The World Showcase in Epcot is one of my favorite things in all of Walt Disney World. It provides guests with a taste of 11 different countries and their cultures where they can experience the architecture, food, and even the alcohol!
While checking out the World Showcase Pavilion, here are 5 things that need to be on your Must Do list!
5. The Shops of United Kingdom
The United Kingdom pavilion is one of my favorite pavilions of the World Showcase. It is home to The Rose and Crown, the famous UK photo booths, and a quiet, tucked-away garden that is a great option when you’re looking to take a break from the usual hustle and bustle of Disney. While all of those details are wonderful, the shops in the pavilion are the real reason this makes it to my list of Must Do’s. As you walk along the quaint streets of the pavilion you will find shops that sell memorabilia associated with the UK, professional soccer (or, Football in the UK!) apparel, and traditional UK treats. And let’s not forget The Tea Caddy, where you can find tea cups, tea pots, and an assortment of Twinnings tea!
4. Small German Village & Model Trains
While the cobble-stoned streets and fairy tale Bavarian style buildings of the Germany pavilion definitely help it to make this list, the small German village and model trains are really what put it here. The display includes the train station, houses and various other buildings, the people of the village, and working model trains. There is a pathway that goes through the village that guests can walk through and get a closer look, making this a great pit stop on your way through the World Showcase!
3. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion
While I do think Frozen Ever After is a great addition to the Norway Pavilion (I will always miss Maelstrom just a tiny bit), my favorite part of the Norway pavilion would be the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe. The bakery is small and tucked away, but it is well worth a visit! Help yourself to a berry cream puff, cinnamon roll, or even a waffle! If you’re a bit hungrier than that, they also have a few hardier choices such as the Norwegian Club sandwich. I would absolutely recommend this if you’re looking for something to eat while strolling through the world showcase!
2. San Angel Inn in the Mexico Pavilion
If you think the outside of the San Angel Inn looks awesome, you should see the inside! I love the atmosphere of this place, from the small stands and shops to the beautiful night sky. Definitely check out the Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros, an It’s A Small World style boat ride that takes you on a journey through the history and culture of Mexico. The San Angel Inn is an excellent way to cool off while still experiencing and enjoying the World Showcase.
1. Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan Pavilion
Okay, this is by far my absolute favorite thing about the World Showcase! When I first got to fully enjoy the Mitsukoshi Department Store I was blown away. Not only do they sell a wide array of Japanese clothing, footwear, jewelry, and toys (Tamagotchis, anyone?), but they also have a whole sections dedicated to Hello Kitty, Nintendo and Pokemon merchandise! You can also find all sorts of Japanese candies, snacks and drinks. While you enjoy your foreign treats, explore the Japanese Cute Culture exhibit right next door. Out of all the interesting things to see in the World Showcase, this is my number one Must Do!
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