The Wonderful Worlds of Epcot Center

The Wonderful Worlds of Epcot Center

I have often said that when my children are grown and gone, I want to spend a week in Disney World with my Hubs and do nothing but hang out in Epcot’s World Showcase. That’s how much I love it.

Maybe it’s just because I’m a travel addict, or maybe it’s because I have come to realize that I will never have enough time or money to go all of the places I would like to go, but I think Epcot’s World Showcase is, as the old commercial used to say, the next best thing to being there. Here is what I enjoyed at each of the pavilions in the World Showcase. Your mileage may vary.

I’ve been to England a handful of times and the United Kingdom pavilion seemed like the real deal (except for the Florida heat). The Rose & Crown restaurant serves great food and is also a nice spot for watching the IllumiNations fireworks show.

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We found this display in a barely noticed corner of the France pavilion. Just another example of how much attention to detail the folks at WDW use.

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The Torii was a prominent feature of the Japan pavilion:

Japan Pavilion at Epcot World Showcase DisneyWorld

However, our favorite thing in Japan was the department store. We chose oysters and got to keep the pearls that they had made. The Japan pavilion also has a koi pond that contains a Hidden Mickey.

I loved looking at all the Venetian Carnivale masks and blown glass in Italy. The outdoor piazza there was beautiful too.

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Germany had a wonderful train garden, and a store full of cuckoo clocks, steins, and nutcrackers.

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The one that felt the most exotic was Morocco.  I just loved all of the brightly colored tile.

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The Norway pavilion had a fun little ride called Maelstrom in which you encountered a troll, but sadly, it is gone now. They are replacing it with a new attraction built around the movie Frozen. We had the princess character meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway pavilion. The princesses were wonderful and my daughter was thrilled despite the fact that she didn’t like much of the food.

We wanted to dine at Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion, but discovered that it books as far in advance as some of the most highly sought after character meals.

We barely gave the China pavilion a second glance. I don’t know why; perhaps because we ran out of time. I am bumping that up to the list of places to check out on our next trip there.

The other pavilion we barely visited was the USA. We attempted to see The American Adventure show there but missed it due to getting there late and the last show had already started.

We enjoy the Mexico pavilion as well. The Gran Fiesta Tour is a fun and relaxing little boat ride through the  pavilion. The Plaza de Los Amigos is a souvenir shop that has many colorful trinkets and sombreros for sale. Eating at the Mexico pavilion is on my short list of things to do on our next trip.

All in all, the World Showcase is a great place to spend time. There are plenty of things to do and see, but it doesn’t seem as overwhelming as some of the other parts of DisneyWorld. This is a great place to relax and enjoy a good meal after walking all over the other parks for days on end.

Epcot Center is located at 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821. Telephone 407-824-4321. Park hours vary by day and season.

One Reply to “The Wonderful Worlds of Epcot Center”

  1. I’d love to spend a few days properly checking out the World Showcase. It’s my favorite part of Epcot and one of my favorite things at Disney itself. Excellent post!

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