Exploring Epcot World Showcase

Epcot gets mixed reactions when I listen to people asking which Disney park to visit. Personally I love everything about Epcot and really enjoy exploring Epcot World Showcase. There is some much to see and do, much of it hidden at first glance. There is also plenty of things to do at Epcot with kids.

Epcot holds various festivals through the year including the Food and Wine festival in the Autumn (Fall), Flower and Garden festival in the Spring and the Festival of the Arts at the beginning of the year.

Epcot world showcase

We were lucky enough to visit during Flower and Garden season in 2016, and will be there again at the same time in 2019.

There are currently 11 Epcot World Showcase countries, also known as pavilions, each one I feels offers an amazing representative of the native country. When visiting Epcot World Showcase, you will find yourself always walking around the lagoon in a clockwise or anti clockwise direction.

We often start in Canada and walk around anti clockwise, but the last time we visited we walked clockwise and it felt very strange for us. The distance around Epcot World Showcase is approximately 1.2 miles which really does build up the amount of steps you find yourself walking at Disney World in a day.

Canada

Starting Epcot World Showcase in Canada as that feels more natural for us, we always stop off at the merchandise stalls as Hubby is a big hockey fan. He will often find a new t-shirt to bring home with him.

Food & Drink

Le Cellier is a two credit dining plan table service restaurant known for its amazing steak. One day we will book a table here

Entertainment

You can find the band Alberta Bound playing in the Canada pavilion of Epcot World Showcase on varying days of the week.

Attractions

O’Canada is a circle vision theatre show

Epcot world showcase uk pavilion

UK

Onwards through Epcot World Showcase towards the UK pavilion. We love to stop here and visit the red phone box and visit the Twinnings Tea shop. It’s full of character and charm, and I could honestly spend hours in the UK pavilion.

Food & Drink

You have the choice of the Yorkshire County Fish shop, the quick service location, or the Rose and Crown pub for your table service meal. We haven’t sampled either locations, however the Rose and Crown is on our list for 2019.

Attractions

There are no attractions or entertainment as such in the UK pavilion, however you may spot Mary Poppins out for a meet and greet opportunity along your way.

France

As you enter France, there is also a walkway to the side which leaves the park through the International Gateway. The path leads to a lovely short walk along to the friendship boats which will take you to the Yacht and Beach Club, or across to Hollywood Studios. You can also walk for around five minutes to the Yacht and Beach Club resorts.

Food & Drink

Le Chefs De France and Monsieur Paul are your table service restaurants in the France pavilion. Quick service and snack options can be found at  Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie and L’Artisan des Glaces.

Entertainment

Impressions De France is an 18 minute film in an air conditioned space should you need a rest from the heat.

Attractions

There are rumours that a Ratatouille attraction will be added to the France pavilion of Epcot World Showcase in the future. You may also find Belle in her blue dress in France to meet and chat with.

Epcot world showcase

Morocco

The Morocco pavilion is very pretty, and you will find as you walk around Epcot World Showcase that as you go from one country to the next, you are instantly transformed. The theming is brilliantly seamless.

Food & Drink

You have options of eating at Spice Road Table or Restaurant Marrakesh as your table service restaurant. The quick service locations is The Tangerine Cafe and Moorish Cafe and Pastry Shop.

Entertainment

You can find the band Musique Aramenco playing at varying times during the week.

Japan

We have spent quite a bit of time in the Japan pavilion. There are some great Hidden Mickeys to be found here, and it has a very relaxing feel to it with waterfalls and big fish to spot.

Food & Drink

Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining are your table service restaurant choices in the Japan pavilion. Teppan Edo is a dining experience we really want to try on our next visit.

Quick service choices are Katsura Grill. We enjoyed a lovely Katsura chicken curry here on our first visit to Walt Disney World.

Epcot world showcase Japan pavilion

USA

The USA pavilion is almost halfway around Epcot World Showcase and is a huge space. There is plenty of seating next to the open air stage to sit and rest when there is no entertainment.

Food & Drink

The USA pavilion doesn’t have a table service restaurant, however the Liberty Inn is a great quick service choice and one we have enjoyed in the past. You can also visit the Fife & Drum for snack options.

Entertainment

There is plenty of live music at varying times performing around the USA pavilion. It’s an easy place to spend a few hours as you relax and enjoy the entertainment.

Attractions

The American Adventure is a half an hour show based on all things America.

Italy

I love the Italian pavilion, it feels full of charm and ambience. It’s not a very large pavilion as you walk around the perimeter of Epcot world showcase however there is plenty to be seen tucked away.

Food & Drink

Your table service options in the Italy pavilion are Via Napoli, a lovely restaurant that we have enjoyed eating in. They serve great pizzas. Your other table service option is Tutto Italia restaurant. There isn’t a quick service location however there are stalls where you can purchase snacks.

Entertainment

You may be lucky enough to sport Sergio the juggler and mime as you wander through Italy. We haven’t spotted him yet on our visits.

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via Napoli pizza

Germany

Hubby will often head for the Germany pavilion to get a German beer. He’s never quite sure of what he’s asking for but seems to enjoy them all the same.

Food & Drink

Your table service restaurant options are Biergarten, a dinner and show where you can find yourself seated on large tables with other diners.

If this isn’t your idea of fun, then you could opt for the quick service location, the Sommerfest to try pretzels, frankfurters and plenty more.

Entertainment

You can expect to see The Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band at varying times during the week.

China

The China pavilion is bright and vibrant as you walk into it. I love the little trinkets you can spot in the kiosks along the way.

Food & Drink

One of our favourite quick service locations in Epcot is the Lotus Blossom Cafe. We always stop off for a stick orange chicken and rice. It’s so tasty and filling. Your table service option is Nine Dragons Restaurant.

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Entertainment

The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats are around at varying times to entertain. We keep missing them and one day I really hope to see them.

Attractions

You may want to check out the Reflections of China show, a 360 circle vision show.

lotus blossom cafe

Norway

The Norway pavilion is now home to Anna and Elsa when they moved across from the Magic Kingdom.

Food & Drink

The popular Princess themed character restaurant Akershus is your table service restaurant and a good alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom.

Entertainment

Pop in to see Anna and Elsa in their new home the Royal Sommerhus.

Attractions

Frozen Ever After is the newest attraction in the Norway pavilion taking the spot from Maelstrom.

Mexico

The Mexico pavilion is home to a wide variety of options, plenty that we have to explore.

Food & Drink

Your table service options in the Mexico pavilion are La Hacienda de San Angel and the San Angel Inn. For a quick service option you can experience La Cantina de San Angel. I keep meaning to pop by and order some nachos when we’re visiting.

Attractions

The Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros is a fun boat ride inside the pavilion. Another attraction we have yet to experience that will need rectifying on a future visit.

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Epcot world showcase

Exploring Epcot World Showcase

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  1. May 8, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Epcot is my favourite park as I love the different vibes you get from visiting. We usually do the rides one day and then return and do the World Showcase another day. Teppan Edo is a brilliant dining experience, we loved it when we went in 2013 x

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