina de San Angel, or its full-service sister restaurant, La Hacienda de San Angel. And don't miss the fascinating "Animales Fantasticos" art collection, with its colorful folk-art woodcarvings, the brilliant live performances by the illustrious Mariachi Cobre or the Tequila tastings offered at La Cava del Tequila.
--Brook’s Notes: A beautiful, and air conditioned, pavilion! Step inside and be transported straight to Mexico! The La Cava del Tequila has wonderful (but very expensive) margaritas. Flavors that go from jalapeno and avocado to passion fruit.
☺Gran Fiesta Tour
Inside the Mexico Pavilion, experience the sights and sounds of Mexico on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. Take a delightful boat ride and follow the adventures of Donald Duck, José Carioca and Panchito from the Disney film "The Three Caballeros." This fun-filled journey showcases the people, culture, history and arts of Mexico and is enjoyable for all ages.
--Brook’s Notes: A cute and simple boat ride -- toddlers seem to LOVE this. Has a “it’s a small world” feel to it....but without the repetitive music.
Welcome to the Age of the Vikings, where you can ride the Maelstrom adventure cruise, climb aboard a realistic sailing ship, inspect noteworthy Norse artifacts inside an authentic Stave Church, and dine inside a castle at the Restaurant Akershus. And there's plenty of 21st-century excitement, too, including baked goods and coffee at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe; and Norwegian books, fragrances, candy and more at a variety of marvelous shops.
--Brook’s Notes: The bakery is amazing! My favorite is the sweet-almond pretzel, my husband's is the school bread.
Tricky trolls are out to befuddle you as you explore the heritage of Norway in this adventure-packed boat ride. Watch for polar bears and pirates and hold on tight as you plummet backwards into the stormy North Sea! The spirit of adventure is always alive on Maelstrom.
This attraction has FASTPASS
--Brook’s Notes: A bit dark, but generally okay for most children. There is a small drop, but you don’t get wet.
Discover the wonders of China. Be swept away by the Circle-Vision 360° presentation, "Reflections of China." Relax in a serene garden and temple, visit bustling shops with authentic Chinese goods, enjoy the excellent cuisine of Nine Dragons Restaurant or the Lotus Blossom Café.
--Brook’s Notes: The tomb warriors are amazing!
☺Reflections of China
Explore China as never before in this stirring Circle-Vision 360° film that puts you in the center of the action. Sweep from Beijing to Shanghai, from inner Mongolia to the Forbidden City, from the distant lands of the Hunan province to the Great Wall, discovering all the brilliant facets of this Land of Many Faces.
--Brook’s Notes: A great film...but no seats, only lean rails. The Cast Members do instruct you to stand; however, many people do choose to sit right on the floor since it’s about 15 minutes long. Not recommended for those who get motion sick easily.
Enter a charming, fairy-tale inspired village centered on a cobblestone plaza. Visit splendid shops like Der Bücherwurm, with its steins and hand-painted eggs; Der Teddybar, an amazing toy store; and Kunstarbeit in Kristall, featuring crystal jewelry. Enjoy extraordinary food and song-and-dance at the one-and-only Oktoberfest Musikanten at the Biergarten, or catch a quick bite of schnitzel at the Sommerfest. And don't miss the daily wine tastings at the Weinkeller or the delicious caramel treats at Karamell Kuche!
Enter this dazzling pavilion through architecture reminiscent of Venice, including a stunning version of the Campanile (bell tower) of St. Mark's Square, bridges, gondolas and colorful barber poles. Discover fine leather goods at the handsome Il Bel Cristallo. Eat well with sweets from Delizie Italiane and La Bottega Italiana or sumptuous full course meals from Tutto Italia Ristorante or Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria.
--Brook’s Notes: A beautiful pavilion. The pizza take-out window pizza is NOT the same as inside Via Napoli - which has excellent eats!
☺The America Pavilion
Celebrate America at the majestic Colonial-style structure that houses the inspirational The American Adventure theatrical show, the thrilling Hall of Flags, and a stunning, acoustically pure rotunda — home to the Voices of Liberty. Enjoy the rousing entertainment of the Spirit of America Fife & Drums Corp and the star-spangled line-up at the America Gardens Theatre on the pavilion's magnificent grounds. And if you're hungry, you can't beat the true American tastes at the Liberty Inn.
--Brook’s Notes: The Voices of Liberty are amazing!!! A truly spectacular show.
☺The American Adventure
Located inside the America Pavilion, thrill to an epic theatrical event with authentic historical characters, magnificent music and extraordinary effects on stage and screen. Meet the inspiring American heroes who reaffirm the county's greatest resource: its people. There's no adventure like The American Adventure!
--Brook’s Notes: A very educational and moving show. About 20 minutes long, very comfortable theater seats. An excellent way to escape the heat. Children may get antsy. It’s known to be one of the best napping places in all of Disney World!
Enter a serene place with rock gardens, an abundance of water in koi-filled pools and streams, a handsome pagoda and a stunning torii gate. But there's plenty of action, too - with the astounding Taiko drummers, Matsuriza; the incredible candy artistry of Miyuki; and lively restaurants which include Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining and the Yakitori House. Plus shops galore where you can find authentic Japanese apparel, toys, and Bonsai trees. And don't miss the fascinating exhibit at the Bijutsu-kan Gallery: "The Kitahara Collection of Tin-Toys"!
--Brook’s Notes: A beautiful pavilion, one of my favorite spots in the World Showcase. The candy artist is a favorite of many guests. The drummers are incredibly impressive. Awesome gift shop with a “Pick a Pearl” tank where you pick an oyster and can have the pearl inside set into a piece of jewelry.
Step into a faraway land divided into two fascinating sections, the Ville Nouvelle (new city) and the Medina (old city). Discover a bustling plaza with shops featuring remarkable Rabat carpets, woven belts, leather sandals, fabulous fezzes, beautiful brass pots and planters, and much more. Enjoy the scrumptious delights and marvelous bellydancers at Restaurant Marrakesh, the incredible world music sounds of Mo'Rockin' and the awesome artifacts at the Gallery of Arts and History.
--Brook’s Notes: Mo’Rockin’ is very fun to watch! The gift shops here stretch for further than you think and you truly feel transported away from Disney World for a few minutes.
Travel the streets of both Paris and the provinces to find stunning shops with designer fragrances, soaps, cosmetics, wines, dinnerware and kitchen accessories. Dine at delightful bakeries and two outstanding restaurants, the Bistro de Paris and Les Chefs de France, with the food the French are famous for. Be transported throughout this magnificent country in the marvelous wrap-around motion picture, "Impressions de France." And enjoy hilarious street entertainment: Serveur Amusant.
--Brook’s Notes: Another fantastic bakery! The ham & cheese sandwiches are divine!
☺Impressions de France
Inside the France Pavilion, soar throughout this magnificent country in this stunning five-screen panoramic film. Race cars in Cannes, ride boats on the Seine, fly over the cliffs at Normandy, ski over dangerously rocky peaks, sweep over the exquisite countryside in a huge hot air balloon, take a tantalizing train ride into Paris, climb the elegant Eiffel tower!
--Brook’s Notes: A beautiful film that will make you want to visit France. The theater has comfy seats too!
☺United Kingdom Pavilion
Travel thee to jolly old England, where you can stroll through an informal area with a 1500s-style thatched-roof cottage and canal or stop to catch the beat of “The English Channel” at a formal square with a Hyde Park bandstand. Find a bounty of British toys at The Toy Soldier, unique clothing at the Sportsman Shoppe, English perfumes and soaps at the Queen's Table, and more authentic British goods at other delightful shops. Enjoy fish and chips at the renowned Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room. And don't miss the one-and-only Hat Lady who tickles the ivories at the Rose and Crown or the comical World Showcase Players, entertainers sure to tickle your fancy.
--Brook’s Notes: Winnie the Pooh and friends are found in the back of one of the gift shops here, since they are a bit hidden, there is RARELY a line! Great live music, nice pub.
Explore a canyon, be sprayed by a rushing waterfall, be thrilled by magnificent gardens and majestic architecture — Canada waits for you! Experience this wonderful country from coast to coast in the incredible Circle-Vison 360° film presentation, "O Canada!" Shop at the Northwest Mercantile and La Boutique des Provinces, featuring everything from folk art and pewter to plush toys and athletic attire. Eat up a storm at the atmospheric Le Cellier Steakhouse, and be prepared to rock 'n' roll — Celtic style — with Off Kilter.
--Brook’s Notes: A fun pavilion to explore with multiple levels. The gardens are very pretty.
Discover the glory of a great land with the sweeping grandeur and spectacular sounds of this Circle-Vision 360° filmed presentation. You are in the center of the action, surrounded by the stunning variety of America's neighbor to the north, from its wide open spaces abundant with wildlife to its sparkling cities and harbors teaming with activity to its magnificent mountains and shores.
--Brook’s Notes: Funny and entertaining, narrated by Martin Short. Not recommended if you get motion sickness easily. Children might get antsy.