To China via Norway and Mexico at Epcot

A ride on the monorail from Magic Kingdom to Epcot was a new experience for us and we loved the aerial views of the park. We made our way to World Showcase again starting today with the first in the line-up of countries around the lagoon – Mexico. The pavilion here is a huge pyramid, dim and dark representing twilight and incredibly crowded inside. Everything in Mexico is housed in this building, we meandered around the big marketplace and looking at the plethora of Mexican goods on sale – everything from pottery to pinatas.

10.28.022 - Mexico

10.28.023 - Mexico

A cute little boat ride through a whole series of Mexican scenes accompanied by Donald Duck was tame but fun, then we headed back outside to watch the very entertaining Mariachi band – sipping frozen margaritas while we watched got the thumbs up from me.

10.28.025 - Mexico

10.28.027 - Mexico

10.28.028 - Mexico

Next was Norway and unlike Mexico, this place was virtually deserted. Quite quaint and laid out like a town square in Norway there is a replica fortress and a Stave church. I remember in the past a fun little ride with a backwards plunge past a troll – not thrilling but loads of fun. Unfortunately that seems to have gone and some kind of new Frozen ride was a work in progress during our visit.

10.28.033 - Norway

10.28.035 - Norway

We looked in the church and found a small but interesting exhibition on that movie and how the film makers were inspired by Norway. Having never seen Frozen I nonetheless found this very interesting, Son would agree to differ on that one.

10.28.031 - Norway

Last but by no means least was China – entering through that impressive arch leaves you in no doubt which culture and country this represents.

10.29.021 - China

We wandered for a while in the evening sunshine. One part of this pavilion has a big shopping area and restaurant and seemed to be extremely busy. The other side though was peaceful, quiet and very scenic with a lovely little pond and bamboo walkways.

The dragon acrobats were unmissable and we had front row positions for their wonderful show.

10.29.023 - China

10.29.024 - China

10.29.025 - China

10.29.027 - China

We made our way inside the (half size) Temple of Heaven building to watch the 360 degree film – Reflections of China. Very impressive they have rails you can lean against while you take in the sights of China on the vast screens all around you. Captivating and interesting but also, we found, a great place to cool down and get some respite from the sun.

Outside we had a look at the replica Terracotta Army and of course, a browse in the very intriguing shop.

10.29.028 - China

10.29.031 - China

10.29.032 - China

10.29.033 - China

40 thoughts on “To China via Norway and Mexico at Epcot

    • Unfortunately I’ve never been to any of those countries (yet!!) but it did seem like they had done a good job with China here, it was so vibrant and colourful and just a completely different experience. One day we’ll see the real thing… hopefully!

    • I thought they were all lots of fun George but maybe Morocco or China were my favourites. We actually didn’t dine at any of the restaurants in the pavilions but just feasted on food from the temporary trucks as part of the Food and Drink Festival – I couldn’t pick a favourite there, it was all just wonderful.

  1. Your descriptions of the pavilions took me on a walk down memory lane…especially the details you described about the Mexico pavilion. Mr. GeoK and I visited Epcot for the first time when we were on our honeymoon trip back in 1989 and I remember we “splurged” on dinner at the Mexico pavilion. The little pottery owl we bought in the marketplace sits on our kitchen counter even today. Thanks for the reminder of that special time.

    • The first time we visited Epcot we were newly weds too – not quite our honeymoon but not far off!! I remember having a meal at Mexico as well then and loving it all, it was so great for us to revisit with our son this time!

  2. The attention to detail is amazing Joy! The replica “Terracotta Warriers” are superb! Sipping margaritas watching the musicians sounds an excellent idea to me and the chinese dragon acrobats’ show looks wonderful too! Hope you have a very happy Easter and safe travels if you’re going anywhere too 🙂

    • Margaritas in the sunshine feels like quite a distant memory now Rosemary!! We have had some sunshine today though so that’s a positive start to the Bank Holiday weekend. Hope your Easter is a lovely one too. We’re off to Lisbon, weather forecast not looking too promising but fingers crossed….

      • Oh dear Joy yes the Uk weather is not normally conducive to margaritas in the sun! Hope you have a wonderful trip to Lisbon though and that the weather stays fine! Lisbon is on my wish list so will be interested to hear how you get on. My cousin has been there and showed me all his photos – he is a seasoned traveller and loved it plus our younger daughter Mlle has been there a couple of times. Last time she stayed with friends out at Sintra (think you can get a tram up there from the city centre). She loved Sintra as it is up in the hills and has a castle with a lot of fascinating history. It also looked gorgeous in her photos! Safe travels and a very happy Easter! 🙂

  3. I wonder why Norway was so quiet? All the better for you though. The terracotta army is a brilliant replica – it’s so impressive how they make this so authentic for visitors. I also like the sound of frozen margaritas… liking your style Joy!

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