Kidcot Fun Stops
Epcot

Epcot Kidcot

INTRODUCTION

Walt Disney World planners recognize that young children love to color and collect items. Luckily for young Epcot guests, the park has incorporated these activities in craft stations, called Kidcot Fun Stops, in each of the 11 country pavilions at the park’s World Showcase. Though these attractions were designed for children, they may just be the motivation families need to walk all the way around World Showcase Lagoon. Plus, parents no doubt will appreciate a short break in their touring to rest and recharge.

ATTRACTION


At each Kidcot Fun Stop, children can choose a handheld sign with an image of Perry the Platypus (from Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”) or Duffy the Disney Bear to color. These crafts are sponsored by Sharpie, so the company’s permanent markers are readily available in a rainbow of colors. In recent years, though, cast members also have provided washable markers, for which parents of young children are thankful!

Epcot Kidcot
Epcot Kidcot

 

Cast members at the Kidcot Fun Stops also stamp the flat wooden handle of the sign with an image representing each country. Many add a little extra pixie dust by writing the child’s name in the nation’s native language on the back of the character image, as well.

Epcot Kidcot

Some Kidcot stations are visible when you approach the pavilions, while others are tucked into out-of-the-way corners.

Japan Kidcot
Morocco Kidcot

 

Here’s where to find them:

Canada: Walk down the main path through the gardens and stay to the right, where it dead-ends in a covered area. This is one of the largest Kidcot Fun Stops.

United Kingdom: Find the Toy Soldier store at the end of a line of shops. The Kidcot Fun Stop is in the back, located in an unfortunate spot next to the line for the Winnie the Pooh and friends meet-and-greet. This area almost always is jammed with families going to one activity or the other.

France: Veer to the left of the Eiffel Tower and go inside the Les Halles store. The Kidcot Fun Stop is in the back right corner near the exit of the attraction.

Morocco: Walk through the center plaza, under the arch, and into The Brass Bazaar on the right. Choose the room on the left and the Kidcot Fun Stop can be seen straight ahead.

Japan: Go straight to the back of the outdoor area and over the bridge, which dead-ends in a building housing the Kidcot Fun Stop.

American Adventure: Look to the right of the main building and you’ll see the Kidcot Fun Stop under a covered patio in front of the hedge gardens.

Italy: Go into the plaza and turn to the right before the center stage. The Kidcot Fun Stop is located in a covered area past the wrought-iron tables.

Germany: The popular Volkskuns, otherwise known as “the teddy bear store,” is the site for the Kidcot Fun Stop. Once inside, turn to the left and look for the two tables.

China: Walk along the left side of the water gardens, past the restaurants, and to the large store in the back on the left. You’ll find the Kidcot Fun Stop inside.

Norway: Near the front of the U-shaped plaza on the left is The Puffin’s Roost. Families must walk through the perfume section first before they will see the Kidcot Fun Stop on the left.

Mexico: Choose either entrance to the pyramid and you’ll find the Kidcot Fun Stop in the center of the lobby.

TOURING TIPS

Epcot Kidcot
Epcot Kidcot

 

There are no age or height restrictions for this attraction. Children with special needs, such as wheelchairs, also can take part in the program.

Kids can start at any location. They also can stop and resume the activities at any time, making Kidcot stops a fun experience when families have time to kill before a FastPass or dining reservation, for example.

The Kidcot sites aren’t just about coloring and crafts. Kids can talk to the cast members manning the booths to learn more about the host countries they represent.

Don’t have time to stop at the Kidcot stations while in the park? Go ahead and collect the signs anyway and take them back to your hotel room, where youngsters still can enjoy coloring them.

This is a fun activity on a child’s birthday because cast members often will write “Happy Birthday” and the child’s name in the country’s native language on the back of the sign.

Kidcot stops are open the same hours as World Showcase, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

KIDS AND CHARACTERS

If Perry the Platypus or Duffy the Disney Bear are your kids’ favorite characters, you can extend their fun with other related activities at Epcot. Duffy greets guests daily at his own gazebo in Showcase Plaza, located to the left before the Mexico pavilion. Across from his gazebo is a retail store that carries all things Duffy. Perry invites guests to join his Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, an interactive quest around the lagoon.

Agent P
Duffy the Bear

 

Mickey Mouse and his pals can be found all day long in the Character Spot near Spaceship Earth. In addition, check the daily Times Guide for locations of Disney characters in each county’s pavilion.

Epcot Characters At A Glance 
Character Meet and Greet FAQ

DINING

Food is everywhere at Epcot! Each country has counter-service and table-service restaurants that include kids’ meals for ages 3 to 9. One popular experience is Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. This family-style meal features appearances by many Disney Princesses and their friends.

If you happen to be at Epcot in the fall, don’t miss the International Food & Wine Festival, which offers appetizer-size servings of foods and beverages from many more countries than the permanent 11 nations. The small portions are great ways to allow kids to sample new dishes.

Epcot Restaurants At A Glance
Menus From Around the World
Vegetarian and Other Special Diets

SHOPPING

Many, if not most, of the Kidcot Fun Stops are located inside or adjacent to a gift shop in each country’s pavilion. In these stores, you’ll find merchandise from each nation or items relating to the World Showcase. For character and Epcot merchandise, visit MouseGear at the front of the theme park near the Fountain of Nations. It is the second-largest retail store on Walt Disney World property.


INTERESTING FACTS


Until 2009, there were Kidcot Fun Stops in Future World at The Land, The Seas, Innoventions and Test Track attractions.

Before the Duffy the Disney Bear and Perry the Platypus images, Kidcot Fun Stops offered a generic mask for kids to personalize. Cast members at each of the stations attached a solid-color, die-cut image to dangle from the mask.