• The Top Kid-Friendly Rides at Epcot!

The Top Kid-Friendly Rides at Epcot!

Luiz Alberto H.

Created: Dec 15, 2023

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2024

The Top Kid-Friendly Rides at Epcot!

Epcot is a fan favorite. Not only for adults that want to walk around the whole world in less than an hour, but kids usually have a great time here as well. It’s also a very fun place to bring your toddlers, since you can enjoy the World Showcase while taking your time at your own pace. Just imagine you casually pushing a stroller, relaxing under the morning sun and stopping from time to time to do some shopping. Yeah, that's the definition of a good time.

There are also a bunch of fun rides for kids at Epcot. We won’t list here the major blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Test Track, since everyone should ride them if they can. We will focus on rides that are mostly aimed at kids and make sure your whole family has an amazing fun day in this theme park that celebrates cultures from all over planet Earth.

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We won’t list some awesome things that you can do with your kids but aren’t necessarily rides. We are talking about a long stroll around the World Showcase and also visiting the SeaBase, which is a special place in Epcot with aquariums and different species of fish. Certainly a good place for a kid to learn more about the different specimens that live in our vast oceans.

So, what are some of the best kid-friendly rides at Epcot? We selected a few for you, based not only on how great they are, but also the perfect age range for each one. We give you quick details if a ride is set in the dark, if it can be scary for younglings and any sort of info that can help you decide if a particular attraction is appropriate for your little ones.

Of course, it can be really hard to pick an exact age range which is adequate for each offering, but we tried our best. With that in mind, let us show you a list of kid-friendly rides in Epcot. After that, we are going to analyze each single ride and why they might be good for your children or not. Let’s see:

Good for every Age range

  • Character Meetings
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Journey of Water inspired by Moana
  • Living with the Land
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Frozen Ever After

Good for Ages 4+

  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

Good for Ages 7+

  • Soarin

Ride Height Requirements

No Height Requirement

  • Advanced Training Lab 
  • The American Adventure 
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival 
  • Frozen Ever After 
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros 
  • Impressions de France
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment 
  • Journey of Water Inspired by Moana
  • Living with the Land 
  • O Canada! 
  • Reflections of China 
  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure 
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends 
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk With Crush

40″ (102 cm) or more

  • Mission: SPACE Green Mission
  • Soarin’ Around the World 
  • Test Track

42″ (107 cm) or more

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

44″ (112 cm) or more

  • Mission: SPACE Orange Mission

In-Depth Overview

Character Meet & Greet

Details: Meet several Disney characters and take pictures with them across the World Showcase.

You know what, Epcot might be the place to go if you want awesome pictures with Disney characters. It’s just as epic as Magic Kingdom! Well, I’d say that Magic Kingdom is awesome for classics like Mickey, Pluto and Donald, but Epcot is great if you want to take pictures with Disney princesses. You can find some fan favorites here like Belle, Cinderella, Elsa and Anna. Most of them can be found around the World Showcase in houses related to their cultures. So you can find Elsa in Norway, Mulan in China, Alice in the United Kingdom and so on.

Just make sure to check your park map to see at what times each character will be available for their meet & greet. Grab your camera and have fun!

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Spaceship Earth

Details: Good for all ages, dark ride, educational.

Spaceship Earth is Epcot’s main landmark, that big, white ball in the middle of the park that you probably saw a hundred of times already on the internet. Guess what? This is also a very cool, chill ride. Spaceship Earth is perfect for kids of all ages, since it’s mostly a slow moving vehicle that tells the history of humankind (that’s us!) It travels all the way back from hunters with big sticks fighting mammoths to what we can expect from the future, with robots and intricate machines helping doctors in delicate surgeries.

All of that is told during a 15 minute dark ride with the help of fun visuals and a whole lot of animatronics. Every vehicle has its very own LCD screen, where you can choose from different languages for a narrator to talk you through the whole attraction. It’s a nice touch and a very good way to educate our kids about things that happened a long, long time ago that most of us don’t know about.

Journey into Imagination with Figment

Details: Good for all ages, dark ride.

Oh, wow, this one is another classic. Figment was considered by some as Epcot’s mascot for a good while, before his ride was considered slightly dated as years went by. Poor Figment. Nowadays, however, he is trying to make a comeback. There were even Figment souvenirs and special merchandise surrounding that purple dragon at Epcot’s 2023 International Festival of the Holidays.

So, what is this ride about? Well, it’s a dark ride aimed at kids, a mix of FMV (full motion video, featuring a real actor) and animatronics. During the 8 minute tour, your kids will be able to learn more about the five senses like vision, sound, and how they can help us with the power of imagination. Everything is very cute and chill, and there is even a catchy song to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

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Journey of Water inspired by Moana

Details: Good for all ages, walkthrough.

Journey of Moana launched in 2023, and is one of Epcot’s most recent additions. It’s also an excellent choice if you want to have fun with your kids! This isn’t a ride per se, but a walkthrough where you can explore an artificial forest, take pictures and relax. You have the option to choose between a charming trail where you might get a little bit wet, or a completely dry track to just enjoy the view. The wet track is the star of the show, but the dry track can be a good choice for parents with a stroller that just want to chill a little bit.

Kids usually choose the option where you can interact with water and see it performing feats that are almost magical. Make sure to bring a towel or even new clothes if your children want to go to one of the splash zones, they might get soaked there.

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Living with the Land

Details: Good for all ages, boat ride, educational

Living with the Land is another educational ride, similar to Spaceship Earth. Instead of talking about the history of humankind, however, Living with the Land is all about teaching us about agriculture and how to take care of our land. It’s the name of the ride, after all! Much like Spaceship Earth, this tour takes about 15 minutes, and the best part is when your vehicle enters the Disney greenhouse, where you can see real fruits and vegetables that are usually way bigger in size than what we are used to. Kids love to see watermelons, papayas and all kinds of fruits that are two to three times the size we are used to.

It’s a fun little ride, even more so for the curious children that love to know more about the real world. I can see older kids around 12 yo+ getting a little bored here, but it depends on each particular case. This is also a good ride to bring your toddlers and relax between the more intense rides.

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The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Details: Good for all ages, dark ride.

A very fun and brief dark ride that is perfect for toddlers and young children. You get to see almost every character from the Finding Nemo movies and enjoy a few songs during the 5 minute ride, including fan favorite In The Big Blue World. One complaint is that the vehicle only moves in a straight line, so you are always looking in the same direction as the screen goes by. Visual effects are limited to projections in front of you and there are hardly any animatronics. It all looks very cute, but also very simple.

Not that it’s bad. It’s more than enough to hold your children’s attention, even more so since this attraction is pretty colorful. Young guests who are 12 yo+ might feel a little bored here, but the ride is so quick that they should definitely give it a try. Queue times are also very low, and you will rarely spend more than 5-10 minutes in line.

The best part is actually when you exit the ride and enter The Sea with Nemo & Friends pavilion. This is a wide area dedicated to oceanic life in all its forms, with beautiful aquariums featuring colored coral reefs and rare fishes like the dangerous Lion Fish, different specimens of sharks and even some eels. Kids love to spot all the fishes there, even the cute Clown Fish, which is actually the same specimen as our friend Nemo!

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Frozen Ever After

Details: Good for all ages, boat ride, has two very small drops.

Let’s be honest, there is a good chance that your kids love everything related to Frozen. There is a good chance that you love everything related to Frozen. Frozen Ever After features every character from the movies as awesome animatronics, from Elsa to Anna, Sven and Olaf. You board a small boat and then it’s time to slowly travel through different regions of Arendelle, all the while you listen to songs like Do You Wanna Build a Snowman, For the First Time in Forever and, of course, Let it Go.

This ride features two drops: a backwards drop and then a 28-foot forward drop. So, yeah, it’s nothing scary. It’s not even enough to get wet, but it’s a fun distraction to feel the cold breeze in your hair. Kids usually love them and have a great time, even the little ones. You know what can be scary, though? Queue times! It’s Frozen, so expect to wait in line for around 40-60 minutes during peak hours.

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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Details: Good for ages 4+, 3D motion simulator.

This is a really fun 3D motion simulator for kids around 4+ years old. Sure, maybe someone younger can also come here and still enjoy this awesome ride located in the World Showcase. You do need to wear 3D glasses, and this ride shakes a little bit, which can be uncomfortable for some very young guests. If your children have no problem with any of this, then bring them along for the ride.

Ratatouille Adventure is a 3D trackless dark ride, which is a little bit reminiscent of Magic Kingdom’s Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. You board a vehicle and follow Remy in chase sequences and set pieces across a kitchen, a restaurant and various other locations. Everything looks very cute and cool, and there is a good chance that everyone in your family will love it. 

The worst part is definitely the queue times, which can easily reach 60 minutes during normal park hours. This is one of the most popular attractions in the whole park, after all. Bring snacks or something to keep your kids entertained while you wait and enjoy the ride!

Soarin’

Details: Good for ages 7+, flying motion simulator, you get suspended in the air.

This is a hard one to decide on a specific age range. Soarin’ doesn't have any sudden movements, drops and can’t even be considered a thrill ride, but you do sit down in individual chairs and then your seat “flies away”, as a huge metal arm suspends you 30-50 feet in the air while your legs are dangling. The idea here is to simulate a hang-glider, and they do a good job with that. Make sure to talk to your children and see if they are okay being suspended like that or if they get frightened by heights. 

Other than that, this is mostly a motion simulator with very little movement, where a huge screen in front of you shows awesome environments and vistas from all corners of our beautiful planet. Expect to see anything from the Arctic to the African savanna and the pyramids of Egypt. I do wish the screen had an even better resolution, but it’s not like kids will stop to think about that. If they don’t have any problems with heights, then I tell you to bring them here.

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