Epcot is a great park for school-aged kids, from all of the country pavilions in the World Showcase to some great thrill rides located Futureland, near the entrance to the park.
Epcot has fewer rides that will appeal to most school-aged kids than Magic Kingdom, but the good ones are REALLY good.
Futureland opens before the World Showcase so hitting those rides first makes logistical sense if you go in the main entrance.
The reverse is true if you use the back entrance between the England and France pavilions. It is somewhat well-kept secret.
We also have recommendations on the best rides for school-aged kids at Magic Kingdom.
1. MISSION: Space
It is a centrifugal motion ride meant to simulate what an astronaut might feel traveling to Mars. There are two intensities riders can choose from – green team (no centrifugal motion) and orange team (a wilder ride, with g forces).
The orange ride is intense. Really. Those prone to nausea or with health conditions are urged to ride with the green team. This is one of those rides that you may hear a Cast Member use one of their top secret codes on.
Riders receive flight training from Gina Torres, and then start their mission.
This ride is better for kids on the older elementary school age spectrum. Minimum height requirement is 44 inches.
2. Test Track
Your kids can be official General Motors test drivers!
Riders get to assist with the concept and design phase before buckling in for a wild ride.
Topping out at a very quick 65 mph, you will traverse uneven terrain, speed around hairpin turns, and take some steeply banked curves.
3. Soarin’ (Epcot)
Soarin’ takes riders on a simulated open-air flight to California. Riders are taken 40 feet in the air, so those afraid of heights may want to avoid it.
You are flown though beautiful scenery on your trip out to Cali. You can see the feet of those on the ride in the car above you dangling in front of the scenery.
4. Frozen Ever After
Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Christof, and Sven may not exactly be as exciting as flying to California, but I have never seen any elementary-aged kids get off the new(ish) Frozen ride complaining of boredom.
Located in the Norway pavilion in the World Showcase, riders get to go inside Elsa’s ice castle, meet the giant snowman that instills fear in the heart of my precious preschooler, and enjoy songs from what is arguably one of the best Disney movie scores out there…
…any and all disagreements with that bold statement can go in the comments below. 😉
The World Showcase
This may not be a ride per say, but the World Showcase has a TON for school-aged kids to see, do, buy, and eat.
What are your favorite rides or attractions for school-aged kids at Disney World? Tell us in the comments!