This year my daughter and I had the opportunity to visit Disney World in Orlando Florida. We decided to make it an multiple day mission to visit all the things we remembered from previous visits and wanted to see again. Our Disney World Epcot Excursion was fun for me in that, now, my daughter, Jenna-Lee is an adult and we could experience in a whole different way.
I hadn’t been to Epcot since I was little and therefore, could only remember little chunks of information about Epcot. I did remember it having an Around the World experience where you would go from country to country. This is known as the World Showcase, where 11 countries are showcased and represented. Each land has cast members that come from said country and also offer food, clothing, architecture and other goodies typical of the country.
Before we meandered towards the World Showcase, we stopped at 2 other “rides”. Jenna wanted to re-live the Buzz Lightyear experience that she remembered doing as a young-in and we also decided to take a peak at The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavillion on our way through. Here are some pictures and short video from that!
Off to the World Showcase we went. Our first land was Mexico. It featured Mayan Temples, a gallery with a large Mayan Calendar tablet and indoor market, decorated as though it was a street market, that sold clothing, art and decorations typical of Mexico.
Next, we were off to Norway where the buildings had a strong Viking vibe. There were venders and restaurants all representative of Norway and to the movie Disney production of Frozen. I was particularly impressed with the workmanship and architecture of the building themselves.
China was next on the list. Here I was dumbfounded by the landscaping. The amount of time it must take to maintain and upkeep such lush greenery is amazing!
It was time to head to Germany. Germany was built to resemble typical German towns with a large variety of shops selling many different German Steins and different interesting types of Beer, along with dolls and cuckoo clocks!
Italy was the next country that we visited which boasted fabulous European style and old world charm. The Bell Tower is what caught my eye with it’s striking Venetian architecture! The restaurants served a variety of pasta dishes and pizza!
The American Adventure is land number 6. It comprised of a 30 minute animatronic stage show in a Colonial Theater. Here you see the amazing ceiling!
Japan was the next land to discover. It was much like China with beautiful zen gardens. When we arrived, there was a fantastic drumming session being performed at one of the pavilions. In this area the building surround a breathtaking courtyard. At the end of the courtyard, there is a castle with a moat which leads to a display pavilion of traditional Japanese art and culture.
The eighth country to come around was Morocco. It demonstrated such a beautiful array of textiles, jewelry and body art! They, much like the Mexico, displayed a outdoor market with ceiling created with brightly colored fabrics.
What would a World Showcase be without a trip to France! What a wonderful display of Parisian Cafes and shops! Many of the shops had a large variety of various wines and cognacs. The joie de vivre is demonstrated flawlessly!
United Kingdom was our final stop. Here you find old-world British charm created by old stone buildings and a Research Center to create a family Coat of Arms and UK Crest. There is typically a British rock band playing in an outdoor pavilion and many characters such as Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland to meet. I was once again drawn to the unique architecture of the buildings and rounded wood doors!
Now you might be thinking that I only mentioned 10 countries when there are 11, and you would be right. We skipped Canada since we live the Canadian experience everyday!!!
All in all, despite it being a LONG day of SO MUCH WALKING, we had a blast and slept like babies!
One of a kind experience!
Until my next post,