There’s nothing quite like spending a day walking around the collection of countries in Epcot’s World Showcase
The World Showcase takes inspiration from New York’s 1964 World’s Fair, bringing together 11 countries from around the world and celebrating their cultures. It’s absolutely one of our favorite things about Disney World and we’re there all the time.
It can be overwhelming to try to plan your day when you see just how many attractions there really are inside the World Showcase. Just like we did with our Insider’s Guide to Epcot for Adults, we built this Epcot guide to help you get the most out of your trip.
We’ll start with Mexico, then work our way clockwise around the World Showcase Lagoon through Canada. By the time we’re done, you’ll know all about our favorite restaurants, rides
Epcot Countries List
- The American Adventure
#1. See the Folk Art Gallery
The Folk Art Gallery is at the entrance of the Mesoamerican pyramid and the artwork changes every so often. Currently on display is “Remember Me!” with scenes and sculptures celebrating Dia de
#2. Drink at La Cava del Tequila
Out of all the places in Mexico, this is our number one favorite. The “tequila cellar” can have a line out the door, but you don’t want to miss the best chips, queso, salsa & guac combo and hand-made margaritas in Epcot! Take a look at our big guide to Epcot Drinking Around the World to get a more in-depth look at what you can get here.
#3. Ride the Gran Fiesta Tour
The Gran Fiesta Tour is a river ride starring the Three Caballeros offering a great break from the heat and often has a very short wait time. Tour Mexico with your hosts Jose Carioca, Panchito and of course, Donald Duck.
#4. Meet Donald Duck
Speaking of Donald, he has an exclusive meeting spot right outside the pyramid and the line can be pretty short. Guests can see him by the Aztec ruins before leaving the pavilion most times in the early and late afternoon.
#5. Eat Tacos at La Cantina de San Angel
We’ve enjoyed the Tacos Pollo and Tacos Pescado many times. It’s often difficult to find seating, but it’s an excellent place to enjoy the breeze off the World Showcase Lagoon or to view the fireworks at the end of the night.
#6. Eat at San Angel Inn Restaurante
Inside the Mesoamerican pyramid, dine on authentic Mexican food under the stars and a painted volcano. Disney describes the eating experience as “dining in perpetual twilight”, which is extremely accurate.
#7. Shop at the Puffin’s Roost
Inside you’ll find Norwegian perfumes and skin care by Geir Ness, alongside luxurious Dale of Norway sweaters. We love the Laila collection and the opportunity to buy high-end cold-weather clothing and ski gear by Helly Hansen.
#8. Visit the Stave Church Gallery
Epcot recently updated the gallery to include historic Viking runes and artifacts. The entire upgrade is dedicated to the Gods of Norway with legends written on the walls and an electric Northern Lights display.
#9. See Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus
This beautiful little house is the only place where you can find Anna and Elsa together. Wait times can be long, but it’s well worth it for fans of Frozen.
#10. Ride Frozen Ever After
The old Maelstrom ride was also reimagined for the world of Frozen. Using the same track and boats for this river voyage, glide through scenes from the popular movie with lifelike animatronics telling the story.
#11. Eat at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
One of our most favorite dessert combos in Epcot is the School Bread with Viking Coffee. Aside from these, Kringla has great quick-service options for lunch and other enjoyable desserts.
#12. Eat at Akershus
Similar to Cinderella’s Royal Table, but much easier to find reservations – we may actually prefer the food selections here, too. Akershus is perfect for the whole family, including an appetizer buffet, tasty menu and the chance to meet five princesses. Also, it’s arguably Epcot’s best restaurant for breakfast.
#13. Watch Reflections of China
Located inside the replica Temple of Heaven is a large theater perfect for resting your feet, cooling off and learning about China’s uniqueness and history through this short film.
#14. Meet Mulan
In the lobby of the theater, you can meet Mulan at several different times throughout the day. This is actually the only place you can find her on Walt Disney World property!
#15. See the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats
The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats perform several times in the evening. The Chinese acrobats fascinate large crowds with tumbling passes, balancing acts and feats of strength in the courtyard of the pavilion.
#16. Drink at Joy of Tea
There are many coffee and drink stops in Epcot, but this one is the only stand dedicated to tea. Sip on one of your favorites and enjoy a few egg rolls, as well.
#17. Eat at Nine Dragons Restaurant
This ornately designed table-service restaurant serves Chinese favorites like Kung Pao Chicken, Bao Buns and Pot Stickers. The desserts are particularly good – try the Banana Cheesecake Eggrolls or the Ginger Cake.
#18. Shop at Der Teddybar
Der Teddybar has some of the cutest children’s toys and gifts in Epcot. They carry the world-famous Steiff stuffed animal brand, along with candies, wooden figurines and dress up outfits.
#19. Shop at the Christmas Store
Germany does Christmas right with classic ornaments, centuries-old traditions and delicious food. If you’re looking for nutcrackers and glass-blown ornaments to take back home, this is your place!
#20. Get dessert at Karamell-Kuche
While shopping for Christmas, you may be tempted by the smell of hot caramel right next door. This dessert shop has excellent hand made German caramels, candies and chocolates.
#21. Meet Snow White
As Walt Disney’s first-ever princess, Snow White is a popular character who can be found in multiple places during your visit to Disney World. In Epcot, you can meet her in the country which her story was based.
#22. Eat at Sommerfest
Germany has great quick service lunch and snacks at Sommerfest, including bratwurst and sauerkraut, jumbo pretzels and black forest cake.
#23. Eat at Biergarten Restaurant
Biergarten offers an unforgettable experience with its authentic German buffet and music on stage. You’ll feel like you’re visiting a small town in Germany with the Bavarian decor and family-style seating.
#24. Shop at La Bottega Italiana
In our opinion, La Bottega showcases the quintessential Italian merchandise. They have beautiful hand-painted cookware, red and white wines and small gifts crafted in Italy.
#25. Watch Sbandieratori di Sansepolcro Flag Throwers
This show is performed once per day, but it’s beautiful to watch. The flag throwers wear colorful costumes from the Renaissance period and perform on the elevated stage at the center of the pavilion.
#26. Eat at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
We think this is the best pizza – period. The dough is perfect, the sauce is perfect and the toppings are perfect. The atmosphere is quite casual and the pizza is made in large ovens you can view from your table.
#27. Eat at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
The Wine Cellar is the perfect casual quick-service spot with a more upscale feel. They have an extensive drink list and you can order food from the main restaurant, Tutto Italia Ristorante.
#28. Get dessert at Gelati
With all sorts of gelato creations and other Italian desserts, this quick stand is a go-to. We recommend the Espresso Gelato “Affogato”.
The American Adventure
#29. Watch the Voices of Liberty
Inside the American Adventure Capitol Building you can listen to a beautiful arrangement of American folk songs. The Voices are professional singers dressed in historical costumes and sing multiple times a day.
#30. See the American Heritage Gallery
After watching the Voices of Liberty, take a peek inside the American Heritage Gallery featuring historical artifacts, written documents and paintings from early American culture.
#31. Watch the American Adventure
The American Adventure is a show narrated by animatronic Ben Franklin and Mark Twain. The air-conditioned theatre is a relaxing environment where you can learn more about famous figures from American history.
#32. See a Concert at the American Gardens Theatre
Throughout the year, Epcot brings in musical theatre artists, local musicians and famous bands. Our favorite concert to watch at American Gardens is the Candlelight Processional at Christmastime.
#33. Eat a Funnel Cake
Have you truly experienced America if you haven’t eaten a funnel cake? The American Adventure pavilion has a whole stand dedicated to funnel cakes, made fresh and fried deliciously to order.
#34. Shop at Mitsukoshi Department Store
Mitsukoshi is the largest store in the World Showcase, patterned after Japan’s oldest department store founded in 1673. They sell all kinds of anime merchandise, home goods, clothing, zen gardens, food and candy.
#35. See the Bijutsu-kan Gallery
This gallery changes every few years. Currently on display is Japanese cute culture history, featuring famous cartoons and characters that inspire the colorful, childlike style.
#36. Drink at Kabuki Cafe
Kabuki Cafe is our favorite for frozen drinks and sushi on the run. Taste one of multiple flavors of Kakigori, Sake Mist or Kiran Frozen Draft.
#37. Watch Matsuriza
Taiko, traditional Japanese drumming, is performed several times a day by predominantly female drummers. You can find them on the pagoda while you sip your frozen Kiran.
#38. Eat at Teppan Edo
Who doesn’t love hibachi style service, complete with shrimp-in-the-pocket tricks and onion volcanos? Aside from the show, the food is excellent with choices ranging from lobster tail and wagyu beef to tuna and scallops.
#39. See the Gallery of Arts and History
The Morocco pavilion is covered in embellishments, hailing the artistry of the country itself. Inside the gallery you’ll learn about the making of elaborate decor, like Berber rugs, and the history of henna tattoos.
#40. Watch Sahara Beat
Performers change frequently at the Morocco stage, but the sounds stay true to the middle-eastern style. Violins, lutes, and flutes set to catchy tracks can be heard as you pass by.
#41. Eat at Spice Road Table
If you’re looking for a savory quick meal, Spice Road Table has the perfect Mediterranean Small Plates like hummus and olives, spicy shrimp and meat kebabs.
#42. Meet Jasmine or Aladdin
Tucked away in the alleys of Morocco, near Restaurant Marrakesh, you’ll find Jasmine or Aladdin at different times in the day. At night, you’ll even get to hold the friendship lantern for your photo with the characters.
#43. Eat at Restaurant Marrakesh
Morocco’s only table service restaurant is a great dining option for couples and families. Belly dancers and musicians perform at the center of the room while you sip on mint tea and dine on bastilla, tangine or short ribs.
#44. Watch Impressions de France
This short film is similar to Reflections of China in that it tells the story of France and it’s culture, architecture and landscape.
#45. Get dessert at L’Artisan des Glaces
This little ice cream parlor is located toward the back of the pavilion, easily found as you exit Impressions de France. You won’t want to pass on trying the Croque Glace – a scoop of ice cream pressed in a hot brioche bun. You can find the Croque Glace at the very top of our list of Epcot’s best ice cream desserts.
#46. Watch Le Serveur
Just outside Chefs de France, you can watch an acrobat perform several times a day. In this routine Le Serveur builds and climbs a tower of dining chairs.
#47. Meet Belle
If you’ve been trying to catch all the princesses today, Belle is the last one to find! Get a picture with her under the trees by World Showcase Lagoon.
#48. Eat at Chefs de France
Lunch or dinner at Chefs de France is a special treat. We love this restaurant for their Plateau de Fromages (cheese board), red wine, and Canard a l’orange (seared duck breast) – which tastes like Christmas dinner.
#49. Eat at Monsieur Paul
Monsieur Paul is perhaps the fanciest dining option in Epcot, perfect for date night. Matter of fact, we chose it as our top pick in
#50. Shop at Lords and Ladies
United Kingdom is home to various shops where you can buy British staples like soccer jerseys, English tea and band paraphernalia. At Lords and Ladies you can browse perfumes created for specific members of the Royal Family.
#51. Meet Alice in Wonderland
Alice appears under the garden archway across from Yorkshire Fish & Chips a few times a day for pictures, autographs and advice on journeying through Wonderland.
#52. Watch British Revolution
Throughout the day, you’ll hear classic rock music coming from the back of United Kingdom pavilion. Travel through the gardens, grab a chair and listen to decade favorites from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
#53. Eat at Yorkshire Fish & Chips
Yorkshire, England natives working at the stand describe Epcot’s fish & chips as good as those back home! This is one of our recommended quick bites for lunch or dinner, which you can enjoy sitting by the water.
#54. Drink at Rose & Crown
Experience a true British pub vibe at the Rose & Crown’s bar. The pub is often crowded, with standing room available, but the drafts and cocktails here are excellent.
#55. Watch Blueberry Grass
As you exit United Kingdom, you’ll happen upon the Canada Mill Stage. The current band playing daily is Blueberry Grass, a French-Canadian group that plays bluegrass and folk music.
#56. Drink at the Trading Post
The Trading Post carries buffalo check shirts, hockey jerseys and moose plushes, but they also have a small bar at the checkout counter where you can choose from several different beers brewed in Canada.
#57. Watch O! Canada
This short film represents Canada accurately in that it is a bit more humorous than those in France and China. Be prepared to stand though as Canada’s presentation is not only funny, but has no seating.
#58. Get Popcorn in Canada
Disney parks have a few hidden gems in the form of popcorn stands that carry different flavors than the typical buttered kind. Canada’s unique flavor is Maple, of course.
#59. See Victoria Gardens
There is a short walkway from the main thoroughfare to Le Cellier where you can find Victoria Gardens. The beautiful landscape makes for a great photo-op with a small gardenhouse, colorful flowers and a small pond.
#60. Eat at Le Cellier Steakhouse
This delicious steakhouse is located inside the gorgeously grand chateau. Le Cellier has a magnificent menu including Prince Edward Island Mussels, Chateaubriand, and gourmet Poutine.
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