This blog is the third and final installment in a three-part series about how young children can have a good time in Epcot’s World Showcase. When we went, we found that a 6 and an 8-year-old boy could have a blast in World Showcase as long as mom and dad slowed down and helped them explore the various countries. And as long as mom and dad made clear that the focus of the day was touring World Showcase.
After Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, America, and Japan, we continued our tour of World Showcase in Morocco. Morocco offers a guided walking tour, and we had planned on doing that, but we enjoyed the shop so much that we didn’t take the time to do the tour. The shop had a little “tea set” area where we pretended to have tea. My kids are big hams, so this was right up their alley. There was another area with large pillows on the floor and a village background painted on the wall. It was a great place to rest and take a few pictures. The CM in Morocco wrote the boys’ names in Arabic and gave it to them as a souvenir.
Upon entering France, we walked right into Belle and The Beast. What a great start for France! We also watched the Impression de France movie, but had the most fun eating chocolate crepes and éclairs. Towards the back of the pavilion, we found a painter’s easel, paint pallet, and beret. The hams in the family had a lot of fun pretending to be famous painters, and we took some funny pictures. We also got a great picture in front of the Eiffel Tower and used it for our Christmas cards.
Crossing the bridge to the United Kingdom, we pointed out to the boys that the waterway is intended to mimic the English Channel, which separates France from England. The UK does not have an “attraction” per se, but the boys loved exploring the hedge maze. It was shady there, and they played through it while their parents rested. (The gift shop in the UK is also a great place to find Winnie the Pooh or Alice or some of their friends.)
The last country on the counterclockwise tour of World Showcase is Canada, featuring the O Canada! movie attraction, which may be the most entertaining of all the World Showcase movies. Martin Short hosts this overview of his homeland. The walkway to the theatre has an amazing waterfall, which made us feel like we were in some kind of Canadian National park. (You can’t see the waterfall from the main walkway, and it is definitely worth walking back to the theatre to see it.) Surprisingly, the most intriguing part of Canada, for my boys, was the gift shop. In fact, I think it was the highlight of their World Showcase tour. There is a sign in the gift shop asking children to help the Canadian Mounties find certain lost animals. The lost animals are hidden in the gift shop. If you find them all, you get a reward. I bet my boys spent 45 minutes playing this game. The CMs could not help the children find the lost animals because they did not know where the animals were hidden. They explained that animals were hidden by the last children who found them. And they were hidden well, but in the end the boys found all the lost animals and were very proud of themselves. Then they hid the animals for the next guests to find. That is a memory they still talk about.
We finished our World Showcase day with a sprint back to China for some Chinese necklaces the boys had seen earlier in the day and had decided to buy for their souvenirs. It was fun to slow down our pace and explore the countries together. We learned a few things, had a lot of laughs, and discovered that World Showcase can be a great place for kids.