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Why We Love Dining In World Showcase

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Magic Kingdom is a classic, Animal Kingdom is excellent, and Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios is fun. But EPCOT is my favorite Disney Park. Riding Spaceship Earth, laughing on Journey Into Imagination with Figment, and browsing the countries of World Showcase is my favorite way to pass a day at Disney World Resort.

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World Showcase has fun films, great character meets, and live entertainment. Awesome rides like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in France, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros in Mexico, and the wildly popular Frozen Ever After in Norway are great ways to enjoy your Park day in World Showcase.

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Disney foodies are in heaven when visiting this Park with many delicious international dining options. Choosing the best place to dine in World Showcase is impossible. Whether you are looking for cocktails, quick service, or table service dining during your Park day, you will find one of the best restaurant choices for your family in World Showcase. Here is why we love dining in the World Showcase.

Easy Dining Access From EPCOT Resorts

EPCOT area resorts are an excellent option for relaxation at Walt Disney World. Yacht Club Resort is my all-time favorite Disney World Resort, and it’s just a short walk or boat ride away from the International Gateway entrance of EPCOT.

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Beach Club Resort, BoardWalk Inn, and Swan and Dolphin Resorts are also a short walk away. One of my favorite perks of staying at an EPCOT area Resort is its easy access to World Showcase dining. Enjoy a twilight walk from your Resort to EPCOT in the evening, knowing that a delicious meal awaits you at an EPCOT restaurant.

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Delicious and Convenient Food

Guests without an advanced dining reservation need not worry about their dining options. There are many tasty, quick service options in each country around the World Showcase. Each country’s quick service dining options feature native food, so Guests can sample dishes from around the globe instead of committing to a table service meal at one restaurant.

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My favorite quick service dishes in World Showcase are the Croque Monsieur at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in France and the Udon Noodles at Katsura Grill in Japan.

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Some of the most sought-after Disney restaurants are in EPCOT. The incredible variety and quality of the food in World Showcase restaurants are unsurpassed. Bonus- you do not need to renew your passport to explore new foods.

Activities While You Wait

If you have time to kill before your dining reservation, there are plenty of entertainment options nearby in World Showcase. Street performers can be found in countries around World Showcase. Hop on the My Disney Experience App to check show times.

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Enjoying live music in Canada at the Canada Mill Stage or in the Garden in the United Kingdom is a great way to pass the time. Hear the harmonies of the Voices of Liberty in the American Adventure. Enjoying Chinese acrobats, Japanese drummers, or an Italian Play Troupe while waiting on your reservation will make the time fly by and keep you entertained as you wait.

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For Guests expecting a long wait time, dropping into one of the films available around World Showcase or enjoying a drink from one of the cocktail stands is a great way to unwind before a meal. If you have time to snag a Violet Sake in Japan at Garden House before your meal – do it!

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Culinary Variety

Dishes that range from light and fun food to culinary staples are available for Guests to enjoy. Sampling candy and sodas from around the globe is a delightful and budget-friendly way to explore new food without booking a meal at each country around World Showcase.

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Building a meal by purchasing tasting options from quick service dining around the lagoon is fun. Start with an appetizer of nachos in Mexico, eating around countries until you finish the evening with French pastries and an Irish Car Bomb from Rose & Crown in Pub in the United Kingdom.

Dinner Show Packages

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What can beat dinner and a show? Visiting World Showcase at Christmas to enjoy the Candlelight Processional is one of my all-time favorite Disney experiences. If you’ve never enjoyed a Candlelight Processional dinner package in a World Showcase Restaurant before or after this holiday show, add it to your must-do list.

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For me, a perfect Walt Disney World evening involves enjoying a delicious prefix menu at a World Showcase restaurant before enjoying the incredible Candlelight Processional at Christmas time.

Wine and Dessert Pairings

Exploring dining options is easy around World Showcase. Cast Members are ready and willing to explain dishes on the menu and suggest food, drink, and dessert pairings for each meal.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions or explanations as you experience new cuisine for the first time. I love learning about all the dishes at table service restaurants but I ask for specific wine and dessert pairing recommendations.

Ambiance

One of my favorite parts of dining in the World Showcase is the incredible ambiance of the restaurants. The architecture, art, music, and theming of each restaurant are incredibly accurate, giving Guests the feeling that they are dining in another country.

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Dining in Mexico transports Guests to a village near ancient Aztec temples, while Chefs De France gives Guests the feeling they are enjoying a café in Paris. Dining around World Showcase is so much more than just a meal; it truly is an experience.

Evening Entertainment Views

The evening fireworks show can be seen from a few restaurants around World Showcase. Rose & Crown Dining Room, Chef’s De France, and La Hacienda de San Angel all have portions of the restaurant that overlook the World Showcase Lagoon.

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You can even purchase a dinner package with exclusive fireworks viewing spots like Spice Road Table and Rose & Crown Dining Room. While a view of the evening entertainment is not guaranteed at any of these restaurants, arriving at a late dinner is a nice bonus to find you can enjoy the fireworks from your table view.

What is on your must eat-list on your next visit to EPCOT World Showcase?

About Katie Chapman

Hey There! I am a Georgia native with a passion for writing, traveling, cooking, decorating, pugs and of course all things Disney. Growing up in South Georgia just a few hours from Walt Disney World made for a magical childhood. Some of my best memories were made on Main Street U.S.A. with my sister watching SpectroMagic nighttime parade or beside my grandparents, parents and extended family at Chef Mickey’s celebrating on a family vacation. Epcot was my favorite park from a young age and I credit it with my interest in and love for international travel. As a kid I loved meeting characters and watching films around World Showcase and could spend hours exploring each of the countries in Epcot. These days, my husband and I get away to explore a new country whenever we can and even incorporate trips to The Disney Store and Disney Parks around the world in our travels. One of our travel goals is to visit every Disney Park in the world. I love writing about Disney restaurants, park tips, Disney outfit inspiration and Disney history. Pocahontas is my favorite Disney Princess (90s kid here!) but Mr. Toad is my spirit animal. When I’m not at Disney I’m reading about park history, watching Disney documentaries and shopping vintage Disney merch for park outfits. I never pass up a reservation to Ohana, an empty seat on Living with the Land or a Violet Sake.