Finishing Our Trip Around the World (Showcase) at EPCOT

Last week, we left off in the American Pavilion at EPCOT. Today, we’ll finish our world trip on this Virtual Disney trip.

We start off by visiting Italy. Honestly, this pavilion is best used as a place to dine. There are no attractions in this pavilion.

As you saw in the first clip, there are various street performers for entertainment. Above are the Ziti Sisters. It’s a fun little show. Most of us would probably skip these types of shows. However, on a virtual trip, we try to experience as much as we can.

Next up is Germany! Much like Italy, there aren’t any attractions to take in with this pavilion. However, I love this video because it captures the German Pavilion during Christmastime. Since it is nearly Christmastime, I thought I would be fun to include this one on our virtual trip.

Have you ever dined at the Biergarten at EPCOT? If not, this video will show you what you’re missing out on. I ate there during Marathon weekend and loved it. This is such a fun place to dine! This band is so much fun! I hope you enjoy this video of them as much as I did!

This video of German storyteller Helga is interesting. We’re continuing with the Christmas in Germany theme. If you’d like to hear about Christmas in Germany, check this video out!

From Germany, we head all the way to China. This video captures just about everything the China Pavilion has to offer. You can even do a bit of virtual shopping. Don’t worry, though, on a virtual trip, you don’t have to worry about spending too much. Instead, you can sit back and enjoy the beauty of this pavilion.

The only actual attraction in China is this film entitled Reflections of China. There are a lot of films at EPCOT about the various countries. I really like them because each film gives you a pretty good taste of what it would be like to visit each country.

Street performers in China are also pretty fun. Here the Monkey King tells a really fun story during the Holidays at EPCOT.

Of the street performers around EPCOT, I think I like this show the best. Although, it’s also the show with the least authentic to their country music. However, it’s a show worth watching. Some parts of this show will leave you wondering how they do it.

Now it’s time to head to Norway.

Sadly, Maelstrom is no longer open. This ride has been closed to make way for a new Frozen themed attraction. While we cannot ride the actual attraction at EPCOT, in a virtual trip we can ride this attraction as many times as we wish and remember the fun that used to exist. I’m sure the new Frozen attraction will be fun. However, I also understand how those who loved Maelstrom will miss its presence.

After the Maelstrom ride, there is this film entitled the Spirit of Norway.

Since I know there are so many fans of the Maelstrom, I include this video. It’s of the very last moments of Maelstrom and the Spirit of Norway film. I’ve also chosen to include it because it puts both the attraction and film together.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Mexico Pavilion. This video has the entire experience covered….including the attraction of this pavilion…The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros.

Of course, if you just want to experience The Gran Fiesta Tour by itself, watch the above video. This attraction, for me, is like It’s A Small World if It’s A Small World was only about Mexico. It’s a slow-moving water attraction. What I find clever about the attraction is how they use the animation. They do a pretty good job at stringing along the various animated parts of the attraction with each other.

If you’ve been reading the blog long enough, you know how much I enjoy the history of the Disney parks and the history of the Walt Disney Company. Even though this video isn’t about EPCOT as we know it, I thought it would worth while including it here for those Disney History fans. This is what Walt Disney envisioned for EPCOT…the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

There is no other way to end any trip to EPCOT, virtual or in person, than to experience Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. On my honeymoon, my wife and I ended out trip with this show. For the Marathon weekend, we ended it with Wishes. To be completely honest, I’m not sure which was better. They are 1A and 1B as my picks for how to end a trip to Walt Disney World. I hope you enjoy this wonderful show as much as I have. Much like all other theme park experiences, this one is best experienced live. However, since most of us can’t afford to head off to the Disney theme parks every day, these videos serve as a reminder of the magic we get to experience in them.

Next week, we’ll head off to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as our next theme park on the virtual theme park Fridays. See you then!

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