I’ve always heard about Disney’s theme park Epcot to be fun, but I’ve never actually looked into what exactly is in Epcot (just like no one has ever told me that Disney’s Animal Kingdom is actually a zoo!). All I’ve known about this particular park is that there is a ginormous golf ball that everyone takes a picture with. That’s all.
What I’ve learned is that Epcot is divided into two parts: the entrance part is dedicated towards future thinking – futuristic rides, an exhibit of how to make agriculture better in the future, Michael Jackson as Captain EO in the future. The other 3/4ths of the park is geared towards showcasing the world. I’m not quite sure how these two subjects form a single park, but it is a unique combination. Read on to find what a day in Epcot looks like!
The first ride we went on was ‘Living with the Land’. This slow ride took me for a loop, mainly because I wasn’t expecting Epcot to have any sort of rides or attractions that pertained to agricultural technological advancements!
Again, I really thought that all Disney theme parks were similar to Magical Kingdom so anything but that was a pleasant surprise.
This tour was definitely more towards the educational side. In the first half of the ride, they explained the various ways that humans can become more in-tuned with nature. The latter half was dedicated to showing the new technology that Epcot is building in order to make agriculture more efficient.
What I didn’t like, however, is after all their preaching about improving our ways towards nature, Disney themselves are creating so much landfill materials through their cheap throw-away merchandise sold at their in-park souvenir stores as well as various stores like Wal-Mart and Dollar Stores. How many parents would buy unnecessary Frozen merchandise for their kids, only to see those items in the trash in the near future? Disney is consumerism at its best, and the landfills are proof of it.
Sigh, but I digress.
I guess the nice thing is, at least Disney is trying to educate the public about issues regarding agriculture as well as trying to help solve the problem that that industry is facing.
It was pretty neat, some of the things they were doing. It actually made me want to start a little garden myself!
Inside the building is a room full of Coca Cola merchandise and soda machines that offers free samples to park-goers. What’s cool about the machine is they serve a variety of C.C. products from all over the world. I had a go at their Zimbabwe and Peruvian drinks, and I gotta say, they’re not better than Coca Cola Cherry drinks (sorry!).
When we went, the place wasn’t crowded but I can totally see the room PACKED during the summer time. Blistering sun, everyone all sweaty and bothered. What’s better than free cool beverages?!
What is the World Showcase, you ask?
Taking up 2/3rds of the park is this globetrotting experience. Here, Epcot highlights 11 countries of the world and gives you a unique experience, letting you travel around the world without leaving the park. Each country has its own space in the park that’s dedicated to giving you the feel and culture of their respective countries. What’s more, Disney hires only crew members FROM each country for even more authenticity. When you walk into Italy, the architecture of the place is so spot-on, you would think you’re really in Italy. The stores sell only Italian-related products and and those working in the stores will speak with an authentic Italian accent because, well, they’re really Italian!
It really is a cool experience that I would think make park-goers excited to travel around the world and learn about other cultures.
The first area we visited was the U.K, meaning that we completely skipped over Canada! Oh well, that’s okay! Immediately we were walking on the steps of the U.K, surrounded by buildings that was amazingly detailed! There were the red telephone booths scattered about, signs for the tea shop, buildings that looked like they’re from the Charles Dickens era, and I was head over heels in love with it all!
Immediately we went to a store called Twinings Tea. It was a small store that adjoined a lot of other small stores. All sold only U.K. related products – more tea, tea sets with the Union Jack flags on it, double decker bus models, rugby shirts, and whole lot more. It was crazy and it was cool.
Unlike the Magic Kingdom, you hardly see Disney characters walking the park. But on occasion (they’ll tell you on the guide map), there will be scheduled times when characters do come out and greet the guests. Shown here: Mary Poppins in the U.K. area.
AH, so picturesque! Well… the overcrowding of the tired park-goers do not at all help with this photo, but everything else looks so magical! The set design seems spot on, I love that I can see the ‘Eiffel Tower’ in the back, and everything is just so well done!
Seriously makes me want to live in Paris!
We enter our first store in France, and to my happy surprise, they sell high end French designer products!! Givenchy scarves lined the wall. CHANEL perfumes covered the shelves. Beauty products were available to test. It is just the kind of store that a lady like myself would love to peruse.
Morocco is high on my list of countries to visit. Yet, visiting Epcot’s Morocco further fueled the fire to this desire. As we walked around the bazaar of this country, I couldn’t help but admire all the work and detail that went into making this shopping area as real as possible to those in Morocco. Now, I’ve never been, like I said, but it felt like what I’ve seen in photos and movies. All of the baskets hanging high above the ceiling, the clay pots and pans, the spices.. all that was needed were shopkeepers urging you to come and visit their store.
There, we went into the highly well known department store of Japan called Mitsukoshi. This place was huge. They had everything from regular t-shirts to expensive pearl jewelry of Mikimoto to kimonos, tea sets, dinnerware, anime figurines, Japanese snacks, and SO MUCH POKEMON STUFF!
Here, a Japanese cast member is demonstrating pearl diving. Below, you’ll see another cast member working on making jewelry out of those pearls. I love how transparent they are with the creating process!
We didn’t spend too much time in Italy because at this point, we were starting to get really tired and food became a priority. Plus, the rain had started to drizzle and Italy was just an open forum. Nowhere for us to take shelter!
What was the most expensive Disney product you’ve seen while in their parks? I’d love to hear some stories!
This is what you get if you order the Sweet and Sour Pork. I couldn’t finish it. The pork was good, and so was the rice. But the broccoli needed a lot of work. Maybe undercooked. The rest of my table had the same experience with their broccoli as well, and they had different dishes than me.
We actually went to all of the countries except Canada (next time!) but I just didn’t include them in the post in fear of overloading you guys. However, all the countries were so well done. I still favorite France above all else but ya know, that just because Paris is my number one destination right now!
We finished the day in Disney’s Epcot with, what else, but a fireworks show over the World Showcase Lagoon? I love that Disney ends their day with a celebration of fireworks. I rarely see them except when I pass by Disneyland in California at night or when I go to a theme park. So these are always a treat.
Overall, I highly enjoyed a day travelling around the world with Joseph and his mom. Yet, a sense of pain also hits because I’m visiting these countries through a theme park instead of exploring the true countries themselves. However, for a girl who hasn’t gone abroad, I do appreciate that Epcot gives people like me the experience of what it could be like going to those countries.
Have you been to Epcot? What are your thoughts on this theme park?