As a worldly traveler, it comes at no surprise that Epcot is my favorite Disney park. In a figure eight-like shape with Future World toward the entrance, and, more importantly, World Showcase further in, Epcot is home to 11 international pavilions circling a lagoon. It’s known to some as the more “adult” and educational park at Disney. Future World is home to Disney’s greenhouses, aquarium and futuristic attractions while World Showcase is, what I like to call, cloud nine. Allow me to enlighten you:
As you make your way around the Showcase, you are completely immersed in the cultures of each respective country. Starting from the left, you’ll adventure into Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Everything from the Cast Members’ attire to the background music to the gastronomy and architecture submerses you in a microcosm of the country.
Don’t believe that you’ll feel like you’re really there? Talk to a Cast Member in one of the pavilions. They’re from that country! You can imagine my giddiness upon discovering this and, since then, I’ve made friends in (and from) France, spoken Spanish, attempted Italian and struggled through some German with fellow Cast Members in World Showcase.
Fun fact: Disney works extensively and directly with each country in World Showcase to create the most authentic experience for guests.
And if you’re still not impressed with Epcot, visit in the fall and indulge in Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Food and wine, people. From all over the world. It epitomizes my version of heaven.
In addition to the endless festivals and the accompanying tasty treats in Epcot, the eclectic restaurants leave you with far too many options to only spend one day in the park. The Garden Grill is one of my favorites not just because Mickey, Pluto and Chip and Dale dine with you, but also endless brunch with Mickey waffles. Game over.
For these reasons and many (MANY) more, Epcot has swept me off my feet and taken the number one spot on my Disney Parks list.