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Old 05-02-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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Wink Best EPCOT Guide - Tips, Tricks, Must do's, Please Contribute!!!

Hello everyone,

I will be taking my DD's (5 & 6) to WDW this July. Other than a one visit to MK 2 years ago, we have never been. They will be tall enough to go everything.

I've been searching the posts and thought it would be good to start a thread that dealt with this issue. It seems like most of you are real WDW veterans, and after spending days (really, work has suffered, but what is more important), and days looking over these posts you all have a wealth of knowledge.

So please give me your best insider Secrets, Tips, and Tricks for EPCOT.

Are there any "Must Have" snacks (like the Dole whip is a "must have" at MK)?

Which Shows are Top load shows and which are side load shows?

Thank you
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If something is just plain wrong or just plain stupid let me know.

If anything is in RED then it is something I need the veterans to confirm. It is something I found but it may not be current anymore.
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On this list I will first list the Attraction or whatever and then the abbreviations so newbies now what we ae talking about.

What We Have So Far


Must do Event
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Spaceship Earth
Soarin


Things You Can Skip
Ellen’s Energy Adventure


Top Tips
1. Try a different food from each country in the World Showcase.
2. Take pics trying on the different hats in each country in World Showcase...actually, try on the hats all over WDW for a super photo book spread!
3. Fast Pass(FP) Soarin ASAP. They run out fast.
4. Fast Pass(FP) Mission:SPACE early. They Run out.
4. Fast Pass(FP) Test Track early. They Run out.
5. The Front Seat has more leg room - just like a real car
6. You *can* do the Child Swap at Test Track's singles line
7. Have the kids do the World Showcase Kidcot stations, get a World Passport


Must Have Snack
America -
Canada -
China - Ginger Ice Cream (Lotus Blossom Cafe)
France - chocolate mousse, Cheese Plate, warmed Ham and Cheese Croissant (Boulangerie Patisserie ), Chocolate Crepe (Crepes des Chefs de France ), Grand Marnier Slushie & Grey Goose lemonade (???)
Germany -
Italy -
Japan - Fish flavored Food!, Shaved Ice (Kaki Gori)
Mexico - Churros, Frozen Margaritas (Cantina de San Angel, Cart)
Morocco - Mint Iced Tea
Norway - School Bread, Pretzel Bread, Strawberry Cream, CHocolate Cake (Kringla Bakery)
United Kingdom -


Better Restaurant
Le Cellier - Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup & Pretzel Bread


Good Counter Service (CS)
Yorkshire Country Fish Shop - Fish and Chips
Sunshine Seasons
Lotus Blossom Cafe - tucked back out of the way, interesting snacks
Tangierine Cafe - Shawarma Platters big enough to share


Restaurants to Avoid
Electric Umbrella
Cantina de San Angel


Kids Tips
1. Kidcot - good way to get your kids involved in the countries
2. Turtle Talk with Crush
3. Have them learn to say "hello" in the language of every country
4. Auskerhaus (Princesses) and Garden Grill(Chip n Dale, Fab 5) are great for Character meets.
5. Mission:SPACE may be too intense for younger kids. Choose the "GREEN" option for a milder experience
6. Bruce's Sub House - a play area inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends, next to Turtle Talk


Character Meets
Aladdin - Morocco
Alice in Wonderland - UK, Askerhus Princess Meals
Aurora - France, Norway, Askerhus Princess Meals
Ariel - Askerhus Princess Meals, Norway
Beast - France
Belle - France, Askerhus Princess Meals
Brother Bear Characters - Canada
Cinderella - France, Askerhus Princess Meals
Donald Duck - Mexico
Dwarfs - Germany
Evil Queen - Germany
Figment - Imagination Pavilion
Genie - Morocco
Jasmine - Morocco, Askerhus Princess Meals
José Carioca (The parrot) - Mexico
Mary Poppins - UK, Askerhus Princess Meals
Mulan - China, Askerhus Princess Meals
Nemo - Outside Living Seas
Panchito (the Mexican charro rooster) - Mexico
Pinocchio - Germany, Character Connection
Pooh - UK, Character Connection
Snow White - Germany, Askerhus Princess Meals
Fab 5 - Character Connection, Garden Grill

Remy appears at Chef De France - Mon-SAT for 40 minute sets starting at the :20 after every hour from 12:20am - 6:00pm. 5:20pm is the start of the last set.


Best Memorable Photo Opportunities
HELP
Take a picture of the signs of each attraction with the subjects striking a pose that relates to the ride.

Future World
- Bruce the Shark - Get inside Bruce the Shark's mouth at Bruce's Sub House in the Seas with Nemo
- Imageworks - you can get your pictrure taken and then super-imposed in a disney background
- Where's the Fire - take a pic with the 30ft fire truck
- Beverly Face - Club Cool - get a free cup of the Italian soft drink called Beverly. Now have your camera ready to catch the reaction when someone takes a sip.
- Test Track Cars - take a picture in all the different cars
- GEOsphere - attempt to get a position so it looks as if you are holding the sphere in your hand like a ball

World Showcase
- Take a picture with a different hat from every Country
- Take a picture with a Cast Member in traditional garb in each Country
- Take a picture beside the sign in each country
- Take a picture of the different Water features in each Country (Fountains, pools, waterfalls)
African Outpost - Grab a pic while playing the drums
America -
Canada - Grab one next to the Totem Poles
- if you take a picture of Off Kilter in Canada, while they are playing, they will assume a crazy pose for you, never missing a beat!
- a wall with three 'face' holes in it, surrounded by masks.
- get one of the waterfall
China -
France - Grab one from the bridge with the Eiffel Tower in the Background
Germany -
Italy - with Spaceship Earth in the background, try to position someone to appear as if they are holding Spaceship Earth
Japan -
Mexico -
Morocco -
Norway - The Troll in one of the Shops
- try on the helmats and swords fora funny pic
United Kingdom - Get inside the Red Phone Booth
- at the Market Cross


Attractions With Fast Passes(FP)
Mission: SPACE
Soarin
Test Track
Maelstorm
Honey I Shrunk the Audience


Ride Height Restrictions
Mission: SPACE – 44”
Test Track – 40”
Soarin – 40”


Extra Magic Hours Attractions
AM
Test Track
Spaceship Earth
Living With The Land
Mission: SPACE
Soarin

PM - All the morning attractions plus
The American Adventure
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Journey into the Imagination with Figament
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
The Maelstrom
O’ Canada!
Kidcot Fun Stops


Tips for Rides
Future World
1. Spaceship Earth
- 1.1 Ride Length 13 minutes 26 seconds
- 1.2 Later in the day, there is little if any line for Spaceship Earth.

2. Mission: SPACE
- 2.1 Must be 44” or taller
- 2.2 Ride Length 5 minutes 38 seconds
- 2.3 If you start flipping all of the switches and turning the dials and stuff "Lt. Dan" comes over your speaker and tells you not to touch them.
- 2.4 Don't do if you are a little claustrophobic
- 2.5 Before you go inside. The CM is waiting at the entrance to the ride and asks if you want regular or milder ride. Then they give you either a green card or an orange card, and direct you to the appropriate line. The Green card is for the LESS intense ride
- 2.6 The attraction can leave you feeling disoriented, woozy and even, as some riders report, with a headache for the rest of the day. There are air sickness bags available in the capsules. Check to make sure the bags are there first if you think you may need them
- 2.7 Although the ride portion of this attraction is relatively short, you should allot about an hour to experience Mission: SPACE in its entirety, including the post-show activities

3. Test Track
- 3.1 Must be 40” or taller
- 3.2 Ride Length 5 minutes 04 seconds
- 3.3 Is the fastest ride in WDW, at 65 mph.
- 3.4 Has a "Single Rider" line

4. The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- 4.1 Tour the Seas with Nemo & Friends when you have time to spend inside; you will miss the experience if you rush through the pavilion
- 4.2 could induce feelings of motion sickness in highly susceptible individuals.

Future World – The Land
5. Soarin
- 5.1 Must be 40” or taller
- 5.2 Ride Length 5 minutes
- 5.3 Get a Fast Pass and walk around enjoying the rest of the Pavilion while you wait or hop on to Living with the Land if the Lines are not long.

4. Living with the Land
- 6.1 Ride Length 13 minutes 50 seconds
- 6.2 Lines will build about mid-morning and don't lighten up until much later in the day. See this early in the morning or after dark
- 6.3 Get to ride through the greenhouses
- 6.4 geared more towards adults, but littler guests will also find it entertaining

Future World - Imagination!
7. Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- 7.2 Ride Length 7 minutes 30 seconds
- 7.3 There is generally no wait unless the Honey I Shrunk the Audience just let out

Norway
8. Maelstorm
- 8.1 Ride Length 9 minutes 57 seconds

[B Mexico [/B]
9. Gran Fiesta Tour
- 9.1 Ride Length 8 minutes 07 seconds
- 9.2 If you like "it's a small world" at MK, then you will like this



Tips for Shows
Future World - Imagination!
1. Honey I Shrunk the Audience
- 1.1 Show Length 18 Minutes
- 1.2 3-D show that involves lions, mice, and snakes
- 1.3 May be scary for small children

Future World – Universe of Energy
2. Ellen’s Energy Adventure
- 2.1 Show Length 45 minutes
- 2.2 visit in the afternoon when hot/tired for a good rest .. it is air conditioned, long and usually plenty of room to stretch


Tips for Other Attractions
Future World
1. Innoventions East
- 1.1 Storm Struck
- StormStruck is a simulation of a severe weather event that takes place in a dark theater and includes loud and unexpected noises. This attraction may be frightening to children.
- Involves a 3-D Show
- This is a VERY loud and VERY in your face virtual reality show in a very small theater, Use caution when bringing kids in
- There is a cool activity for the kids about storm preparation and includes building a storm kit.

- 1.2 The House of Innoventions
- 15 minute walking tour of the House of Tomorrow
- 1.3 Don't Waste It!
- hands-on exhibit teaches you ways to recycle, reuse or reduce "virtual trash."
- You can email a cute certificate to yourself when you "graduate".
- 1.4 Test the Limits Lab
- designed to be an interactive, kid-powered test lab
- attempt to break, smash, shatter, and torture household products in a controlled exhibit

2. Innoventions West
-2.1 Segway Central
- Adults can test a Segway for a short distance
- 2.2 ThinkPlace
- There's the "Little Thinker Playground" which younger visitors can explore
- send a postcard home to your friends
- 2.3 "Slapstick Studios"
- The Creative Solutions Studios has you embellish a Velcro Frog that's yours to keep
- Game show designed to lead to creative solutions to problems
- 2.4 Rockin' Robots
- direct four robotic arms that play percussion that ranges from cymbals, gongs, chimes to car horns and crates.
- 2.5 Videogame Playground
- a variety of video games
- 2.6 Where's the Fire?
- Highly Recommended for families!
- interactive game house where teams search to find the fire hazards in their "home."
- the Play It Safe Maze is geared towards children under 5
- get your photo taken alongside the 30-foot fire truck

The Seas with Nemo & Friends
3. Turtle Talk With Crush
- 3.1 Show Length 15 minutes
- 3.2 The theatre is very small. Expect VERY LONG waits! Go early in the day or just before the last show.
- 3.3 Have the kids sit uo front so they can interact with Crush
- 3.4 Mr. Ray's Lagoon - watch the stingrays swim around as you wait to get into Turtle Talk with Crush

4. The Sea Base and Caribbean Coral Reef Aquarium
- 4.1 5.7 million gallon salt-water tank is home to 6,000 inhabitants representing over 60 species
- 4.2 Observation Deck provides another perspective of viewing the sea life
- 4.3 - Manatees - visit them on the second floor
- 4.4 Bruce's Sub House - a play area inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends, next to Turtle Talk
- you can take your photo either next to or in the mouth of Bruce.
- all sorts of hands-on activities, with some unexpected twists


Future World – The Land
5. The Circle of Life
- 5.1 Show Length 19 minutes 20 seconds
- 5.2 theater is rarely crowded so you can enjoy these attractions at your leisure
- 5.3 the film features the Lion King's Simba, Timon and Pumbaa.
- 5.4 If your kids enjoy the Lion King, then they will enjoy seeing this show


Future World - Imagination!
6. Image Works
- 6.1 an interactive play area where kids of all ages are invited to unlock the power of their own creativity
- 6.2 can send a free photo email of yourself to family/friends
- 6.3 You can have your picture taken with a ton of background choices such as Disney characters, Disney movies or Disney theme park settings
- 6.4 the world's biggest digital camera

China
7. Reflections of China
- 7.1 Show Length 12 minutes 30 seconds
- 7.2 Must stand for the film

America
8. The American Adventure
- 8.1 Show Length 30 minutes
- 8.2 Nice Air conditioned theater with good seats, not benches

France
9. Impressions de France
- 9.1 Show Length 18 minutes
- 9.2 has seats for the show, air conditioned
- 9.3 Set to the music of Frech Composers

Canada
9. O’ Canada!
- 9.1 Show Length 18 minutes
- 9.2 Must stand for the film

World Showcase

10. Kidcot Fun Stops
- 10.1 In Each Country there is a small table manned by Cast Members from the various countries. They will talk with children about their native land, engage them in a craft, stamp their World Showcase Passports if they have one, and sign a personal message in the language of the country.
- 10.2 good way to get your kids involved in the countries
- 10.3 may be a little time consuming, but it is worth it
- 10.4 I may list these later but for now here is where you can find the Kidcot Locations http://www.stitchkingdom.com/kidcot/

11. Kim Possible Adventure
- There are seven different adventures that can be started at any of five different locations in World Showcase. You will need to return your Kimmunicator after each adventure.



Tips for Future World
1. Mailbox - The address on the mail box in front of the farm house has 82 or 1982 on it. The Park opened in 1982.
2. Night Lights - If you happen to be in Innoventions Plaza at night, be sure to look DOWN! The walkway is laced with fiberoptics that light up and slowly fade away, enchanting children and adults.
3. Reverse Waterfall - the beautiful fountain outside the Imagination pavilion is actually a *reverse* waterfall, with the water flowing up! Just watch it
4. Innoventions - a good place to head if it starts raining or is very hot. Of course, others will have the same idea but there is so much to look at and interact with that there is enough room for everyone.
5. Innovention Fountain Musical Selections - The selections played for the water ballets are rotated every quarter hour in no specific order.
6. Balloons - in The Land as you enter the building, look out to the ceiling where 5 balloons hang. The middle one represents Earth. The four surrounding balloons represent the seasons: Yellow for summer, Orange for Fall, Blue for Winter and Green for Spring
7. Fountain of Nations. Between the two halves of Innoventions is an innocent looking fountain which occasionally erupts into a full sound and dancing waters show. It's fairly small but can be fun to watch, especially at night when lighted.
8. Kid Fountains - near the fountain of Nations there is a place where kids can walk and get wet by jets of water pulsating from the ground like a geyser.
9. Jumping Fountains - near Honey I shrunk the Audience, water jumps from one fountain across the walkway to another fountain as you walk-by. very cool.
10. Center of WDW - not really anymore - Find the marker in Epcot that supposedly represents the center of WDW. (Due to land acquisitions and sales over the years since Walt purchased the original 28,000 odd acres, this marker is no longer the "center", if it ever was at one time.) Its just to the west of Innoventions West (on that path that leads straight to Living With the Land). It's a circle and it has quotations from different inventors and scientests and [I] believe even Walt has a quotation posted there.
11. Club Cool - There are a couple of beverage deals at Epcot parks and one is completely free. Stop by Club Cool located near Innoventions West in Future World. This exhibit is sponsored by Coca-Cola and features Coke products distributed worldwide. Sample cups are small, about 3 oz, but you can try as many flavors as you like and as often as you like.
12. Club Cool Misc - The treads of the tractor that sits there are in the shape of Coke bottles. Also one of the parts in the satellite dish.


Tips for the World Showcase
Alphabetical order to avoid confusion

Got some from "nicwoodard" "World Showcase Hidden Gems" Thread

Pick Up an Entertainment Schedule. It will include all the times of the performers. It is seperate from the Map so be sure to grab it!

African Outpost
- The Crates - Open the lids of the crates and see what happens.
- African Drum player - forgot his name he is relativly famous in the music world, I think I need to check Steve Soares later
- Wood Carving - There is a man that does african wood carvings at different times during the days

America
- 9/11 Flag - View the American Flag that was taken from the rubble of 9/11/2001. - Has this been Retired??
- The Elevator - In the American Pavilion, there are paintings along the front wall. One of the first ones opens to reveal an elevator.
- Fife and Drum - a colonial fife and drum show
- Whisper - in the rotunda in the american adventure, you're supposed to be able to whisper on one end and hear it on the other
- "Plane" View - Walk into the American Pavillion towards the rotunda dome. Turn around and look at the wall on the right hand side ( it is on behind you, on your left as you enter). There is a painting of a B17 Fortress on the wall with the front of the fuselage pointing to the left. Walk across the front of the painting and when you get to the right hand side, which way is the aircraft pointing to now? In front of the picture is a grey strip of tiles on the floor. If you stand on the gray tiles and walk back and forth, the plane seems to swivel to follow you.
- The Clock Face - You will see a numeral IIII, instead of the IV. This was done to prevent confusion when viewing the clock from a distance.

Canada
- Off Kilter - in Canada. Great band that does Celtic rock and cover tunes. For smaller crowds, catch them earlier in the day. Band members will be glad to sign autographs and pose for photos after the performance is over. Here is there Site www.offkilter.net
- The Rock - there is a huge "rock" at the Kodak picture spot. Before IllumiNations-Reflections of Earth begin, the top of the "rock" will open, and sound and lighting equipment for IllumiNations will come out
- Totem Poles - Only the left Totem Pole is made of wood and is hand carved. The totem poles are the three stories of Raven, a traditional story amongst Northwest Coastal Indians. The top of the pole depicts the story of Raven tricking the Chief of the Skies to release the sun, moon, & stars from a carved cedar chest (box)
- Relax - Want another quiet place to "Take 5"? Walk up the steps, go between the 2 shops to the back of the pavilion -- you'll find a couple benches and very few people.
- Waterfalls and Mine - there is a walking trail, with an old abandoned mine and waterfalls
- Plants - The plants at Canada are changed to match Canada's seasons -- white in winter, gold and red in autumn etc.

China
- Acrobats - there are acrobats that perform at various times during the day. Must-do if you are in the area
- Temple Echo - The temple is acoustically perfect--if you stand exactly in the middle of the room, should be marked by a circle, your voice will echo back to you.
- Fan - You can purchase a fan, and they will personalize it for free. They write the name in Chinese. The fan is very inexpensive, around four dollars.
- Warriors - Replicas of the terra cotta warriors in the Forbidden City
The Dancing Water Bowl - There is a green bowl in the back of one of the shops in china. It has water in it. When you rub the handles just right the water dances and looks like it's coming from the carved fish around the edges. It's hard to describe. Check it out and if you can't get it to work ask some one who works there to show you!

France
- Chair Acrobat - Serveur Amusant a comical waiter/juggler performs 20 minute shows usually Wednesday thru Sunday.
- Souvenir Glass - Stop in Vins De France to learn about French Wines. You can sample them for the price of a souvenir glass.
- English Channel - When you are crossing that little bridge to France you are symbolically crossing "the English Channel"?
- Bike - on the bridge in the lagoon area there's a bicycle sitting on the land near the water with an artist's canvas next to it. The painting there looks finished, too. It took me a long time to see that Disney detail; it's easily missed
- Belle's Library - Should be behind the perfume shop. If you're searching for Belle and Beast, you're almost sure to walk through, but even if you're not, browse the shops and you'll find yourself there as well. There are countless references to classic Disney tales. Shelves are lined with favorite stories, knickknacks like gargoyles from Hunchback and the rose from Beauty and the Beast are there, and I remember some more obscure Disney references catching my eye as well. There's also a beautiful stained glass window, just like the mosaics during the prologue of B&TB.
- Straits of Gibralter - Between France and Morocco, you'll notice that there is a section of pavement that looks different. This is supposed to symbolize the Straits of Gibralter.
- The Eiffel Tower - can not be reached by guests

Germany
- Souvenir Glass - While in Germany buy a glass of wine and keep the glass
- Clock Tower - Be in Germany at the top of the hour. At the courtyard in Germany if you look up towards the back there is a clock. If you are there around the hour, it will ring and a German boy and girl will come out (they are made out of wood, they are not real) and twirl around.
- Miniature Train and Village - Enjoy the model train set, there are alot of hidden mickeys here
- Ommpah Band - Plays traditional German Music
- Pickle Ornament - the Christmas store has pickle ornaments, which are a German Tradition and are hidden on the Christmas tree and the first person to find it gets an extra present on Christmas morning.

Italy
- Fountain - Located in the central plaza of the Italy pavilion, known as the "Plaza del Teatro," you can find the "Fontana de Nettuno." This fountain contains the image of Neptune, the God of the Sea, and was inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Fountain of Trevi, located in Rome, Italy. The original famous fountain is often recognized as having been seen in Federico Fellini's classic film, "La Dolce Vita."
- Bowling Ball - The columns that have men carved into them and each is holding something round. One of the Columns has a man holding a bowling ball. The figure is about 6 ft on the column.

Japan
[B]- Honobono Minwa [/B] - This Japanese story teller spins tales of classic Japanese lore. You can typically catch one of these tales during five 20 minute sets 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Wednesday – Saturday
- Souvenir Glass - While in Epcot, stop in Japan and buy a glass of Saki and keep the cup. It's a really different cup.
- Statue - The statue to the right as you enter Japan was a gift from the government of Japan when MK opened and was moved to Epcot when it opened.
- "Miyuki" The Candy Lady - A woman "performs" candy making. She cooses children from the crowd and makes a piece of candy in the shape of an animal for them. 30 minute sets throughout the day
- Toys - toy museum, worth a quick look
- Pick a pearl - Cost $15. You pick an oyster, they open it and you get the pearl inside. You can have it set in a piece of jewelry for $20 up to $$$$.
- Matsuriza - the Japanese drums can be heard half way around World Showcase
- Drummers - Japanese Drummers performing in the Street

Mexico
- Pyramid - There are relief carvings on the sides of the pyramid in Mexico. They were added later after they realized that small children liked to climb those little steps
- Garden - visit the gardens at the Japan pavilion after dark. The gardens are beautiful all the time but after dark is wonderful with just the lantern light. There's little paths all over and you can hear the water running in the stream and the waterfall. And once in a while you'll meet a duck.

Morocco
- Tour - You can take a guided tour of Moracco. Times vary, there is no charge, and it is about 20 min. It was run out of the tourism office room (now Tangere Cafe). Just ask a CM at Markesh kiosk.
- Garden - Across from Morocco there is a aqua-duct. Most people wallk by. They grow vegetables and plants there.
- Prayer Room - There is a "gold" prayer room in Morocco that was included for the CM and is open to the public.
- Music - late in the evening when the crowds were low, the cast members put on an impromptu performance using the instruments in the shop. They did a great job.
- MoRockin - a band that performs songs on traditional Moroccan instuments
- Presidential letter There is a letter signed by George Washington displayed in the restaurant.

Norway
- Sea faring Museum
- Sod covered Roof - the roof of this building really is growing
- Trolls - there are hidden trolls in the garden outside of Norway.
- Trolls - The trolls offer a unique Photo op
- The Stave Church - Inside there's an exhibit on Norwegian culture and the history of the stave churches that once were all over Norway (there are only 28 left).
- Laila Perfume - go into the shop and try a pritz of the Laila Perfume, very popular

United Kingdom
- Maze - a small shrubbery maze in the garden
- Butterfly Garden - On that path back on the road to the international gateway was the butterfly box and garden. Disney has plants that butterflies are naturally attracted to. When the butterflies spin their baby cocoons, horticulture takes the cocoon and places it in this protective box. It has a top and four sides but no bottom. As the butterfly hatches, it simply flies out the bottom of the box. As the plants it is attracted to are right there, they tend to never leave the British Butterfly Garden.
- Knot Garden - If you come on around using the path rather than the road, you will see a not-a-Garden or more accurately a Knot-a-garden. It represents the local apothecary. The hedges are grown a foot or so high in the shape of a knot, and each "section" of the garden had a different herb planted in it.
- British Invasion - a band that plays Beatle songs in the gazebo in the UK pavilion
- King Arthur - Skit performed by street performers, they use audience members
- Pam Brody - Piano playing, singer, comedian.
- Second Story - If you look up in some of the shops you'll get an extra treat. In the Crown & Crest shop, for instance, you'll note several suits of armor, as well as shields, swords and a huge wrought-iron chandelier. Some of the other shops have an upstairs with little historical vignettes set up that you can visit -- Just look for the staircase or ask a Cast Member!
- Castles - There are 2 replicas of Castles: King Henry's Court and Sir Walter Scott.


Secrets, Cool Stuff, and other Tips
1. Babbling Water Fountains - 1) Face the "Fountain of Nations" with Spaceship Earth behind you. The talking water fountain is outside Mouse Gear, on your left. 2) There's another to the right of the magic/play fountain between World Showcase and Future World. 3) The third is behind Innoventions West, near the restroom.
2. World Showcase —The frontage of each country is exactly the same, as is the height of their tallest feature (i.e., mountains in Canada, Eiffel tower, etc.). Some spread out inside more than others, but the frontage on the walkway is the same. They wanted to make sure everyone was equal—forced perspective is what makes some look taller.



Best Places to Watch Illuminations
1. UK-Canada Trail - A good spot to watch "Illuminations" is near the United Kingdom. As you're leaving the United Kingdom and entering Canada, there is a trail that leads off to the side. There are trees to sit under if you prefer. It is a little-known path with little to no crowd
2. Sushi Bar - The Japanese restaurant is one of the best places to eat in the whole of Disney. If you go to the sushi bar side of it before the fireworks show starts, you can watch the whole thing right out the window while you eat delicious, relatively cheap sushi.
3. CM Entrance - Between Norway and China there is a cast member entrance set back a ways from the walkway. You can step back into this area, get out of the way of the traffic and have a virtually unobstructed view of the lagoon and the sky.
4. Norway - In front of the Norway, good view, all facilities within easy reach (Kringla Bakeri, restrooms, water fountain).
5. France - Get there about 1/2 an hour early. There are iron bistro type tables and chairs right by the water. Head to the bakery - which is usually dead late at night. Grab some snacks (the cheese plate w/ bread, chocolate crepe, GM slushes)
6. Mexico - Cantina de San Angel, grab a churro and a water side table


Park Maps http://www.wdwinfo.com/maps/epcot.htm
http://www.wdwinfo.com/maps/index.htm




I have compiled all the Known Restaurant Menus for the Park from this Site, and others, in one Document. I have listed which places are TS and QS restaurants, and used the Snack Post below to note the Known DDP Snack exchanges. If you would like this PM me and I wil send it to you. (I Think I've figured out the PM stuff)


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http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2159097

Check out My Animal Kingdom Tips and Stuff Thread
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2158273



Other Useful Links (Hope I am not breaking any site rules by doing this)
(Taking from an old thread to feed the new one)
WDW Best Kept Secrets
http://www.wdwinfo.com/best-kept-secrets_MK.htm

WDW Entertainment Schedules
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http://pages.prodigy.net/stevesoares/


2009 Confirmed Snacks included in the Disney Dining Plan
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2067447

Got some tips from
Things Disney Offers But Doesn't Advertise *Summary Added Oct 08*
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....4#post28167024
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IMWink -

My main suggestion for World Showcase is to do the KidCot things that are found in each country. You can by a kiddie "passport" at the gift shops in any of the countrys. There is a "KidCot area" in each country and kids get to add to a craft they are making and get a stamp in their passport. My kiddos loved it two years ago!

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw...AttractionPage

Epcot was the BIG surprise for our family. Before we went 2 years ago, I couldn't get my brain around it and we absolutely loved it! In fact, we are staying at the Beach Club this time so that we can walk to the World Showcase.

And word of warning about Honey I Shrunk the Kids 3D show. It scared my daughter (then 6 to death) and she still remembers that and I am not sure we will get her to do it this time!

Have a GREAT trip.
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Oh and I will refer you to this thread that I started last summer about Hidden Gems in the World Showcase:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1849331
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Here are some of our faves:

* visit Club Cool to try sodas from all over the world...great to do when hot, and especially if your kids don't usually drink soda this is a special (and free) treat

* we plan to do some Kim Possible missions on our next trip

* love the Kidcot funstops and collecting the charms for the masks

* visit Ellens Energy ride in afternoon when hot/tired for a good rest .. it is air conditioned, long and usually plenty of room to stretch

* my kids also did not like Honey I Shrunk the Audience

* we love to take pics trying on the different hats in each country in World Showcase...actually, we try on the hats all over WDW for a super photo book spread!

* You can check out the Creative DISign board here for templates to an Epcot passport you can print out at home....they are very clever and unique and you will save a bit of cash by making your own

* we love Figment and this is usually easy to ride many times
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Oh, yeah:

* Sunshine Seasons is a food court in the Land Pavillion and offers many tasty, quality choices.

* If your kids are picky eaterss, there is a McDonalds booth that sells McNuggets, frys and McFlurrys.........this is great too if you want to save a CS credit and just buy some nuggets oop

* The fish and chips CS in the UK is good
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Sunshine Seasons? I thought I read some bad stuff on that place. It might have just been a bashing thread so they wouldn't have had anything good to say.

I also thought I read they removed the McDonalds sponsorship? I know it will still be similiar food, but I've heard that it isn't the same taste.

Anybody else have some input on these?
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We did both character meals at Epcot last time- The Princess Breakfast at Akershaus and dinner at the Garden Grill. Both were great opportunities to interact with the characters.

If you have a Disney VISA there is a special character meet and greet spot in Innoventions (West, I think?). It is usually at least 2 of the Fab 5 and the wait is not bad. I think the longest I've ever waited at Disney was at the Epcot Character Spot one year. Also, you get a free 5X7 picture with the Disney VISA.

Soarin' and Test Track are great rides for all ages. Don't ride Mission Space at all if you are the least bit claustrophobic, and don't ride orange if you get sick easily. Turtle Talk with Crush is a most do for kids.

There are a lot of opportunities to meet characters in the World Showcase. We saw Mary Poppins, Alice, The Beast, Alladin, Jasmine, Genie, Mulan, and Donald in a sombrero.

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I've read numerous, numerous positive things about Sunshine seasons, and I"ve also seen some fantastic pictures of strawberry shortcakes people got from there
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Thanks for all the info.

I will update more in the morning (late night for you). It's time for bed for me. Where I'm at its East Coast +7hrs time over here.
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Please include Off Kilter, everyone's favorite, at Canada. They are a hoot and a half. We go get some fish and chips from the CS at England and sit and enjoy the show. Afterward you can saunter over toward England, on the right side toward America, and in the back you can find a courtyard and watch British Invasion.

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Sunshine Seasons is probably the best CS in the WDW parks. It is like a big food court with a huge selection of freshly made food. I must stop there for something everytime we go.
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You can take the Norway pavilion Viking ship play area off your list, it's gone.

If you are a Beatle fan, there is a band called British Invasion that plays Beatle songs in the gazebo in the UK pavilion. Lots of fun.

There is a funny comedy troupe in the UK that does a short King Arthur skit, where they recruit audience members. It's worth watching for kids or adults.

Another big thumbs up for Off Kilter in Canada. Great band that does Celtic rock and cover tunes.

You must get autograph books for the kids. They sell them in about every giftshop. Then you have to explore the countries to find characters. Sometimes they are tucked away in a shop.

Sounds like they are a perfect age to do a Princess Storybook meal (B,L or D) at the Akershus in Norway. There will be most likely 5 princesses that will visit each table for pics, autographs and a chat. It's wonderful. The girls can wear princess dresses, if they want, but it's not manditory. Reservations are a must.

I don't know if you can manage food from every country, there are 11 of them. That's a lot of food! I have heard that people do a drinking around the world thing and I'm thinking, 11 drinks? Okee dokee!

In China, the acrobats are fantastic.

The kids could learn to say "hello" in all of the World Showcase languages. There are several threads on this if you are interested. Every country is staffed by people who come from there.

Another thumbs up for Sunshine Seasons food court for good healthy food.
Thumbs down for the Electric Umbrella.

You must get FastPasses for Soarin' ASAP! It's super popular and often runs out of FP's early.

Here is a wonderful link to Epcot Entertainment.
Just click on the purple Epcot tab at the top.
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If you bookmark it, you can refer back to it, just before you go.
It gets updated weekly, on Sunday.

Have fun planning!



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Thanks for the info on the Viking Ship.

I am doing the Princess Dinner, well me and my DDs that is. I heard that the evening meal usually has the human Ariel in an evening gown so Ithought that would be nice. Plus all the Lunch entrees had cabbage, and the DW HATES cabbage.

I already have the Steve Soares site posted in the main post. It is a great site and I haven't fully tapped into it yet, but I plan to pull all of the good stuff to this side.

I'll get the stuff updated as soon as I can

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Massively UPDATED!!!!

Mostly with info from various sites and other threads. Thank you "nicwoodard" for your older and newly revived thread.


Still would appreciate info on snacks and Restaurants.

I have ADRs at Askerhus and Tutto. After doing all this research I am wondering if I should cancel Tutto (Lunch) and spend more time in the park! But it is nice to sit down for a break and relax in the A/C.

Please keep contributing. The veteran advise is the best.
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