Touring Plans: How to Tour Epcot with Toddlers

Every Disney expert will tell you a good touring plan is essential for making the most of your Disney World vacation. But what exactly is a touring plan? And do I have to follow an exact plan in order to enjoy my vacation? Can I be spontaneous?

Epcot at night

What is a Touring Plan?

A touring plan is your itinerary for the parks. I like to have a general idea of my day hour by hour. Keeping it by the hour, instead of, say, 15 minute intervals, gives you room to stop and enjoy things, park your stroller, grab a snack, hit the bathrooms, or whatever!

Do I NEED a Touring Plan?

While it certainly isn’t necessary to have a touring plan before you hit the parks, it definitely helps. If you are worried about the lines and the waits at Disney World, having a great touring plan can make all the difference.

What Does a Touring Plan Look Like?

I have put together a basic touring plan for Epcot to help you navigate the park and get the most of your time. These are some of my favorite suggestions that have worked for me and my family. It is best to arrive at rope drop to make the most of your day!

If you are traveling with older kids as well as a toddler (I feel you.. I have 3 kids and the age gap is 8 years from the oldest to the youngest) you might want to check out the post onrider switch,and then look at ourgeneral touring plans so that everyone can enjoy the rides they want.

 

Day 1 Toddler Touring Plan

1st Hour (Rope Drop)

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Meet Anna & Elsa
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

2nd Hour

  • Test Track (If your child is tall enough)
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Soarin’

3rd Hour

  • Living with the Land
  • The Seas with Nemo
  • Turtle Talk with Crush 

Break for lunch

Repeat any rides your kids love

In my experience (especially with toddlers) this is a great time to take a break for a nap. My kids like to head back to the hotel to rest and swim. Especially in the extra hot summer months. Everyone can get rested and cool off before heading back to the park for a few more rides and dinner.

This is a plan that I like to use, but you can easily swap out rides for ones that your kids love. 

Touring Plans Sound Great, But Can’t I Just be Spontaneous?

If you don’t think you can get your little ones up and out the door at rope drop, I feel you. I have suggestions for sleep in days as well. And I also suggest planning out your mornings but leaving afternoons open so you can be spontaneous. Kids never cease to change their minds at the very last minute about rides, characters, or anything else they feel like. So having room for spontaneity, or even just to repeat rides the kids love is a must!

If you are feeling overwhelmed, don't worry! When you book with a travel agent they can help you plan your itinerary. 

Still Confused or Need Help?

I am happy to help! Contact me.

See you at the parks,
-Julie

Check out more sample touring plans here!

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