EPCOT Countries – World Showcase Tips and Can’t Miss Gems

The World Showcase is located in the back of EPCOT. The World Showcase features 11 EPCOT countries plus a stop in Africa. Within each pavilion, there are shops, attractions, rides, characters, restaurants, and hidden gems you don’t want to miss. 

Four times a year, the EPCOT park features a unique festival where the World Showcase is highlighted even more!

Typically the World Showcase officially opens about two hours after the rest of the park, around 11 AM, except for a few countries that feature rides/ attractions or a breakfast menu restaurant. 

Cast Members that you encounter in each showcase pavilion are typically from the area they are working in. The Cast Members love to talk to you about their home country and answer questions that you may have about their culture and experiences. 

So, what can’t you miss when touring the countries? Read on to find out about the EPCOT countries!

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Let’s go through the whole list of EPCOT countries, which are often referred to as pavilions in the World Showcase!


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The Mexico Pavilion is easy to spot as you turn to the left when entering the EPCOT countries as it is marked by the huge pre-Columbian Pyramid. There are restaurants and entertainment surrounding the pyramid as well as attractions inside.

Inside the pyramid, it is always twilight! As you enter, you are greeted by an exhibit of sculptures and artwork. As guests move farther into the pavilion, bright colorful shops line the walls, carts are situated in the middle of the pavilion, and the back of the wall features a smoking volcano and Mayan Pyramid. 


There are many places to shop within the Mexico Pavilion. 

Guests can purchase authentic artifacts and national treasures from Mexico.  The carts offer home decor gifts, silver jewelry and other Mexican souvenirs such as sombreros, piñatas, pottery, and worry dolls. 

La Tienda Encantada shop features items from Coco. La Princesa de Cristal shop features crystal art, jewelry and crowns by Arribas Brothers.

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Ride/ Attraction

Located inside of the Pyramid is the Three-Caballeros Ride called Grand Fiesta Tour. The ride features Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito from Disney’s 1944 animated film The Three Caballeros. This boat ride follows Donald getting lost on the way to a show in Mexico City and Jose and Panchito trying to find him in time. 

After finishing the ride and heading out of the pyramid, sometimes guests can find meet and greets with Donald and his friends. 

In the Mexico Pavilion, Mariachi Cobre performs 25-minute sets as a traditional Mariachi band. Guests can find specific times to catch their amazing performance on the My Disney Experience App.


There are three main places to grab a bite to eat in Mexico. 

San Angel Inn is a restaurant that is located inside the pyramid towards the back. The restaurant is open to the open-air market shops and a portion of the Three-Caballeros Ride. San Angel Inn is open for both lunch and dinner service. 

Items on the menu include many Mexican specialties like Tostadas de Pollo, Sopa Azteca, and Queso Fundido for appetizers. Entrees include items such as the Pollo a Las Rajas and Enchiladas de Pollo plus so many more authentic eats. 

To round out the menu, delicious kid’s meals are offered as well as mouth-watering desserts. For guests over 21, there is a variety of margaritas, premium tequilas, Mexican wines, and beers that are orderable. 

The restaurant is truly an experience of ambiance and great quality food. 

The second table service restaurant located in the pavilion is Hacienda de San Angel. The restaurant is across the way from the pyramid and overlooks the water of the showcase. Open only for dinner service, this dining experience is unique. 

Many of the appetizers are the same ones found at San Angel Inn, but in addition, there are also specialties like Flautas – Fired Tortillas filled with Chipotle Chicken, Potato, Cheese, and Ranchera Sauce and Tostadas de Camarón- Acapulco style shrimp cocktail on crispy tostadas topped with avocado to choose from among other items. 

For main courses, guests have the option to choose from Fresh Market Fish, Steaks, Short Ribs, and other Seafood options. There are other specialties on the menu that are rare finds, except in EPCOT, on Disney property, like the Tacos de Carnitas de Pato which is Braised duck, salsa verde, shredded cabbage, pickled red onion and mango in flour tortillas with rice.

The menu also has kid favorites like quesadillas and tacos. Desserts are even traditional Mexican specialties like the Trio De Nieves, an assortment of seasonal Mexican flavored Sorbets with a Berry Coulis. 

For guests over 21, handcrafted margaritas, Mexican beer, South American wines, premium tequilas and more are available for ordering. In addition, Hacienda de San Angel has a Tequila Ambassador on hand to offer explanations and suggestions on what to order. If you are torn,  a tequila flight allows you to sample 3 popular varieties.

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The third restaurant is quick service. Cantina de San Angel is adjacent to the Hacienda. This counter-service restaurant serves quick bites including a ton of taco options, empanadas, and churros. It is a great way to experience authentic dishes without having to have a table service reservation. 

If you can find a table close to the EPCOT countries fireworks, this is a great location to watch the nighttime shows as you dine with your family in the EPCOT countries.

Can’t Miss Gem

In Mexico the can’t miss gem is truly the food and drink experiences. Not only will you experience traditional food items in each of the restaurants, but there are so many ways to experience the specialty tequila and alcohol that Mexico has to offer. 

There are two alcoholic beverage specialty locations in the Mexico pavilion. The first is the popular Choza de Margarita where EPCOT countries parkgoers can order specialty margaritas and other quick snack bites. I have never seen this location without a long line. 

Inside the pyramid is La Cava del Tequila. Here guests can explore more than 70 types of authentic tequila. Choices range from the basic tequila to the rarest of them all. Snack bites are also offered in this lounge to pair with the tequila. This is another popular experience in Mexico. 

The mouthwatering menus in Mexico should not be passed over or missed. These dining locations are not just going to provide you with the same food you are used to going to at your neighborhood taco restaurant. Instead, these mouthwatering treats are going to help keep your belly happy as you move through the World Showcase. You will be glad you picked this pavilion to have one of your meals or drinks around the World. 


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The Norway Pavilion is home to Anna and Elsa, the Frozen Ride, a character dining experience, an amazing bakery, and a replica Stave Church with the “Gods of Vikings” exhibit in the EPCOT countries area. 

Situated between Mexico and China in the World Showcase, the Norway Pavilion has beautiful wood and stone buildings that represent many of the town squares in traditional Scandinavian towns. 


There are three shops all connected together for one continuous shopping experience. Each shop has a specialty feature item like many shops in the EPCOT countries.

The Wandering Reindeer is the first shop guests enter after getting off of the Frozen Ever After Ride. The shop features items from the movies Frozen and Frozen II for guests to purchase. There are clothing items, toys, stuffed animals, bubble wands, and more. 

The Fjording Shop features a troll that creates an amazing photo opportunity. The merchandise is typically less Frozen and more winter and Scandinavian-focused.  

The third shop is The Puffin’s Roost. Here guests can purchase snacks, books, jewelry, perfumes, trolls, and clothing. 

Ride/ Attraction

There are three main attractions located in the Norway Pavilion – the Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet at the Royal Sommerhus, the Frozen Ever After Ride, and the Stave Church which always features an exhibit. 

In Norway, princes and princesses can meet the royal Anna and Elsa in their cabin. The cabin features artifacts and elements from their childhood. When visiting, guests will find Anna and Elsa in their attire from the newer Frozen II movie. 

Previously, Norway was home to Maelstrom, and while most of the ride structure is still there, the ride has been rethemed to tell a part of the Frozen story. The ride queue features buildings and replicas of items from the Frozen movie, like Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. As you board the boats, Olaf, Sven, Anna, and Elsa take you on a Frozen journey through their favorite season – Summer! Be careful though, you may get wet! 

The Stave Church currently features a gallery exhibit that showcases the Norse gods and goddesses that Scandinavian Vikings celebrated in their day. Inside park guests will see authentic viking artifacts and popular Viking gods like Thor, Odin, Loki, and Freyja.


There are two main eating opportunities in Norway in the EPCOT countries area. 

The first food option is the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. Guests rave about the traditional Scandinavian bakery. Guests can order traditional items such as the popular School Bread, a Sweet Roll filled with Custard and dipped in Coconut for only $4.49 or the Norwegian Kringla, a Pretzel-shaped Pastry with Assorted Toppings (Almonds or Chocolate)  for $6.59. 

There are other traditional bakery items such as Rice Cream, Creamy Rice Pudding topped with Strawberry Sauce; Lefse, Soft Flatbread rolled with Cinnamon, Sugar and Butter; Verdens Beste Kake, Vanilla Cake with Custard and Almond-Meringue Topping; and the Eplekake, Apple Cake with Caramel Drizzle. 

More traditional options at the bakery include the Mickey Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Chip Cookies. 

In addition to traditional bakery items, guests can choose from specialty coffees and alcoholic beverages such as Viking Coffee – Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and Kamora Coffee Liqueur. 

The second food option located in Norway is the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The restaurant is designed to resemble the actual Akershus Palace in Norway. 

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Here guests can reserve a table service meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner, to eat with 5 of the princesses. Princesses guests will see include a mix of Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, Mulan, and Ariel. 

The food at Akershus is served family style. For breakfast, guests can include an assortment of traditional pastries, scrambled eggs, potato casserole and Norwegian waffles. Adults cost $53 and children (9 and under) cost $34 for breakfast. 

For lunch and dinner, guests are served traditional Norwegian classics along with American eats. The menu includes Field Greens Salad with Lingonberry Vinaigrette, Lefse with Cardamom-Cinnamon Butter, Traditional KjØttkake: Norwegian Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Grilled Salmon with Herbed Butter, Green Beans, Red Cabbage, Macaroni & Cheese, Kylling og Melboller: Norwegian Chicken and Dumplings, and Corn Dog Nuggets.

During lunch and dinner, dinners will also receive an assortment of desserts to finish the meal. Lunch and dinner cost a little more than breakfast at $63 per adult and $41 per child. 

Can’t Miss Gem

While Norway offers so many amazing things for all guests, the Can’t Miss Gem is truly the Frozen Ever After ride. Not only does the queue immediately transport you to Arendelle, but the ride is not your typical scenic tour. 

Unless you rope-drop (get there as soon as the park opens), there is always a wait for this ride. Most of the queue is indoors and we have gotten chilly inside on more than one occasion, so it does provide a nice wait outside of the Florida sun. 

The boat ride takes you past amazing audio-animatronics – We are seriously impressed with Olaf skating in the first scene, but also adds interest in the track. At one point the boat coasts up a hill, speeds down another hill, and goes backwards. The thrill of the story really makes this a great attraction in the EPCOT countries area.  


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The China Pavilion is a favorite stop among many guests in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. There are tons of shopping opportunities with rare finds, restaurants, characters, and shows to take in. 

On the right-hand side of the pavilion, guests will find a very picturesque place to sit and relax in the showcase. Footbridges, bamboo groves, a small waterfall, and ponds provide the perfect break from the crowds.

Sometimes World Showcase guests will find a meet and greet with Mulan, but we have not seen her the past few times that we have been. 


House of Good Fortune is a huge shop located towards the back of the pavilion. In the shop, there are many traditional items to choose from. Within the shop are a variety of items to purchase such as silk clothing, furniture, teapots, fans, eating utensils, incense and candles, paper fans, Chinese lanterns, Oriental carpets, Jingdezhen Chinaware, specialty snacks, stuffed animals, knick-knacks, and more.

The store also carries a jewelry section of gorgeous pieces in coral, jade, and crystal. 

Once out of the main portion of the store is the open-air portion where guests can purchase specialty drinks, keychains, calligraphy, and more items that feature the Chinese language. Recently we tried one of the fruity sodas located in the cooler by the checkout and it was by far one of my favorite drinks I have had! 

Ride/ Attraction

The main attraction in the China Pavilion is the “Reflections of China,” a 360º Circle-Vision film featuring footage of China that lasts about 12 minutes. Guests will see footage that focuses on the Great Wall, the Forbidden City of Beijing, the Gobi Desert, Inner Mongolia, the Yangtze River, and the tropical rain forests of Hainan Island.

There is no seating in this theater, only rails for guests to lean against. While this show provides a great place to cool off or get out of the rain, there is no place to really rest. 

For a second attraction that is specific to Disney, guests can visit The House of Whispering Willows Gallery which provides an inside look at the Shanghai Disney Resort through different exhibits in the EPCOT countries area. 

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There are three different places to find something to eat in the China pavilion in the EPCOT countries area. 

For a quick drink, visit the Joy of Tea. We saw many guests order the Bubble Milk Tea. There is also the Pork Egg Rolls (2pc) available for ordering for under $5 making this a great place to grab a snack and enjoy the gardens in the China Pavilion. 

For quick service the Lotus Blossom Cafe is the option. While this is not the best food that you will get on property, it is a decent place to grab lunch or dinner. The Pork Egg rolls are delicious and crispy while the Pot Stickers are tender and flavorful. 

Entrees like the Orange Chicken, Mongolian Beef Combo, Chicken Fried Rice, and Vegetable Stir Fry are all served with sides for a good amount of food all for under $15. 

For table service dining, Nine Dragons Restaurant is available to book. There are usually reservations available for this restaurant during the dining window, so this can be a great option for a sit down meal with a good view of the showcase lagoon during fireworks. 

Open for lunch and dinner, guests dining here can order favorites like Spring Rolls, Dumplings, Pot Stickers, Bao Buns, and Hot & Sour Soup for appetizers. 

Entree options vary from Kung Pao Duo (chicken and shrimp) to Crispy Duck Fried Rice. Spicy Mala Happy Family (Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, and Vegetables), Kowloon Spare Ribs, and more are available. Cocktails and beer are also available for guests over 21. 

Can’t Miss Gem

The shopping is the Can’t Miss Gem in the China Pavilion. From hand-crafted items to specialty snacks for buying, there is something for everyone to purchase. The shop carries items and trinkets for as little as a dollar and items that are priceless as well. 

One item we love to look at, even if we don’t buy anything, are the silk clothes. From ornate patterns to simple pajama sets, the clothing is just beautiful. 

There are fun toys and games for the kids to look at. Puppet animals on strings are the most eye-catching. There are also stuffed animals, rubik’s cubes, chess sets and more are available.

If you are looking to add some home-decor to your suitcase to bring back with you, the China Pavilion has many options. We love the frog ceramic statues. There are tons of statue options as well (like dragons). Vases, warriors, and swords are just a few of the many things to purchase for decor. 

The food and snack selection is not to be missed. Purchase different types of candy, savory snacks and drinks and then head outside to taste test and figure out which are your favorites. 

From plants to keychains, books to knick-knacks, the shopping at the huge store in China is not to be beat.  

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The Germany Pavilion is a quaint little town that offers shops and food as the main attractions in the EPCOT countries area. 

The traditional architecture is used to create the buildings that surround a statue of St. George slaying a dragon. Towards the back of the pavilion is a gorgeous, traditional clock tower that chimes on the hour. 

Towards the very far right of the pavilion is a hidden gem of a miniature German village with houses and three model trains circling on the track.

The true appeal of Germany is that it is a great place to shop, order a beer, and enjoy one of the picnic tables in the area and take a small rest before beginning the rest of your trip around the World Showcase. Germany also has restrooms available in case a stop is needed. 

Snow White has also been known to show up by the Wishing Well for pictures and meet and greets. Make sure to check the My Disney Experience app if you are interested in meeting her.  


There are many connected shops throughout the Germany Pavilion to peruse in the EPCOT countries area. . 

Der Teddybar is a toy shop where shoppers can choose from Steiff stuffed animals, Medieval themed toys, finger puppet theaters, and teddy bears. 

In the Volkskunst shop, beer steins of all sizes are sold along with felt hats, cowbells, original Black Forest Cuckoo clocks, hand-painted eggs, and books. 

Das Kaufhaus has clothing and specialty soccer pieces. Guests who are interested in soccer can purchase soccer balls, jerseys, and other accessories. Stein Haus, per its name, offers a large selection of beer steins, themed shirts, and more.

Sussigkeiten is a location that can satisfy a sweet tooth. Shoppers can choose from an assortment of homemade fudge and nut clusters, pretzels, chocolate, cookies, and Haribo brand candies. 

Who wouldn’t want to see Christmas year-round? At Die Weihnachts Ecke, Christmas decorations of all kinds, ornaments, and the Christmas pickle can be purchased. 

The Kunstarbeit In Kristall offers crystal jewelry, and crystal pieces (some by Arribas). Glaskunst is the outdoor shop that specifically sells Arribas glassware and they offer engraving.

Weinkeller sells assorted German wines and accessories. Guests can also participate in a wine tasting where the cost includes a souvenir wine glass.

Ride/ Attraction

There are no special rides or attractions in the Germany showcase pavilion. Germany was supposed to get a ride called the Rhine River Cruise, but it was never finished. However, if you go towards the back of the pavilion, you will see a wall with a mural where the ride was supposed to be located. 

There are periodic performances by Born to Polka performing classic polka music using a broad assortment of instruments. This can provide brief entertainment for guests as they are walking through the pavilion. 


The food is the main attraction in Germany and is not to be missed in the EPCOT countries area. 

At Biergarten, guests are invited to celebrate Oktoberfest with authentic German cuisine and lively entertainment at traditional biergarten-style tables. 

The menu is a buffet featuring items such as Seasonal Salads, Traditional Sausages, Rotisserie Chicken, Sauerkraut, Potatoes, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Nudel Gratin, and Assorted Desserts. Adults are going to pay $49 and children $27 to dine at this table service location. 

Karamell-Küche is a bakery located in the pavilion that every Disney guest should visit at least once. Just walking by the door will peak your sweet tooth. Every treat is caramel-covered and delicious. The store/ bakery carries freshly made caramel corn, caramel apples, strawberries, marshmallows, gourmet caramels, cookies, brownies, fudge, and cupcakes. 

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Sommerfest is the quick service location in the Germany pavilion. Here guests can order treats of bratwurst and frankfurter sandwiches, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, and apple strudel. 

Bier Stand gets its name for a reason. Here guests can order beer and pretzels. The Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen Beer is one that many rave about, and you can buy in grocery stores when you get home to remind you just a little of Disney when you have the Disney blues. 

Bier und Brezeln cart is another place where you can order beer and pretzels. 

Can’t Miss Gem

While the food is a must-do in the Germany Pavilion, that is what most people visit Germany for. But, the secret gem is The Garden Railway. It is a different and unique experience from anything else you will experience in the world showcase. 

The Garden Railway is a tiny German village that features model trains, homes, people, and foliage. It is truly representative of the pavilion itself. 

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There is a walkway between the two sides of the village where kids (and even adults) can race the trains as they move through the tracks in the village. The flags within the town change for each festival, so it is always a neat experience to go back to. 

This really makes you think about Walt Disney and his love of trains. A little nod and reminder to who made this entire thing possible to begin with. 


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Italy is a gorgeous pavilion. Traditional Italian architecture and focal points make this pavilion beautiful to look at and relax in in the EPCOT countries area. 

Italy is the one pavilion we see so many guests take pictures in. The one picture spot not to miss is the “Fontana del Nettuno.” Guests will find a fountain inspired by Bernini’s Neptune fountain. 

Italy is also a pavilion that has a ton of restaurants for guests to choose from. 


Italy features three different shops for guests to purchase items from. 

La Bottega Italiana is the shop where guests will find Venetian masks, cookware, Italian food items, and other decor.

Il Bel Cristallo sells gorgeous glass, porcelain, crystal, handbags, clothing, and accessories. 

La Gemma Elegante has perfume, leather goods, and more Venetian masks.

Ride/ Attraction

There are no rides, attractions, or characters that meet in Italy, but there is one street performer who is excellent at entertaining!

Sergio is a juggler and a mime. He knows how to get the audience to interact with him and make his performance one that you will watch to catch while in Italy. The show is about 20 minutes long. You can find the times on the app to make sure you time your visit to Italy correctly. 


Tutto Italia Ristorante is a table service restaurant located in the pavilion where reservations are recommended. Open for lunch and dinner, guests have many food options of chicken, fish, handmade pasta, lasagna and so many others. 

The extensive alcohol menu has pairings great for any appetizer or entree you choose. The kids menu has many inviting options like pizza, mozzarella sticks, and spaghetti. Trying to pick just one dessert will be difficult with options like Tiramisù and Cannoli. 

Tutto Italia is a great option for adults and kids in Italy to get a reservation at. This is especially great as Italy usually has a great view of whatever nighttime show is being shown over the lagoon. Finish your dining reservation and snag an awesome spot to watch the nighttime entertainment. 

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is the lounge attached to Tutto Italia Ristorante. Since it is a lounge, no reservations are needed to order from these small and large plates. 

Pasta, Calamari, Caprese, and more make up the menu. The kid’s menu is the same as the table service restaurant, and to finish your meal all of the same desserts are also available. 

The wine selection is enormous, so there is something to pair with whatever plate you choose to eat here. 

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is the most popular restaurant, and dining reservations go quickly here. Pizza is the most recommended order, but the menu has other great options as well. 

Salads, pastas, and other appetizers are on the menu, but the pizza is the star. Big enough to share, grab a few different kinds for the table and pass pieces around to get a full sampling. 

The meal would not be complete without desserts and there are a few great ones on the menu. Options for guests include Cannolo Siciliano, Panna Cotta, and Torta Della Nonna, just to name a few. 

Pizza al Taglio is the window service pizza location next to Via Napoli. While this is not the same pizza served at the table service restaurant next door, it is a great option to grab a huge slice of pizza, when it is open. 

Gelateria Toscana Treat is a window service location that sells a ton of different Gelato and Sorbetto flavors and toppings. Dinners can also order other desserts like 7-Layer Cake, Cannoli Al Cioccolato, Zeppole, and Mocha Tiramisù. Coffee, specialty drinks, beer and wine, and frozen specialty drinks are also available here. 

Beer and Wine cart is there as you enter the pavilion. It usually offers shorter wait times to get a quick drink or a special treat. 

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Can’t Miss Gem

Food is talked about a lot in the EPCOT countries and for good reason, there is a lot of it. Italy falls into the category of too many good food choices. The pizza here is absolutely amazing. The pasta is rich and homemade. The Gelato sets Italy apart from just being a place to get ice cream. 

With so many amazing food options in Italy, you have to keep coming back to try different items not only at different restaurants but at the same restaurant. 

Not only are the food options endless, and the dessert options endless, but the alcohol options are in multitude as well. The Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar has a huge menu to choose from. The beer and wine cart has specialty options as well. There is always a long line to try the different specialty alcoholic beverages here. 

No matter which restaurant in Italy you choose to go to, you will have an amazing food and beverage experience. 

The American Adventure

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The American Adventure Pavilion is directly in the middle of the EPCOT countries. No matter which side of the showcase you begin on, America is located between all of the countries.

The pavilion is marked by a colonial-style mansion. The mansion is 5 stories high and features many exhibits, but true to Colonial architecture, forced perspective makes it look only two stories high. Across from the mansion is the America Gardens Theatre, an outdoor stage and amphitheater where shows like the Candlelight Processional takes place. 


The American Pavilion features the Art of Disney shop filled with canvases and matted prints of rides, attractions, characters, and more throughout the shop. 

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There are many historical attractions that guests who are visiting the American Adventure Pavilion can partake in. 

The first attraction is the Voices of Liberty that perform daily. Singing American classics, these voices will get you in the patriotic spirit. Check the My Disney Experience app for showtimes if you don’t want to miss this amazing performance, but they usually perform about 15 minutes before the next showing of the American Adventure. 

The second attraction is located in the American Adventure Theatre. The show spends almost half an hour focusing on concepts America was founded on. Audio-animatronics and images are used in the show as Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain host. Inside and outside of the show, the attention to detail is evident. For any history buff or American, this is a great performance. 

A third attraction is The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure Exhibit. This walking adventure features Joe Garnder taking viewers through a musical tour of several influential American cities throughout the film, Soul. Through artifacts from legendary jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, guests are invited on an adventure to explore a changing landscape of music in America.

Another attraction located in the American Pavilion is the “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art.” Here work and artifacts from Native artists are displayed from past pieces to contemporary pieces. Guests will see a variety of pieces of art from dresses to baskets, blankets to glass sculptures. Another exhibit to not miss. 


When visiting the American Pavilion, guests who have frequented EPCOT earlier will notice a new restaurant The Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue, which opened in 2020. 

Sam Eagle, The Muppet, is the host of a barbecue competition. For dining options, guests dining here will find barbecue inspired by four different regions of the United States as they “compete” for best barbecue. 

Open for lunch and dinner, guests will find not only traditional barbecue offerings, but burgers, a half-chicken, and salads also are on the menu. Not to be left behind, plant-based barbecue is also available. Traditional sides of baked beans, onion rings, coleslaw, pickles, french fries, and mac and cheese finish out the barbecue menu and make the perfect complement to whichever barbecue style you choose. 

There is also a Funnel Cake walk-up menu where you can order, you guessed it, funnel cakes. This walk-up window doesn’t just serve the traditional funnel cake, though. Guests can order specialty fried dough like the Cookies ‘n Cream Funnel Cake with sugar, vanilla ice cream, crushed cookies, and chocolate sauce.

If you are in the mood for a turkey leg, Fife and Drum Tavern is the place to stop. They also have other snacks to bite on as well. Namely, the only place in the World Showcase to refill that popcorn bucket. Don’t make the same mistake and have a very sad child thinking there would be somewhere else in the showcase to get popcorn. Ice Cream and Mickey pretzels with the cheese sauce are also available to order. 

Block & Hans is available for any of your beer orders as they primarily serve up domestic beer and cider options including Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Orlando Brewing Blonde Ale, and Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Cider. If you are looking for food to pair with your beer, don’t forget to order your Mickey Pretzel!

Can’t Miss Gem

As an American, I probably spend the least amount of time in the American Pavilion, so thinking of the hidden gem was difficult for me for the EPCOT countries. Thinking about other countries that come to visit the pavilion, the hidden gem has to be The Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue.

Not only does the restaurant serve delicious food, but it is a staple in Southern American culture. Just in North Carolina, there is an argument about East vs. West Coast barbeque. Barbeque is something that Americans, specifically Southerners, do not debate about. Having a restaurant dedicated to that BBQ cook-off is quintessentially American and representative of our drive and love of good cooking. 

Everyone who visits the Smokehouse has a pleasant and good thing to say about the food they tried. We have heard amazing things about the Macaroni and Cheese. Being from North Carolina, I am also partial to the North Carolina Chopped Smoked Pork Butt Platter.

I also don’t know how you decide between the banana pudding or the S’mores Brownie for dessert.

No matter which entrees and sides you choose, the Regal Eagle Smokehouse is a great, can’t miss gem. 


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Japan is one of the EPCOT countries in the World Showcase that is not only beautiful to look at, but has amazing shops and food as well. Bright red torii gate welcomes guests over by the water of the showcase lagoon. It also creates an amazing photo spot. 

Towards the rest of the pavilion, guests will notice the towering blue-roofed, five-story Goju-no-to pagoda, another great photo spot located in Japan. 


There is a huge department store located in Japan called Mitsukoshi. The store building is representative of a great ceremonial hall. 

Here guests will find all sorts of items to purchase from traditional Japanese sake sets to Pokemon and Mario Souvenirs. The store has unique apparel, such as kimonos, Japanese handbags and scarves. 

There is also an entire area within the store that is solely devoted to snacks and candies in flavors that will surprise and delight you.

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Ride/ Attraction

There are no rides or traditional shows located in Japan, but Matsuriza is not to be missed. This group of traditional Japanese drummers performs an ancient form of Japanese drumming called “Taiko.”  

Their performance is incredible to watch and if the showcase isn’t too crowded, you can hear their drumming a couple of countries away. You can find daily showtimes in the My Disney Experience app.

Another experience for guests visiting Japan in the EPCOT countries is The Bijutsu-kan Gallery which features different exhibits dedicated to Japanese art.


There are 6 different locations where guests can get snacks or meals in the Japan Pavilion in the EPCOT countries area. 

The Garden House serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including soft drinks, green tea, bottled water, specialty cocktails, beer, wine.

Kabuki Cafe is a small stand located towards the front of the pavilion. Here guests can order sushi and beverages. A popular item to order is the Kakigri (Japanese shaved ice) with and without sweet milk topping.

Katsura Grill serves lunch and dinner. Here guests can choose from sushi, noodles, salad, teriyaki, and more.

Takumo-Tei is one of Japan’s table service restaurants. Here, guests can choose from two prix fixe menus for either $250/ per adult or $150/ per adult. Children’s prices begin at $100/ per child. Items on the menu include A5 wagyu steak, roasted duck, or Chilean sea bass. In addition, traditional Sake is also available to order along with non-alcoholic cocktails. This restaurant is truly an experience. 

Teppan Edo is a more affordable table service restaurant located in Japan. Here chefs cook the food in front of the guests at their tables. Guests can order sushi and meat-based entrees with a salad, udon noodles, vegetables, and steamed white rice. Cake, Tiramisu, and Ice Cream are on the dessert menu to finish your meal. Beer, Sake, and Cocktails are available for purchase for guests 21 and over. 

The last restaurant in Japan is Tokyo Dining. This restaurant is currently unavailable as it is undergoing refurbishment. 

Can’t Miss Gem

Pick a Pearl at Akoya Pearls is the Can’t Miss Gem in Japan. For under $20, guests can literally pick an oyster out of a tank, have the pearl harvested, and then have it set in a piece of jewelry. 

During the experience cast members make it enjoyable by playing music, celebrating which oyster gets picked, and cleaning the oyster for you. 

Once you have your pearl, you can keep it as is or choose a piece of jewelry to have it set in. The jewelry setting does cost extra. 

However, this is a memorable experience that you are not going to find anywhere on property. There is a similar pick a pearl experience in Disney Springs, but it doesn’t have all of the pomp that goes along with the Cast Members in Japan. 


EPCOT countries

The shining beacon of Morocco is the Koutoubia Minaret (prayer tower) can be seen towering over the pavilion in the EPCOT countries area. 

Morocco is a special EPCOT country because it is the only one that is sponsored completely by the Moroccan government and whose government gave input on the design of the pavilion. In 2020, Disney took over the pavilion from the Moroccan government. 


Casablanca Carpets is the place to shop where guests can buy a hand-knotted rug or tapestry, decorative throw pillows, prayer rugs, ceramic plates, and lanterns.

Medina Arts is an outdoor shopping experience where you will find woven baskets and hats, pottery and ceramics, housewares, and Aladdin-themed merchandise.

The Brass Bazaar shop carries handcrafted bowls, pitchers, cups, platters, and many items made out of brass. You can also find spices and jewelry. 

Souk-Al-Magreb also carries ceramics, jewelry, and attire. 

The Tangier Traders shop is the place to go if you are looking for Moroccan clothing and shoes, decorative knives, mirrors made out of camel bones, wooden figurines, jewelry, woven baskets, and more.

Ride/ Attraction

There is not a ride located in the Morocco Pavilion, but there are attractions for guests to experience in the EPCOT countries area. 

The Gallery of Arts and History features a display of the science, music and technology from Morocco. 

Guests can also explore the Fez House. The house represents a typical Moroccan home. There are beautiful mosaic tiles, carvings, and artifacts from daily life; it is truly a breathtaking place when you enter. 

Other entertainment and attractions in Morocco vary. At times, guests wandering through the Morocco pavilion can experience various Moroccan musicians and exotic belly dancers. We have also seen a table that offers Henna art as well. 

Jasmine from the movie Aladdin has her character meet-and-greet in Morocco for all of the princes and princesses that want to meet her. Check the My Disney Experience App before heading to the area because she does not meet every day.


There are a few food service locations in Morocco in the EPCOT countries area. 

Oasis Sweets and Sips is a kiosk that offers traditional Moroccan pastry assortments for $2.75 each or in groups of 3, 5, or 7 items. Beer, specialty beverages, and tea are also served at this location. 

Spice Road Table is a table service restaurant where guests can order Mediterranean small plates. On the menu are items like Grilled Lamb Kefta, Naan Spreads, Spicy Shrimp, Fried Calamari, House-made Hummus Fries, and more. 

At the Tangierine Cafe, guests can order traditional Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab and Grilled Chermoula Chicken Kebab for $6.25. 

Restaurant Marrakesh is currently unavailable. 

Can’t Miss Gem

The Can’t Miss Gem of Morocco is the pavilion itself. Beautifully decorated after artifacts and buildings from the country itself, walking around noticing all of the intricate details, taking in the smells of the prepared food, and touching the items in the shops, are details that you can’t tell from a picture of a country. 

Morocco is typically overlooked when guests visit the World Showcase because there “isn’t anything to do,” but with that mentality, you miss the point of Morocco. Morocco is a great country in the showcase because it is a showcase itself. 

Just walking into Fez House, or more stumbling into it, wondering what could this room possibly be, and then having your breath taken away by the beauty and the splendor is what the country aimed to do by having artisans from Morocco brought in by the government for the design. 

Morocco should be absorbed through all of your senses. Take the time to walk through the country showcase and pay attention to the minute details of the walls, the towers, and then go to The Gallery of Arts and History to learn even more about the beautiful country. 


France is one of Epcot’s largest pavilions in terms of restaurants, shopping, and attractions. With the new expansion on the backside of the pavilion, France is one of the countries that has a lot for visitors to do. 

There is so much to take in at the France Pavilion. No matter when you visit, the pavilion is busy. The beautiful architecture transports you immediately to the romantic city, and the Eiffel Tower creates a perfect backdrop for your photos. There is a fountain towards the center of the pavilion that is great to sit at and take a rest. 


Plume et Palette carries designer French bags and fragrances from Le Tanneur, Dior, Thierry Mugler, and more. La Signature carries 70 different cosmetics and fragrances. 

Les Vins de France, you can try French wine by the glass, purchase a bottle, or browse a world-class selection of wines and accessories.

Souvenirs de France has a selection of berets, little Eiffel Towers, guidebooks, travel posters, and toys. This is also the location where you will find Beauty and the Beast, Remy, and other Disney Paris Inspired Merchandise. 

L’Esprit de la Provence is where you’ll find French homewares including soaps, aprons, kitchen accessories, cookbooks, and some clothing items.

Ride/ Attraction

The newest attraction in the France Pavilion is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. The ride is a transplant from Disneyland Paris. It takes guests through Gusteau’s restaurant from the view of a mouse with Remy as your guide using a trackless ride vehicle. Be prepared to be immersed in the ride as it uses 4D effects and glasses. 

Impressions De France is located in the Palais du Cinema building and features an 18-minute movie presentation about France set to a score recorded in London by the National Philharmonic. 

In the same theater building showing the opposite of Impressions de France is the Beauty and the Beast Sing Along. The show is narrated by Mrs. Potts and focuses on Belle and the Beast’s love story with a few twists from the movie.  

Once you finish singing your heart out to Be Our Guest, look to see if Belle will be doing meet-and-greets in the pavilion. During normal seasons, we have seen her in her blue dress, but during the holidays, she has been known to be in her pink holiday dress. 

Aurora has also been known to have a meet-and-greet location in France, so make sure to check the My Disney Experience app for times and locations for characters. 

Tale As Old As Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen display is a newer exhibit for guests to explore. Inside are six gallery cases featuring a collection of costumes, music, artwork, and more, dedicated to the adaptation of French literature in cinema, theater, ballet, and opera.

Sometimes, more common before 2020, you could find entertainment in the open area of France. French acrobats perform fantastic acts involving balance and coordination, including a performer climbing to the top of a stack of chairs.


Chefs de France is a table service location, so dining reservations are highly recommended. Serving traditional French food in a gorgeous restaurant for lunch and dinner, this is a great spot to take a break and eat in the EPCOT countries area. 

On the menu, appetizers like french onion soup, escargot, Salmon tartare, and salad are ready to be ordered. Entrees include options like Salmon, Pork Shank, Ratatouille (of course!), Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, and more. 

Definitely don’t skip dessert with options like Creme Brulee, Gateau Opera (coffee sponge), Tarte au chocolat, and more. Wines, cocktails, and house specialty drinks are also available. 

Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles is one of the always popular and busy quick service restaurants in France. Serving traditional sandwiches, croissants, quiche, pastries, coffee, and more, this location is great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. You can also come here just to order a Baguette, an entire Baguette. 

L’artisan des Glaces is the place to go if you want good ice cream. You can order a scoop of ice cream, sorbet, an ice cream martini, macaron ice cream sandwiches, or the famous Croque Glacé (is 1 scoop with a choice of sauce in a homemade brioche, hand-pressed warm).

La Creperie de Paris is the sit down table service Crepe location in France. Their quick service location is called Crêpes À Emporter. Both locations offer sweet and savory crêpes, ice cream, ciders, wine, sparkling wine, and soft drinks. La Creperie de Paris has way more options to choose from than the quick service location, but both offer great choices. 

The stand Les Vins des Chefs de France serves all of your alcoholic beverages and no snacks. Here guests can order French beer, wine, champagne, and alcoholic slushes. 

If you are looking for something truly unique. Dine at Monsieur Paul. Guests over 10 are invited to this special dining experience. The prix fixe menu starts at $195 per person and offers a gastronomic meal featuring only the best and freshest seasonal selections in the EPCOT countries area.

Can’t Miss Gem

The food in France is truly the Can’t Miss Gem, especially the Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles. No matter what item I have ordered from Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles, I have received nothing but excellent food. 

All of the items are laid out in display cases for you to choose which looks the best to you. Even the sandwiches are pre-made and you can usually choose to have them warmed for you or not. Croque Monsieur is one of the most popular sandwiches and should definitely be eaten warmed. If you don’t want a sandwich and are a fan of Lobster, try the Lobster Bisque in a Bread Bowl.

Not to be outdone by the savory items, the pastries all have their moments as well. The chocolate croissants (Pain au Chocolat) are freshly baked and filled to perfection. I have to eat one every single trip to EPCOT.  I recently tried the Beignet filled with chocolate and hazelnuts, and it was just sweet enough, with a touch of hazelnut, but not too overpowering. 

There are lighter dessert options as well. The Parfait aux Fruits is made with yogurt, berries, sweet glaze, and mousse. It is a lighter, but sweet option to order. The Macaron Lime Raspberry is another fruity, lighter dessert option to order. 

No matter what you order, you can’t go wrong at this bakery. It is hidden towards the back of the pavilion, but it is certainly worth a trip out of your way to try the delicious food items in the EPCOT countries area. 

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is another large pavilion located in EPCOT. There are great restaurants and unique shops to visit, but it is also home to some of the most beautiful architecture and gardens in the EPCOT countries area.

In the UK pavilion, the architecture ranges from a quaint British street to an English country home. Due to the beautiful area, the United Kingdom Pavilion is a popular Disney Weddings spot for ceremonies and receptions. 

The quintessential picture destination is the red photo booths located in the pavilion. In front of the Gazebo, kids can play in the hedge maze to burn energy and keep them entertained. 


There are many shopping destinations located in the United Kingdom Pavilion in the EPCOT countries area. 

The Toy Soldier carries medieval castle playsets, swords & shields, real feather quills, and UK themed childrens’ books, and pop culture items. Winnie the Pooh, Tinkerbell, and Peter Pan items are most often going to be found in this shop. 

The Crown and Crest is the shop that carries beer steins, glasses or mugs with the crest of your favorite UK country, weapons (swords, daggers, and knives), and a great selection of Beatles merchandise. You can also discover the history of your family name. 

To get UK perfume, cologne, jewelry, and body care look in the shop Fancy Goods for Lords and Ladies. 

The Queen’s Table is where you will find native music and books from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Scottish or Welsh tartans and ties are found here, as well as, bagpipes and the Welsh “Love Spoon.” This shop also carries some Disney character merchandise as well. 

The Sportsmans’ Shop displays all things rugby and soccer including clothing, balls, hats, and books. Rose and Crown merchandise is also for sale here. 

The Tea Caddy is a tea lover’s dream. The selection of tea, teapots, biscuits and candy will not disappoint. In fact it will be difficult to figure out what you don’t want to purchase.  

Ride/ Attraction

There are no rides or exhibits in the United Kingdom Pavilion, but at select times, different bands and performances occur in the bag stage area. Command Performance is the current band playing at the gazebo. 

Periodically you will find special characters. We have seen Alice, from Alice in Wonderland most recently, but Mary Poppins, Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet have all had meet-and-greets in this country previously. 


When people think of the United Kingdom, they think of Fish and Chips, which guests can order at the Rose and Crown Pub to pair with authentic UK beer and other beverages. 

Rose & Crown Dining Room is right next door as a table service restaurant. With indoor and outdoor seating, this offers a spacious view of the World Showcase Lagoon. 

From the menu, guests can start their meal with Coronation Salad or a Scotch Egg. There are four entrees to choose from including, Fish and Chips,  Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, and Savory Impossible™ Hot Pot. For dessert we recommend the sticky toffee pudding. 

Ales, Lagers, and Stouts along with other specialty alcoholic beverages are available to purchase. Flights, Whisky, Cognacs, and Wine are also on the menu.

The Yorkshire County Fish Shop is a quick service location that also serves fish and chips, or just chips, and an assortment of beer. 

The UK Beer Cart carries a smaller selection of beer offerings than the other quick service areas, but can be a quicker stop if all you need is a refill on your beer. 

Can’t Miss Gem

The Can’t Miss Gem here is the Tea Caddy shop. While not everyone is a fan of hot tea, we have found the best selection of Twinings  tea to try here. 

The theming of the quaint cottage is the perfect backdrop to peruse the options. When you can’t decide on just one kind of tea to get, opt for the create your own tea chest. For around $18, you can fill the chest with 10 different tea bags. 

To go with your tea, are the perfect biscuits, cookies, and cups that will make the experience all the better. Practically perfect in every way. 

This is a great place to get an individualized souvenir for yourself or someone in your family who can’t get enough tea. 


The Canada Pavilion is known for its picturesque nature. Between the gardens and the 30 foot waterfall at the back of the pavilion, this is a great place to take a relaxing stroll at the beginning or end of your World Showcase tour. 

The Hotel du Canada is the large building featured in the pavilion modeled after a hotel, but reminiscent of a castle. The totem poles are also not to be missed, representing Canada’s diverse cultures.  


There are three main shopping options in Canada in the EPCOT countries area. 

Northwest Mercantile is the first store. As you enter, guests will see a  selection of Canadian items like clothing, fragrances, body care items, hockey gear, and Christmas ornaments. This store also sells t-shirts, Mickey ears, cups and Disney specific items. 

The second store, The Trading Post, features all things Maple Syrup, candy, treats, and cookies. The Trading Post also sells handmade native jewelry, stuffed animals, books, totem poles, and skunk skin caps. 

The third store is really an outdoor merchandise kiosk. Here clothing, accessories, and both alcoholic (mostly beer) and non-alcoholic beverages are for sale.

Ride/ Attraction

Canada Far and Wide is the pavilion’s main attraction. A 360 degree video shows features of Canada’s vast regions and landscapes. This video was updated in 2020 and features new music and scenes. The show is about 12 minutes long, and standing room only. 

Periodically, musical groups perform at the Canada Mill Outdoor Stage during the week. Alberta Bound is one of the groups that perform hit singles by Canadian artists. Check the My Disney Experience App for the most up-to-date showtimes. 


Popcorn in Canada looks just like a regular popcorn stand, but there is a special treat here – the Maple Popcorn. The stand also has original popcorn but no other snacks. 

Le Cellier Steakhouse is the table service location in the Canada Pavilion that serves lunch and dinner. The menu begins with 8 different appetizers. The Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and Canadian Cove P.E.I. Mussels are two that sound the most intriguing on the menu. For entrees, guests have the option of steak, pork chops, scallops, or bison. Poutine is also offered on the menu here. 

For dessert, you can’t go wrong with any of the options. To make sure you get the full Canada experience, try the Warm Pecan-Brown Butter Tart (with maple ice cream) or the Maple Crème Brûlée. 

Honorable Mention – While not technically in the Canada Pavilion, Refreshment Port is just outside and features traditional Poutine, which is a Canadian staple, and one I get every single trip!

Can’t Miss Gem

In Canada, we think you just can’t miss the Canada Far and Wide show. The 360 degree view is unparalleled. 

Loading into the show pavilion, rows are created by bars that you can lean against to watch the show. Sitting is not an option, but you don’t need to sit so that you can turn and look at the 360 degree screens around the show theater. 

This 12 minute show begins by showing all 5 regions of Canada from East to West. Through these scenes, viewers are shown nature, cities, animals, the different languages spoken, and activities in each providence. As different images are present on different screens, viewers turn and look to take in all that the video has to offer. At the end, there is a great view of the northern lights. 

The show is narrated by Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, and while it is more educational than entertaining, the narrators do throw in a few good punny jokes. 

Overall, this is a great show to take a break, and take in the beautiful country that is Canada. I know it made me want to hop on a plane to go visit. 


Most guests that visit EPCOT with younger children typically skip the counties unless there is a particular restaurant or attraction for the children. However, just as adults can make the tour around the world, kids as young as 2 or 3  will find a special treat just for them in each country as well in the EPCOT countries area. 

In each country is a KIDCot table that features a different activity related to the country you are visiting. At each station, kids will receive a card to put in their suitcase.  The cards usually come with a sticker, and the Cast Member may write or draw something on them as well. Each card has some brief information about the country.  

At each station, you’ll find coloring utensils for coloring on the backside of the card that features Disney characters doing something fun related to the country the card is from. Kids can spend as much time at each station coloring their cards as they would like. You can also just collect the cards and color them all later. 

The best part about this activity is that it is free for guests to participate in! Once you’ve visited all 11 Kidcot stations you can head to any station and collect your prize of a Mickey Postcard.

The KIDCot stations in each EPCOT country are located in:

  • Mexico Pavilion (near Mexico Folk Art Gallery) 
  • Norway Pavilion (at The Puffin’s Roost) 
  • China Pavilion (near the exit of Reflections of China) 
  • Germany Pavilion (at Volkunst) 
  • Italy Pavilion (outside, near La Bottega Italiana) 
  • American Adventure Pavilion (outside, near Art of Disney) 
  • Japan Pavilion (in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery) 
  • Morocco Pavilion (at the Marketplace in the Medina) 
  • France Pavilion (at Souvenirs de France) 
  • United Kingdom Pavilion (at The Toy Soldier) 
  • Canada Pavilion (at the exit of Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360)

The KIDCot stations are a fun way to get younger kids involved in the EPCOT countries when it seems like there are so many things for adults to do. 

EPCOT Countries Festivals

There are four festivals that take place at EPCOT. Each festival offers something unique based on the time of the year it takes place. While you will notice festival selections throughout all of EPCOT, the most noticeable place to experience these festivals is throughout the World Showcase. 

During the festivals, guests will find activities, scavenger hunts, specialty food and beverage options at the booths, decorations, a special show at the America Gardens Theatre, and specific festival merchandise. 

If possible, we recommend visiting EPCOT when one of the festivals is occurring. The countries really seem to come alive with the offerings during these times. We could write a guide on each festival, but read more below to just get a small snippet of what you can experience. 

Guide to Epcot International Festival of the Arts

The Festival of the Arts typically takes place from mid-January through mid-February. This festival really focuses on all of the arts in Disney. 

In the past, the specialty show at the America Gardens Theatre has been focused on Disney on Broadway. 

The food options are creative in presentations and tastes as culinary artists get to showcase what they can do with different ingredients. 

Musical and Gravity-Defying performances take place throughout the showcase as artists show off their talents. Guests will also witness painters and sculptures bring their unique creations to life in real-time. 

During this time more shops are open with incredible pieces of Disney art and sometimes, if you are lucky, you may encounter your favorite artists there to sign portraits and paintings. 

Guide to Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The Flower and Garden Festival typically takes place in early March through early July. This festival really focuses on nature and what can be done with the beauty that surrounds us. 

Guests will find character Topiary Displays, Exhibits & Gardens as they walk through the EPCOT Countries. Characters like Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear, Beauty and the Beast, and more can be found created out of the different topiaries in each country. 

Guests will get to experience fresh flavors as the culinary team prepares creative and fresh options to graze on. 

The America Gardens Theatre has featured the Garden Rocks concert series in the past as the specific festival entertainment. 

Guide to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Food and Wine typically takes place through late July into mid-November. This festival is for people who love to try new foods and beverages as the culinary masters really have a chance to shine. 

Globally inspired chefs will have 30 booths throughout the pavilions creating new and exciting menu options. In 2023, cheese is going to be the star of one of the scavenger hunts as guests visit the food booths. 

The American Garden Theatre presents the Eat to the Beat concert series. Artists like Rueben Studdard, Joey Fatone, MercyMe, Boyz II Men, and more will be in the 2023 concert lineup. 

Guide to Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Festival of the Holidays takes place late November through the end of the year. This festival features special holiday traditions from around the world. 

Guests will embark on a holiday cookie stroll while tasting other holiday-specific menus at each of the food booths. 

The candlelight processional tells the stirring story of Christmas by a celebrity narrator. In the past Neal Patrick Harris, Jodi Benson, Whoopi Goldburg, Josh Gad, Gloria Estafan, and more have performed.

In each country, Holiday Storytellers share the traditions that are integral parts of the season in the country they represent. Father Christmas is located in the UK pavilion and guests can learn about Daruma in the Japan pavilion. 

This festival is a great one for kids and adults to experience the holidays from around the world. 

EPCOT Countries Tips

When visiting the World Showcase in EPCOT there is no right or wrong way to tour the areas. Some people go just to drink around the world. Other guests visit each country to try the different foods, while a third type of guest wants to experience the shows, attractions, and shopping the countries have to offer. 

To fully experience the countries and what they have to offer, try following some of these tips. 

  • Start your morning at either Frozen Ever After or Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Both will have long wait times the later the day goes on. However, both rides are excellent food options to ride and then grab a quick bite to eat. 
  • As you are walking around the showcase, go ahead and scout out the best spot to watch the nighttime show. There are excellent locations all around the lagoon. 
  • Make sure to walk all the way to the “back” of the pavilion. Many times these pavilions are bigger than what they originally seem. To experience everything there is, make sure you are checking for any turns, corners, and entrances. 
  • Go during a festival to really get the most out of your trip. EPCOT is nicknamed DeadCOT during non-festival times. 
  • If you do go during a festival, try not to visit EPCOT on Friday or Saturday as it gets extremely busy with the locals coming to experience the festival offerings. 

Is there anything about the World Showcase that we missed? Let us know after you book your next trip! 

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