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.
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.
Canada was our first stop. We walked through a “canyon” with a rushing waterfall and got sprayed as we walked.
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.
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.
On to England, we checked out the buildings, found a hedge maze and plenty of (over priced) British things in the shops.
We bumped into Mary Poppins while wandering…
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.