Entries from The “World” According to Jack tagged with 'Epcot'

Landscaping the World - Epcot - Part Two

Yesterday I discussed the landscaping found in Epcot's Future World. Today I'll finish this park with a look at World Showcase. The main entrance into World Showcase always contains manicured hedges and brightly colored ground cover or flowers. In...

Landscaping the World - Epcot - Part One

Epcot encompasses about 300 acres. I realize that once you subtract the buildings, walkways, and World Showcase Lagoon this number is diminished greatly, but this is still an enormous amount of property to landscape and maintain. In case after...

Water at Walt Disney World -- Part Two

Last Monday I wrote how the Walt Disney World property was crisscrossed with canals and levees to help maintain water integrity. I also discussed the many water features found in the Magic Kingdom and how these help add atmosphere...

Teppan Edo Epcot's Japan

Jack Spence is on a leave of absence until 2014. This is a reprint of a blog he wrote several years ago. This blog originally ran in 2010 and was accurate at the time of publication. No visit to Epcot...

Boardwalk Bakery Reopens

After an extensive refurbishment, the Boardwalk Bakery reopened today (April 26, 2013) - and I was impressed. But before I show you the great work the Imagineers did, I'll show you a few "before" pictures. This first photo shows...

It’s Over My Head - Part Three - Epcot

Last week I began a discussion about the many wonderful details that can be found above our heads at the Disney parks. I talked about both the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Today I will continue my story...

Disney Common Bonds 2 - Answers

I've created a second "Common Bonds" quiz. Here is a reminder of how the game is played. I will be giving you three words or phrases that have something in common. It will be your job to figure out...

BoardWalk Promenade - Part 2 of 2

Yesterday I discussed Sea Breeze Point to Seashore Sweets along the BoardWalk. Today I will continue my journey along this promenade of yesterday and today. I am often asked to name my favorite Walt Disney World restaurant. I usually...

BoardWalk Promenade - Part 1 of 2

Last week I discussed the BoardWalk Inn & Villas. Today I'm going to describe all of the wonderful and exciting shops and restaurants along the BoardWalk Promenade. As I mentioned in my previous article, the concept for a "boardwalk"...

BoardWalk Inn & Villas - Part 3 of 3

Welcome back. In Part One of this article I discussed the lobby of the BoardWalk Inn & Villas. In Part Two I talked about the Belle Vue Lounge, the Innkeepers Lounge, a Standard Guest Room and a Garden Suite....

BoardWalk Inn & Villas - Part 2 of 3

Welcome back. Yesterday I discussed the lobby of the BoardWalk Inn & Villas. Today I'll continue my description of this deluxe resort. One of the most charming spots at the BoardWalk Inn & Villas is the Belle Vue Lounge....

BoardWalk Inn & Villas - Part 1 of 3

The concept for a boardwalk was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1870. This resort town had already established itself as a vacation mecca. Beautiful hotels, elegant restaurants, and the Atlantic Ocean beckoned the well-to-do and the middle...

World Showcase Quiz - Answers

Hey everyone, Here are the answers to yesterday's World Showcase quiz. Since this was an "open book" test, I'm sure you got them all right. However, for those of you who decided to wing it, here is the grading...

World Showcase Quiz - Questions

World Showcase Quiz Over the last year, I have written a number of blogs about Epcot's World Showcase. Today, I'm going to test what you've learned by reading my blogs. But don't worry; I'm going to make it an...

International Gateway, Showcase Plaza, & Millennium Village - Part Two

Yesterday I discussed Epcot's International Gateway. Today I'll cover Showcase Plaza and Millennium Village. Showcace Plaza Showcase Plaza is located at the entrance of World Showcase. This is the area surrounding the two Tower Shops. Early plans for Epcot...

International Gateway, Showcase Plaza, & Millennium Village - Part One

I'm going to start this two-part blog with Epcot's International Gateway. Most people give little thought to this spot along the World Showcase promenade. In fact, International Gateway is not technically part of the promenade. It lies on a...

The Outpost in Epcot's World Showcase

Today's article will focus on the "almost" pavilion of World Showcase - that "bump in the road" along the promenade - the "what's this here for?" collection of huts. I'm talking about the Outpost located between China and Germany....

Epcot's Japan Pavilion - Part Two

Yesterday, I discussed the plans that never materialized for the castle located at the back of the Japan Pavilion. Today I'll begin with what exists here today. When entering the castle, guests are greeted by a Japanese host or hostess...

Epcot's Japan Pavilion - Part One

The Japanese call their country, Nippon, which means "source of the sun." It refers to the fact that Japan lies to the east of China, and to the ancient Chinese, it appeared that the sun rose from Japan. The sun...

Epcot's China Pavilion - Part Two

Yesterday I discussed the promenade, gardens, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests of the China Pavilion. Today I'll discuss the Circle-Vision 360 movie, museum, shops, and restaurants that make up this interesting World Showcase nation. Venturing past the...

Epcot's China Pavilion - Part One

When the idea for a World Showcase of nations was beginning to gel, Disney sent feelers out to a number of countries to see how much interest could be generated and how much financial support could be secured. Among those...

Norway Pavilion in Epcot - Part Two

Yesterday, I provided you with a brief history of the Norway Pavilion and started describing some of the sights. Today I'll complete the tour. When the Imagineers and the pavilion's sponsors got together for the first time to brainstorm ideas...

Norway Pavilion in Epcot - Part One

Norway Pavilion The Norway Pavilion was the last nation to be added to World Showcase. Its soft opening occurred on May 6, 1988 and its official debut followed two months later on July 5. Crown Prince Harald V attended the...

Katsura Grill Opens in Japan Pavilion

For the last three months, Yakitori House at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot has been ensconced behind plywood walls. The Imagineers had decided it was time for a change and this perennial favorite of many underwent a transformation. First, the...

Italy Pavilion - Part Two of Two

Yesterday, I began my description of the Italy Pavilion. Today, I'll complete the tour. L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante was the original (and only) restaurant at the Italy Pavilion for 25 years. It was operated by Alfredo's of Rome and...

Italy Pavilion - Part One of Two

The Italy Pavilion may be one of the smaller countries of World Showcase, yet it still packs a lot of charm and details into a little space. While the other nations present a mixture of architectural styles found within their...

Morocco Pavilion - Part Two

Yesterday I presented you with an overview of the Morocco Pavilion and the ville nouvelle (new city). Today I'll discuss the Medina, or old city. But before we venture through the Boujouloud Gate into the Medina, I'd like to point...

Morocco Pavilion - Part One

Of all the World Showcase nations, most Americans probably know the least about the real country of Morocco. Past episodes in history and immigration patterns have brought the other nations of Epcot a little closer to us than this...

Germany Pavilion - Part Two

Yesterday I began a clockwise tour of the Germany Pavilion and ended with the Kunstarbeit in Kristall shop located at the back of the platz. Today we continue our journey. Behind the Kunstarbeit in Kristall shop is a large fortress....

Germany Pavilion - Part One

The Germany and Morocco Pavilions hold an interesting honor among the World Showcase nations. They are the only two that have their own landing for the Friendship Boats that transit guests across the lagoon. Personally, I've never had a problem...

Skylaidescope & Surprise in the Skies

When EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982, there were no Disney characters roaming the park and few activities to keep children entertained. The Imagineers wanted guests to take the pavilions of Future World and World Showcase seriously. It was...

The United Kingdom Pavilion - Part Two

Yesterday I presented Part One of my tour of the United Kingdom Pavilion. Today I'll finish the journey. At the back of the United Kingdom Pavilion you'll find 1800's England and the residential section of town. On Tudor Lane we...

The United Kingdom Pavilion - Part One

When the Imagineers set out to design World Showcase, it wasn't their intent to recreate a particular time and place within a country. But rather design a space that represents the memories one might bring back with them after...

Quiz - Who Sponsors Disney - Answers

Yesterday, I briefly discussed the importance of corporate sponsors in connection with Disney shops, restaurants, and attractions. Then I presented you with 20 questions to see if you could remember what company is connected with a given location. Here are...

Quiz - Who Sponsors Disney - Questions

When Walt was planning Disneyland, he knew he couldn't afford to build his magnificent park without outside financial help. So he and his brother Roy engaged the assistance of other companies to help pay the bills. In exchange for their...

Epcot's France Pavilion - Part Two

Yesterday I posted Part One of my review of the France Pavilion. Today I'll continue the story. Knowing that France is famous for its outstanding cuisine, the Imagineers knew that fine dining needed to be a part of the France...

Epcot's France Pavilion - Part One

I would never say that one World Showcase pavilion is more beautiful than another. Each is picturesque and captivating in its own way. But I would certainly be willing to use different adjectives to describe each pavilion. For example, I...

Should the City of Epcot Have Been Built?

Most of my longtime readers know that my blogs are usually 95% fact and 5% opinion. I try to stay noncontroversial. But today's blog will be a little different. Today my opinion will be strong - and I'm sure it...

Letter Perfect - Epcot - Part Three

Today I'll be discussing the various typefaces used at Epcot. Epcot went through several name changes. First there was EPCOT Center. Then, in 1994 the named changed to Epcot 94 and the following year, Epcot 95. But it's expensive to...

Universe of Energy

Do you know why the Universe of Energy Pavilion is located where it is in Future World? During the planning stages of Epcot, the Imagineers had a different concept for the Energy Pavilion. Early ideas called for a "solar...

Givenchy – Grand Opening in the France Pavilion

Hi all, Before I discuss Givenchy, I need to let you know of a change in the way you will be posting comments. Because we have been getting a lot of junk email, we have had to implement a new...

La Hacienda de San Angel & La Cantina de San Angel

Hi all, Before I discuss La Hacienda, I need to let you know of a change in the way you will be posting comments. Because we have been getting a lot of junk email, we have had to implement a...

Living with the Land

The Land pavilion at Epcot focuses on man's impact on Planet Earth and his efforts to learn from the past in order to create a promising future. The structure was designed to look like a futuristic green house, emphasizing our...

Via Napoli

Yesterday (August 5, 2010) Disney held grand opening ceremonies for its newest Epcot restaurant, Via Napoli. I was on hand to capture the festivities and sample the food. Yea! Located in the Italy Pavilion, this restaurant is operated by Nick...

It's Disney Theme Parks Quiz Time -- Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday's quiz. I hope you got them all right. This first picture was taken at Hong Kong Disneyland. This fountain is outside of the park in a "crossroads" location. Guests arriving by bus, train, and...

It’s Disney Theme Park Quiz Time - Questions

It's time to pull out your thinking caps again. I have another Disney quiz for you. This time, you have to name at which of the eleven Disney Parks the picture was taken. Now I realize that most of you...

Got A Light? - Part Two - Epcot

In Part Two of my Lamppost blogs I'll be discussing the many variations of these light fixtures found at Epcot. Let's start outside the gate. Leading from the bus stop to the ticket booths are these very modern fixtures, each...

Spaceship Earth -- Epcot's Icon -- Part 2

In Part One, I discussed the history of Spaceship Earth. Now let's take a ride on this attraction as it appears today. Please note: Flash photography is prohibited on Spaceship Earth. The reason? It's very annoying to those around you....

Spaceship Earth -- Epcot's Icon -- Part 1

When planning my vacations to Disney World, I would always request a seat on the left side of the plane. I knew that if we approached the airport from the south, I could see Spaceship Earth as we came in...

Have a Seat in Walt Disney World - Part 2

Like everything that Disney does, theming is paramount. In this multi-part blog I'll be touring all four parks and pointing out benches, chairs, and other seating options that have been themed specifically for a land or area. For the most...

Teppan Edo

No visit to Epcot would be complete without dining at one of the restaurants in World Showcase. Each country offers a unique experience and an opportunity to learn about another culture. Today I'm going to write about Teppan Edo, one...

World Showcase Garland

As we know, the Disney Imagineers are masters when it comes to detailing their parks and hotels. And the holiday decorations they display at this time of year are no exception. Each November, Holiday Services decorates 24 resorts including Disney's...

Sum of all Thrills

On October 14, 2009, a new attraction opened in Innoventions East at Epcot (near Electric Umbrella). "Sum of all Thrills," presented by Raytheon, promises to be a real crowd pleaser and I predict long lines as more people discover this...

Mission: Space

Before Mission: SPACE, there was Horizons. Horizons opened exactly one year after Epcot on October 1, 1983. The attraction used Disney's Omnimover conveyance system and allowed guests to view the future through the eyes of scientist and authors both past...

Bistro de Paris - Epcot

I am often asked what my favorite restaurant is at Walt Disney World. But that's a difficult question to answer. There are so many categories from which to choose. There are casual eateries, fine dining, and counter service. And it...

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Press Preview

The 14th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off on September 25th. To help get things started, Disney invited members of the press to preview some of the new and exciting taste-treats being served this year and to...

Test Track - Epcot

I can't discuss Test Track without first talking about the early years of Epcot. When the park opened on October 1, 1982, it was to be an "adult" park - a place where guests could learn about the challenges facing...

Boulangerie Patisserie

One of my favorite spots at Epcot, and probably a favorite of many of you, is the Boulangerie Patisserie located in the France Pavilion. What better place is there to indulge in such decadence? Artistic delights to tantalize the taste...

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2009 – Part 1

The 2009 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival officially opened on Wednesday, March 18 (and runs through May 31). I wasn't there on opening day as I usually am, but I had a good excuse. This year, Epcot held a special...

Cool Wash – Epcot

I recently wrote about the Everest Shrine at the Animal Kingdom. In it, I pointed out how the shrine is the same shape as the mountains in the background. I thought everyone was aware of this little bit of trivia,...

Epcot - New Morocco Exhibit

A new exhibit has opened in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot. Located in the first building on the left as you enter the country, this new display is titled, Moroccan Style: The Art of Personal Adornment. As you might guess...

China Pavilion Fun

There are three pairs of lions in the China Pavilion at Epcot. One pair stands guard in front of the House of Whispering Willows (the museum). The other two pairs can be found near the entrances to the Yong Feng...

Yakitori House - Epcot's Japan

I'm currently remodeling my kitchen (among other projects). Anyone who has ever undertaken a home improvement project knows there are good days and bad days. Today was a bad day. First, the tile man called and cancelled. He had...

Spaceship Earth

A new element has been added to the post-show of the Spaceship Earth redesign. As you might know from reading other blogs, your picture is taken soon after you board the attraction. In addition, you are also asked to designate...

Step Back in Time - Magic Kingdom

I first visited Disney World in January 1972. Over the years, I took a number of pictures while vacationing here. Looking back, I wish I had taken more, but then I have to remind myself, film was expensive and having...

Club Cool - Epcot - Have some Beverly??

Do you have a slightly sadistic side to your personality? Well if you do, be sure to visit Club Cool in Future World at Epcot with your friends. Here, guests can sample, free of charge, a number of Coca Cola...

Japan Pavilion Update

The full service restaurant within the Japan Pavilion is currently being refurbished and enlarged. Guests with a careful eye can see a small portion of the expansion as the walk along the promenade looking behind the Mitsukoshi Department Store. This...

Spaceship Earth Rehab Update

All of the trees flanking each side of Spacehip Earth have been removed as refurbishment continues on this attraction. The approximate reopening of Spaceship Earth is November 14th of this year....

Fountain View in Epcot

Anita Answer and I were strolling through Future World at Epcot today when Anita noticed that the Fountain View restaurant is now sponsored by Edy's Ice Cream. The pastries are gone and the facility now offers approximately 12 flavors of...

Spaceship Earth Wand Removal

Demolition continues on the Mickey Mouse arm and Epcot sign over Spaceship Earth. Currently, the east entrance walkway next to Spaceship Earth is completely closed off to guests. All traffic entering Epcot is directed to the west pathway, next to...

Le Cellier Steakhouse - Canada - Epcot

Recently, I called to make reservations at the Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion. I wanted to eat sometime between 5pm and 7pm. I didn't care what day. The operator checked every day starting on June 25. It...

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