Walt Disney World’s Epcot is full of exciting things to explore, nowhere more so than in the World Showcase. What could be better than spending a day discovering the world, all within the comfort of a WDW theme park? Once you’re here, it can be hard to know where to begin! So here are some of our favorite things within the World Showcase – from eats and shopping to entertainment and attractions, we have you covered! But don’t stop here. You never know when you’ll discover a new favorite.
1. The Voices of Liberty
We recently heard the ridiculously talented Voices of Liberty at the America pavilion for the first time, and wish we’d discovered them sooner! This acapella vocal group performs Disney favorites and traditional folksongs in historical American costumes, and they’re a treat for the ears that you just have to hear for yourself.
2. Reflections of China
Ever wanted to visit China? Find out exactly what you’ve been missing by watching Reflections of China in the replica Temple of Heaven building. Enjoy stunning wraparound 360 degree views of Shanghai, the Yangtze River, the Great Wall, and much, much more! You may just be inspired to plan your next vacation.
3. Caramel Pecan Bar
Let’s be honest, we love absolutely anything at Germany’s Karamell-Kuche! But the Caramel Pecan Bar is not to be missed. It’s a whole lot of gooey, rich caramel atop a light shortbread crust, covered with pecans, and it’s amazing! Of course, you don’t have to stop there – you’ll find a ton of deliciousness at this yummy shop.
4. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
There aren’t too many rides in Epcot’s World Showcase, and many guests don’t even know about this gem inside the pyramid at the Mexico pavilion. Gran Fiesta Tour is a relaxing dark boat ride through the landscapes of Mexico, accompanied by music and some Disney friends! It never has much of a line, and it’s a great, air-conditioned break from walking around Epcot.
5. Matsuriza Drummers
If you’re walking through the World Showcase when the Matsuriza ensemble performs, you can’t help but be captivated by the primordial rhythms of these powerful drummers, even from a couple of pavilions away. You can marvel at these impressive traditional Taiko drums, and this talented drumming group, several times daily at the pagoda in the Japan pavilion.
6. Artisanal Ice Cream
You haven’t had ice cream until you’ve tried the hand-made varieties at L’Artisan des Glaces in France! Whether you want your ice cream in a dish, a cone or between a macaron, you can’t go wrong with any of these delicious and original flavors. Our favorites? The Cinnamon with Caramelized Apple and Crumble Crunch, and the Coco-white Chocolate Ice Cream.
7. Back Alleys
Morocco is one of our favorite pavilions to explore, and nowhere is its charm more evident than in the winding alleys beyond the front of the pavilion. So don’t be afraid to wander! You’ll find beautiful mosaics, fountains, exotic shops, and tiny streets that will make you believe you’ve been transported to Northern Africa.
8. Tea and Sweets
There’s no shortage of excellent merchandise in the UK pavilion, from Dr. Who collectibles to Mary Poppins apparel to family crests. But a must-visit for us every time is The Tea Caddy, where you’ll find no shortage of tea and sweets directly from Britain! We love exploring all of the wonderful treats here, especially knowing how hard they are to find outside of the UK.
9. Japanese Dishware
Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion is simply massive – you could spend a day just exploring every delightful memento in the store. But our favorite part of the store is way at the back, where you’ll find a wide array of gorgeous ceramic Japanese dishware. Every time we visit, we add another plate or mug to our collection! You’ll find lotus petal dishes, ninja mugs, traditional teapots, sake sets, and everything in between.
10. Anna and Elsa
Guests young and young-at-heart can meet the famous sisters from Disney’s Frozen at home in the Norway pavilion. The Royal Sommerhus is the headquarters for this popular meet and greet, where you can meet Anna and Elsa and pose for a photo, right outside their own attraction!