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March 12, 2010

Walking Tours of the World Showcase Pavilions

I hope you enjoyed my "walking tours" of Epcot's World Showcase pavilions blogs. In case you missed one, want to use them as part of your next vacation planning or just need a WDW fix I've provided links to each of the walking tours below:

American Adventure
Canada
China
France
Germany
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Morocco
Norway
Outpost
United Kingdom

I hope you enjoyed these walks as much as I did.

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March 8, 2010

A Walking Tour of Epcot's American Adventure Pavilion

Today our walking tour of World Showcase pavilions brings us to the American Adventure. My favorite pavilion for so many wonderful reasons! I know, other pavilions have better eating choices, better shopping opportunities and more interesting architecture than what you'll find here. But what the Disney Imagineers did with this pavilion was create a beautifully told history of the United States of America aptly called the "American Adventure".

No other pavilion in Epcot keeps bringing me back time and time again like this pavilion does. It's not only the Voices of Liberty, the Spirit of America Fife and Drum or the American Adventure show but also all the Flower Power concerts, Eat to the Beat concerts, Sounds Like Summer concerts and the Candlelight Processional that are held at the America Garden Theater. These concerts and shows are part of the rich history of this country.

Now I do wish that the food choices were better. I understand the need for a large quick service food location in the World Showcase area, but the addition of a higher end, sit down, American style restaurant would be great. Maybe a seafood restaurant of some kind; what do you think?

Anyway, let me point out some interesting facts about this pavilion. The building has architectural elements of such historic buildings as Independence Hall, Boston's Old State House, Monticello, and Colonial Williamsburg. It was made with 110,000 handmade, Georgian clay bricks. The bricks were colored and aged to look authentic. It has a slate roof with a widows walk, clock and bell tower. Inside you will find a beautiful rotunda, with marble floors and a dome ceiling.

What do you say we start the walk and we'll talk some more along the way.

We'll begin our walk as we leave the beautiful Italy pavilion.

Leaving Italy

If you look to the right you'll notice a ship docked in back of the America Gardens Theater. I can't find any information about that vessel. Do you know what is it or represents? In my mind I believed it to be a replica of the Mayflower. Since Ben Franklin, in the American Adventure show, states that the American Adventure actually started with the Pilgrims and the Mayflower it all made sense in my mind; but that just my guess.

Mayflower ship

Here we are actually entering the pavilion.

Entering the pavilion

The American Adventure sign, with a golden eagle that's in the center of the pavilion.

American Adventure sign

Here is a great look at front of the pavilion. Did you know that this building is actually five stories? I understand that traditional buildings of that era were three stories but that size building was too small to be seen across the World Showcase Lagoon. So, using forced perspective they made the building bigger but still look appropriate for it period.

American Adventure front

Close up look at the main entrance to the pavilion.

Main entrance

In front of the pavilion, on both side of the main entrance, are these signs with the show times.

Show times sign

As you look up you can see the clock and bell tower and the widows walk. Also, notice that the for four o'clock the Roman Numeral IIII is used instead of IV. I guess the Imagineers figured that the IV might create too much confusion when viewed from a distance.

Clock tower

Here's a view with our backs to the pavilion looking out towards the lagoon.

Looking towards the lagoon

As you walk into the pavilion have you ever noticed the beautiful entryway that you pass through? Again, another example of the level of detail put into these pavilions.

Entryway

I just love the look and feel of this rotunda! The marble and gold floor, the tall columns, the domed ceiling and the beautiful art and famous quotes on the walls make this room very special.

Rotunad

Here's looking up at the acoustically perfect ceiling. When listening to the Voices of Liberty you want to make sure you are under this ceiling.

Ceiling

If you have listened to the Voices of Liberty before you will know they come from a room in the back. Here's a look at where they come from. Notice the beautiful brass wall panels. You'll see them throughout this pavilion.

Side room

All around this room are beautiful paintings depicting various historic events in our countries growth. What I find fascinating about this art is that each and every one of these beautiful pieces of art were painted by Disney Imagineers. The names of each artist can be seen on the plaque that's attached to the painting. So, take a few minutes and enjoy.

Painting

Painting

Painting

Painting

Painting

Painting

Also on the walls are quotes from some very famous Americans. My favorite? Walt's quote, of course!

Quote

Quote

Quote

Quote

Quote

Quote

On the right hand side of the rotunda is the American Heritage Gallery and that's where you will find the National Treasures exhibit. This exhibit contains over 40 historic items on loan to Disney. History buff or not, you should make a point of viewing this exhibit. Very worthwhile!

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

National Treasures exhibit

Here you see a large painting showing the credits for the American Adventure show.

Large painting

This is the entrance to the American Adventure show.

American Adventure entrance

As we enter, look right. There's another of those brass wall panels.

Brass wall panels

The entrance to the American Adventure first leads us to the Hall of Flags. There are 44 flags here in the hall and they represent Revolutionary War flags, Colonial flags, and foreign flags that once had claim to the land. And the hall brings us up to the second floor of the pavilion. Note: the second floor is handicap accessible via an elevator.

Hall of Flags

Hall of Flags

The second floor has the same look and feel as the first floor. More painting and more quotes. And I should mention that all the furniture throughout the pavilion are antiques.

Second Floor

This is looking down into the first floor of the rotunda from the second floor.

Looking down

And now looking up at the ceiling from this level.

Looking up

The walkway leading into the theater.

Walkway

The theater seats just over 1,000 guests and all the seats give a great view of the show. The show itself is about 28 minutes in length and includes a mix of audio-animatronic figures, film, and music. (Note: the length of this show may be a bit much if you are traveling with very little children. So, you may want to do a switch off is that's possible.) Benjamin Franklin along with Mark Twain are our guides as we travel through American history from the Pilgrims to present time. This show is NOT to be missed! In my opinion it's one of the best things Disney has done. The last segment "Golden Dream" gets me every time! I always walk out of the theater "proud to be an American". Just a fantastic show!

Inside the theater

On each side of the theater are six (twelve in total) life sized statues that represent the "Spirit of America". This is a picture of the six on the right hand side and these six represent: Freedom, Heritage, Pioneering, Knowledge, Self-Reliance and Adventure

Spirit of America

On the left hand side of the theater the six statues represent: Individualism, Innovation, Tomorrow, Independence, Compassion and Discovery.

Spirit of America

The exit to the theater leads you back outside. On your way out, however, be sure to look up. You'll see the words from "Golden Dream" on the beams as you walk down; America, Spread Your Golden Wings, Sail on Freedom's Wind, Across The Sea". I just love it!

Exiting the theater

The Kidcot Fun Stop location is just to the right of the store.

Kidcot Fun Stop sign

Kidcot Fun Stop location

Also, did you know that there is a beautiful garden just to the right of the building?

Garden

Garden

I mentioned before that this pavilion only has a quick service restaurant. At the Liberty Inn you can find hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and the like. It has a large indoor eating area and an outdoor eating area.

Liberty Inn sign

Liberty Inn entrance

Lined up to order

Inside seating

Outside seating

Out by the main sidewalk is the Fife & Drum Tavern. One of my favorite places because this is where I can purchase an ice cold Samuel Adams beer. In addition, they sell such things as Turkey Legs, soft serve ice cream and popcorn.

Fife & Drum Tavern sign

Fife & Drum Tavern

Also on the main sidewalk, as you head towards Italy, is an Espresso and Coffee kiosk.

Espresso kiosk

And don't forget those ever tempting funnel cakes. The smell of them just draws you in!

Funnel Cake kiosk

Heritage Manor Gifts is located on the right hand side of the main building. It's quite small and the items are limited. Of all the World Showcase shopping opportunities this one gets the lowest rating in my book. But go ahead in and look around.

Heritage Manor Gifts entrance

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

In addition to the shop this is a kiosk and a number of carts where you can purchase pins and other merchandise.

Merchandise kiosk

Merchandise carts

The entertainment at the American Adventure consists of the Voices of Liberty and The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps.

Entertainment sign

I have to admit that I love the entertainment that's all around World Showcase. It's really very, very good. However, the best of them all, in my opinion, are the Voices of Liberty. What incredible voices! I've seen them bring adults to tears, overwhelmed by their voices. Never, ever miss an opportunity to listen to them perform.

Voices of Liberty perform

Voices of Liberty perform

The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps perform outside on the sidewalk a various times throughout the day.

Spirit of America

Spirit of America

The America Gardens Theater By the Shore is located in front of this pavilion and is the place where all the Flower Power concerts, Eat to the Beat concerts, Sounds Like Summer concerts and where the Candlelight Processional concerts are performed. My only wish is that Disney would cover the entire seating area and remove the trees.

America Gardens sign

The theater

As we leave, let's take one last look at that mysterious (to me) ship.

Leaving

I sure hope that you enjoyed this walk as much as I did! I hope you agree that the American Adventure is a fantastic pavilion filled with loads of history and great entertainment.

Well, that concludes the walking tours of the World Showcase pavilions. I hope you've had an opportunity to read them all and that they've either provided you with a little fix in between visits or helped you plan you trip to this wondrous land. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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February 14, 2010

A Walking Tour of Epcot's Italy Pavilion

Are you ready to join me as we tour Italy? I hope so because I think you're really going to enjoy this little walk.

I don't know about you, but for the longest time I didn't find the Italy pavilion to be that interesting and must admit that it was near the bottom of my list of favorite places to stop and visit. Maybe it was the seemingly cold and uninviting look and feel of the pavilion or the fact that the center of the pavilion was an area for smokers. In any event, I almost would never walked towards the back of the pavilion unless I had dinner reservations.

However, as I began to look more closely at the architecture, layout and history of each of the World Showcase pavilions my appreciation of Italy grew. Now, although it's still not my favorite, it has grown immensely on me and like all the other pavilions I marvel at the level of detail that Disney has put into it. It's truly amazing and very beautiful!

The pavilion is modeled after St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. As you look at the pavilion the large building on the left is a miniature version of the gothic Palazzo Ducale or Doges' Palace. (Doge is Italian for Duke.) The large tower that you see is the Campanile di San Marco (Bell tower of St Mark). Also, the two large columns have on top of them the two symbols of Venice: St Mark's Lion and the statue of St Theodore, the patron saint of Venice, The center of the pavilion is the Piazzetta or little square. Interestingly, St. Marks Square and the Doges' Palace in Venice look out onto the Venetian Lagoon. Here at Walt Disney World they look out onto the World Showcase Lagoon. Find a picture of St. Mark's Square online and compare that picture with this pavilion. You'll be amazed at how closely they resemble each other.

So, let's begin our walk as we walk into the pavilion from Germany.

On to Italy

To the right of the pavilion is a large area, with two bridges, that cross into an open area. (Often this area is used for private events, however, when it's not it's a great location to watch Illuminations.) Although seemingly detached, this area very much adds to the look and feel of the pavilion. There are a number of brightly colored gondolas there; just as you would expect to see in Venice. Go ahead and spend a little time exploring this area before we head into the pavilion.

Gondolas

Gondola

Open area

Gondolas

Foot bridge

Gondola

Looking into the pavilion from the gondolas.

Looking into the pavilion

Here we see the Palazzo Ducale or Doges' Palace.

Doges' Palace

Side view of Doges' Palace

The building on the right hand side of the plaza is the Enoteca, Castello Banfi.

Loosely translated Enoteca means "wine shop". A place in Italy to taste and purchase wine. Castello means "castle" in Italian. You'll also see the coat of arms for the Banfi family on the building. Actually, Castello Banfi is one of the largest wineries in Tuscany.

Enoteca, Castello Banfi
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Wine shop sign
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Banfi family crest

In the front of the building, on the far right hand side, is what appears to be a fountain with the words "Alla Salute" on it. This means "cheers" and is a typical Italian toast when drinking wine.

Fountian

Alla Salute

Here's a picture of one of three other crests or coat of arms that are painted on the building. I couldn't find any information as to what they represented. So, if you know, please let me know.

Unknown crest

I believe that this means "Welcome Street".

Welcome street sign

Here we are in the back of the pavilion looking out.

Looking out

Another view from the back.

Another view

Here's a nice picture of the bell tower.

Bell tower

To be honest I'm not sure what this represents. It's a stage or platform of some sort, but to me it's wasted space. I'd like to see tables and chairs there instead of it just being empty.

Stage or platform

A nice picture of the two giant columns.

Two columns

There's a beautiful garden statue located along the side wall.

Garden statue

This area is usually occupied by smokers. In my opinion, this area needs to be moved outside of the pavilion. I do respect peoples right to smoke, but this just isn't the right place for that to happen.

Smoking area

Here we're looking towards the Neptune fountain. I found that various fountains with Neptune sculptures are in many large Italian cities, like Rome and Florence.

Neptune fountain

A closer look at the fountain.

Neptune fountain

The "Fontana Di Nettuno" sign that's on the fountain.

Sign

In side Doges' Palace are two shops. My wife really likes these two shops. According to her, the perfumes and jewelery are really outstanding. Me, I can only take so much of that strong perfume smell and I'm not a jewelery person so you'll usually find me outside sitting and waiting. That's where I'll be while you spend some time browsing and shopping.

Doges' Palace

One shop is called "Le Gemma Elegante" ; which means "The Elegant Gems".

Le Gemma Ececate

The other is called "Il Bel Cristallo"; which means "The Beautiful Crystal".

Il Bel Cristallo

Inside the shops

Inside the shops

Inside the shops

Inside the shops

Inside the shops

While you're in the shopping mood, let's walk across the plaza to the wine shop.

The wine shop sign

Here's the entrance to the wine shop. As you can see, you can come outside and sip on your wine while you watch the people go by. Also, notice on the top corners of the building. Those are to other two coats of arms that I mentioned earlier.

Outside the wine shop

Inside the wine shop

Inside the wine shop

Besides wine you can also purchase olive oils, candy and other Italian made merchandise there.

Inside the shop

The "Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice)" masks are really beautiful.

Carnevale masks

The KidCot location is just in back of the wine shop

KidCot location

KidCot sign

The Tutto Italia Ristorante is located in the back of the pavilion. I know a number of readers miss L’Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante which closed in 2007. Personally, I like Tutto Italia much, much better. I have eaten there a number of times and the food has always been excellent and the service very attentive. I can't say that about Alfredo's.

Tutto Italia Ristoranti

The sign outside of the restaurant.

Ristoranti sign

The menu is posted outside of the restaurant.

Outside menu

This is the waiting area just inside the main entrance.

Waiting area

The check-in desk.

Check in desk

Here's a couple pictures of inside the restaurant.

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

There is also some very nice outdoor seating. On a beautiful (and not too hot) day this is a great place to sit and eat.

Outdoor seating

In front of the pavilion is the Tutto Italia kiosk where you can purchase wine, beer, deserts and Italian ice. You can't miss the donkey and colorful cart that's near by.

Donkey and cart

Tutto Italia kiosk

Depending on what day of the week it is you can find Sergio and the World Showcase Players performing at the pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Sergio, the Italian mime, is a real hoot. Once you hear the music start you know he's coming. The children really enjoy Sergio; as do the adults. He's really fun to watch!

Sergio performs

The World Showcase Players always draw a big crowd. I love watching them as they pull folks from the crowd to act out parts of their little skit. It's always a little different (because of the people they pull from the audience) which makes it so much fun to watch.

World Showcase Players perform

World Showcase Players perform

OK, I saved the best for last. I mentioned before we began this walk that the level of detail that's in this pavilion is exceptional. Well, here's pictures of what I was talking about. I think you'll agree that it's pretty spectacular.

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Well, I hope that you both learned something new today as well as coming away with a great appreciation of this beautiful pavilion.

Finally, I am really looking forward to the opening of Napoli Pizzeria.. I think it will be a fantastic addition to this pavilion. The pizzeria is presently under construction in the back of the pavilion and scheduled to open September of this year.

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February 7, 2010

Walking through the Outpost on our way to Italy

You've heard the drums, you've seen the colorful African items for sale and maybe even stopped and got some refreshments at the "Coolpost" but where are you?

Well you are in the Outpost which is located between the China and Germany pavilions in Epcot. It's believed that this was to be the location of an Africa pavilion that never materialized. Now it's a fun place to stop get an ice cream or a quick bite to eat and let the kids bang on the drums or have their face painted. And there are a number of tables with umbrellas where you can sit and rest your tired feet. For me, I love to look around at the many beautiful and authentic African items for sale. Also, there is always an artisan there demonstrating the skill and talent that goes into those incredible items.

So, come along as we walk through the very interesting part of the World Showcase.

Walking into the Outpost from China.

Walking into the Outpost

Walking into the Outpost

You can tell you're not in China anymore.

African pole

Cleverly disguised speaker.

Speaker

Very colorful display on the top of this building.

Top of building

Those famous drums.

Drums

Drums

Have you every walked behind the drums to see the old truck and a lot of Coca Cola artifacts?

Old Coke

Coke Truck

Coke Truck

The "Coolpost" refreshment stand.

Coolpost refreshments

Here's the what you can buy if you're hungry.

Coolpost menu

The Coolpost queue and counter.

Coolpost counter

Coolpost queue

Here's where you can sit and enjoy your ice cream.

Tables and Chairs

Tables and Chairs

Want to have your face painted?

Face painting

Face painting

The Village Traders shop.

Village Traders sign

Did you notice that roof as we walked in?

Village Traders roof

Feel free to browse the shop awhile. There's lots of nice things to buy here.

Village Traders shop

Village Traders shop

Village Traders shop

Village Traders shop

Village Traders shop

Village Traders shop

Village Traders shop

Village Traders shop

Village Traders shop

More shopping at the Mdundo Kibanda kiosk.

Mdundo Kibanda kiok

Mdundo Kibanda sign

Mdundo Kibanda shopping

Looking back as we leave the Outpost

Looking back

Looking back

Looking back

OK, which way do we go now?

Sign

Oh, I know, on to Italy.

On to Italy

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January 10, 2010

A Walking Tour of Epcot's China Pavilion

I don't know about you, but I ate far too much over the holidays and I really need a little exercise; OK maybe I need more than a "little" exercise. -:) So, come join me as we take a walk through the beautiful China pavilion and hopefully burn a few calories along the way.

Growing up I often dreamed about traveling to China. The rich history of the country, the customs of the Chinese people and the colorful architecture of buildings and ancient structures combine to create a mystique and allure of that far off land. Unfortunately, I never made it to China. However, thankfully Disney brought a tiny bit of China to me to enjoy over and over again.

Today we're going to explore that little bit of China. The pavilion is filled with color, beauty and smells that surely will please our senses. Also, there's a lot to learn about Chinese history, which is so rich, and we'll learn a little about modern day China as well. However, as we walk pay careful attention to the level of detail that you'll find here. The carving, sculptures and paintings are so intricate and abundant. We'll see dragons and animals all around us. So, let's begin our walk!

We're walking towards the China pavilion from Norway.

Walking to China

The first thing we see is "The Gate of the Golden Sun". This is modeled after the main gate at the summer palace of Beijing.

The Gate of the Golden Sun

As you'll see, many of the buildings, structures and streets have plaques with names and information. Here's the one that's on the right hand side column of The Gate of the Golden Sun.

The Gate of the Golden Sun sign

The three-tiered, Temple of Heaven (which symbolizes the Chinese universe) is one half scale reproduction of its counterpart near Beijing.

The Temple of Heaven

As we walk towards the temple we see the sign for Reflections of China. A Circle-Vision 360 film on China. To see the film we will first pass through the temple.

Reflections of China sign

Here's a little closer look at the temple.

The Temple of Heaven

As we walk towards the temple there is a very peaceful and beautiful garden and pond. It's a great place to just stop and meditate.

Garden and pond

Garden and pond

Garden and pond

As we walk up the steps we see a giant slab with a carving of a dragon in front of the temple.

Dragon Carving

There is a handicap ramp to the left of the stairs.

Handicap ramp

Let's go inside the temple.

Inside is the spectacular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. "Many of its architectural details, both inside and out, have important significance to the Chinese people. Inside the hall, there are 12 outer columns supporting the roof. They represent the 12 months of the year and the 12-year cycle of the Chinese calendar. Closer to the center of the room are 4 columns representing the four seasons. These columns support a beam, representing Earth, which is topped by a round beam, signifying Heaven." China

Inside the Hall of Prayer

Inside the Hall of Prayer

Looking up at the ceiling. What a sight! I understand that this room is acoustically perfect so if you stand in the center of the room and speak you will hear yourself talk; pretty cool, huh?

Inside the Hall of Prayer

Just beyond the Hall of Prayer is a large room where you can sit and relax while waiting to see the Reflections of China film. It's a beautiful Circle-Vision 360 film where a guide takes us back in history with spectacular views of the Great Wall of China, breathtaking scenic views of mountains and rivers and into the very modern cities of Hong Kong and Shanghai. It's definitely not to be missed.

Waiting area

There are no seats inside the theater, so plan on standing for the entire movie.

Inside the theater

There is an entrance into the Tomb Warriors in the large movie seating area. Note: there is another entrance just to the left of the temple which we'll pass by later. However, today we're going to enter from the movie seating area.

Tomb Warriors entrance

Here's a picture of the Tomb Warriors plaque that you'll see on the entrance.

Tomb Warriors plaque

The Tomb Warriors exhibit is one of the most incredible in all of Walt Disney World. I consider it a hidden gem. There is just so much history on display. It's amazing to read how the terracotta army was discovered and the unbelievable effort the Chinese government is taking to piece it all together. Truly something that you shouldn't miss!

The Tomb Warriors

As you walk around the room and view the various exhibits you'll see that they give a good history of the terracotta army. This plaque reads as follows:

"Tomb Warriors - Qin Dynasty (221 - 210 B.C.). These tomb warriors were intented to be the protectors of the emperor beyond the grave. Because nearly all the faces of the tome warriors are unique, some archeologist believe that the figures were modeled after real solders. Many other emperors followed Qin's example and created their own special armies. One tomb even provided a mess hall for the convenience of the terracotta statues."

Tomb Warriors exhibit

Here's a few more pictures of the exhibit. I encourage you to walk around the room as there's lots more to see.

Tomb Warriors exhibit

Tomb Warriors exhibit

Here's the other entrance to the Tomb Warriors.

Tomb Warriors entrance

The Street of Good Fortune is the area between the temple and the Yong Feng Shangdian Department store. Please take the time to look around. It's just beautiful!

Street of Good Fortune

Street of Good Fortune

Street of Good Fortune

Street of Good Fortune

Street of Good Fortune

Street of Good Fortune

Street of Good Fortune

Street of Good Fortune

Street of Good Fortune

Street of Good Fortune

Fortunately for you shoppers, we've saved some time to browse through the Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store and maybe pick up an item or two.

Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

The Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store - Bountiful Harvest sign

Bountiful Harvest sign

I'm not a big shopper, however, I do love to look around this store. They have so many beautiful and fascinating items. The workmanship and quality of what they sell is really outstanding. So, go ahead and browse and we'll meet back a little later.

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Inside Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store

Another store entrance with the Bountiful Harvest sign

Another store entrance

Bountiful Harvest sign

The Kidcot station is located inside the store.

Kidcot location

Are you getting hungry? Well there's a really good counter-service restaurant here called the Lotus Blossom Cafe. The cafe is very popular; maybe that's because the food is so good!

Lotus Blossom Cafe

Sign out front of cafe

Inside the cafe

There are a number of tables where you can sit and enjoy your meal.

Cafe seating area

The Nine Dragons restaurant is the full service restaurant in the pavilion. I've eaten here many times and really enjoy the food. Very, very good. And on most days you can walk into this restaurant and be seated.

Nine Dragons

Nine Dragons

Nine Dragons

Also, there is the Joy of Tea kiosk out on the main sidewalk. Here you can get a drink and snack to take along as you walk.

Joy of Tea

And, if you want to do some last minute shopping this kiosk has some pretty neat stuff.

Shopping kiosk

Here's the sign that's in front of the pavilion that shows the entertainment and the schedule.

Entertainment sign

The very beautiful Mulan posing for a picture.

Mulan poses

Si Xian is folk music played by very talented musicians on traditional Chinese instruments. You can watch these performances inside the temple while waiting to see the movie.

Si Xian

After her performance she was ready to answer any questions.

Si Xian

The Dragon Legend Acrobats are not to be missed. They are a very talented group of young men and women who have balance and agility beyond belief. Hopefully you've stopped and watched them perform before. Note: if it's raining out they will perform inside the temple. Otherwise you can see them just inside the Gate of the Golden Sun.

Dragon Legend Acrobats perform

Dragon Legend Acrobats perform

Dragon Legend Acrobats perform

Dragon Legend Acrobats perform

There are three rock formations on the walkway in front of the pavilion. Are they serpents? What do you think? Do you know? Here's pictures of two of them.

Rock formation

Rock formation

OK, did you look up and see all those dragons and animals? Well, in case you didn't here's a few pictures to give you an idea of what you missed.

Dragons and animals

Dragons and animals

Dragons and animals

Dragons and animals

Dragons and animals

Dragons and animals

Dragons and animals

Dragons and animals

One last look before we move on.

Last Look

It's on to Italy, our next stop.

Walkway leaving China

Looking out to Italy

Well, I hope you enjoyed this walk as much as I did and that you learned a little something about this beautiful country. As usual it was great having you walk with me. We're going to Italy next, so rest up and get yourself ready.

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like about the China pavilion or what your memories are of previous visits. I love to get comments.

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November 19, 2009

A Walking Tour of Epcot's Norway Pavilion

If you are afraid of Trolls and Vikings then maybe you better not come with me on this walk. Because today we're going to beautiful Norway.

To me the Norway pavilion is one of many contrasts. On one hand you can find all sorts of Troll like creatures there and while at the same time you see so many beautiful little Princesses walking all about. Yes, Norway is a special place and like with the other pavilions we've visited together, we will take the time to not only enjoy the beauty of the pavilion but learn a little bit about Norway and it's history. So, let's start our walk!

Here we are leaving Mexico and walking into Norway.

Leaving Mexico and on to Norway

The center of the pavilion is a town square designed to represent the Norwegian towns and cities of Bergen, Oslo, Alesund and Setesdahl.

Looking into Norway from the main sidewalk. Because of the popularity of the restaurant it always looks very crowded and congested.

Looking into the pavilion

The first building on the left hand side of the pavilion is the Stave Church. This building is a replica of the Gol Stave church found in the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo, Norway. Have you ever gone inside or just walked by like so many people do? Well, today we're going in.

The Stave Church

This will give you some information about the history of the Stave Church.

Stave Church sign

Stave Church entrance

Welcome sign

Inside the church you will find some very interesting information about the history of Norway. This is actually a small museum where in a short time you can learn about Norway's past. You'll also find there statues of three historic Norwegians: Olaf II, Erik the Red and Rognvald, a Viking raider and a brief story about each of them.

Erik the Red

Olaf II

The next building is the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. Now if you haven't been inside here before you're in for a treat. This little shop is filled with some of the most delicious deserts in Epcot. It it also the favorite of my wife, Julie. Just about every time we go into Epcot she stops here and gets one of their strawberry waffles. She loves them! I usually get a Carlsberg and sit and watch her eat. It's a great place to stop and take a break.

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe entrance

Look at all that great food!

Inside Kringla

Here's where you can sit and enjoy the goodies that you just bought.

Kringla seating

As with each of the countries shopping in Norway is fantastic! Puffin's Roost is the one big shop where you can purchase everything Norway from Troll items to high quality sweaters and jackets.

Puffin's Roost entrance

You can purchase some really nice perfumes and colognes in here.

Inside Puffin's Roost

The Kidcot station is located inside the Puffin's Roost shop.

KidCot location

Here's where you can buy those Viking horns that you've always wanted.

Inside Puffin's Roost

A Christmas tree? Yup, you can buy Christmas items year round.

Inside Puffin's Roost

That's one big Troll! Go ahead, but on that Viking helmet, grab a sword and shield and we'll take your picture.

Inside Puffin's Roost

Some more Troll items.

Inside Puffin's Roost

I love the part of the shop with all those beautiful sweaters and jackets. It almost makes me wish I was back living in Massachusetts just so I could wear them. Unfortunately living year round in Florida I don't have much need for such heavy items. However, they are really fantastic!

Inside Puffin's Roost

Inside Puffin's Roost

Inside Puffin's Roost

Here you can find some really nice Norwegian accessories to go along with the sweater and jacket that you just purchased.

Inside Puffin's Roost

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is one of the most popular restaurants in all of WDW. Why? Well, because it's a Princess Storybook Dining location. Little Princesses, along with their Mom's and Dad's, can have breakfast, lunch or dinner with their favorite Princess. I do love to watch all the little ones as the wait for their names to be called.

Restaurant Akershus sign

Restaurant Akershus entrance

I really couldn't get inside the restaurant to get a good pictures because of all the activity. This is the best I could do.

Inside the restaurant

If you want to learn a little about Norway and be entertained at the same time then Maelstrom is not to be missed. Maelstrom is a boat ride that takes you to a Viking Village, a mythical Norwegian forest populated by Trolls and out to the North Sea. But along the way there's danger, so beware when the boat goes backwards! You don't want to go over that waterfall!

Maelstrom entrance

I haven't seen any boats fall down that waterfall yet, but they do come close!

Maelstrom waterfall

This is the Maelstom queue. Usually it's very full.

Maelstrom queue

That dragon headed boat is pretty neat, huh?

Maelstrom boat

The ride ends at this beautiful Norwegian fishing village. Here you wait for the doors to open into the theater.

Maelstrom exit area

Maelstrom exit area

Here you can watch a wide screen movie about Norway. It's a really good movie and a great place to sit and relax and enjoy the cool air on a hot summers day.

Movie theater

This plaque is on the wall as you leave the theater. It reads: "The Norway Showcase was inaugurated on the third of June, 1988, at Epcot Center, in the presence of Their Highnesses, Crown Prince Harald and Princess Sonja."

Dedication plaque

More views of the simple Norwegian architecture that is to me, so inviting and relaxing.

Store fronts

Looking out towards main sidewalk

This is the beer and wine kiosk that's out on the main sidewalk. Yes, I do admit to ordering a Carlsberg or two from this stand.

Beer and wine kiosk

This is the building that houses the Restaurant Akershus. The building is modeled after a 14th century Oslo castle.

Castle replica

Sadly, it's time to leave Norway.

Looking back into Norway

And on to China; our next tour.

On to China

Before we leave a couple of notes. First of all the Viking ship that was on the back side of the shops has been taken down. I know at one time children were allowed to play on the ship, but not recently. Not sure why it was taken down, but I am disappointed. They ship was a wonderful addition to the pavilion. Also, the Spelmanns Gledje, a Norwegian folk music band rarely plays anymore. I went to Guest Services to ask about them and not one of the CM's knew when and if they would perform. And, I must note one omission in this walk. My picture of the Greta Waitz statue didn't come out. However, the statue is located on the Mexico side of the Stave Church.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this walk as much as I did and that you learned a little something about this beautiful country. As usual it was great having you walk with me. We're going to China next, so rest up and get yourself ready.

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like about the Norway pavilion or what your memories are of previous visits. I love to get comments.

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Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike

October 24, 2009

A Walking Tour of Epcot's Mexico Pavilion

Today we're going to take a walk South of the boarder to Mexico. Now before we start our walk, it's interesting to note that as you enter the World Showcase and look across the World Showcase lagoon at the American Adventure, Mexico is the first country to what I believe is on the South side of the lagoon and Canada is the first country on the North side of the lagoon. I'm sure that is not a coincidence and that the Disney Imaginears planned it that way. (Note: It has been correctly pointed out by a number of readers that Mexico is on the East side and Canada is on the West side of the World Showcase Lagoon. I stand corrected.)

In any event, the Mexico pavilion is always a favorite place to stop and visit. My wife loves the Gran Fiesta boat ride and I love the idea that most of the pavilion is indoors and air conditioned. It's a great place to spend some time cooling off.

Today we will be walking in from the Future World side of Epcot.

Walking into Mexico

Looking into the World Showcase lagoon

Sign in front of the pavilion

As we enter the pavilion we can't miss the beautiful pyramid that shoots up into the sky. It looks like a stairway to heaven. The pyramid is modeled after an Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl (the god of life) at Teotihuacan. Along what I called the "stairway to heaven" are a number of serpent heads that represent Quetzalcoatl. Also, take a minute and look at the artwork at the base of the pyramid and on the two structures on either side. Most people just walk by and pay no notice. Before we go inside I want to mention one more thing. Some of you will remember that the pyramid use to have plants/flowers on three of it levels. Personally I like the pyramid without the plants. It seems more natural; what do you think?

The pyramid

The artwork on front of the pyramid

The artwork on front of the pyramid

Before we go inside I want to mention that the handicap entrance is to the right of the pyramid.

Handicap access sign

OK, let's go inside. The first thing we see is all those brightly colored wood carvings. They are the Animales Fantasticos - The Spirits in Wood. Also, the Kidcot location is in the same area.

Animales Fantasticos sign

Kidcot location

Animales Fantasticos banner

Wood carvings

Then we move along into the Plaza De Los Amigos. As you look down into what looks like a Mexican village you see carts with bright colored merchandise, shops, a restaurant and a Mayan pyramid in the distance. What a beautiful sight!

Plaza De Los Amigos

Overlooking the Plaza

There is some great shopping here for those so inclined. The carts are loaded with traditional Mexican ware and the shops have some really terrific items. If you're lucky you can catch the glass blower in action in the La Prircesa de Cristal shop. You'll find fine jewelry and accessories in La Tienda Encantada.

Merchandise cart

La Tienda Encantada Shop

Inside the shop

La Prircesa de Cristal Shop

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

New to the Plasa De Los Amigos is the Gava Tequila bar. A great place to stop, have a drink and relax.

Gava Tequila bar

Inside the bar

Inside the bar

The San Angel Inn restaurant has a great menu and a beautiful setting. As you eat you have the Mayan pyramid and an erupting volcano in the background. Very, very pretty!

San Angel Inn entrance

Inside the restaurant

The Gran Fiesta Tour is a relaxing ride that's been updated with the Three Amigos. The ride is a mixture of video and small world like characters on as they try to find Donald Duck. A thrill ride it's not, but it is entertaining and worth doing.

Gran Fiesta Tour entrance

Ride queue

Mayan pyramid from ride

On the boat ride

On the boat ride

On the boat ride

As we leave the Aztec Temple you'll notice the quick service restaurant right across from the steps. The Cantina de San Angel has some of the best, out of the way tables to eat at. You may not have noticed by the tables go all the way around the restaurant. Great place to grab a quick bite to eat and get out of the sun.

Cantina de San Angel entrance

Cantina counter

Cantina seating

Cantina seating

There's and outdoor shopping kiosk right next door where you can try on one of those big Mexican hats and have a ring carved.

Shopping kiosk

Some of the merchandise for sale

Ring Carvers shop

Most days you'll find Donald Duck there to greet you. What a rascal he is! Also, a couple days a week the Mariachi Cobre band perform. I really enjoy listening to them!

Character/Entertainment sign

Donald Duck in person

Mariachi Cobre performing

And before we leave Mexico, we must stop and have one of those really tasty Margaritas.

Margaritas kiosk

And on to our next walking tour!

Leaving Mexico and on to Norway

Whew, I don't know about you, but that walk really wore me out! As usual it was great having you walk with me. We're going to Norway next, so rest up and get yourself ready.

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like about the Mexico pavilion or what your memories are of previous visits. I love to get comments.

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Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike

September 20, 2009

A Walking Tour of Epcot's Morocco Pavilion

OK everyone, get ready because we are heading off on another walking tour. Today we are going to Morocco.

I don't know about you, but because the entertainment is right out in front I don't travel back into the pavilion very often. Well we're going to change that today. We are going to stop and take in all the sights and explore the beauty of this pavilion. Once we're done I think you'll agree that it is both exotic and beautiful!

This pavilion is modeled after three Moroccan cities; Casablanca, Fez and Marrakesh. And for those of you who didn't know this, the country of Morocco is located on the westernmost tip of north Africa. Here in Epcot it's located between the France and Japan pavilions.

As with other World Showcase pavilions, the architecture is outstanding! I'm told that the King of Morocco sent his craftsman to work with the Disney Imagineers on the design and building of the pavilion.

I'm sure you'll agree that the shopping is some of the best. I hope you brought lots of money because I have a feeling a few items may catch your eye. So, with that said, let's start.

We'll start the tour walking into the from Japan.

Walking into Morocco from Japan

Looking into the pavilion from sidewalk

The large structure that can be seen through Epcot is the Koutoubia Minaret or prayer tower.

Prayer Tower

Morocco is the only pavilion that is sponsored by a country and not a corporation.

Left hand side of the pavilion

Kingdom of Morocco sign

Have you ever walked through these doors? Well, today you're going to find out what's inside. Here you'll find an exhibit on The Art of Personal Adornment. This a a very interesting and informative exhibit.

Moroccan Style Exhibit entrance

The Art of Personal Adornment

Inside the exhibit

Inside the exhibit

Here you see the fountain and the Bab Boujouloud gate which is modeled after the gateway in the city of Fez. This gate separates the new city from the old city of Medina.

Fountain and Bab Boujouloud

Bab Boujouloud sign

The Fez house is representation of a typical Moroccan home. The tile work and architecture are exquisite!

Entrance to Fez House

Fez House sign

Inside the Fez house

Inside the Fez house

Inside the Fez house

Many of the shops are interconnected. The Brass Bazaar, Marketplace in the Medina, and Tangier Traders, Berber Oasis and Casablanca Carpets have some of the most unique shopping experiences in all of the World Showcase.

Here is the entrance to and inside the Brass Bazaar.

Entrance to the Brass Bazaar

Brass Bazaar sign

Shopping inside the bazaar

Shopping inside the bazaar

Shopping inside the bazaar

And here is the entrance to and inside the Medina Art shop.

Entrance to Medina Art shop

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

As I said before, most of the shops are interconnected to give you the feel of being in a real outside shopping bazaar. Here's more pictures of the shops in Morocco.

Morocco shopping

Morocco shopping

Morocco shopping

Morocco shopping

Morocco shopping

Morocco shopping

Morocco shopping

Morocco shopping

There is a character greeting area in the back of the pavilion, near the Restaurant Marrakesh, that is a wonderful place to take a picture.

Character greeting area

Inside the character greeting area

Inside the character greeting area

I must admit that The Restaurant Marrakesh is the only World Showcase restaurant that may wife and I haven't eaten at. That's something that is going to change soon. If you've eaten at this restaurant let me know what you think of it.

Restaurant Marrakesh entrance

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

One the main sidewalk there is a kiosk for the Restaurant Marrakesh.

Restaurant Marrakesh kiosk

The Tangierine Cafe is the fast food restaurant in Morocco. It's very popular with lots of good food on the menu.

Tangierine Cafe

Tangierine Cafe sign

Cafe entrance

Inside the cafe

Inside the cafe

Outside cafe seating

Beside all the shopping in the pavilion there is this shop that's right on the main sidewalk.

Sidewalk gift shop

Sidewalk gift shop

The Art of Henna is temporary body art.

Art of Henna sign

Henna artist

The sidewalk kiosk where you can get a refreshing drink.

Moroccan drink kiosk

Here's the sign listing the times for Mo'Rockin and Character greetings.

Morocco entertainment sign

The very popular Mo'Rockin performing for the crowd.

Mo'Rocking performing

OK, who can move like her?

Belly dancer

The beautiful Jasmine and handsome Aladdin greeting guests.

Aladdin and Jasmine

One final thing, the buildings in this pavilion have great religious significance as a result the lights from IllumiNations are not on the Moroccan pavilion buildings.

Now that we're done I hope you'll agree that Morocco is a beautiful and exotic pavilion!

Well, that was quite a walk. I sure hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and hopefully you now have a better appreciation for this beautiful pavilion.

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like about the Morocco pavilion or what your memories are of previous visits. I love to get comments.

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August 18, 2009

A Walking Tour of Epcot's Japan Pavilion

I hope you have your walking shoes on today because we are going to take a rather long and leisurely walk together through the beautiful Japan pavilion. If you've never been or never taken the time to explore the pavilion then you are in for a treat.

This is a place to get out of the sun, relax and escape to a beautiful far off land. The Japan pavilion has a beautiful hillside garden with walkways and ponds. The shops are full of items sure to temp you, the breathtaking architecture of the buildings, the outstanding dining options and the very popular entertainment are not to be missed.

So, with that said, I think it's time to start our walk. Come along and let's enjoy the Japan pavilion together.

We start as we walk into the pavilion from Morocco. One of the first things you see from a distance is the Goju-no-to pagoda. It has just been refurbished and looks just beautiful!

Walking into the pavilion from Morocco

The Torii Gate, birdhouses and garden let you know you've entered a special place.

The Torii Gate

The big building on the right in the next two pictures is a Shishinden. It's a replica of the principle building in the Imperial Palace in Japan.

Looking into the pavilion from main sidewalk

Walking into the pavilion from the American pavilion

Here is a look back out towards the Torii Gate and the World Showcase Lagoon.

Looking towards the Torii Gate and World Showcase Lagoon

A close up look at the Goju-no-to pagoda. This is surely something you would expect to see if you visited Japan.

The Goju-no-to pagoda

We have climbed the stair of the Shishinden to look down at the pavilion. Here you see the fish pond straight ahead.

Looking down towards the fish pond

What you see in this pictures is the Shirasagigi Castle. It's name Shirasagigi means White Egret Castle.

The Shirasagigi Castle

This sign tells us about the building we are about to see and the beautiful grounds that lead up to it.

Katsura Sign

This pond and the fish in it do attract a lot of attention.

The beautiful pond

The pond is full of Koi fish just looking to be fed.

Koi fish in the pond

Isn't this a beautiful picture?

Pond, bridge and waterfalls

Part of the hillside gardens.

The hillside gardens

There is a small pond at the top near the Yakitori House.

Small pond in gardens

The Yakitori House is the counter service restaurant in Japan.

Yakitori House sign

The Yakitori House is a beautiful building and in such a beautiful location.

Yakitori House restaurant

The next couple of pictures are of the area where you place your order and of the indoor and outdoor seating.

Where you place your order

Inside seating

Outside seating

Right next to the Koi fish pond is the Mitsukoshi kiosk. Here you can find something to drink, some Japanese snack and a few souvenirs.

Mitsukoshi kiosk

Here's look at some of the merchandise for sale inside of the Mitsukoshi kiosk.

Inside the kiosk

The entrance to the Shirasagigi castle is called the Nijo. It's the wood and stone archway you pass under to enter the castle.

Looking towards the Nijo entrance

Here I've passed under the Nijo and am now looking back out towards the Torii Gate.

Looking back towards the front of the pavilion

The Shirasagigi castle has an impressive stone wall and is surrounded by a moat.

The castle wall and moat

The is a life size bronze stature of a mounted Samurai warrior protecting the castle.

Samurai Warrior

Back out in front of the pavilion, in the Shishiden, is the main entrance to the Mitsukoshi main store. Also, right next to this entrance is an elevator to take those needing assistance up to the restaurants on the second floor.

Mitsukoshi Shop main entrance

Don't you just love browsing in this store? It is filled with such beautiful items. Each time I go in I find something new to marvel at. Just a fantastic store to both browse and shop.

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

There is always a crowd looking to find that big pearl and make it into a fine piece of jewelry.

Finding a pearl

At the back of this shop you will find the Kidcot location.

Kidcot location

These stairs lead to two outstanding restaurants. As I said previously, the handicap entrance is located next to the main entrance to the main store.

Steps leading to Mitsukoshi restaurants

There are two restaurants up here. Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining. Be sure to click on the links to check out their menus.

Signs for the Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining restaurants

This is what it looks like inside the Tokyo Dining restaurant.

Inside Tokyo Dining restaurant

Inside Tokyo Dining restaurant

The Teppan Edo restaurant is one where the chef cooks the food right at your table. I do love this restaurant!

Teppan Edo restaurant

Inside Teppan Edo restaurant

On different days you can find three different entertainers in Japan. The Matsuriza Taiko drummers, Miyuki, the Japanese Candy Art Lady and Honobono Minwa, the Japanese Storyteller. Make sure you pick up a Times Guide to find out which of these will be performing that day. All of them are great entertainment for the whole family.

Entertainment schedule

If you've read my earlier blogs you already know how much I love the Matsuriza Taiko drummers. They are not to be missed!

The Matsuriza drummers

Everyone just marvels at what this lady can do. She's pretty special! However, I wonder how many of the art she makes and gives to the children make it back home in one piece?

Miyuki - the candy lady

Miyuki - the candy lady

This is one great storyteller. Stop and listen and you just may find yourself in the story.

Honobono Minwa - Japanese Storyteller

Honobono Minwa - Japanese Storyteller

Whew, that was quite a walk. I sure hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I sure had lots of fun!

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like about the Japan pavilion or what your memories of previous visits are. I love to get comments.

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Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike

July 26, 2009

A Walking Tour of Epcot's Canada Pavilion

Next up in my pictorial blog series "Walking Tour of Epcot's Pavilions" is the country of Canada. Today we are going to take a walk through the beautiful Canada pavilion, explore the shops, the wonderful restaurant that is there and the always beautiful gardens. In additions we'll stop and watch a movie and enjoy some wonderful entertainment.

So, come along and take the walk with me.

The Canada Pavilion is the first country on the right hand side as you enter the World Showcase from Future World. On the other side of the Canada Pavilion is the United Kingdom Pavilion.

Walking into Canada from United Kingdom

Very different from the other countries, the main entrance to the shops and movie is up the steps.

Looking into the pavilion

The handicap entrance up to the shops is to the right of the stairs.

The handicap entrance to the shops

On the main sidewalk there are a couple of kiosk where you can buy Canadian related merchandise.

Shopping kiosk on the sidewalk

Close up of the kiosk

Also, you can purchase popcorn, snack, drink and Canadian draft beer at this stand.

Refreshment kiosk

You will see a number of these beautiful totem poles in the pavilion.

Looking up at the totem pole

Here's the entrance to the Trading Post shop.

Front of the Trading Post

The other shop in the pavilion is called Northwest Mercantile.

Front of the Northwest Mercantile

Both shops are connected inside. So you don't have to go outside to get from one to the other. Here are some pictures from inside both of the shops.

Inside the shops

Inside the shops

Inside the shops

Inside the shops

Inside the shops

Inside the shops

Further up is the Hotel du Canada. The hotel sits on top of the Le Cellier restaurant and is not an area for guests.

Hotel du Canada

Ever wonder what the plaque on the hotel reads? Well, wonder no more.

Canada National Hotels Plaque

Like the hotel, the buildings across from it are also not guest areas. However, is it a great spot to get away from the crowds and relax.

Building across from the hotel

Here's looking back at the hotel from the walkway down to the O'Canada movie.

Looking at the back of the hotel

The back of the hotel is a great place to see the waterfall and rock formations. It's a pretty neat pplace!

Looking down from hotel

Looking down from hotel

Looking down from hotel

The handicap entrance to the O'Canada movie is located next to the Le Cellier restaurant.

The handicap entrance to the O'Canada movie

The entrance to the O'Canada movie looks like you are going into a cave.

O'Canada movie entrance

The movie theater is a stand up, 360 movie in the round. Martin Short is the host of this very entertaining movie. It's definately worth seeing.

Inside O'Canada theater

As with all the countries, there is a Kidcot location that is very popular.

Kidcot location

The Victoria Gardens are really beautiful! I really enjoy taking the walk through the gardens to enjoy the sights and smells.

Victoria Gardens plaque

Victoria Gardens

View of gardens from main sidewalk

Le Cellier is one of the most popular restaurants in Epcot. You have to be pretty quick to get reservations to this restaurant. However, if you do, you will be treated to a fabulous meal. My wife and I have eaten there on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed.

Le Cellier restaurant walkway

Entrance to Le Cellier

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

A couple more pictures of the pavilion and gardens.

Looking up from the Le Cellier walkway

Another view of the gardens

OK, I know you stuck you head in one of those holes and had your picture taken; didn't you?

Picture spot

You can find the very popular Off Kilter performing on the stage to the left of the pavilion. They always draw a big crowd and their music can be heard just about all throughout the World Showcase.

Off Kilter Schedule

Off Kilter performing

Off Kilter performing

I hope you enjoyed your walk with me. I enjoyed having you come along!

Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike

July 6, 2009

A Walking Tour of Epcot's France Pavilion

I selected France as the country for this walking tour. I hope you will enjoy this stroll through the France pavilion as much as I enjoyed taking the photos and writing the blog.

Walking towards France from the bridge by United Kingdom

Looking at the Eiffel Tower

These gardens are so pretty. It's a great place to sit and relax.

Beautiful gardens

Another view of garden

This is one of my favorite places to eat. The French Onion soup is out of this world!

Chef de France

I wasn't able to get a picture, but in Chef de France you can find a waiter or waitress pushing a serving table around with an animatronic Remy (from Ratatouille) that interacts with guests. It's very clever and a real crowd pleaser.

Inside Chef de France

Check out Jack Spence's recent Boulangerie Patisserie blog. He talks about this being one of his favorite spots in Epcot and he has some fantastic pictures of all the goodies you'll find there.

Looking towards the pastry shop

OK, who can resist these pastries? They are soooo good!

Inside the pastry shop

Souvenir shop

Front of Le Spirit shop

Here you get to see a film of the beautiful French countryside and metropolitian areas. Definitely worth seeing and it's a sit down, air conditioned theater. Plan to take a break here on a hot summer afternoon.

Theatre - Impressions de France

Looking at the right side of the courtyard

My wife, Julie, loves French perfumes. Shalimar has been a longtime favorite of hers.

Perfume shop

Wine shop

If you like French wines, this is the place to shop.

Inside the wine shop

These guys are very entertaining. They always make me laugh.

Serveur Amusant - street performers

This is a very popular place to buy a glass of wine.

Wine stand

When our children were young, we had their picture drawn by one of these talent artists.

French artists

Love those crepes! You can also get ice cream here.

Crepe stand

Belle and the Beast as well as Sleeping Beauty can be found in France.

The Beast

Oh my, isn't she beautiful!

Beautiful Belle

If you are lucky you will see Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) there.

Princess Aurora / Sleeping Beauty

Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike

June 23, 2009

A Walking Tour of Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion

It was great to receive so many wonderful comments regarding my "Walking Tour of Germany" blog. Thanks to all who took the time to comment and offer suggestions. I will do my best to incorporate your ideas in my future blogs.

In this blog we'll take a walk down the streets and into some of the shops in the United Kingdom pavilion. Like with our stroll through Germany we'll let the pictures do most of the talking. So, sit back and enjoy the walk with me.

Regardless of which way you enter into the United Kingdom area, whether it's from Canada or France, the first thing that catches my eye are those bright red telephone booths.

Walking toward United Kingdom from Canada

United Kingdom telephone boxes

The Sportman's Shoppe is a favorite for sportswear, sweaters and such.

The Sportman's Shoppe

Looking down towards the shops

The Crown and Crest shop is a really fun shop to browse through.

Crown and Crest shop

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

The Toy Soldier Shop is where you will find games as well as things like Alice costumes.

The Toy Soldier Shop

The Rose and Crown Restaurant and Pub is a great place to stop and have a beer or a fantastic meal. Fish and chips and bangers; it's hard to resist that great smell as you walk by!

Rose and Crown Restaurant and Pub

This is just how I picture British pubs to be.

Inside the pub

Rose and Crown restaurant check-in and beer stand. You may have seen me ordering a cold Bass from that stand.

Restaurant check-in and beer stand

Inside the Rose and Crown restaurant.

Inside the Rose and Crown restaurant

The Rose and Crown restaurant has outdoor seating. This is a fantastic place to sit and eat.

Outside seating

Looking down the main street.

Walking the main street

The Fish and Chip stand.

Fish and Chip stand

If you like tea, this is the place to stop.

Tea Shop

The Queens Table has some really beautiful British china and figurines.

Looking toward the Queens Table

The Queens Table

The next couple of pictures are of the back concert area. It's a great place to find some shade and sit and relax on a hot Florida day.

Concert area

Concert area

Concert area

The bandstand where the group the British Invasion play.

Bandstand where the British Invasion play

The following pictures are of the Butterfly and Herb Garden. What a place to relax!

Entrance to Butterfly and Herb Garden

Another view of the Butterfly and Herb Garden

More of the Butterfly and Herb Garden

Looking out from the Butterfly and Herb Garden

The British Invasion performing. Love those Beatles song! "We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine...," OK, blame me if you sing that for the rest of the day. -:)

British Invasion performing

Those zany Wold Showcase Players in action. They really are crowd pleaser's!

The World Showcase Players

I just managed to catch Alice before she went running off after the White Rabbit.

Alice

Thankfully Mary Poppins decided not to fly away while I was taking her picture.

Mary Poppins

Two bonus pictures. No, it's not Beauty and The Beast! -:)

Alice and me

Mary Poppins

I hope you all enjoyed this stroll through the United Kingdom pavilion. Write comment and let me know what you remember when you visited this wonderful place.

Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike

June 8, 2009

A Walking Tour of Epcot's Germany Pavillion

For those of you who love strolling through all the countries that are in the World Showcase in Epcot (and I'm one of those people), I thought I'd post a few pictures for you to enjoy.

I'm starting with Germany, for no specific reason, I just happened to be there when I decided to do this blog. In time I will post pictures from all the countries. Also, I will take requests as to what pictures you would like to see. So, please let me know of any and all requests and I will do my best to include them in future blogs.

I really enjoy spending time in Germany. Whether it's just walking through the shops, having some fine German beer, a brat and sauerkraut or a strudel at Sommerfest or eating in the Biergarten and listening to the Oktoberfest Musikaten band play, you can't help but feel you are actually in Germany.

I hope you enjoy the this walking tour:

Germany is located next to the Italy Pavilion. The closest country on the other side of Germany is China.

Walking towards Germany

The courtyard is really beautiful!

As you enter Germany

A closer view

Der Bucherwurm where you can purchase steins and glassware.

The glass shop

Inside the shop

Another view

When you visit the Christmas shop, Die Weihnachts Ecke, be sure to check out the green pickles!

Christmas shop

Christmas tree

More Christmas decorations

If you like clocks, make sure you visit Volkskunst. Also, in the picture you'll see children coming out of the shop with masks. The clock shop is the Kidcot Funstop location in Germany.

Clock shop

Wall of clocks

Der Teddybar is where you find some adorable teddybears.

Teddy Bear shop

Sommerfest is where you can get a quick bite of German food.

Sommerfest entrance

Quick service food stand

Biergarten is one of my favorite Epcot restaurants because of the atmosphere.

Oktoberfest entrance

Oktoberfest buffet

Oktoberfest Musikaten playing

If you want to sample and/or buy good German wine, the place to go is the Weinkeller.

Wine shop

Who doesn't want a cold beer on a hot Florida day?

Beer stand

My wife loves checking out all the beautiful crystal they have at this kiosk.

Glass works kiosk

While there, make sure you look out for Snow White. You can get her autograph and picture while in Germany. Also, many times Dopey is there with her. Isn't she beautiful?

Snow White

Let me know if there's anything that you'd like me to take pictures of or that you would like me to blog about. I love hearing from you!

Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike

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