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What’s your favorite country in Epcot?

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Because my mind often wanders to all things Disney on a regular basis, I recently pondered this question…

 

If I had to choose a favorite country in Epcot’s World Showcase, which would it be?

 

There’s so many wonderful things to like in each, how does one decide?

 

So perhaps for me, it’s more of THIS question: “What is your favorite part of each country in Epcot’s World Showcase?”

 

I’ll list a few of MY favorite things about Epcot’s World Showcase at Disney!  There’s SO many things one could choose, but these are MY opinions…

CANADA – First and foremost, you’ve got Le Cellier.  It’s one of my favorite restaurants in all of Disney.  I’ve never been disappointed with a single visit.  Mmmmmm…. filet mignon in mushroom risotto… (And I don’t even like mushrooms!)  I also love admiring the beautiful gardens!

 

Gardens in the Canada Pavilion

Gardens in the Canada Pavilion

 

Epcot's Canada!

Epcot’s Canada!

 

UK – catching a concert while drinking a beer or hard cider in the back of the pavilion is a relaxing way to spend some time!

 

U.K.

U.K.

 

UK Phonebooth!

UK Phonebooth!

 

 

FRANCE – Grand Marnier slushie!!!!!  (Oh sweet deliciousness!)  I could end there, but I must make mention of the to-die-for French Onion Soup at Chefs de France!

 

Disney's France on a sunny day!

Disney’s France on a sunny day!

 

 

 

MOROCCO – this was my all time FAVORITE pavilion when I was a kid – and still is up there with one of the best.  It really made me feel like I was transported out of Florida and into another country!  The authenticity of the decor is just breathtaking – it’s beautiful!  I loved exploring my way through the shops and little alleyways.  And of course, getting a photo in the Fez House! Morocco also has one of my favorite counter-service restaurants (Tangierine Cafe) in Disney World!

 

 

Morocco!

Morocco!

 

Fez House

Fez House

 

Morocco - so authentic looking!

Morocco – so authentic looking!

 

 

JAPAN – Besides the super huge gift shop where you can purchase goodies hard to find anywhere else (I got several awesome sets of handmade chopsticks!), I also really like the food here.  Also one of the best Disney counter-service restaurants! (Katsura Grill)

 

Japan Pavilion!

Japan Pavilion!

 

Japan!

Japan!

 

 

American Adventure – nothing in the way of great food here, folks.  But if you want a nice musical treat, catch one of the performances inside by the Voices of Liberty!

 

The American Adventure

The American Adventure

 

 

ITALY – well, it’s just so darn pretty!  Having been to Venice, I can really admire the detail with which Disney did their best to recreate this wonderful place!  And food!  Go eat some food!

 

Italy!  The front of the pavilion is made to look just like Venice.

Italy! The front of the pavilion is made to look just like Venice. San Marco!

 

Mangia!

Mangia!

 

Decorated for Christmas

Decorated for Christmas

 

 

GERMANY –  another place that looks like it’s right out of a storybook.  And it’s the best place to get your favorite German chocolates and candies that are hard to find anywhere else in the USA.

Also, beer.

 

Like it's straight out of Bavaria!

Like it’s straight out of Bavaria!

 

Live music inside the Biergarten restaurant

Live music inside the Biergarten restaurant

 

 

CHINA – another super huge gift shop with lots of lovely things to buy!  It’s also really cool to see the scaled down replica of the Terracotta Warriors!

 

The beauty of the China Pavilion

The beauty of the China Pavilion

 

 

Scaled down Terra Cotta Warriors

Scaled down Terracotta Warriors

 

 

NORWAY – it might be a bit cheesy, but as a kid I really loved the Maelstrom ride.  I still enjoy it for nostalgia’s sake.  (But I skip the movie at the end – one can only see an out-dated documentary about Norway so many times… p.s. this ride is rumored to be closing soon, but there is no official word yet…)

 

Norway!

Norway!

 

You too can be a Viking princess...

You too can be a Viking princess…

 

 

MEXICO – also a HUGE favorite from childhood!  I still remember the first time I walked into the Mexico Pavilion – I was in awe of the way they made it look like a night-time village even though outside it was the middle of the day!  Now as an adult, I still appreciate that great ambiance, PLUS I like having a nice adult beverage at La Cava del Tequila.   I recommend the Horchata, but it’s all good here!

 

Be transported to a Mexican village at twilight!

Be transported to a Mexican village at twilight!

 

Then go have a drink!

Then go have a drink!  Mmm… Horchata!

 

Fun shenanigans in Mexico after a few margaritas!

Fun shenanigans in Mexico after a few margaritas!

 

Remember that all Cast Members (Disney employees) working in each country are FROM that country.  So if you know how to speak the language, practice it with the CMs!  (I always try to stick with using German when I’m in Epcot’s Germany.  Yes, I know I’m a dork.)

 

What’s YOUR favorite country in World Showcase?

 

On the way to Le Cellier!

On the way to excellent food at Le Cellier!

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And this year, I've started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm engaged to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

2 thoughts on “What’s your favorite country in Epcot?

  1. Pingback: Disney: All you need to know! | JenSop: The Singing Travel Agent!

  2. I read that they are closing the Maelstrom permanently at the end of September, so anyone who wants to ride it one last time should get themselves to Disney, pronto.

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