A Comprehensive Guide and Review of the Epcot World Showcase Destinations Discovered
Location: 1510 Avenue of the Stars, Orlando, FL 32836
Age Group: Teens – Adults
Number of Countries: 11
Price Per Ticket: $109
Reservation Number: (407) 939-8687
Scooter Friendly Route: Yes
When Walt Disney came up with the concept of Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), it was aimed at promoting some sort of a world’s fair; a platform that would promote a worldwide understanding and communication not just between countries, but also among its people. Opened on October 1, 1982, it was originally named the EPCOT Center and was devoted to celebrating international culture, technological innovations and other human achievements.
Tour of 11 Different Countries
When the 305-acre Epcot World Showcase Lagoon opened in 1982, Disney struggled to get countries to participate. Nine countries; the United States, Mexico, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Canada and the United Kingdom were placed in the pavilions. Since then, only two countries Morocco (in 1984) and Norway (in 1988) have been added.
Besides many attractions, information pieces, dining and shopping opportunities that are unique to each country, there are models of some iconic landmarks and landscapes that represent each country and will ideally make you feel as if you’re actually visiting that country.
Arranged in a clockwise manner, you’ll first enter Mexico, which is structured to look like a Mayan or Aztec pyramid both on the inside and the outside. While in Mexico, you’ll have:
A Gran Fiesta Tour of Mexico with the Three Caballeros
You will be accompanied in a delightful boat tour of Mexico with Disney’s animated characters of the three Caballeros (José Carioca, Panchito Pistoles and Donald Duck). From a tour through the Mayan and Aztec eras, a visit to the modern Acapulco to the culmination of the tour in Mexico City, the journey through Mexico will be surely fun and fulfilling.
You can also visit La Hacienda de San Angel, which is a fine dining restaurant serving various Mexican cuisines from a variety of the country’s region. Other restaurants include; San Angel Restaurante (popular for its Mexican cuisines accompanied with adult beverages), La Cava del Tequila (famous for offering more than 200 different tequilas and snacks) and La Cantina de San Angel (a well-known walk-up food stand popular for its tacos, nachos and frozen margaritas).
A variety of Norwegian cities such as Oslo, Alesund and Bergen are reflected by the presence of a huge replica of the Gol Stave Church. Even though Norway isn’t a very religious nation, the church is used to represent the nation’s unique Scandinavian
architecture and Norwegian cultural history.
This pavilion will afford you the chance of going through the frozen adventures of Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff as depicted in Disney animated movie, “Frozen.” If this isn’t your cup of tea, you can visit the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall where you’ll be served a Norwegian breakfast and can expect to meet one of Disney’s princesses, but that’s during Scandinavian inspired lunch or dinner. Children will really love this part, but you should plan to make reservations months before you visit.
A visit to the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is a must. This will give you the chance to sample various types of traditional Norwegian pastries that are served alongside a unique Viking coffee and beer.
An imposing replica of the Temple of Heaven surrounded by a traditional Chinese garden and ponds are the main attraction of this pavilion. You’ll be guided through what’s known as Reflections of China, which is a tour to the People’s Republic of China. Just
like in the country itself, every visitor is expected to follow strict laws and observe a given code of conduct. For instance, visitors must stand or remain seated on their wheelchairs quietly during the presentation.
Visitors can as well visit Joy of Tea, an outdoor counter-service facility that serves various types of traditional Chinese teas. There are also the Lotus Blossom Café and Nine Dragons Restaurant, which serve a wide range of Chinese foods such as fried rice, pot stickers and ginger ice cream.
This pavilion offers a unique mix of architectural styles and landmarks found in various German cities. From the statue of St. George, a clock tower, an outdoor garden railway through the German countryside to the scary dragon, this pavilion reveals quite a lot about Germany.
You’ll have the chance of visiting the Biergarten Restaurant, which is impeccably set in a traditional Bavarian village and is famous for the Oktoberfest tradition where a variety of German food and beers are served. Sommerfest offers a quick-service eatery for a plethora of Deutsche cuisines such as frankfurters and bratwurst.
The bell tower of St. Mark’s, the Doge’s Palace and a statue of Neptune are major attractions at the front of the Italian pavilion. Apart from these religious landmarks, Italy is well known for its delicious foods and many parts of this pavilion are design towards
offering famous Italian cuisines.
Whether you decide to visit Gelati, Tutto Italia Ristorante, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar or Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, you have plenty of restaurants that are on standby to give you the best of Italian food, wines and snacks. One of the most popular dishes found at the Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is the Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza.
The American Adventure
Nothing arguably tells so much about the United States than the American Adventure pavilion. Whether it’s about the country’s architectural style, cuisine or rich history, this pavilion has it all. You’ll learn quite a lot about the country’s history from the 1600s to the present day.
As a country, the U.S. has come a long way from the war of Independence, the Civil War, the Great Depression and WWII to the great inventors and modern day advancement. The American Adventure pavilion truly showcases the American Dream.
An immense model of the 7th century Horyuji Temple, a colossal blue-roofed pagoda, will instantly capture your imagination as you stroll through the Japanese pavilion. Add this to the traditional Japanese gardens and ponds with colorful koi fish, and you’ll have a real sense of being somewhere in Japan.
Japanese history, architectural style and art take center stage in highlighting this unique country. Besides this captivating history, you can sample a variety of Japanese cuisine in the pavilion’s many restaurants including; Kabuki Café, Tokyo Dining, Teppan Edo and Katsura Grill. Japanese cuisine tradition is wide and visiting any of these restaurants will give you a peak glimpse at some of the best Japanese cuisines ever.
Whether it’s the otsumami-style sushi, assorted Japanese soda and beer, or the joy of watching Teppan chefs crazily flying knives and spatulas as they grill steak, this pavilion will definitely leave you in awe.
This North-African pavilion not only showcases the rich Moroccan traditions, cultures and cuisines, but also factually represents African creativity and resilience. The buildings are built using Moroccan mosaic tiles, but the market bazaar is a major attraction
as it gives visitors a sense of a Moroccan village market right in the heart of Casablanca.
In terms of Moroccan cuisines, Restaurant Marrakesh, Spice Road Table and Tangierine Café will quench your gastro curiosity by offering traditional Moroccan dishes such as shish kebab, roast lamb, shawarma platters and a variety of Mediterranean-inspired
As you’d expect, a replica of the Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline of the French pavilion, which is designed to look exactly like old Paris with its long-stretching streets. There is the Impressions de France, a film representation created using a variety of French classics from popular French artists such as Claude Debussy.
Apart from the beautiful French music and art, you can sample a plethora of French cuisines from its endless restaurants including Monsieur Paul, Les Vins des Chefs de France, L’Artisan Des Glaces, Crepes des Chefs de France and many more.
The United Kingdom
The Queen’s nation is set on a London replica showcasing almost every other landmark that’s synonymous with the nation’s capital. From the tower bridge to the red old-style London phone booth, a visit to this pavilion will give you an actual glimpse of how London used to be in the past and how it is presently.
Hotel du Canada is the main attraction in this pavilion, which nicely mixes both the British and French influence in the country. Watching the O Canada film presentation to learn more about the country’s history, as well visiting the Le Celier Steakhouse to sample signature Canadian cuisines should top your priority list.
To this end, it can be strongly noted that going through the Epcot World Showcase Destinations Discovered tour is one of the best things to do at the Walt Disney World. Not only will you have the chance of getting up close and personal with these great nations, but you’ll also learn quite a lot about their history, culture, cuisine and architectural styles. In short, the Epcot will never fail to enlighten you.
We hope you will have a better understanding of what to expect should you choose to pick this popular tour. The Epcot World Showcase is one of the most scenic and relaxing areas throughout the whole of Disney World. While you’re not going to find thrill rides that are present in other parts of the park, you will find a lot of things including movies, boat rides and sumptuous cuisines that will perfectly give you an overview of the country you are in. In essence, Epcot is Disney’s mini but permanent attempt at a world fair; a pavilion where each country can showcase their lands, monuments, culture, technology, and cuisine. And don’t forget, if you are in need of an electric scooter rental for Epcot Disney, One Stop Mobility rents electric scooters to all guests and users who need mobility assistance to and from the park.
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