This is the Best list of Over 100 Disney Secrets of Epcot World Showcase
What I love so much about Walt Disney World is the fact that nothing is ever what it seems. When you glance at something, take a photo, experience one of the attractions, the experience itself is just scratching the surface. The imagineers put so much into the parks to make it the utmost of holidays and magic. The World Showcase at Epcot is one of my favourite spots as it immerses you into 11 countries’ culture, customs, and people. By country, here are 110 Secrets of Epcot World showcase to look for the next time you visit.
110+ Secrets of Epcot World Showcase
Pro tip: Before exploring the World Showcase for some secrets of Epcot, grab the Epcot Passport! It is great fun to collect the country stamps in each of the 11 nations featured here and it is a fun activity for kids to embrace the World Showcase a bit more. They are available at the World Traveler shop.
What a great country to feature in the World Showcase! I love this area as it is vast, full of character, includes a ride, has a character experience, and, has several secrets. Here are 10 to find here:
- The Illuminations Fireworks show is controlled by a booth located right at the top of the Mexico pavilion pyramid!
- in 2015 the Three Cabelleros were added to the Mexico ride. Instead of them being disposed of from Mickey Mouse Revue that Mickey’s Phillharmagic replaced, they were brought back here to find a home in the World Showcase!
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: Look closely at the volcano smoke rising. What do you see? 😉
- Ask to meet Mexico Torito! He is the resident Pinata who not only will grab a photo with you, but also has an Instagram feed!
- Not so much a secret, but make sure you stop in to meet Donald just outside the Mexico pavilion! He is super sweet and a Memory Maker photographer is there to capture great photographic memories.
- The ride is approximate 40% shorter than originally planned as it needed to be completed by opening day of the park! Disney didn’t have enough finished for opening day so pushed up the launch. Initially Japan and Germany were intended to have attractions, but we shall see if they happen.
- Check out the orchids around the side of the pavilion!
- There are rumours floating around that Coco may be incorporated into the attraction. This at the moment is not fully confirmed and some of the hype has fizzled out a little.
- Join the Phineas and Ferb: Agent P Showcase Adventure! Just a clue, but a clue can be found in Mexico.
- There are 29 audio animatronics inside the pavilion.
2 Souvenir Ideas for Mexico:
- Do some shopping for some authentic Mexican souvenirs! Our favourites are found here.
Pro-Tip: If you want to enjoy dinner in the Mexico area of the World Showcase, I highly recommend the San Angel Inn that serves authentic Mexican food that is not Americanized. It is located right inside the pyramid with a starry sky effect and with the boat ride passing by. Make reservations! You don’t want to be disappointed.
I couldn’t forget my homeland! What a great area that truly gives me goosebumps when I visit thinking i’m at home. The gardens are pristine and the building is the perfect replica of one of the most iconic structures in the country. Here are 10 Secrets of Epcot in the Canada pavilion.
10 Secrets of Epcot World Showcase in the Canada area:
- The Canadian area is one of the most popular for adults who opt to “drink around the world.” Canadian beer is on high supply with a great variety of flavours for guests to choose from. Wash down a fresh poutine with one!
- The show is narrated by none other than proud countryman Martin Short! He is an alum to the Second City show that also featured Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, and the late John Candy.
- The waterfall within the Canadian area is 30 Feet high.
- The Mountain featured behind the Sunken Gardens uses force perspective just like the Castles in each of the parks around the world.
- The hotel is modelled after the Chateau Laurier in the nation’s capital Ottawa, Ontario
- Hidden Mickey revealed: Look closely at the Totem Pole. Do you see anything!? 🙂
- Le Cellier is one of the most popular restaurants in the World Showcase! The steak is absolutely fantastic to my understanding and the one dish that everyone raves about is the cheddar cheese soup. Make sure you make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
- There are 3 matching totem poles by the trading post, but only one is real that was carved by artist David Boxley. The others are fiberglass.
- Next time look closely at the huge “rock” at the Kodak picture spot. Before IllumiNations-Reflections of Earth starts nightly, watch the top! It will open with sound and light equipment appearing.
- You will notice that the trees are always of a standard height. This is because they are replaced when they get too big.
The United States have a fantastic area of the World Showcase! Head here to enjoy colonial America and a presentation narrated by Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain.
- The American Adventures building is considered the host and centrepiece of the World Showcase. With that in mind, it was built higher than the other countries’ buildings.
- The building was built larger than what it would have been back in the colonial times because it would not have been noticeable across the lagoon by guests on the other side of the park.
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: At the end of the presentation, pay close attention to the fireworks behind the Statue of Liberty torch.
- One of the doors in the series against the wall opens to reveal an elevator!
- Not really a secret, more of a recommendation – This is a great place to enjoy a Mickey Pretzel!
- Head to the gift shop and ask to see Lincoln’s hat. This is a great spot for pin trading!
- Try to catch the singers! They are amazing and sing in perfect harmony.
- The American Flag that was rescued from the rubble at 9/11 is on display here in the American Pavilion.
- Check out the Hall of Flags pavilion to see all the different flags flown for the USA over time.
- 110,000 bricks were aged to reflect the right colour to be used for the Colonial America building.
This country section is one of the most popular in the entire World Showcase. This is greatly thanks to the addition of Frozen attractions within its boundaries. But not only is it incredible for this reason, but in my opinion it is home to the BEST bakery in the entire Disney complex! Here are our 10 Secrets to Epcot World Showcase in the Norway area as well as a few suggestions.
- There is real grass growing on the roof! The talented gardeners at the park maintain it to avoid it growing too long. In Norway, animals graze on the roofs, but at Disney we don’t have that luxury!
- Stave churches in Norway are some of the oldest structures left on earth. They used to be a high number of them in the country. But through the centuries, fewer than 20 remain. The one here in the Norway area is a replica of the one that remains in Oslo.
- If you look closely at the wooden architecture within the Norway area, you will see quite a number of trolls worked into the design!
- Sadly the Viking ship that was a play area for children was removed in 2008.
- Frozen Ever After was worked into the ride in Norway. It replaced the previous ride, Maelstrom that took guests through fjords and other pieces of Norwegian culture and scenery. This is the only attraction within the World Showcase that has a Fast Pass and for good reason! The lines for Frozen Ever After can be hours long.
- The Grand opening of the Norway area of the Epcot World Showcase was dedicated to Harald V of Norway (then Crown Prince) and was broadcast on Norwegian television!
- The population of Norway is the same number of guests that visit Walt Disney World yearly! Whoa….
- Make sure if it is your birthday and you are wearing a celebratory button, that you visit the bakery here in Norway. Anna’s birthday cupcake has been given to guests for their birthday! It isn’t guaranteed, but it has been done in the past, and I was graced with one for mine 🙂
- The Frozen Dessert Party (Review coming soon!) is a great experience in the evening that combines delicious sweets with incredible viewing points of the fireworks. But the other awesome part? It includes an exclusive ride on Frozen Ever After! So if you struggled to nab a fast pass for this ride and simply don’t have the time to wait hours, for the $79 price per person which includes the dessert table, drinks, and VIP seating for the Illuminations show, you also get the exclusive chance to ride one of the most popular rides in the Disney complex.
- The Akershus restaurant is named and modelled after the Akershus restaurant located in Oslo! (Review coming soon!)
- Bonus! Hidden Mickey Revealed: If you look closely at the vikings within the Norway area, see if you can spot the one wearing the Mickey ears!
Welcome to Jolly Ole’ England! After living in Cambridge for 2 years, seeing this little touch of Britain was incredible and brought back so many memories.
- The Rose and Crown Pub was appropriately named as the words Rose and Crown, were the most popular words used in the names of British pubs.
- The first store in the line of shops in the British area is a tea shop. It was designed around the thatched roof cottages of the 1600’s. It is authentically designed and also includes dark lighting.
- The gardens are designed to resembled Hyde Park in London. The maze is cut short so that younger guests don’t get lost or stuck within the maze.
- Disney protects butterflies that come naturally to the garden. The plants here in the British garden are specially chosen to attract butterflies so they can be protected and able to thrive.
- Hidden Mickey revealed: Look outside the Sportsman Shoppe! Check out the sign and look closely at the tennis racket head…
- One of the most popular dishes in the World Showcase is the fish ‘n’ chips at the Rose and Crown. To accommodate the crowds and popularity, there is now a quick service AND table service option to enjoy the battery dish.
- When you cross the bridge to get to the France section of the World Showcase, the river beneath is designed to be the English Channel! This is exactly how it would look with the two countries in Europe!
- If you order a Guinness at the Rose and Crown, you will get it at exactly 55 degrees thanks to a machine they have back stage! This was the temperature recommended by Guinness and therefore, Disney ensures this temperature with every ordered pint.
- Make sure you grab a time schedule so that you don’t miss meeting Mary Poppins and Alice! This is the only place to meet Mary so don’t miss her! Alice appears daily here, but if you don’t want to wait here for her, you can also catch her at the Magic Kingdom.
- You can check your ancestry here in the British area of the World Showcase! Head inside and the cast members will assist in finding your name’s history.
Bonjour! The France area of the World Showcase is one of my favourite spots! It has the gorgeous Eiffel Tower, Princess Aurora and Belle appear, and the shops are second to none. One of the luxury table service restaurants is located here, and these 10 secrets of Epcot world showcase.
- News has broken that Ratatouille is going to be worked into the France area of the World Showcase!
- The Eiffel Tower is there for you to see – BUT no guest is able to get near it or touch it 🙂
- When you head to the Morocco area of the World Showcase, have a look at the odd looking pavement between the 2 countries – this is meant to be the Strait of Gibraltar.
- Check out the large shop in the France area! See if you can find Remy!
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: Head to the ornamental garden and see the classic Mickey there!
- The artists near the edge of the lagoon are meant to be emulating the Seine river in Paris.
- While looking through the shops you may see Belle’s Library! Spend some time here and see the details within the decor. Here is also a great spot for souvenirs like Lumiere figures and Marie stuffies!
- The bakery here is the perfect break during the day! Enjoy a traditional French Croissant and a glass of authentic French champagne.
- Gustave Eiffel’s original design of the Eiffel tower was used for the construction of the tower here in the World Showcase.
- The Eiffel tower here is 1/10 of the size of the real one in Paris.
This is one of the favourite spots for adults. Why? Well, thanks to the German bier hall that emulates those in Munich that host Oktoberfest! Personally, I love the Germany area for the Bavarian charm, the architecture, and the rare German items you can purchase here. (Steiff and Hummel ring a bell?)
- There were plans to have a Rhine River Cruise in the Germany area, but sadly this never came to fruition. I am still hoping they go through with it! What about you?
- The clock tower in the Germany area is a working clock! If you arrive at the top of an hour, see the figurines come out!
- Hidden Mickey revealed: The train set in the Germany area has at least 5 Hidden Mickeys upon it! How many did you find?
- Knock the mural wall lightly while in the area – it is hollow as it was to be the entry for the boat cruise. Still hoping for its development!
- Grab some exclusive products here like cuckoo clocks, Steiff and Hummel figurines! You can also get some beautiful crystal decor.
- If you grabbed the time schedule as recommended to see Mary Poppins, if you time it right, you can meet Snow White daily! She appears here because the story was written by the Brothers Grimm who hail from Germany.
- When the mini train was created for the Flower and Garden Festival, guests loved it so much that the imagineers agreed to keep it year round on display.
- The Rhine River cruise was going to have a similar style to those in Mexico and Norway and would have featured iconic landmarks including the Cologne Cathedral. When Epcot was in its second phase of construction, most projects were shelved unless the country itself would pay for it.
- Check the hourly clock chime for the Rooster – it will flutter its wings!
- Look closely at the suit of armour in the Germany area – what do you see!?
Mamma Mia! Italy’s area of the World Showcase truly is something. I love the entire spot that truly makes me feel like i’m in the heart of Venice. Here are 10 more secrets of Epcot found in the Italy area.
- Make sure you walk across the pathway to the lagoon! There are gondolas parked there just like in Venice!
- The architecture of the Italy area is a depiction of Florence, Venice, and Rome inspiration. You will see replicas of the Neptune Fountain and the exterior of the Sistine Chapel.
- Check out the red buttons that are behind the shops that say “Press for a surprise.” If you do, water will come out in a different direction!
- Original plans included a dark Gondola ride as well as an educational ruins walk. These plans were also shelved with the Rhine river cruise. The dark gondola ride would have been fantastic. What do you think?
- The best pizza in the complex is offered here which shouldn’t be any surprise!
- There are 3 pizza ovens in the pizza parlour – three was the chosen number to give a nod to the 3 volcanoes in Italy – Etna, Vesuvius, and Stromboli.
- If you dine at the Pizza parlour, Napoli, have a look at the large communal table. It was made in Florence with tiles detailing popular destinations in Italy!
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: Head to the Tutto Italia Ristorante and see if you can find one in the waiting area!
- The ice cream and drink cart in Italy sells delicious Limoncello for adults!
- The Bell Tower is 1/5 of the size of the one in Venice!
Welcome to Northern Africa! The Morocco area is very authentic and truly makes you feel like you are in the heart of Marrakech. Here are 10 secrets of Epcot right in the heart of Morocco.
- This is the only country in the World Showcase that receives funding directly from the country itself.
- King Hassan II of Morocco was involved in the development of the area to ensure accuracy and authenticity.
- No lighting is allowed on the religious building during Illuminations due to religious reasons.
- Fez, Marrakesh and Casablanca are all depicted in the Morocco region.
- Guided tours are available and are 20 minutes. You can inquire with a cast member.
- Moroccan citizens are brought to the World Showcase yearly to repair anything required. Disney does not pay anything for the upkeep of the Morocco area of the world Showcase.
- There is a prayer room within the Morocco area for cast members but the public who wish to use it are also permitted and can inquire.
- The tiles within the Morocco area are purposely flawed as per instructions by the Morocco leadership.
- If you have the time schedule, make sure you head here to meet Aladdin and Jasmine! Afterward head to the shop and purchase one of the authentic Genie lamps!
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: The mural at the back of the area contains 3 Hidden Mickeys! See if you can find them!
Now we are off to Asia. The China area is so fun. There are unique shows, great souvenirs (including exclusive stuff from the grand park opening of Shanghai Disney!), models of the Shanghai park, authentic cuisine and more. But here are 10 fun facts and Secrets of Epcot World Showcase country – The Republic of China.
- Listen to your echo within the temple of China! It has perfect acoustics that even would make Royal Albert Hall jealous.
- The imagineers wanted to make China as authentic as possible so therefore they created the paths more narrow than the other countries for you to feel the crowded feeling of really being in China. I can seriously attest to this accuracy!
- Remember how we mentioned the cool parasols? This is the place to nab one and get it personalized! They will even add your name in Mandarin if you like.
- Be sure to meet Mulan! She appears daily at varied times.
- The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest here is designed to be a replica of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Although it is half the size.
- You must check out the acrobatic show! They perform daily and are absolutely awesome.
- If you head here soon, be sure to nab some limited edition merchandise from the grand opening of the Shanghai park! We got the pins – they are beautiful.
- Check out the replica Terracotta warriors that were discovered in the 1970’s!
- The movie Reflections of China took 40 crew members to film and was the replacement movie in 2003.
- Hidden Mickey Revealed: Check out the pillars int he courtyard! Do you see any Mickeys?
I loved the Japan area of the World Showcase so I saved it to last. I think I love this area thanks to the incredible dining experienced and the fact that I got one of the most unique souvenirs offered in the entire Disney complex.
- The statue at the entrance of Japan’s area of the World Showcase was gifted to Walt Disney World from the government of Japan.
- The most unique souvenir (in my opinion) can be purchased here in Japan – a chosen pearl. Purchase a ticket from the cashier near the water tank and wait for your number to be called. You then get the chance to choose an oyster from the tank which the cast member will reveal your oyster! They clean it and measure it for you to take to the gifting section to select a setting.
- Up until 2013 the only amezaiku artist in the world created her tiny edible art from a taffy textured candy. For 17 years she entertained guests with her edible art! Sadly, she has retired now.
- There is a sake bar right in the heart of Japan for you to take a sip. It is one of my favourite beverages and love the idea of trying different varieties.
- The Katsura Inn is a smaller replica to the tea house with the same name found in Kyoto.
- For authentic Tappenaki, you have to try Teepen Edo! Review coming soon.
- Originally, for the phase 2 projects, Japan also had a ride all set to be imagineered. It would have been a roller coaster similar to Space Mountain and Everest, but would reflect the scenery from Mt Fuji. Along with the boat rides planned for Germany and Italy, it was also shelved.
- At the bottom of the Pagoda, the Matsuriza performers play the Taiko drums and Bamboo flutes. The sound and rhythm is incredible that you can hear it throughout the entire World Showcase.
- On the way to the Katsura Grill, check out the Koi Pond full of authentic koi fish from Japan. Check out the middle grate. Does it resemble a familiar shape?
- Hidden Mickey revealed: Have a close look at the bamboo near the Yakitori house….
So there you have 111 facts and recommendations for the Epcot World Showcase. How many of these secrets of Epcot World Showcase did you know about?
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