Want to know more about the Epcot Countries?
There are eleven Epcot countries in the World Showcase part of the park.
Each has a very unique architecture, dining, and shopping.
All of the Epcot countries are fascinating places to visit. Let us visit each in turn and find out more about them.
Epcot World Showcase Countries
The saying goes that what Epcot really stands for is Everyone Comes Out Tired.
It is true that it can certainly be a challenge to take in everything that Epcot has to offer in just one day!
The Epcot countries are all set around the World Showcase Lagoon. The path around that is 1.3 miles long.
Which side should you start?
This really depends upon whether you are visiting Frozen Ever After or Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure first. They are on opposite sides of World Showcase.
Turn right for France and Remy, left for Norway and Frozen.
Most of the countries of World Showcase have been there since Epcot opened on 1st October 1982. However, some Epcot countries have been added since that time.
Of course, there is always speculation that one day there will be new Epcot countries added to the existing eleven nations which are represented in World Showcase.
What are the Epcot Countries?
- United Kingdom
- United States
Let us take a tour around the World Showcase Lagoon to get a flavor of each of the Epcot Countries.
There is always speculation that there will be a new Epcot Country.
However, with the current situation, and Epcot’s investment in the new Ratatouille Ride and Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, this seems unlikely to happen any time soon.
Epcot Canada is the first country you will encounter if you take an anti-clockwise tour around the lagoon and enter from Future World.
The architecture is certainly imposing and is designed to make the guest think of the great Canadian outdoors.
Beautiful gardens, cascading waterfalls, and magnificent totem poles greet you in the Epcot Canada Pavilion.
There is an excellent attraction here. O’ Canada is a circle vision movie presentation that takes you on a journey around the diverse landscape of this huge country.
Yes, the narration by Martin Short can be a little cheesy, and you do have to stand for the whole performance. However, this is one of those not to be missed World Showcase experiences.
The one disappointing feature of the Canadian Pavilion in Epcot is the shopping. There is now just one store since the upper-level shopping venue closed a few years ago due to low revenue.
The remaining store just doesn’t seem as interesting as most of the others in World Showcase.
It is here that you will find one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of Walt Disney World, Epcot Le Cellier Steakhouse. This traditional steakhouse is one of the most difficult to get Advanced Dining Reservations for.
If you want to know more about all your dining options here is a guide to the Best Epcot Restaurants
Epcot United Kingdom
The United Kingdom Pavilion displays a very varied selection of British architectural styles. From Tudor to Georgian and Regency style to Victorian England this is certainly a mix but it all works really well together.
Sadly the United Kingdom does not have an attraction or ride, but the shopping and dining opportunities are well worth a look.
The shops offer a wide selection of British goods. Want some tea, fine china, soccer shirts, Beatles-themed items, or even your own family heraldic crest? This is the destination for you!
If you want to meet Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins, the United Kingdom is definitely the place to be. They make regular appearances.
The full-service dining Rose and Crown offers traditional British pub food fare including the famous dish of Fish and Chips.
The Rose and Crown is one of the best places to view the Epcot Illuminations fireworks which are staged every evening at the World Showcase Lagoon.
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The first thing that you will notice of course is the one-tenth-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower which dominates the Parisian-style architecture of Epcot France.
This is a very stylish place to be with excellent shopping and high-quality dining. It is also a great place to find Disney Princesses Belle and Aurora.
The shops sell great selections of wine, household goods, and of course perfume.
Epcot France also has the only stand-alone Givenchy store in the US.
The Impressions de France is one of my favorite Epcot attractions. This 18-minute movie, although very dated, has beautiful music and shows the diverse and beautiful scenery of France.
This is a great video by my favorite Disney Vlogger Tim Tracker, where he tours the Epcot France Pavilion. Well worth watching if you want a detailed tour!
Dining in France is of course of excellent quality.
If you want a fine dining experience head to the Monsieur Paul and if you want something also of very good quality but rather less formal then choose the Chefs de Paris.
If you just want a quick snack then the Boulangerie Patisserie is a great place to stop for a French cake or pastry.
No, they don’t quite taste like the real thing you would eat in Paris, but they are good quality. The cafe tables offer a great place to rest for a while before you head off again around World Showcase.
Look out for the excellent street entertainment in France. Serveur Amusant is well worth waiting for and draws a large crowd.
Here is our complete guide to the Pavilion:
This is one of the most recent additions to the World Showcase part of Epcot (it was added in 1984). It was designed to look like an authentic Moroccan city.
The King of Morocco even sent some of his own artisans to work on the project to ensure the highest degree of attention to detail.
Unfortunately, the Morocco Pavilion is very far from how it used to be.
The pictures below show the old Morocco Pavilion.
The Moroccan Pavilion was one of the few World Showcase Epcot countries to be independently sponsored. Marrakesh Moroccon Restaurant, LLC owned the restaurant, but following a debt filing, Disney took over sole ownership of the Pavilion for the first time in 2021.
Restaurant Marrakesh used to be an Epcot hidden gem. Tucked right in the back of the Pavillion, man didn’t realize that this fabulously beautiful restaurant even existed.
Shopping used to be a lot of fun in Epcot Morocco. In those golden days, you could walk towards the back of the Pavilion and see everything from beautifully designed lamps to handwoven carpets.
Now, however, there is one small shop at the front of the Pavilion.
Epcot Morocco also used to have one of my favorite quick-service dining destinations in the park. Tangierine Cafe had great authentic food at reasonable prices. However, the selection really isn’t very extensive these days and prices have increased. It is still good for plant-based options though.
The one bright spark is the Spice Road Table restaurant which is located at the front of the Pavilion so you get a great view over the lagoon. This is now one of my favorite Epcot restaurants.
The architecture here is stunning, the food is excellent and the shopping is amongst the best in the whole of World Showcase.
The huge red torii gate is one of the most imposing and memorable features of the World Showcase Lagoon.
The very tall pagoda also dominates the skyline.
You will find that this is one of the most tranquil places in the World Showcase. Make sure that you spend some time in the large courtyard and just look at the attention to detail and the beautiful spaces in this wonderful Epcot Pavilion.
There are 3 excellent restaurants here.
Tokyo Dining has all the traditional times you would expect such as sushi and bento boxes on the menu. It is also one of the best restaurants for exceptional service in the whole of Epcot.
Teppan Edo is also a lot of fun with excellent food. This traditional teppanyaki dining room offers entertainment as well as excellent food.
Takumi-Tei is the newest addition to the restaurant selection in Japan at Epcot. This is a Disney Signature Restaurant with a choice between two prix fixe menus “Omakase” multi-course meals priced at $250 per adult and $150 per adult
The Yakatori House which is slightly hidden away at the back of the Pavilion, is also a great place for quick-service dining.
Unfortunately, Miyuki is no longer entertaining in the Epcot Japan Pavilion. She was one of the best of the street entertainers in Epcot
She practiced the ancient and rare art of making animal shapes out of candy.
The shopping here is among the best in Epcot. The Mitsukoshi Department store is huge and has everything from traditional Japanese clothes to Japanese dining items including some very fancy chopsticks, jewelry, and a lot of toys.
As you can probably tell the Japanese Pavilion is one of my very favorites. Definitely, plan to spend some time here so that you can experience the very special ambiance of this Pavilion.
Epcot United States
The United States Pavilion in Epcot is the largest space and has the most imposing building – a huge colonial-style mansion that houses the American Adventure attraction.
This is one of the most technologically advanced attractions in the whole of Walt Disney World and it tells the story of American history using a mix of movie footage and animatronics.
The American Adventure is a very memorable and thought-provoking attraction.
It is also home to the large American Gardens Theatre which is an outdoor theater that stages many live events such as the Eat to the Beat concerts and the Holiday Candlelight Processional features.
Sadly the American Pavilion lacks a full-service dining venue. The only food available here is in the quick service location Liberty Inn. If you want a traditional American burger and fries this is the place to be.
For funnel cakes, there is also an outside small kiosk.
The Fife and Drum sells Turkey Legs, hot dogs, and smoothies.
The shopping is also strangely limited here.
There is a small store selling books, clothes, and other items but really most guests will be expecting something more.
The real focus here at the American Pavilion it Epcot is on the American Adventure attraction.
Whilst this is spectacular I really do wish there was a little more offered here.
Of course, Epcot Italy is one of the most relaxing and stylish of the World Showcase Pavilions.
Great dining and shopping and people watching. Just pick a spot on one of the tables in the square and watch the world go by for a moment.
The architecture takes its inspiration from Venice, Rome, and Florence.
Epcot Italy has 2 restaurants. Via Napoli is a traditional pizza restaurant with a huge wood-fired pizza oven dominating the space, and Tutto Italiana has a good (if pricey) selection of pasta and traditional Italian entrees.
As you would expect, the shopping is also great in Italy. Everything from excellent wines and high-quality kitchen items to perfume, jewelry, and clothes.
Here is our complete guide to Epcot Italy
This Pavilion seems to be particularly beautiful at night. All of the lights and music just seem to work even better after dark. The theme here is Oktoberfest.
The architecture in Epcot Germany is exactly what you would expect to see in a traditional medieval German town.
Germany is home to one of the most fun of all the Epcot dining experiences.
The Biergarten offers traditional German food in an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The real attraction of the Biergarten restaurant is the entertainment. Guests are seated at huge tables and are entertained by a traditional German ‘oompah’ band wearing the national costume of lederhosen!
Certainly an experience not to be missed (although the food is not the best in Epcot).
The shops offer lots of interesting items. It is Christmas year-round here and they store sells some great Holiday decorations including the traditional Pickle.
The Epcot Germany wine cellar offers some excellent German wines. There is a large selection of glassware, traditional toys including the Stein bear, and a large selection of cuckoo clocks.
Another visually stunning and imposing Pavilion, Epcot China offers great shopping and a very watchable movie attraction.
Unfortunately, the dining at Epcot China is the most disappointing in the whole of Epcot Park.
The Nine Dragons Restaurant is overpriced and the food is not particularly great. This is one Epcot restaurant I don’t recommend.
Reflections of China is a very entertaining movie showing the diverse culture and history of China. Like O’ Canada this is Circle-Vision 360 but it is a continuous image projected all around the room.
The Canadian movie is repeated images around the room, not one continuous one.
Whatever the technical details this is a movie not to be missed. Be aware though that most guests have to stand for the duration of the movie. There is some seating at the back, but it is limited.
Mulan sometimes appears – see the daily schedule on the Disney Experience App for details and times.
The Yong Feng Shangdian store is one of the largest in the World Showcase and has an excellent choice of clothes, home goods, jewelry, and toys. Particularly popular are the parasols and the puppets.
The quick-service dining venue is the Lotus Blossom Cafe which serves good Chinese favorites. Unfortunately, the Nine Dragons restaurant is one of the most disappointing in the World Showcase. Average food and average service.
This is home to one of the most popular dining venues and one of only 2 rides in the Epcot World Showcase. Epcot Norway is the place where the Disney Princesses are found in Restaurant Akershus.
If you are looking for a great character dining location where you get quality time with the Princesses then Disney Princess Storybook Dining is the place for you.
The food may take second place to the character greetings but this is still a great choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
For years the main attraction in Epcot Norway was the rather neglected Maelstrom water ride.
Disney’s Maelstrom was a dark boat ride involving trolls and some small drops. You could usually guarantee that the wait for Maelstrom would not be over 10 minutes.
However, those days of no wait are gone.
Since Maelstrom is now no more and has been replaced by that powerhouse Disney Princess franchise – Frozen.
The Frozen Ever After water ride follows much the same path as Maelstrom but has been given the Frozen makeover.
It is a very popular ride and it is slow loading – so long lines are the norm.
The store is rather disappointing. A large part of it is devoted to traditional Norwegian clothes which although high quality (and high priced) somehow seem out of place in the Florida sun.
The store also offers some toys (think Viking helmets, swords) and a lot of trolls!
There is jewelry and perfume too but nothing particularly exciting here.
As you would expect Epcot Mexico is vibrant and lively. The Pavilion is the only Pavilion to be mostly housed inside a building (a replica of a Mayan Temple).
Step inside and you will be captivated by the sights and sounds of a traditional Mexican marketplace. It truly is beautiful.
The Grand Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is a fun, but slightly strange boat ride through Mexican historical sights with Donald Duck as your companion.
It is slightly but is nonetheless worth a visit.
The dining here is very good with two choices of restaurant. The San Angel Inn is a candlelight dining venue at the side of the ‘river’ of the water ride.
The food here is good, but very definitely pricey, Mexican fare.
There is also a very popular outside restaurant at the edge of the World Showcase Lagoon – Hacienda de San Angel. Again the food is good, but one of the main attractions here is the view.
If you can snag a lagoon-side table later in the evening you will get one of the very best views available of the nightly Epcot Forever fireworks show.
Shopping in Mexico is also very good. Here you will find traditional Mexican crafts, pottery, and clothing is of good value.
Another very popular spot in Epcot Mexico is the La Cava de Tequila Bar. Go here for specialty tequilas and of course very good margaritas!
There are so many Epcot countries to explore you do need to make sure that you devote at least a day to touring both Future World and World Showcase.
If you can spare 2 days then you really will get the most out of your visit to Epcot.
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