Epcot World Showcase lets you travel around the world without the need of a passport. Eleven international pavilions surround a 40 acre Lagoon.
Experience the culture of each country with entertainment, merchandise and, of course, food. Some, if not all, of the countries have an attraction, informative movie or ride to further immerse you in the culture. Even the landscaping in the individual countries uses native plants and trees and flowers. In fact, you will see beautiful landscaping throughout Epcot.
So put on your walking shoes and take a leisurely stroll around the Lagoon to "travel" the world.
Even though most adults really like to walk around and soak up the atmosphere of each country, some children might be a little bored.
Make sure you give them a chance to participate in the Kidcot activities that are located in each of the different countries. These activities will keep them busy for a few minutes while you look around in some of the shops.
Some parents are afraid that their children will not like visiting the countries at Epcot World Showcase. Our children have always liked to visit (and eat)their way around the pavilions. Maybe theie opinions can help you plan your vacation. How? They have given their likes and dislikes for each country in the form of kid commentary which is represented by the character icons below. Be sure to check out what they have to say!
These are the countries that you will encounter if you travel counter clockwise around the lagoon.
Around the World at Epcot -A two hour segway tour around the Lagoon. Learn about the history, architecture and culture of the different Epcot World Showcase pavilions.
Tours are daily at 7:45, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 a.m. and start from the guest relations lobby inside the main Epcot entrance. The minimum age is 16; the maximim weight is 250 pounds, minimum weight is 100 pounds. The price is $95 per person. Park admission is required.
World Showcase Entertainment
American Gardens Theater -This outdoor amphitheater is located in the American Adventure pavilion beside the lagoon. The theater hosts a variety of different live entertainment events througout the year. check a times guide to see if any special events are taking place during the time of your visit.
Illuminations-Reflections of Earth- Every night (weather premitting) this laser and fireworks show light of the sky over the lagoon. Reflections presents the history of the earth usings fireworks, lasers, music and fountains. The show lasts about 15 minutes and is visible from anywhere around the promanade. The show starts each night at park closing so make sure to get a good viewing spot to watch the show. It is a perfect way to end a perfect day at the park.
Kidcot Fun Stops- Each pavilion has an activity area for children. Young guests can play games and make crafts in these areas that are related to the cultures of the countries they are visiting.
World Showcase Performers- The performance changes with the different countries. Some of the shows include a Canadian rock band, a Mexican mariachi band, Moroccan belly dancers, Chinese acrobats and African storytellers. Pick up a times guide when you enter the park for up to date times for these entertaining performances.