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Isafari
08-08-2008, 04:23 PM
On my very first trip to EPCOT, I came away thinking that I wouldn't be upset if I never went back. :( You see, we basically walked straight through World Showcase....we didn't bother to look what was through doorways and behind buildings etc.
However, after doing some research when I got home, I realised I had misssed out on so much there. So, we went again on the next trip and I fell in love with EPCOT. Now, we have to visit at least twice each time we are at WDW. I simple love each countries entertainment too :yes:

So, for anyone who is unfamiliar with EPCOT and it's hidden/not so hidden gems....what should they know about?

lisaw
08-08-2008, 04:39 PM
Epcot is now my second favourite park :D Next year as we are there longer I have a mission to see every countries entertainment, as we always seem to get there half way through performances. :)

ukwdwnut
08-08-2008, 04:44 PM
epcot is my second fave always has been so much to see and do, and ive only skimmed the surface of the place so far

Debbie2
08-08-2008, 06:11 PM
I felt exactly the same Diane after our first trip. I can remember thinking it was a bit of a bore. We didn't even tour the World Showcase.

Totally changed my mind on our second trip when we got DD the passport to get stamped in each country. It's now my second favourite and DDs favourite :)

uscwest
08-08-2008, 08:45 PM
I love to ramble through EPCOT. My favorite times of year are Fall with the Food & Wine Festival, Christmas with all of the decorations up, the Candlelight Processional and the story tellers and Spring with the Flower and Garden Festival.

Tink
09-08-2008, 01:24 AM
Hmmmmm what should they know about?

Here are some thoughts off the top of my head.

Mexico: There is a little side path that leads to the HC entrance. Look up. There are beautiful orchids growing from the trees.

Norway: During the flower and garden festival, look at the roof of the covered outdoor seating. It's grass and has flowers growing from it!

China: Walk along the pathways that lead to the building with the museum and movie. They are filled with hidden treasure.

The Outpost: Lift the lids on the packing boxes. :D

Germany: Wait for the clock to chime.

Italy: Wander toward the back. Lovely fountain.

US: Take the time to explore the waiting area for the movie.

Japan: Behind the pagoda is a lovely little path. Walk along and enjoy the water and the scenery.

Morocco: Make sure you walk into each building. :yes: There are hidden treasures here!

France: Take a good look at the decorated rounds.

UK: Walk along the little back path that leads to the garden. Be sure to see the chrysalis box.

Canada. Look for the tiny little cottage on the grounds. I want to live there.

Skywatcher
09-08-2008, 07:31 AM
Grab a coffee and a sticky bun and sit for a while and just watch the fountain

Johnie
09-08-2008, 07:59 AM
We love Epcot, especially the World Showcase. There is so much to see and do. It's a great place to people watch as well.

mainecoon lover
09-08-2008, 08:03 AM
I felt exactly the same but i love it now. Great park and so much to see and do.

Claire
09-08-2008, 09:01 AM
Of all the places we plan to visit this is the one that I am most excited about. I LOVE Epcot! One thing that is bothering me though, do most people do World Showcase clockwise or anti-clockwise?

Johnie
09-08-2008, 09:09 AM
I think it's probably pretty even. Just depends on where they come from. We usually come from the International Gateway and go from there.

lisaw
09-08-2008, 09:38 AM
For some reason we always go anti clockwise.

Isafari
09-08-2008, 09:50 AM
We usually always go clockwise

Dorothy
09-08-2008, 02:44 PM
I've never thought about which way we start off when we do Epcot, but after thinking about it, we do start off clockwise when we go as a family.

If I'm there by myself, then I tend to go counterclockwise because I love to do Figment and no one else in my family will do it with me.

MystikPiglit
09-08-2008, 04:36 PM
Go across the lake on the boat, it gives a different perspective of the Countries. :)

Skywatcher
09-08-2008, 04:50 PM
Been both clockwise and anti clock - :D - love watching the fireworkd from Germany

Wish they would bring back Tapestry of Nations - that was my fave Disney thing ever

BUTTERHEAD1
09-08-2008, 04:58 PM
I think EPCOT has made some major strides in the ride category as well. Three of favorite rides are there, Test Track Mission Space and now Soarin. I try having an adult beverage from each and every country although my wife usually cuts me off.

MystikPiglit
09-08-2008, 05:00 PM
I try having an adult beverage from each and every country although my wife usually cuts me off.

Awww... :lol:

We always have a 'snack and drink' tour round. :)

Skywatcher
09-08-2008, 05:08 PM
I am torn as i lve the rides but it is kind of against what EPCOT was originaly intended for. - wish they would update innovations a bit more often as well

Mike
09-08-2008, 05:21 PM
Of all the places we plan to visit this is the one that I am most excited about. I LOVE Epcot! One thing that is bothering me though, do most people do World Showcase clockwise or anti-clockwise?

...clockwise!:p015:

my favourite place..... done Christmas Day and my 40th there... and we're back next week!!!:smiley4:

Tink
09-08-2008, 06:31 PM
We tend to go counter-clockwise as the Guinness is at the UK. :lol:

Jazmine
09-08-2008, 06:38 PM
Tink you and your guiness. DD loves it but cant have anty in the US as only 19 on Monday
Jacqui xxx

Tink
09-08-2008, 07:03 PM
LOL! You know, for all my big talk about it, I don't often have it here at all. Having had it in Ireland kind of spoils it for you anywhere else. Once in a blue moon they'll pull a decent Guinness at Raglan Road, but not often enough to make it worth the money.

It's hard for the younger UK folk when they come and run into the 21 year old drinking age here. :sorry: