EPCOT – Back to England via Canada at World Showcase

World Showcase in Epcot is a bit different to Future World – here eleven countries are represented (Disney style) around the perimeter of a lagoon. The Food and Wine Festival was in full swing during our visit – this was just wonderful and brought a whole different vibe to the place. Apparently just as popular with locals as visitors, there were always quite a lot of people around but I can totally see why this would be. We loved it, had such fun visiting the different temporary pavilions and buildings from different countries and made it our mission to eat and drink our way around the world. Smallish portions but this is necessary and means you can sample many different dishes and drinks. This was one of my Orlando highlights.

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The main part of World Showcase is the countries. You stroll around and move from one place to the next, each pavilion represents a different country and gives glimpses of the culture with food, shops, exhibits, rides, shows and even the people who work there are nationals of that place.

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Canada was our first stop. We walked through a “canyon” with a rushing waterfall and got sprayed as we walked.

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We passed lovely gardens – apparently inspired by Butchart Gardens in Victoria – on our way to the 360 degree film “O Canada.” Husband and I had seen this years ago, it hasn’t changed and some parts are a little dated but we did all enjoy the beautiful scenery and it left me with more of a desire to visit that wonderful country. Son enjoyed the Northwest Mercantile shop – this was to be a recurring theme in each pavilion.

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The show with Canadian lumberjacks had us all enthralled. Throwing, chopping, sawing and competing with each other, these guys demonstrated their amazing logging skills and kept the crowd thoroughly entertained at the same time.

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On to England, we checked out the buildings, found a hedge maze and plenty of (over priced) British things in the shops.

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We bumped into Mary Poppins while wandering…

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A stroll down a cobble stone street and we ended the day listening to a Beatles tribute band performing in the little pavilion. Not exclusively Beatles music but British hits from the 1960’s, they were excellent and great fun.

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43 thoughts on “EPCOT – Back to England via Canada at World Showcase

    • It was wonderful Pam, to be able to wander around and see everything but stop off for little bites and snacks from different countries, such a great idea and a wonderful experience for us.

    • Canada is right at the top of our travel list – unfortunately we’ve never made it there yet, the closest we got was a short stopover at the airport in Toronto before moving on. One day…

    • Tricky one – we tried to base this visit around the different shows going on in each Epcot country so I lean towards which shows I liked best – some Chinese acrobats who were outstanding, a fun Mexican music show and some French acrobats/comedy act that our son insisted on seeing twice.

  1. We loved the world section too. It was incredibly hokey and full of stereotypes but also great fun and a nice break from whizz bang rides. I just about collapsed looking at the price of clotted cream in the British shop though. We weren’t lucky enough to see Mary Poppins. The boys would have loved that.

  2. LOVE the world showcase, one of my favorite spots in all of Disney World. As an American I have often wondered how people from other countries perceive their country’s presence here. Is it authentic? Dramatic? Overdone? Totally wrong? Spot on? Sounds like your family enjoyed the United Kingdom! We always stop in those shops for the Cadbury- it might be overpriced but it is one of the only spots in the states where I can find my beloved Twirl bars!

    • We really enjoyed our own UK pavilion and all of the others. Actually I don’t mind dramatic and overdone anyway, always adds to the experience!! Twirl bars – yum – definitely worth paying a bit extra to get some of them, I would too if they were hard to get!!

  3. I love eating my way through the countries. The International food festival is on my list. If not this fall then next, God willing..:)Magic Kingdom gets most of the press but Epcot is just a very cool place…:)

  4. This sounds like a great day – I think it would have been a highlight for me too. So glad you loved the Canada pavilion – we love this country so much and are always excited when we can share the love! Definitely come visit us here – it’s got to be better in real life than at Epcot! I know it’s a stretch from England, but the west coast is pretty amazing…

      • It’s a big undertaking – the distance can seem short on the globe but it is a long time consuming journey! When you spend that much time going that far you need enough left over to really make the most of it… That’s why our Europe trips tend to be in the summer – so we can have a bit more time. Canada is also such a big country that most travellers have to limit visits to one part. Even we have never been as far east as the Maritime provinces, and I would really love to. And a visit with the children to old Quebec… Like you said, one day!

  5. I love this sort of place Joy – would be right up my street and how fortuitous to arrive during the Food and Wine Festival! Canada is on my wishlist too – I have relatives in Toronto who I keep in touch with (3rd cousins once or twice removed I think!!) – our daughter has visited them and they visited her in London last year so we really must make the effort to go to their home patch one day! I adored the Anne of Green Gables books growing up and as for the scenery it looks breathtakingly beautiful! I always love finding out about the culture, cuisine and history of places and it looks like the organisers of the World Showcase have done a great job here! Hope the week has gone well and you have a lovely weekend 🙂

    • Anne of Green Gables was one of my favourites too Rosemary and Canada has long been on our wish list. I have some distant relatives there too but the best we’ve ever managed was a brief stopover in Toronto airport before flying elsewhere. One day…. Hope you’ve had a great week too and your weekend is a lovely one.

      • I think Prince Edward Island would be a lovely place to visit Joy – must add that to the list as well! Yes it’s been a good albeit very busy week – a lot of social events all happening at once and also getting organised for our trip 🙂

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