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by Amber Autumn
August 11, 2010
WDW's Epcot is blooming with excitement from March 3rd to May 16th during the International Flower and Garden Festival. There are more than 30 million fragrant blossoms in the gardens and topiary designs, and you can also take advantage of the gardening workshops and behind-the-scenes tours. In addition, Epcot is divided into two sections: Future World and the World Showcase.
Future World has several pavilions that include agriculture, car safety, the ocean and land, science, imagination, and space. Must-see things to do while here are: Spaceship Earth, The Seas With Nemo and Friends (and the Caribbean coral reef), Soarin' Ride in the Land, the oddly shaped pyramids of Imagination and its theater ride, Honey I Shrunk the Audience; Test Track, and Mission: Space. Also for science enthusiasts, the Universe of Energy has a forty-five minute comedy show (and a place to cool off from the heat). Future World opens at 9am, and the World Showcase opens at 11am or later.
The World Showcase exhibits ten different countries around the Showcase Lagoon. From right to left, you'll experience Canada first. See the totem poles, the Hotel du Canada, a mountain-like gift shop, and the Victoria Gardens. Next, you'll travel to the United Kingdom and visit the small shops and pub if you have time. The Rose and Crown Pub is suppossedly a good place to see the IllumiNations Firework Show. Adjacent to the United Kingdom is France and its Eiffel Tower and boutiques. The Festival has turned France's gardens into perfume bottles and purses.
France's neighbor is Morocco with its nine tons of tile. Make sure you go to the courtyard and fountain to enter a secluded Old City and visit the unique places and stores. Next to Morocco is Japan, which stands out with its rock gardens, fountains of koi fish, and red pagoda. During the festival, Japan has several bonsai trees on display. Neighbors with Japan is the American Adventure that has a theater with an adventure show that is a cool place to cool off from the sun. Say goodbye to America and hello to Italy. Venice, to be exact, in the San Marco Square, surrounded by beautiful flowers. As you say ciao to Italy, you say hello to Germany. Go inside the Germanic square and inside the many stores. Be sure to pay attention to the store, Sussigkeiten, which is a confectionary shop with chocolate cookies, gummy bears, and more sweets. Another favorite German store is Glas Und Porzellan, where you can find some unique treasures.
Germany's neighbor is China and its unique architecture and gardens. The souvenir shops are really interesting, and there is a cinematic show if you have time. Next to China is Norway. Norway is exciting with its Maelstrom ride of Eric the Red, the Stave Church Gallery (only 30 still exist), and the Puffin's Roost souvenir shop. I loved Norway especially during the Festival because the Disney folk hid little trolls in the unique architecture and gardens, and you could search for them. I didn't find all of them, but I found a few. I liked this more because you actually paid more attention to Norway while looking for these cute little trolls. Norway's neighbor is Mexico and its pyramid. You must see inside this pyramid. Besides being a cool place to cool off from the sun, it has an indoor fountain, market, El Rio del Tiempo (The River of Time) ride, and restaurant. The Mexican restaurants were okay to eat at. As you complete the circle, Mouse Gears is a great gift shop for Disney apparel. There was also an actual butterfly garden.
After I went to Disney, I found out that if you have a Disney Debit or Credit Card with Chase Bank, there's a special place in Future World you can go and present your card and experience a Disney character meet and greet. You also get a 5 by 7 photo as a souvenir.
From journal Walt Disney World and Universal Studios
June 3, 2005
SORIN was great; it had the longest line, and it was the newest ride at EPCOT.
We do one park all day, then take a day off. In one week, we do three parks.
Rest is part of our vacation too.
From journal Cypress Pointe Resort Orlando FL 5-2005
January 2, 2005
From journal A Road Trip New Orleans to Walt Disney World