So a few weeks ago I posted an article about unexpected areas to relax in the Magic Kingdom part one and part two. I thought it would only be fair to cover these areas in all of the parks eventually. So we are moving to Epcot, in particular, the World Showcase since the majority of people visiting Epcot through November will spend most of their time in the World Showcase sampling all the yummy eats from around the world during the Food and Wine Festival. If you will be visiting for Food and Wine be sure to catch up on past articles here, here and here.
When the World Showcase opens at 11 AM most people who have been in Future World the past few hours, make their way to the World Showcase and head to Mexico first to travel clockwise around Crescent Lake stopping at each countries pavilion along the way. Mexico is one of my personal favorites and the number one reason why is because it is almost entirely indoors. The building is gorgeous! You walk into a small museum of artifacts from Mexico, and there is a large area set up for the Kidcot station so kids can participate in making a craft. After passing that area, you walk into a beautiful nighttime Mexican city complete with street vendors shops, bars, and one of the most immersive restaurants on property. To the left of the restaurant at the back of the building is a very cute and relaxing ride “Grand Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros.” You could easily step into the Mexico Pavillion cool off, grab a refreshment, meal, souvenir and enjoy the attraction for over an hour. This Pavilion is a perfect place for a break from the brutal sun.
Another one of my favorite locations— the American Adventure building is truly spectacular! Here you can listen to the Voices of Liberty an a capella group singing patriotic songs under the acoustic dome before making your way to the colonial-style theater complete with plush velvet chairs. The 30-minute show brings American history to life in an incredible way. The American Adventure is a very comfortable and relaxing stop, and should not be missed.
In the Japan Pavilion, there is a museum focusing on Kawaii—Japans culture of “cuteness.” Outside the gallery, but still inside the building is the Kidcot Fun Spot. Also connected to the building is the Mitsukoshi Department Store—one of the coolest stores on property. You could spend hours in this building cooling off. Outside behind the Katsura Grill is a large section of shaded seating perfect for a snack break out of the sun.
The Moroccan pavilion is stunning. There are some tucked away shaded seating areas offering beautiful and ornate surroundings to stop and take a break.
Located in the back of the pavilion is a beautiful shady park setting complete with a labyrinth and plenty of benches to take a quiet break.
I hope these suggestions help you to find a bit of R&R on your next trip to Epcot World Showcase. As always feel free to contact me, or fill out the estimated quote. I would be happy to plan your next vacation for you.
“See you real soon!”