Epcot’s World Showcase allows Guests to take a trip around the world and experience the history, culture, and cuisine of eleven different countries! Epcot’s World Showcase is a kaleidoscope of nations featuring architecturally authentic buildings and backdrops that celebrate their cultural heritage, arts and entertainment. The 11 nations plus an African-themed Outpost are situated along a 1.3 mile promenade encircling the 40-acre World Showcase Lagoon. Starting clockwise when entering from Future World, the eleven nations represented are:
Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada.
To get a true feel and to experience the amazing sights, shops and attractions, Guests should take their time when touring World Showcase. In an effort to authenticate each country’s culture, the cast members working in the pavilions are, more often than not, from that particular nation. These cast members are more than willing to share their knowledge and stories of their country and it can be quite the treat for Guests to chat with them. The shops in World Showcase sell merchandise that’s unique to their country and offer some of the most diverse and interesting shopping at all of Walt Disney World.
We have dedicated pages for each of the countries and those can be accessed by clicking on the individual countries listed above. Each page contains a wealth of information including information on entertainment, dining, attractions, a gallery of pictures and links to prior articles.
World Showcase opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 9:00 p.m. During some holidays, the park will remain open until 10:00 p.m. **Hours are subject to change
WORLD SHOWCASE FOR KIDS
The Disney Imagineers recognized the fact that, while most adults enjoy World Showcase, some children might find it a tad too educational and possibly boring. So, Disney did what they do best and incorporated some fun and interactive activities for children to participate in on their quest around the world.
Passport Kits for kids (and adults too if they would like) include a blank passport book, stamps for each country in World Showcase, a Mickey Mouse button and information about each country. These kits are sold in most retail shops in Epcot and are reasonably priced.
Kidcot Fun Stops are craft stations that are located in each of the eleven countries and provide a place for kids to collect stamps and create a personalized souvenir. Your child can have their Passport stamped and they can also get a complimentary cardboard Duffy the Disney Bear to decorate with the supplies provided at each of the Kidcot station.
Your friendly Cast Member will share insights about his or her native land, such as how to say “hello,” and give your child a stamp of Duffy in each country. Visit each Kidcot Fun Stop to collect them all! (excerpt from the Walt Disney World site).
Christen F. wrote an article, Touring the Kidcot Fun Stops, and it’s a must-read for parents of young children.
Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, located in Epcot, is an interactive experience that’s perfect for the entire family. This fun-filled adventure allows your family to become secret agents and discover clues to save the day. The Agent P Adventure is based on the popular animated Disney series Phineas and Ferb. Agent P, the secret agent alter-ego for Perry the Platypus, needs your help in stopping the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz from carrying out devious plans throughout several countries in Epcot’s World Showcase.
An article about the Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, Get A Clue with Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, was written by Breck S.
Character Meet & Greets: Disney characters are found throughout World Showcase. A complete list of character locations can be found here as well as on the individual country pages.
ILLUMINATIONS: REFLECTIONS OF EARTH
Behold the past, present and future of Earth at this stunning fireworks show that celebrates the spirit of humanity. Guests can gather around the World Showcase Lagoon to view this amazing fireworks display which tells the story of the incredible history of our planet, Earth.
Illuminations takes place nightly at 9:00 p.m. and Guests can view the show anywhere throughout Epcot that offers a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon. As with all outdoor entertainment, Illuminations may be cancelled due to inclement weather. **Hours are subject to change.
FastPass+ is available for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. To have a greater variety of options to choose from, the Walt Disney World site suggests that you make FastPass+ selections early. If you prefer to be spontaneous, there are ample alternate viewing areas that allow you to choose as you go.
Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party: Guests who want a VIP experience can savor delectable desserts and wines in an exclusive setting and enjoy a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon as it erupts in a symphony of color and sound during the Epcot nighttime fireworks spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.
Admission to the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party costs just $49 for adults and $29 for children ages 3 to 9—tax and gratuity included. *Prices are subject to change
**Notation: Our Events page is updated periodically to reflect current events, upcoming events and event dates as they are released by the Walt Disney World Resort.
For Guests looking for a leisurely trip across World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot, the FriendShip Boats are the way to go. Although the boats aren’t a real time saver, they are a nice way to get a different view of World Showcase.
The FriendShip boats have two routes across the lagoon.
- Guests can board at the dock nearest Mexico and travel to Germany and vice versa.
- Guests can board at the dock nearest Canada and travel to Morocco and vice versa.
The boats begin running at 11:00 a.m. and the last boat departs from the World Showcase Plaza at 7:15 p.m. The final boat at the Morocco and Germany Pavilions leave at 7:30 p.m. **Hours are subject to change
GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES
Walt Disney World Resort offers a wide variety of services for guests with disabilities. There are specialized services for those with cognitive, hearing, mobility, and visual disabilities. Disney Parks are set up to meet the needs of everyone. For more information, see our Guest Disability Services page. Notations regarding accessibility of the World Showcase attractions and entertainment are included on the individual pages.
The pictures in this gallery are just a small sampling of our website’s World Showcase library of pictures. There are additional picture galleries on each World Showcase country page. Enjoy!