Photo by Matt Stroshane
Leave it to Disney to give visitors the chance to travel the world without leaving a theme park. At Epcot’s World Showcase, you’ll find several countries re-created to surprisingly realistic effect, all surrounding a centerpiece lagoon. Experience the landscapes, food, and cultural performances of such diverse lands as China, Italy, Canada, and Morocco, or embark on a “drink around the world” journey by grabbing a Hefeweizen in Germany, a vin rouge in France, a margarita in Mexico, and so on. The staff working in each area are natives of the country, so you can expect an authentic experience wherever you stop. Also worth visiting in Epcot are the 3-D rides, the Frozen-themed attractions, and the underwater coral reef. In addition, the park hosts annual events like the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in the late fall, and the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival each spring, making it more than worth a visit.
By Terry Ward, AFAR Local Expert
This walking tour of the Living With the Land attraction is more than a behind-the-scenes tour. It’s a chance for people curious about where are our food comes from to dig deep: Release butterflies, see how plants can grow without dirt, and even gather tips to use in the garden at home.
Epcot Seas Aqua Tour
Some may call it a diving tank, but it’s more of a man-made ocean. Those willing to dive in can try and spot over 65 species of fish and other sea life in the 5.6-million gallon aquarium. Prior snorkeling experience not required; tour of the facility that maintains this recreation of a Caribbean coral reef included.
Gardens of the World Tour
Serious horticulturalists and the horticulturally curious get to find out what makes the vast, stunning Disney gardens bloom. From design conceptualization to seed development and creating similar effects when you get home are all covered. Offered to those 16 and over only during the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Special dining experiences, “tastes from around the world,” and demonstrations of three-star desserts tempt the culinary curious to this six-week on-going festival. Get serious with a class from a master mixologist or cheese maker, then kick back and enjoy atmosphere and the bands strike up the live entertainment every night.
My favorite park in disney
I used to work for Disney booking reservations so I have been many times. It has so many countries, flueuent cast members from diverse locations. Plan on at least a day or more. Great shopping. I have to say Disney does it well.
By Beth Bursley
Enjoying German World on a raining day
The world showcase at Epoct is so fun, especially around the Food & Wine Fest which takes place in the Fall each year.
200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32830, USA