What in the World Can Kids do in Germany, Italy, America, & Japan?

This blog is the second installment in a three-part series about how young children can have a good time in Epcot’s World Showcase.  My boys were 6 and 8-years-old when we toured the world, and we have many fond memories of that day. 

As I noted in the first installment, we spent our first day in Epcot exclusively in Future World and our second day in World Showcase.  On our second day, we made sure that the children knew that it was going to be a World Showcase day. 

After touring Norway, Mexico, and China, we continued to Germany. On the way to Germany we stopped at the Outpost where there are drums the children can play.  The boys had a good time banging on the drums.  Unlike the drums in Animal Kingdom, this area was not crowded with other children waiting for a turn.  We were the only ones around.  So the boys played for a few minutes, and then we went to Germany.

Germany does not have an “attraction” per se, but don’t let that fool you.  My boys had a lot of fun spending time in Germany.  I had read that we should look for the pickle tree, so we did.  It was a fun little hunt, and we were rewarded in the end by discovering the cultural significance of the pickle tree.  (I wish we would have bought a pickle ornament to bring home.  Next time we will.)  As we were leaving Germany and heading to Italy, we saw an amazing model train to our left.  Even though it goes against the mindset of “hurry and get to the next attraction,” we encouraged the kids to spend some time looking at the train, the village, and the landscape.  It was the most amazing model train display we had ever seen, and we enjoyed pointing out the little touches that we observed.

When we arrived in Italy, we watched a street performance of a famous play set in Verona.  I was surprised at how much my 8-year-old enjoyed the play.  It was funny and the actors involved the audience in entertaining ways.  My son wanted to stay in Italy and watch more plays. 

The American Adventure follows Italy, and should not be missed.  The animatronic show was a wealth of historical information and laid the foundation for many great conversations about our country.  While we were waiting in the lobby area, a CM pointed out a picture of an airplane.   When we walked past it, the airplane appeared to turn so that its nose was always pointing towards us.  The kids got a huge kick out of this!  We also enjoyed looking at the items in the gift shop to see what Disney considered to be American paraphernalia. 

As we continued our journey into Japan, we made sure to catch Miyuki, the candy maker.  It was cool to see her manipulate the hot sugary confections.  But the real draw for my boys was the taiko drum performance, Matsuriza.  (Be forewarned.  It is loud.)  We spent time in the gift shop and have some great pictures of the boys with Japanese parasols.

I was glad we had given ourselves a whole day in World Showcase because this is a part of Disney World that can’t be rushed.  It has to be savored to be appreciated by the young and old.

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  1. Alison Lawson

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