In part 2 of our EPCOT post we cover the World Showcase part of the park. This section of the park has few rides but offers glimpses into various countries around the world. These pavilions are located around a central lake where there is a fireworks (and much more) show at the end of the day. We did not see the fireworks show on this trip due to time constraints as we went off to see the Magic Kingdom for the evening instead. I had seen it in on a previous visit years ago and it is well worth seeing.
There are 11 major pavilions located around the lake. There are some ferries that will cross the lake during the day if you want a shortcut but the most preferred method is to just follow the path around the lake.
While there are few rides the attraction is the architecture of each pavilion along with food and shopping in each “country”. This may be a bit tedious for small children who may not appreciate sightseeing alone. Still, there are a few things that will get there attention.
We started out to our left around the lake. In doing so our first country pavilion was Mexico. Since we liked Mexican food we stopped to eat there. he selection of food was a bit slim but still good food. The mariachi band was playing as we left. There is also a pyramid that showcases some Mexican history as well as shopping inside.
Next on our journey was Norway. You might ask why Norway? Don’t know for sure but this is the one the kids will want to visit as it has the newly opened “Frozen” ride. We opted out on this ride due to the wait time of 60 minutes on a slow day. They also have a line to wait for your picture with Anna and Elsa.
The China pavilion was filled with beautiful buildings of the ancient China. There is a 360 degree movie shown about China of course.
We left China and headed off to Germany. It’s always an interesting transition from one country to another. Don’t forget to check out the model train pictures in the gallery. These were just next to the German pavilion. Germany is home to Werther’s candies famous for there caramel. Lots of shoppers here.
Next was Italy. They showcase much of the famous Italian architecture here as well as food and shopping.
Half way around the world we find the American pavilion called The American Adventure. The theme is primarily early America. Here is where you can get hamburgers and turkey legs if you are not into food from around the world. There is also a 30 minute film on American past and future.
For you sushi lovers, Japan is next. And, yes, that vendor shack is serving sushi.
From Japan to the sands of Morocco. There is a story about this how this pavilion came to life. It is the only pavilion in which its government helped to design it. The King of Morocco (King Hassan II) sent artisans to make sure things were authentic.
France was next as we continued. Most of this pavilion was food and shopping. So if you want some a French dining experience here it is.
After crossing over one of the major waterways used to ferry people to the nearby hotels we ended up in the United Kingdom. Again food and shopping were the main attractions here.
Last, but not least, was Canada. I really liked this pavilion except for one thing. I took Jan up the ramps to the top thinking that the movie entrance was up there. Turned out to be in a different location at the bottom. I was a little too worn out to go see the movie after the ride up and down the hill. The one nice thing up there was a great view of the waterfalls from above. The pavilion also had a live band playing as well. They were really good and pictures can be seen in the gallery.
While the World Showcase has been criticized at times due to its lack of rides it is a nice journey around the world. Where else can you journey through several countries in just a few hours. It is a great sightseeing adventure and a little less stressful than waiting in line for the rides. Not for everyone but everyone should at least try it once as there is generally something for everyone somewhere during the trip. Combined with the rides and exhibits in this park it is an experience full of variety.
After visiting EPCOT I would suggest a full day at this park. If you have time it may take another half day to see it all. You can just leave the rest of the world behind as you experience a wonderful time.
As I mentioned in the earlier Disney post plan a trip here by doing lots of homework. We were on a quick trip but if you are going to spend a lot of money visiting Disney World, make it count by knowing everything you can before go.
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