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Disney World's EPCOT Theme Park - World Showcase

World Showcase at EPCOT, Disney World Florida, is one the highlights of any Disney holiday. Set around a lagoon and famous for its stunning flower displays and gardens, EPCOTs World Showcase is a sensual thrill. Iconic images from countries around the world house shops, rides, restaurants and other attractions displaying the very best of each culture. World showcase is also the home to the IllumiNations nighttime laser and firework.

World Showcase China

The Lagoon is circled by pavilions featuring various countries from around the world with a winding mile long path making its way between them. If you want to skip a few countries here and there, or if the heat of a summers day makes little legs tire quickly, then there is a ferry service stopping at various places around the lake.

Each country features exhibits, rides and other attractions telling the story of their people, history and culture. Most feature a restaurant or two with local cuisine and drinks, EPCOT does serve alcohol. The cast members, buildings, fixtures, fittings, plants and every smallest detail recreate the country in perfect miniature.EPCOT World Showcase Morocco

Disney has provided a couple of ways to keep the kids interested whilst visiting so many countries.

Each world has a kids craft area where they can draw, colour, fold, sculpt etc. items representing the country. Tokens are collected at each from the cast members. Kim Possible, available at locations through-out EPCOT equips players with a communicator and sends them off to solve an adventure around the world showcase.

For added impromptu entertainment the World Showcase Players will pop up at various locations and put on plays depicting tales from that country, involving not only themselves but willing members of the crowd. There are always lots of laughs for kids and grown ups, and they make for a great way to enjoy a rest from your travels.

As you make your way through the various countries you may well bump into some of the Disney characters, especially around China, Germany and in a special indoor area hidden away behind the United Kingdom.

All of the countries are great, although perhaps America is aimed more at Americans than others, Mexico, China, Morocco and Italy are my favorites visually, whilst Germany and especially Japan offer fantastic food. The UK has the Rose and Crown pub, although for me pub grub and beer don't translate so well.

Mexico from the outside an Aztec Temple, from the inside a bustling Mexican village full of fantastic restaurants set in a nighttime courtyard, it is simply stunning. The combination of colours, sights, food smells and design will make you stop, stare and believe you really have shifted continents, don't miss this one.

China and Japan both look fantastic, with Pagodas, Dragons and Terracotta warriors, the huge gift shop in Japan is great for a bit of window shopping.

The Eiffel Tower greets you in France, with painters by the Seine (lagoon) and wine and perfume shops it is tres bon! even the waiters and shop staff manage a very authentic aloof atitude!