If you are going to EPCOT, don’t miss out on all the fun at the World Showcase. There are 11 World Showcase countries in EPCOT and each one has different rides and attractions to experience!
While World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery open during normal park hours, the World Showcase doesn’t open until 11 am.
It will take you a good part of your day to get through each of the Epcot countries, so give yourself enough time so that you don’t have to hurry through them all.
EPCOT World Showcase Map
The World Showcase is set apart from the rest of EPCOT and can be accessed from two different sides of Showcase Plaza as well as from the Boardwalk & Skyliner.
Guests can either begin in Canada or Mexico and will make their way around the World Showcase lagoon one country at a time.
If you want to head to the center of the World Showcase from the entrance points, you can take Friendship Boats.
These boats cross the World Showcase Lagoon at all four different landing points.
One goes from Mexico Pavillion to Germany Pavillion and the other goes from Canada Pavillion to Morocco Pavilion.
The 11 World Showcase Countries in EPCOT
Each of the World Showcase countries in EPCOT has something unique and there are tons of details you will miss if you don’t explore them!
As soon as you get to Mexico Pavilion, you won’t miss the HUGE pyramid structure on your left.
Inside you will find a Coco-themed attraction, a store full of traditional handmade Mexican items, the San Angel Inn restaurant, and the Gran Fiesta Tour ride!
Little kids will love this easy boat ride which takes guests on a journey to find Donald with the Three Caballeros.
If you are looking for a margarita, you’ll find a margarita stand just outside the pyramid.
There are two main restaurants in this country.
While each is good, one of our favorite Epcot restaurants for lunch is La Cantina de San Angel because it offers fresh Mexican food and a beautiful view of World Showcase lagoon.
One of my favorite countries in EPCOT World Showcase is Norway.
It is filled with wonderful detail and will make you feel as though you have stepped foot in the fictional world of Arendelle.
Looking for a place to eat with the Princesses? The place to go is Akershus (it is one of best restaurants in EPCOT for breakfast), just be sure to make a reservation in advance.
Above all else, I believe that the China pavilion is the most picturesque.
It begins at the replica of the Temple of Heaven (Bejing).
If you time it right, you may catch the Acrobat show.
It is an incredible show and really deserves a more prominent place inside the China Pavilion.
Along with the live performance, you should make sure to see the 360º Circle-Vision film about China. It is well done.
To the left of the theater is also a room worth exploring that features information and models of Shanghai Disneyland Park.
If you want a beer or bratwurst in Epcot, Germany Pavilion is the place to find it!
Those who love collecting ornaments should go to die Weihnachtsecke where you can purchase a Christmas Pickle (a German tradition) for your tree.
Modeled after St. Mark’s Square in Venice, the Italian Pavilion takes you back to Ancient Italy.
As you enter the town plaza, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon Live Street Theatre or the resident Mime. Both put on a wonderful show.
Be sure not to miss the Tutto Italia cart to grab an Italian ice.
The most overlooked of the Epcot Countries happens to be the American Pavilion. You really should take time to walk inside to see the show on American history.
My favorite time of year to visit the American Pavilion is during Christmas because you will be able to see the Voices of Liberty singing Christmas Carols.
Walking through the Japan Pavillion, you will find it filled with uniquely Japanese architecture. Take time to explore because there are some amazing things to see here.
If you asked my kids, they would probably say that their favorite part of the World Showcase is going to Mitsukoshi Department Store!
Filled with Hello Kitty, Pokemon and other popular Japanese anime toys, this store is a kid’s dream.
Above Mitsukoshi, you will find another one of my favorite restaurants, Teppan Edo.
Outside, you’ll find one of the coolest candy-making demonstrations at Disney.
Miyuki, trained in the art of candy making, can make anything from elephants to frogs! Don’t miss her show!
If you have never been to Morocco, Epcot really does a phenomenal job in making you feel as if you are going through the streets of Marrakesh through music, aromas of food, and the hand-crafted items in the shop.
One thing you want to do just for fun is try on a Shikat outfit (traditional Belly Dancing outfit)!
Rest your legs a bit by having a seat by the town fountain (which makes a great photo op).
You really must venture into the back of France to find the hidden jewels.
If you would like to try some wine, Vins De France is the place to go for a sample or a glass.
One of the best things about the France pavilion is all the recent changes!
In Impressions de France, you will find an 18-minute film that details all the beautiful features of France part of the day and then a full Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long the other half of the day!
No stop in France is complete without a trip to Le Artisans de Glaces for a treat. It is one of my favorite spots to grab an ice cream.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure makes guests feel like they’ve shrunk to the size of Chef Remy and scurry through Gusteau’s famous restaurant on a wild adventure.
United Kingdom Pavilion
Once you cross the bridge to “the other side of the pond,” you won’t be able to miss the British Rock Tribute band playing under the gazebo nearest to the Toy Soldier shop.
You will find Fish & Chips and plenty of English ales nearby!
Want a Stein to take back home? Venture into The Crown and Crest and find the one you like best.
Those that have a football, or as Americans call it, Soccer, fan in their group should head over to the Sportsmans’ Shop (the building that looks like Hampton Court Palace).
If you are in the mood for a good steak at Epcot World Showcase, then you will want to eat at Le Cellier. Just be sure to make a reservation in advance because this one gets booked quickly!
This is also the place where you can get the famous Maple Popcorn. If you have a Disney popcorn bucket, you can get it refilled here!
Right outside Le Cellier is a stunning garden where you can take some amazing photos!
If you didn’t get enough music in the UK, check out the bands playing on the stage in Canada. You will be in for a good time!
Meeting Characters at EPCOT World Showcase Countries
If you or your kids are hoping to meet characters at EPCOT, you will find many of them in the World Showcase.
Make sure you have something to sign or an autograph book handy.
- Comes with alphabet stickers for personalizing
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Nearly each World Showcase Country allows you the opportunity to meet a Disney character.
List of Where to Meet Disney Characters in the 11 World Showcase Countries
- Mexico- Donald Duck is dressed in a sombrero beside the Mayan ruins.
- Norway- Meet Anna & Elsa from Frozen at Royal Sommerhus
- Germany- Snow White (& sometimes Dopey) can be found at the Wishing Well.
- China- Mulan can be spotted near the entrance to the China Pavilion.
- Morocco- Aladdin and Jasmine (sometimes the Genie) are back inside the Moroccan shops.
- France- Belle and Beast can be seen near the lake & Princess Aurora in a gazebo in the Garden
- United Kingdom- Mary Poppins and/or Alice (in Wonderland) are found at the bridge or in the tea garden and Winnie the Pooh is in Christopher Robin’s bedroom.
Special Events at World Showcase
There are several annual Epcot Festivals that provide even more fun at Epcot World Showcase.
These events allow you to do even more when visiting this area of the park:
- Epcot International Festival of The Arts January – February
- Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March – July
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival July – November
- Epcot Festival of The Holidays November – December
As you can see, no matter what time of year you are visiting Epcot, you will most likely find even more fun to do in the World Showcase Countries!
Things for Kids to Do at Epcot World Showcase
At the Epcot theme park, there is an interactive experience called Kidcot Fun Stops.
Located in all 11 World Showcase countries, this activity allows kids to explore cultures from around the world and learn more about each country through crafts and activities.
Each Kidcot Fun Stop location offers a different craft or activity for children to complete that reflects the culture of that particular country.
Kids get to make their own unique souvenirs and take home a passport that is stamped at each location, allowing them to look back on their journey.
Visiting the World Showcase Countries in EPCOT is a real treat! Make sure you give yourself enough time in this part of the park to truly enjoy it!
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