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Epcot is made up of two very different parts: Future World and World Showcase. Each has its own vibe and amazing attractions. In World Showcase, you will find 11 countries along a promenade with scale models of famous landmarks in each. There are a ton of interesting things to see and do in each country. Here are the 10 best Magical Must-Do’s in Epcot’s World Showcase. You don’t want to miss any of these!
1. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
This is the nightly fireworks show at Epcot. It involves fireworks, fire, and lasers all set to a beautiful musical score. The centerpiece of the show is a huge globe on a floating barge in the middle of the lagoon. The globe is covered in LED lights, which makes it the most unique video screen you’ve ever seen. All of the fireworks are shot off around it in the lagoon. The lasers all originate from the different countries in World Showcase. You can see the show from all around World Showcase Lagoon. I love the music of this show.
2. The inside of the Mexican pyramid
The anchor of the Mexico pavilion is a Mayan pyramid. The Plaza de los Amigos, located inside the pyramid, houses most of Mexico’s offerings. It is beautiful inside this pavilion. The Plaza resembles a bustling marketplace under a starry twilight sky. A volcano and another pyramid located along the back wall serve as a backdrop to the lively nighttime environment. At the front of the pavilion, talented artisans and craftsmen are making and selling their wares in the marketplace. In the front right corner, you will see La Cava del Tequila, a popular tequila bar. In the back left corner, you can ride the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. Also in the back of the pavilion is San Angel Inn Restaurante, which sits directly in front of the volcano and pyramid and overlooks the beginning of the Gran Fiesta Tour.
3. The Temple of Heaven and the Tomb Warriors in China
The round Temple of Heaven, which is a one-half scale model of the Beijing Temple, anchors the China pavilion. It is highly detailed and beautiful, both inside and out. The temple is also acoustically perfect and very symbolic of various aspects of the Chinese culture. Going inside the pavilion will lead you to the Reflections of China movie and a gallery showcasing a scale model of the famous tomb warriors from ancient China. Even these replicas, which are smaller than the originals, are impressive to see.
4. The miniature train set in Germany
The miniature train set is a small attraction in Germany, but it provides a lot of entertainment for kids and adults alike. It is a large train set with multiple tracks and trains running through a German-style town and countryside. It is fascinating for kids to watch the trains go around and around. I love looking at all of the little details in the town. Sometimes, you will also see some uninvited visitors when a small lizard or rabbit decides to explore the town up close.
5. The hedge garden in United Kingdom
For a quiet break from the crowds, head to the back of the United Kingdom pavilion. Along the side and behind the shops, there is a hedge garden with a courtyard and gazebo. Sometimes, you can hear live music in the gazebo. The garden is beautiful. The whole area is quiet, relaxing, and sparsely populated, especially when the band is not playing. If you have a small child that needs a place to take a nap or burn a little energy, this is a great place.
6. Teppan Edo
Teppan Edo is one of three restaurants in the Japan pavilion. You can find it tucked away on the second floor above the Mitsukoshi store next to Tokyo Dining. In fact, the two restaurants share a hostess desk and waiting area. Teppan Edo is a hibachi style restaurant with delicious food and great entertainment. We tried it on our last trip, and it is now on our must-do list of restaurants!
7. American Adventure
Now, in full disclosure, I am the only one in my family who feels that the American Adventure show is a must-do. While we don’t see it every trip, I do feel the need to see it every few trips. It is a 30-minute journey through American history as told by a collection of audio-animatronics of famous Americans. Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain host the show. This show gives me goosebumps and makes me want to jump up and sing “God Bless the USA.” I think every American should see this show at least once.
8. La Hacienda de San Angel
This is one of the restaurants in Mexico. It is a favorite dinner spot for us. Unlike San Angel Inn Restaurante, it is not in the pyramid. Instead, you will find it located across the promenade from the pyramid at the edge of World Showcase Lagoon. The inside of the restaurant is spacious with large windows overlooking the water. The food is excellent. If you have a late dinner here, you may get lucky enough to be seated by a window where you can watch Illuminations while eating.
The caramel shop in Germany is called Karamell-Küche. Here, you can treat yourself to freshly made caramel treats, such as caramel corn and caramel covered apples. If you are a caramel fan, this is a must-do stop for some tasty treats! Plus, it smells wonderful inside.
10. La Petite Rue
If you walk towards the back of the France pavilion, you will find a tiny street hidden off to your left called La Petite Rue. It is a quaint little French street lined with shops. It is one of the many places in Disney World that makes you forget you are in Florida. When strolling this area, you will feel more like you are on a tucked away alley in Paris. Because this is a hidden street, most people don’t know it exists. This means that it is a great place to escape the crowds.
World Showcase is one of those places in Disney World where there is much more than first meets the eye. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore and hidden spots to discover. I find something new in at least one country on each trip. As I continue to explore the countries of World Showcase, this particular list will continue to evolve and change. There is so much more to discover! So spend some time poking around to see what wonderful things you can discover as you experience these 10 Magical Must-Do’s in Epcot’s World Showcase. And check out the magical must-do’s in Future World, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. Happy travels!