Is this your family’s first trip to Epcot or are you a Disney Pro? Either way, an “Around the World” challenge in Disney’s Epcot Center is an exciting way for your family to experience the World Showcase
Around the World Challenges
Epcot’s “World Showcase” features 11 country pavilions with restaurants, shops, performances, and, in some countries, movies and rides. Even if you have visited a number of times before, by adding a “challenge” component to your visit, you can create an enjoyable family activity.
“Culinary Trip Around the World” – Each pavilion features some inexpensive dining options such as the delicious “Kringla Sweet Pretzel” at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway, savory “Bratwurst” at the Sommerfest Restaurant in Germany, or the refreshing “Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream” at the Lotus Blossom Cafe in China.
“Foreign Language/ Dialect Tour”– The cast members in each pavilion in the World Showcase are from the countries represented, and as such, they present a great opportunity for your family to to learn some words in other languages, or to discover words and phrases from other English dialects. Challenge your family to learn how to say greetings, numbers, or “please” and “thank you” in other languages or dialects by interacting with cast members around the World Showcase.
“International Hidden Mickeys” – The Disney theme parks are filled with “Hidden Mickeys” placed by clever Disney Imagineers. Hidden Mickeys can be found in murals, textiles, chairs, light posts, you name it! It’s best to plan ahead for this challenge by researching some hidden mickeys on websites such as Hidden Mickey’s Guide and hiddenmickeys. Also, a number of iPhone, iPad and iTouch apps feature hidden mickey guides, and can be a great option for on-the-go reference.
“Photo Tour” – Take a family photo in each country, and continue the fun after the trip by creating scrapbook or photo album to record your trip around the World Showcase. For an added challenge, have your family find cultural hats in the shops to model in each picture!