My Disney crazed friend Lynne and I are avid Disney goers and try to find something new to do each visit. On this particular visit to Epcot, we concentrated the World Showcase, a representation of 11 countries for you to explore, dine, and be entertained in. Each country is staffed with people from the represented country to give visitors a more authentic visit. Food choices and entertainment are aligned with what you might find in those countries. I love roaming through the World Showcase; it is my favorite thing at Disney, hands down.
#1 Sample Coca-Cola’s from all over the world
Club Cool, an oldie but a goodie located in Future World is where guests may sample different versions of Coca-Cola from around the world. Countries such as Greece, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Peru are just some that are offered. Fill up at the self-serve soda fountains with their different recipes, but beware, one version is so truly disgusting that it has several blog posts telling just how horrible it is; but I will not spoil it for you by telling you which one it is. Some of the colas are fruity, some are bitter, and others just downright horrid. It is hard to imagine the recipes vary that much between borders. You can also pick up Coca-Cola souvenirs in their fully stocked gift shop.
#2 Visit Canada for a gourmet sit-down meal, a 360° Circle-Vision film “O, Canada” narrated by Martin Short, and see the somewhat new Canadian Lumberjack Show
Gone is the entertainment by kilted bagpipers and fiddlers because Canada has a new gig these days. Four lumberjacks (one was a lumberjill, the female equivalent) and an emcee welcome you to the Mill Stage as they compete in teams for bragging rights, we inferred. Canada is famous for their timber and logging industries and this new feature was designed to highlight that. From axe throwing, to log rolling, to crosscut sawing, the lumberjacks will entertain the audience and have you clapping for more. Though views are obstructed, the lumberjacks are fun and friendly. You may stay afterwards to chat with them and have your picture made. The show lasts 20 minutes.
To read more about my dining experience, click here.
#3 Enjoy lovely English Gardens fashioned to look like Hyde Park, hear British rock music, and find your family’s coat of arms in the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is one of my favorite European countries to visit in real life so natually I love exploring it at Epcot. Street performers offer celtic style music along the cobblestone streets periodically throughout the day and the pavilion hosts British rock concerts. Try to arrive early in order to secure a shady seat along the streets. Shopping is plentiful as the UK has a soccer store, adorable tea shoppe, store devoted to coat of arms and swords (I love their window displays plus they will look up your family surname on their computer), and one with all things Britain, such as Rolling Stones and Beatles attire. Aside from the British phone booth,the most popular thing in this country has to be eating Fish & Chips from Yorkshire County Fish Shop, a quick-service counter restaurant. The taste of the fish is spectacular. Try pairing it with some delicious malt vinegar and wash it down with a Bass Ale or Harp Lager. Keep your eyes peeled as you might encounter Pooh Bear, Mary Poppins, or Alice in Wonderland here. A lesser known fact is that there is one building for each century of British history.
#4 Enjoy Photo-Ops with the Disney Characters
I am just like a kid when it comes to getting my picture made with Disney characters. Every time I see one of the characters in their designated spots, I dismiss my age and hop in the photo line, regardless of how many times I have seen them in the past. The characters are so fun and friendly, and the smile comes easily for your photos. Luckily, Disney prints a schedule with the times the cast members will be appearing and where so you can plan accordingly. Each park features different characters or characters in different outfits so the experience is always new and fresh. For some visitors, this up close and personal opportunity with these world famous and recognizable movie heroes and heroines makes their entire trip.
#5 Attend a free concert
During Epcot’s Garden & Flower Show, we well as many other times throughout the year, Epcot welcomes you to enjoy their free concerts. On this day at Epcot, Pablo Cruise was playing. I have witnessed people standing in line for hours to secure one of the closest seats to the stage; but only minutes before, my friend and I happened upon decent seats all the way up to the stage. Free is for me and to have musicians I have been signing along with my whole life performing, and to not pay a dime to see them, ranks high in my book for “do-not-miss” attractions.
Check out my other Disney Posts below:
- Restaurant Review- Le Cellier Steakhouse (Epcot- Canada)
- Epcot Flower and Garden Show
- Hollywood Studios
- Hollywood Studios (First Timer’s Guide)
- Epcot– 5 more things to do
- Restaurant Review- 50’s Prime Time Cafe (Hollywood Studios)
- Downtown Disney
- Adventures at Animal Kingdom
- A Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom
- Restaurant Review- Via Napoli (Epcot- Italy)
- Restaurant Review- Biergarten (Epcot- Germany)