Ziplocked! Kidcot Stations at Epcot Have New Sponsor

We admit it — we’ve been a bit busy here at AllEars.Net the last few months, working hard to transform the site into a more user-friendly, mobile-friendly resource for our readers. So, it’s no surprise that a few things slipped past us, like the fact that Ziploc brand zipper-top plastic bags is now the sponsor of the Kidcot Fun Stops located around World Showcase in Epcot.

Kidcot Fun Stop at Epcot at Walt Disney World

The Kidcot Fun Stops, in case you don’t know, are stations geared to young children located in each of the 11 country pavilions. Though designed for children, they also encourage families 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.

How do you participate in these Fun Stops? Start in any country in World Showcase. Look for the Kidcot sign and the cast member at the station will get you set up with a Ziploc bag “suitcase” (see the photo at the top of the page) and a special traveler’s card from that country. If it’s raining, the station may have moved from an outdoor location to indoors, so look around or ask if you don’t spot it.

The reverse of the cards depict a scene from the country featuring Disney characters. Colored markers are located at each station for kids who want to do a little artwork on the spot.

The Kidcot sites aren’t just about coloring and crafts. Kids can talk to the cast members at the booths to learn more about the host countries they represent. Some will sign the cards or write a few words in their native language.

Epcot Kidcot Fun Stop

You can stop and resume the activities at any time, making Kidcot stops a fun way to kill time before a FastPass or dining reservation. There’s no requirement to visit all the stops, but if you do collect all 11 cards,  be sure to visit a Kidcot Fun Stop to receive your special reward – a postcard from Mickey Mouse!

There are no age or height restrictions to participate in the Kidcot Fun Stops. Children with special needs, such as wheelchairs, also can take part in the program.

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

In the past, Kidcot Fun Stops offered children a chance to color in paper mask, or a paper figure of Duffy the Bear. What do you think of this new Kidcot program? Have your kids tried it yet? Let us know!

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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9 Replies to “Ziplocked! Kidcot Stations at Epcot Have New Sponsor”

  1. We took a white photo frame around and had the cast member write “family” in their native language. When we printed photos we put a family photo from our trip. Turned out amazing! We’re going during the Christmas season this year and I’m going to have the cast member write “Merry Christmas” this time.

  2. I love this and I hope they do let adults do it because I make a scrapbook after each trip and these would be wonderful additions in anyone’s scrapbook pages!

  3. Disney is moving away from plastic straws, plastic bags, and travel size amenities in their resorts to “help the environment”… then turn around and feature plastic ziplock bags?!

  4. So excited to do this on our trip in November. My daughter had no interest in the Duffy one after having done so many, so think she will love this change.

  5. My boys have stopped at the KidCot stations over the years, but were never motivated to find all the stations until now. My younger son, now 11, enjoyed finding all 11, plus it’s easier to carry in the rain and easier to pack in the luggage.

  6. I think the coloring activity is a great add on
    It could be used as “down time” at the resort for youngsters!
    Even an evening activity before bed.
    Parents should pack some crayons, colored pencils, markers (what ever suits the age bracket of the children)

  7. Awesome change! You can only color so many Duffy Bears. It is nice to see something: A) smaller and easier to carry around all day, B) something at least slightly educational, C) something new. We really missed it when they went from the small cutout shapes for each country to Duffy. This new suitcase is even better! We have a full year until our next trip, hopefully this new sponsor will be around for a while.

  8. So Disney claims to be environmentally friendly by banning planning lids and straws (hint: it won’t help the environment, but it will help their profits), and now their new sponsor is Ziploc… who will also be giving out free plastic bags to Splash Mountain riders? Hypocrites!

  9. Be sure and tell your readers that they can stop at the gift shop before they enter the world showcase and pick up a passport that can be stamped at each kidcot location. They are reasonably priced and come with a passport and a button.