Walt Disney World is home to four amazing theme parks that bring guests on many adventures through attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, and more. Many guests who spend time in Walt Disney World love to enjoy days in Epcot, which is an innovative and unique part made up of two different halves. The front of Epcot is home to Future World which celebrates natures and technology and the rear is home to World Showcase. World Showcase features eleven different pavilions which each celebrate a country from around the world. Each pavilion features architecture, history, culture, dining, shopping, entertainment, and more to make guests feel as though they have actually traveled around the world without ever leaving Epcot. Since there are eleven pavilions to explore each featuring their own amazing experiences, guests might wonder how to enjoy it all in one day and get the most out of each moment. Here are eleven secrets to getting the most out of Epcot’s World Showcase.
1. Enjoy Frozen Ever After First
By far the most popular experience in Epcot’s World Showcase can be found in the Norway Pavilion. Frozen Ever After is a boat ride inspired by the recent hit Disney animated film Frozen. Guests set sail for Arendelle where Anna and Elsa are hosting a summer celebration with some of their favorite friends. Guests can enjoy seeing Olaf, Kristoff, and more and sing along to “Let It Go.” While World Showcase opens each morning at eleven, Frozen Ever After opens with Epcot, so guests are smart to head there at park opening to enjoy the attraction with a low wait time.
2. Breakfast In France
After enjoying Frozen Ever After, guests should head over to the France Pavilion for the only other World Showcase spot that is open before eleven. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie serves up delicious French inspired bites that guests simply can’t get enough of. Menu offerings include Quiche Lorraine, Croque Monsieur, and lots of delicious pastries like Croissants, Citron, and Brioche Chocolat.
3. Start At Opening
Once done enjoying Frozen Ever After and breakfast in France, the rest of World Showcase should be getting ready to open at eleven. Guests who want to get the most out of the area should plan on being ready to start in either Mexico or Canada at eleven on the dot to ensure that they have maximum time to see it all.
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4. Take Your Time
Once guests begin to explore the eleven pavilions of World Showcase, the most important thing for them to remember is to take their time. Each pavilion is brought to life through amazing details which are only truly enjoyed if guests slow down and take the time to explore each area fully and appreciate all the small things. Guests should browse shops, stop to check things out, and simply enjoy a slow and leisurely pace.
5. Look For Hidden Mickeys
Like all other areas of Walt Disney World, World Showcase is filled with countless Hidden Mickeys for guests to find. Some of the most popular to look for are a trio of drums on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros and a trio of wine bottles at Le Cellier Steakhouse, but there are plenty of other Hidden Mickeys waiting to be spotted in World Showcase!
6. Enjoy The Films
World Showcase is home to some wonderful attractions, three of which are films that should not be missed. China is home to Reflections of China which brings guests on a beautiful tour of the country in Circle Vision hosted by ancient poet Li Bai. France features Impressions de France which combines beautiful scenery and culture from the country paired with amazing music composed by French individuals. Finally, Canada is home to O Canada!, another Circle Vision film hosted by Martin Short that showcases the diversity and beauty of Canada.
7. Enjoy The Attractions
In addition to the films, World Showcase is home to two attractions which should not be missed by guests. The Mexico Pavilion features the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros which has guests board a boat and follow Panchito and Jose across Mexico in search of Donald. The America Pavilion is home to the American Adventure, a wonderful stage show that combines music, audio-animatronics, video, and more to tell the inspiring story of the American people.
8. Sample Food In Each Country
Each country in World Showcase is home to at least one full service and one quick service dining location and many of them also feature additional carts and other dining options. Guests who are spending the whole day in World Showcase and looking to make the most out of their time should plan on having their lunch be a sample of food from each country. Guests can sample traditional food from each country and feel as though they have had a worldly culinary tour all without leaving Epcot.
9. Watch The Live Entertainment
Each pavilion in World Showcase is also home to live entertainment which helps to teach guests about the culture and history of each country. Guests can watch traditional acrobats in China, drummers in Japan, street performers in France, and musicians in Canada. All of the entertainment in World Showcase is amazing, and guests should definitely plan on stopping to enjoy each show throughout the day.
10. Enjoy Dinner
With so many full service dining options to choose from in World Showcase, guests are sure to find one that will please everyone in their party. Stopping to enjoy a full service meal allows guests the chance to relax, recap their wonderful day in Epcot, and enjoy some delicious food. Some of the most popular full service dining options in World Showcase are Le Cellier Steakhouse, Rose & Crown Dining Room, Nine Dragons, Teppan Edo, and the San Angel Inn Restaurante.
11. Line Up Early For Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
No day in World Showcase is complete without enjoying a showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. This wonderful show is presented each night on World Showcase Lagoon and combines laser lights, pyrotechnics, special effects, dancing water, fireworks, beautiful music, and more to tell the story of how we are all one. Guests who want to make the most out of their time in World Showcase should plan on lining up early for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth to have the perfect view.