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9 Things You Simply Must Do At Epcot’s World Showcase

Of the four parks in Walt Disney World, Epcot is one of most unique in that it is divided into two distinct halves. Future World focuses on the technological and natural aspects of Earth while World Showcase features eleven countries for a mini trip around the globe. Each country is home to stunning architecture, cultural components, shopping, dining, and entertainment. With so many things to see and do in World Showcase, it can be easy to spend an entire day wandering and enjoying all that the countries have to offer. Here are 9 things you simply must do at Epcot’s World Showcase on your next visit.

9. Voices of Liberty

This a cappella performance group can be found in the America pavilion and simply cannot be missed. Performing before each showing of the American Adventure, these singers come out in traditional colonial garb to belt out patriotic classics for the crowd to enjoy. Since they perform in the attraction’s rotunda, the acoustics are breathtaking making the Voices of Liberty one of the best live performances in Epcot that should not be missed.

8. O Canada

Located in the Canada pavilion, this circle vision film offers guests the opportunity to travel across the country experiencing beautiful views of nature, landmarks, architecture, and Canadian culture. Host Martin Short adds in some comedic value making this film enjoyable for all guests visiting World Showcase.

7. Enjoy A Meal

Each country in World Showcase is home to its own unique dining experiences ranging from quick service to full service. With so many different option to choose from, there is sure to be something to please every guest. Some of the most popular dining options include Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada, Nine Dragons in China, the Biergarten in Germany, and Monsieur Paul in France. Be sure to make advanced dining reservations for these locations since they can be hard to get into!

6. Impressions de France

This beautiful film housed in the Palais du Cinema combines gorgeous views of France with a sweeping score to give guests a true feel for the country. Featuring classic scenes including Normandy and Versailles, guests will leave the film feeling as though they just traveled across France and ready to book a vacation.

5. Reflections of China

This circle vision film is hosted by the Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai and takes guests on a journey from ancient to modern day China. Featuring glimpses of nature and landmarks, the film also offers a look into the culture in China including a bustling nighttime marketplace. With such beautiful sights and sounds, this film is a must do in Epcot’s World Showcase.

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4. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

This boat based attraction located inside the Mexico pavilion takes guests on a colorful adventure with characters from the 1944 animated classic The Three Caballeros. Jose Carioca and Panchito are on a quest to travel across Mexico to find Donald in time for their concert in Mexico City and offer guests glimpses of Mexican culture and scenery along the way. Great for kids and adults, this boat ride is fun for the whole family.

3. Frozen Ever After

Do your best to snag a FastPass for Frozen Ever After 60 days in advance for Disney Resort guests or 30 days in advance for non-resort guests. This attraction is located in the Norway Pavilion and boasts extremely long wait times in the stand-by line. Save the time… FastPass this one! Frozen Ever After is a family-friendly boat ride that took the place of the former Maelstrom and follows a similar track, winding through multiple experiences up and down the river. It’s a fun attraction with beautiful surroundings, top notch animatronics, and of course… the forever popular Frozen characters and songs to sing along with!

2. Explore

One of the things guests simply must do in World Showcase is take the time to explore each pavilion. Each country offers up beautiful buildings and architecture, friendly native Cast Members, intricate small details, and new experiences to try. Wandering through each pavilion is half the fun of a visit to World Showcase and allows guests to appreciate the culture of each country through sights, sounds, and food.

1. Watch Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Note: Illuminations’ last show will be September 30, 2019. “Epcot Forever”, a temporary fireworks spectacular, will begin on October 1.

No day in World Showcase is complete without a viewing of this nighttime spectacular. Telling the story of mankind’s unity as told around a symbolic fire, this show conveys a beautiful message that is entertaining for all ages. Illuminations combines a sweeping score, lasers, fireworks, pyrotechnics, and dancing water for an unforgettable experience on World Showcase Lagoon. A great way to end a long day in World Showcase is to spend some time after Illuminations is over simply people watching and letting the crowds head to the exit first. This allows for a quiet stroll through a nearly empty World Showcase for the end of a perfect day in Epcot.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.