Well, now we’ve made it to the end of the Walt Disney World theme parks. We’ve toured Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot’s Future World. Let’s wrap up this part of my series with a tour of the World Showcase. As I mentioned last week, my kids have not always enjoyed this part of the park. For a few years, they thought it was “boring.” They have, however, learned to appreciate the slower pace of the World Showcase, and they each have their favorite stops along the way. One thing to note is that the World Showcase often opens a few hours after Future World. So, you might want to do a favorite ride or two in Future World before going to the World Showcase. You may choose this morning to sleep in if you split the park in half like we do. Or, you could schedule a breakfast – our first choice.
Our Favorite Character Meal: Akershus
We love Akershus! We love dining with the princesses all in one place. Even Isaac will ham it up and dine with the princesses without complaining. We like that they announce each family as their table becomes available. Kids eat it up – “Announcing the Royal *** Family.” Upon entering, the family is ushered into a side room to be photographed with a princess. Twice, we’ve had pictures made with Belle. Once seated, your server will bring hot plates to be served family style. There will be eggs and meats and such. Pastries, fruits, yogurt, cheese, granola, and more can be found on the buffet. While you dine, the princesses come to your table for autographs and pictures. We usually see Belle, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, and Cinderella while we’re there.
Favorite Way to Entertain Kids: Agent P’s Adventure
One way to keep the kids entertained in the World Showcase is to let them participate in Agent P’s Adventure. This was previously the Kim Possible experience. Kids get to join Agent P to solve clues that will stop some of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans. Start at a recruitment center to get your assignment and your interactive handheld device, and start your mission. The device “talks” to the kids telling them the clues and where to go next. This really is a fun way to keep the kids entertained while exploring the pavilions for each of the countries. However, be warned, that you will not be strolling in an orderly fashion around the world. You’ll be ping-ponging from place to place following clues. If this doesn’t bother you, the parent, give it a try next time you visit the World Showcase.
Another Way to Entertain the Kids: Kidcot Fun Stops
Another way to entertain the kids in the World Showcase is to visit the Kidcot Fun Stops in each of the countries. In each pavilion, there will be a table set up for little ones to decorate a cardboard cutout of Mickey’s teddy bear named Duffy. Once your child has decorated his/her Duffy, they can take it to the Kidcot stations throughout the World Showcase for a special stamp. Emma, my artsy little girl, loves this souvenir!
Touring the Countries Around The World Showcase
My favorite part of the World Showcase is the country’s pavilion. I love the architecture of each of the buildings. I love the decor which is native to each country, as well. The painted umbrellas in Japan. The painted animals in Mexico. The shields and Viking hats in Norway. The kids have a blast looking at all of the unique candies from the different countries, as well. I enjoy hearing the musicians play.
Meeting the Characters
As in the other parks, there are certain characters that we have only seen in Epcot’s World Showcase. Marie the Cat (from the Aristocats), Alice in Wonderland (the only other place we’ve seen her is in 1900 Park Fare), Gaston, and Mulan to name a few.
What’s your favorite thing to eat or see in Epcot’s World Showcase?
Stop back by next week as I explore the water park!