There is a world of possibilities waiting for you at Epcot’s World Showcase. Comprising of 11 different nations from around the world, each one is represented by its own individual pavilion, which showcases authentic goods, merchandise, food, and other regionally inspired points of interest from that area of the world. While you certainly have your pick for what to see and do while taking your grand world tour, there are also those must-do picks that have been mutually agreed upon as being essential experiences to pursue. So here’s out round up of those experiences you absolutely should have around Epcot’s World Showcase.
1. Mexico must-dos
If you enter Epcot’s World Showcase from the Mexico side your ultimate one-stop destination is pretty simple—head for the great big pyramid. By doing so you’re on your way to tackling all your Mexico must-dos because inside awaits a collaboration of a traditional Mexican market street at night, laden with numerous specialty products of all varieties. You’ll find everything here, including fine jewelry and more expensive trinkets. The onsite Mexico Folk Art Gallery is also worth taking a look at when you arrive. And that’s not all, because the pyramid is also home to a beloved gentle dark ride boat attraction for all ages—the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (Donald Duck and pals José Carioca and Panchito Pistoles). It is also the site of the San Angel Inn Restaurante. So all in all, when visiting the Mexico Pavilion a stop into the pyramid is an absolute must.
2. Canada’s can’t miss sights
By entering the World Showcase from the other end your first destination will be the Canada Pavilion. A place of scenic rustic beauty you just can’t miss, sightseeing is definitely the number one experience to take to on your ventures here. Take a look at the distant replica of the Hotel du Canada, themed after Ollawa’s famed Château Laurier. Stare out in awe at the lush landscaping beauty and floral accents of Victoria Gardens, inspired by Butchart Gardens of British Columbia. Then head to the Canadian Rockies side and see the rushing 30-foot waterfall and other surrounding features, including several totem poles all around the pavilion. And for your supplemental viewing pleasure the Canada Pavilion also presents a short film presentation, O Canada!, which is shown in the Maple Leaf Mine 360-degree Circle-Vision theatre and features immaculate footage taken from such sites as Montreal Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Niagara Falls, and other regional interests.
3. Frozen follies at Norway
Epcot’s Norway Pavilion has always been a cool place to visit, and with the recent Frozen-inspired additions over the last couple years things have gotten even “cooler.” Most notably there is the new Frozen Ever After dark ride attraction to take to—a new boat experience featuring characters and songs from the hit movie you know and love so well. You also have the opportunity to meet Anna and Elsa live and in-person at the Royal Sommerhus. And that’s just the start! Norway is full of many awesome explorations and endeavors, both of a historical, traditional Norse making as well as the newer Frozen fun follies.
4. British beats
Brit culture is all the rage, especially with all the U.K.-based music, movies, and other pop culture entertainments that have been taking the world by storm for so many decades now. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to learn that Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion is the site for the ultimate live rock band entertainment fixing—British Revolution. This four-piece tribute band performs a wide range of familiar fan favorites, ranging in everything from psychedelic to punk, The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin, and so many others. Each afternoon the band puts on free outdoor public concerts for the enjoyment of all ages and interests to take delight in. Singing along and dancing is optional and many guests find themselves doing so.
5. Reflections of China
One of the best, and most highly recommended ways, to get an all-immersive education and understanding about China both past and present is to see Reflections of China. Located at Epcot’s China Pavilion, this impressive 14-minute 360-degree Circle-Vision feature presents an awe-inspiring undertaking of transcendence in which spectators are surrounded on all sides by the overall film footage. Travel back to earlier times, see breathtaking natural and manmade marvels, and get a feel for the vibrant life and culture here, then and now.