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Have You Seen This Fun Indoor Play Area at EPCOT?

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EPCOT may dazzle with its futuristic marvels and global adventures, but tucked away amid its wonders lies a special surprise for little explorers: Space Base! Located within the Advanced Training Lab, just a skip away from the Mission: SPACE ride, this space-themed playground is a lot of fun for kids.

Think of this play area at EPCOT as a cosmic sanctuary for our budding space cadets – a place where they can climb, slide, and roam through a galaxy of tunnels and play structures, all crafted to ignite their astronaut aspirations. While they let loose and burn off some energy, you can take a moment to savor the marvels of EPCOT. Ready to uncover the cosmic delights of Space Base on your next EPCOT adventure? It’s time for liftoff!

Have you seen this fun indoor play area at EPCOT?

Popular Play Areas at EPCOT for Kids

As much as people rave about the best rides for toddlers at Magic Kingdom, the play areas at EPCOT aren’t far behind when it comes to impressing the little ones. So, before we dive into all things Space Base, let’s get an overview of all the play areas here.

  1. “WALL-E” Green Landing Family Play Zone: Located behind Creations Shop, this outdoor playground features interactive play areas and a jungle gym for kids to enjoy.
  1. Green Zone: Located near the old Mouse Gear location in Future World East, this play area offers fun for kids aged 0-12. Close to the baby care center, it’s easily accessible and provides a convenient spot for little ones to play.
  1. Figment Play Area: Situated at the exit of the Figment ride, this play area caters to kids aged 2-12. With interactive elements, music, and meet-and-greets with characters like Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope, and Joy from Inside Out.
  1. Sea Base & Bruce’s Shark World: Adjacent to the Seas with Nemo & Friends ride exit, this play area includes an aquarium for kids to explore, daily fish feedings, and occasional appearances by Mickey scuba diving in the tank.
  1. ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs: Located at the exit of the Journey Into Imagination with Figment ride, this interactive play area offers a variety of activities, including designing your Figment and creating music on colorful squares.
  1. Space Base: Nestled between the Mission: Space Ride Exit and the gift shop, Space Base is an indoor playground within the Advanced Training Lab. It invites children on a space-themed adventure filled with towering structures, winding tunnels, and engaging interactive elements. With opportunities for climbing, sliding, and exploring, this cosmic playground promises hours of exhilarating fun for little explorers.

Since any discussion about Space Base would be incomplete without mentioning the Mission: Space Ride or the Advanced Training Lab let’s get into the details of those thrilling attractions first.

Space base play area for kids to climb stuff etc at Epcot Walt Disney World

Mission: SPACE

Ready to blast off on an interstellar adventure like no other? Mission: SPACE, a high-flying attraction made its debut on August 15, 2003, and officially opened its doors to eager space cadets in early October of the same year. 

Located in Epcot’s Future World, between Test Track and Wonders of Life, Mission: SPACE replaces the former Horizons attraction, propelling guests into a thrilling journey through the cosmos. Developed in collaboration with former NASA advisors, astronauts, and scientists, Mission: SPACE is hailed as Disney’s most technologically advanced attraction yet. 

You have a choice in your cosmic destiny. Opt for the GREEN or EARTH mission for a gentler ride, perfect for those prone to motion sickness or younger astronauts-in-training. I would recommend this version, as orange is seriously hectic! For the bravest of adventurers, embark the ORANGE Mission to MARS, where everything moves faster and is more jerky. Some people have felt very green after stepping off the orange ride!

To join the Green Team, adventurers must stand at least 40 inches tall, while the Orange Team requires a minimum height of 44 inches.

After your exhilarating journey through space, the adventure doesn’t end just yet! The post-show experience brings you to the Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab, where you can continue your cosmic exploration. 

Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab

If you are with younger kids and want to sit out Mission Space, this is the perfect place to wait for the rest of your family. The ride exit has to pass this way.

The Advanced Training Lab interactive attraction has four areas designed to ignite your imagination and fuel your spirit of exploration.   

  1. Expedition Mars: As you step into this area, you’re transported to the rugged surface of the Red Planet. Here, rocky terrain stretches endlessly, and mysterious caverns beckon exploration. In the simulated Martian landscape, adventurers navigate using a joystick and jet-pack button, their steps echoing softly against the alien ground as they search for lost astronauts.
  1. Mission: SPACE Race: Prepare for an adrenaline-fueled competition as your little ones and their fellow astronauts race against time to reach Mars. They can choose their team and rocket, Triton or Orion, and collaborate to overcome obstacles and challenges. With up to 56 players in the race, the tension is palpable as players strive to outmaneuver their rivals and emerge victorious.
  1. Postcards from Space: Here, your kid gets to craft personalized video postcards, capturing the wonder of your space odyssey to share with loved ones back on Earth. With a flicker of the screen, they’re transported across galaxies.
  1. Space Base: This play area is the pulsating heart of the Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab. Here, in the immersive atmosphere of space-themed exhibits, climbing tunnels and a play area with interactive games.
Epcot Play Area Walt Disney World

Space Base Play Area

Just after the Mission: SPACE ride at EPCOT, a space-themed playground called Space Base is waiting for little explorers! This indoor play area is perfect for kids of all ages, offering an escape from the Florida heat or a rainy day. 

Think of it like a giant indoor jungle gym, full of climbing tunnels and slides just like the old Discovery Zone playgrounds. There’s even an area for younger kids with simpler climbing structures, and an upper level with video games for older ones. 

The best part? After all that exploring, there’s a spot nearby to grab some astronaut ice cream, a yummy treat to refuel after their cosmic adventures!

Here’s the scoop: Space Base is awesome for letting kids burn off energy and use their imaginations. It can be a little dark in there, though, so keep that in mind if your little one gets scared easily. 

Overall, Space Base is a fun stop for families visiting EPCOT. It promises an exciting space adventure that will leave your little astronauts wanting more! 

Retro game at Epcot play area games, Epcot Walt Disney World

Attractions in EPCOT to Pair with Space Base

After letting loose at Space Base, there’s still a ton of EPCOT left to explore for the whole family! If your little astronauts are still on a space kick, here are some cool options to keep the airborne adventures going:

  1. Journey into Imagination with Figment (near the Figment play area): This whimsical ride lets everyone join Figment the dragon on a colorful adventure that celebrates creativity and imagination. It’s perfect for all ages and has interactive elements to keep things fun.
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind: Buckle up for an epic space mission with Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, and their crew! This high-speed coaster is thrilling and exciting, making it a great choice for families looking for an adrenaline rush after Space Base.
  1. Space 220 Restaurant: End your space day with a meal that’s out of this world! This futuristic restaurant is located 220 miles above EPCOT (or so it seems) and offers panoramic views of space while you dine. It’s a truly unique experience.

Even younger kids can enjoy the space theme at Space 220 Lounge with yummy options on their Flight Bites menu. And keep your eyes peeled – you might even spot Mickey Mouse among the stars!

Just a heads up that everyone ages 3 and above needs park admission and a reservation to EPCOT to visit Space 220 Lounge.

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