Eleven Countries, No Jet Lag…That’s Epcot

A travel adventure through Eleven Countries, no passport, customs and best of all, no jet lag involved…that’s Epcot. Instead of a long plane trip across the Atlantic, it was a two hour drive from our home in Vero Beach to the Walt Disney World Resort.

My husband and I joined friends for a short visit to the Orlando area and while there, spent one day visiting the Epcot theme park at Disney World. We stayed at the convenient Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, part of the Disney Springs resort area.

Our day at Disney began with a short, complimentary bus ride from our hotel to the main entrance of Epcot. It was a beautiful, crisp morning with a deep blue sky overhead.

Click on any photo to enlarge and see a slide show of photos in this post.

Just beyond the main entrance is Spaceship Earth, Epcot’s famous icon in Future World. The silver geosphere is covered with triangular panels that some people say resembles a golf ball. After a short wait, we rode inside the giant sphere enjoying a brief animated story about communications from the stone age to our present computer age.

You could spend hours or an entire day in Future World but we decided to save it for another visit. Instead, we headed to the World Showcase to visit the pavilions of Canada, the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Morocco, Japan, Italy, Germany, China, Norway and Mexico that surround Crescent Lake.

Having traveled to every featured country except mainland China (although I have been to Hong Kong), I instantly recognized small scale reproductions of historic buildings I’d seen during my travels. You’ll find some kind of entertainment, ride or film about each country’s culture and places to enjoy some of its unique cuisine. Every pavilion is staffed by people from that country who work in the shops and kiosks. They dress in traditional fashions that represent their country and sell imported goods and souvenirs. You’ll also find designated spots where children can meet and have a photo taken with Disney characters at specific times of the day.

We started our visit in Canada. The large building, Hotel du Canada, was inspired by a historic hotel found in Ottawa. Inside, Le Cellar is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the park. The surrounding area has a wonderful garden and high boulders with a cascading waterfall represents the Canadian Rockies.

Epcot's Canada Pavilion

Part Of The Canadian Pavilion In Epcot

Next, we walked down the streets of the United Kingdom. The largest building replicates Hampton Court Palace and there is a thatched roof cottage which is modeled after Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Rose and Crown Pub, with a red telephone booth outside, is popular if you want a pint of beer or some fish and chips.

We crossed over a footbridge and were in France with the Eiffel Tower peering above the rooftops. Round kiosks, a sidewalk café and artists works lined up along the water brought back memories of my trips to Paris.

Les Chefs de France, a pretty brassiere with a distinctly French decor, is good for lunch. Try to make advanced reservations for a window table in the sunroom. While the food might not be as authentic as what I’ve had during my travels to France and it’s geared more towards American tastes, I enjoyed the meal. The food was well prepared, our waiter from Lyon was excellent and the surroundings couldn’t have been lovelier.

Morocco feels so authentic, with its colorful casbah, Moroccan music and little passages that take you into courtyards surrounded by olive trees and towering date palms. When it was being developed, King Hassan II sent native craftsmen to help with the building of its pavilion. This is evident throughout the entire area, from the reproduction of a 12th century prayer tower in Marrakech to a mosaic fountain and a tiled gate in Fez.

We walked through a large red Torii gate and entered Japan. It’s very picturesque with a five story blue roofed pagoda, sculptured gardens, footbridges and koi ponds.  A replica of the ceremonial halls of Japan’s Imperial Palace house a large gift store. Traditional Japanese drummers perform outside several times a day.

We quickly passed through the United States pavilion which was inspired by 18th century colonial architecture. Gardens are planted in red, white and blue flowers and there are rose varieties named after U.S. presidents.

U.S. Pavilion In Epcot

U.S. Pavilion In Epcot

We entered Italy and found ourselves in Venice with gondolas tied up to striped poles along the lagoon. St. Mark’s Square has a replica of the original campanile and the 14th century pink and white Doge’s Palace. In another area of the plaza, there is a fountain that was inspired by Bernini’s Neptune fountain in Rome.

Germany represents different regions of the country. There is a fountain in the center of the platz with a statue of St. George slaying a dragon and there’s a popular biergarten where you can enjoy a beer and sausages. We spotted Snow White greeting a little girl at a wishing well and there is a working outdoor miniature model railroad that will please boys of all ages.

Enter through the large Gate of the Golden Sun, a replica of one in Beijing’s summer palace and you’re in China. There is a large recreation of the Temple of Heaven and many smaller recreations of buildings found in the Forbidden City. A lotus pool surrounded by typical Chinese gardens with footbridges add to the character of this pavilion.

The main feature in Norway is a replica of the original Stave Church in Gol, Norway. The original church, which dates back to 1212, is one of very few surviving ancient wooden churches left in the world today.

Mexico is either the last country in the World Showcase or the first, depending on which direction you started your visit. Its main feature is a replica of a pre-Colombian pyramid almost hidden by lush tropical landscaping. Whereas other countries have lots of outdoor buildings and gardens, most everything is inside the pyramid including an excellent restaurant.

Over the course of one day, I wandered through eleven countries in the Epcot without experiencing any jet lag…I was tired but enjoyed every moment. The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is held each spring and I’m hoping to return to not only enjoy the flower displays but to see more of Epcot, it was far more than I imagined.

 

 

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154 Responses to Eleven Countries, No Jet Lag…That’s Epcot

  1. Karen, We have “traveled” through the countries of Epcot many times and we always find something new and interesting on our journey. It’s easy to just fly through this park without stopping to see the exhibits and movies in each land, but spending an entire day is the perfect way to see it all. We finally had the chance last summer to dine for our 35th at Le Cellar (make reservations way in advance or hope for a last minute cancellation!) and the food definitely was not only the best we have ever had at Disney but also outstanding as a steak restaurant anywhere. I see that the excellent short water ride at Norway is temporarily closed to be transformed into a Frozen ride and I am hoping some of the magical feeling of being in the waters of the North Sea remains. I also hope you were able to stay for the incredible light and fireworks show which takes place every night. If you haven’t seen it be sure to put it on your schedule when you revisit for the flower show. I would LOVE to visit at that time as one of my favorite things to do is explore the plantings while the rest of the family rides the wilder rides. Now I have the urge to hop a plane… Thanks for the tour! Linda

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, I’m glad you enjoyed the tour, I know we certainly had a great time. There is so much to see and do including the fireworks which we missed, I can’t wait to go back. Hopefully, we can make it for the flower and garden show as it has to be outstanding. Thank you for your nice comment and advice. 🙂

  2. Mad Dog says:

    Cool – I’ve been there, albeit some time ago 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog, We lived in Florida before we moved to New England but would you believe that this is the first time we were at Epcot. I know it won’t be our last.

  3. savourytable says:

    Thanks for the tour! I’ve been to Epcot, but it has been years now. I’ve forgotten how fun it can be. Now that the kids are grown, maybe we should make another visit.

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Karen, I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. It really is a fun place to visit, more than I thought it would be. I’d definitely recommend you visit again sometime if you get the chance.

  5. What fun, Karen, and your photographs are beautiful.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Jovina. I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos. We had a great time visiting Epcot…it was a lot of fun.

  6. Darlene says:

    What a wonderful way to see the world!! Your pictures are wonderful. Thanks for taking us to the Epcot centre.

    • Karen says:

      I totally agree with you Darlene, the countries are all so well represented. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and the tour of Epcot. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  7. Gerlinde says:

    Karen, thank you for the lovely tour . The photos are great. I have never been to the Epcot center only Disneyland in California.

  8. What an experience! I hope to visit Epcot sometime. Thanks for sharing your experience here!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marlene, If you get the chance to visit Epcot, I believe you would really enjoy the experience…we certainly did. Thank you, I’m glad you liked the tour.

  9. kitchenriffs says:

    Epcot is fun! Something everyone should experience once. Although it’s interesting, at the end of the day it’s the landscaping that I think I enjoyed the most! Fun post — thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I agree with you, I really think everyone would enjoy a visit to Epcot. The landscaping is outstanding, hopefully we will get a chance to return again this spring to experience the flower and garden festival. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, thanks.

  10. Wonderful photos! There is so much to see at Epcot! I went to their Food and Wine event and only saw a fraction of the park. Time for another trip!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Sandra…I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Our friends have been to the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot and said they had a get time, perhaps we will return this fall to attend. You should definitely try to visit again as there is so much to experience.

  11. Eva Taylor says:

    What a lovely post Karen, I hadn’t thought about Epcot in years, we were there about 20 years ago. I can’t recall, are the replica buildings to size or are the like Vegas, smaller? It sounds like the food was good too, I recall that it was just OK when we visited. It sounds like we’re due back!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and that it brought back memories of your visit there. The buildings are large but not the same size as the originals. We were very hesitant about the food but every meal we had at Epcot as well as Orlando was very good…we were pleasantly surprised. 😀

  12. flavorsofthesun says:

    This post brings back such great memories of taking our son to Disney World when he was young. I think I enjoyed it more than he did–especially Epcot! Thanks for this.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vicki, I’m glad to know that this post brought back nice memories of when you visited Epcot with you son when he was young. Even though we saw lots of children, I think Epcot is probably more enjoyable for adults. You would love Disney Springs as well. Thank you for your nice compliment. 🙂

  13. I went to Epcot many, many times when I lived in Florida for five years. Thanks for bringing back the memories! Your photos are lovely and really showcase the feeling of the countries.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathryn, Hopefully I’ll get a chance to return for more visits to Epcot like you did. We had a great time. I was hoping to give everyone a good overview of the lovely park, I’m glad that you liked the photos…thank you.

  14. restlessjo says:

    What a lovely memory you revived, Karen! It must be close to 20 years ago that we were there. It’s certainly stood the test of time. I can still feel the sunshine as we stood and gazed. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jo, I’m happy that you’ve had a chance to visit Epcot and that my post brought back nice memories. It was a lovely sunny day there. I thank you for taking the time to visit and your nice compliment as I know you are getting ready for your own holiday.

  15. Misky says:

    Never been but I’m thinking we should take the journey. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Misky, If you take a trip to the states and visit Florida, I believe that you really would enjoy visiting Epcot. I know my husband and I certainly did.

  16. Barbara Lilian says:

    Looks like a fabulous way to see the world , the replica buildings look good,
    And not too many people, and to make it even better as you said no jet-lag.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, It really is a fun way to experience a lot of different countries. I think we picked a good time of the year to visit as it really wasn’t crowded…I’m sure summer is very different.

  17. Ingrid says:

    Your post reminds me that it has been ten years since I last visited Disney World…. love that place. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ingrid, Perhaps you’ll head to Florida in your travels and visit Epcot again. I’m happy my post brought back nice memories for you…thank you for your nice comment.

  18. Heather says:

    Looks like a great trip! I have always wanted to go to Epcot! Someday I hope! Great photos!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Heather, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I know that if you make your way to Florida, you would enjoy seeing the countries in Epcot. We had a great time.

  19. Helen says:

    Fascinating – I enjoyed your trip 😉

  20. Epcot and Disney World have log been on my bucket list! Your virtual tour has brought back the excitement of the trip. Wonderful!

  21. Norma Chang says:

    Visited Epcot many years ago and your post brings back enchanting memories, your photos are stunning. Thanks for a delightful trip down memory lane.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, It seems that so many of my friends have visited Epcot…I’m glad we finally got a chance to visit. Thank you for your nice compliment, I’m glad that the post brought back nice memories.

  22. Monique says:

    My daughters were about 10-12 when we went..so ap 30 yrs ago! Oh My!
    Your pics are so sharp and clear! Fab!

  23. sippitysup says:

    I have not been to Epcot since the 1980s. It certainly looks like it’s grown up nicely. Terrific photos. GREFG

    • Karen says:

      Hi Greg, I’d never been to Epcot before but everything looked beautiful. Thank you for your nice compliment about the photos, it is much appreciated.

  24. lulu says:

    This will probably not be your last visit to Disney World. My sister-in-law lives in Ft. Myers and she and here girlfriends make one or two trips there a year and always have a blast.

  25. Larry says:

    I’ve never been to Epcot and had no idea what it was like so thanks for the tour. I’m flattered you show my blog to your husband.

  26. I want to go to Epcot! 🙂 Thank you for the tour!

  27. Such beautiful weather you had and blue, blue skies. I have been to Epcot center many many years ago and it is really a nice way to enjoy diversity without needing to travel and visa/passport costs.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbie, When you make reservations in advance you never know what the weather will be like but it was perfect for the three days we were in the Orlando area…we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day than the one we spent in Epcot. You are correct, you get to enjoy the pleasures of traveling to those countries without the hassles of a long plane ride, etc. 🙂

  28. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Looks like that you had lots of fun in Epcot theme park. Thanks for the tour, Karen!
    Happy Sunday!
    Angie

  29. ladyfi says:

    The Epcot Center is such fun! What great shots.

  30. Sue says:

    Hi Karen–I’ve always wanted to see this, but hubby and I keep thinking it would probably be overwhelming to a couple of introverts!! Glad you took the trip for us. Lots of gorgeous photos! I’m sure it’s very neat to see, but I’m getting that feeling yet again that it would be too much for us.
    Hope all is going well with you and that you are enjoying your new home.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sue, I would think you and your husband would really enjoy Epcot..especially all the beautiful gardens. As you can see from my photos, it isn’t that crowded as long as you visit during the off season. This is the only time I’ve been but I imagine that summer when kids are out of school it can be very busy. We are enjoying our new home, thank you so much for asking. 🙂

  31. lifeincharente says:

    Very impressive. We will be in the US later this year but not near Orlando 😦 Hope you are well Diane

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, We thought so too…Epcot was much more than we were expecting. Wish you were going to be in our area on your trip to the US, I would have loved to have met you.

  32. I loved the Epcot centre when I visited Florida back in1991. It really is a wonderful place and I have done memories of my visit. I should go back some time. Thanks for sharing and bringing my memories back. ☺

  33. NativeNM says:

    We’ve visited Disney World a couple times and Epcot was always my favorite. One of our favorite thing was to sample a favorite dish from each of the countries as we walked through. Sharing among the 4 of us made it fun for all. Thanks for the tour, it brought back good memories!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jan, I can see why Epcot would be your favorite. I was really surprised by the all the food choices on offer. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and that it brought back nice memories of your visits. Thank you!

  34. My family and I have great memories from Epcot — we actually stopped to eat at their Moroccan restaurant. My children were little so they don’t remember much about it. So we will have to pay a visit sometime soon.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denise, I’m thrilled to know that so many of my readers are being reminded of the good times they had at Epcot. I think you would definitely enjoy a return visit.

  35. thekitchenlioness says:

    Dear Karen, thank you for a most memorable “virtual tour” of Epcot center – the kids would adore a visit there! Your pictures are wonderful and I really enjoyed all of them! What a fun idea for a blog post!
    All the very best,
    Andrea

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Andrea. I do indeed think that your girls would enjoy Epcot. It was a wonderful visit…I can’t believe that I never went there when we used to live in Florida years ago.

  36. It’s a while since I’ve been, there but it still looks great.

  37. Velva says:

    The Disney properties are a magical and wonderful place. I enjoy Epcot. It is a passport to the world ( and all in walking distance). Great you spent the day enjoying it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Velva, It is hard to believe that my husband and I used to live in south Florida and never traveled to either of the Disney properties. I’m so glad we visited Epcot with our friends, we had a great time.

  38. cheri says:

    Hi Karen, wow! did not realize Epcot was that big, it’s amazing how they re-created some of the more famous buildings in those countries. I have never been to Florida but it’s on the list, now I have another place to visit when we go. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cheri, I had no idea either, we were pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed our visit. You must try to visit Florida but come during the cool months of winter or spring. 🙂 I’m happy to know that you enjoyed my photos, thank you for your nice compliment.

  39. One of my favorite spots…I saw it in the 70s and again near 2000 and it was still as magical.

  40. We were there many years ago, and it looks much improved, judging by your photos. We must definitely pay it another visit once the house is finished. 😃

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sylvia, This was our first visit to Epcot and we really thought it was wonderful. Yes a visit to Epcot after your move would give you a nice break. Hope you are feeling better.

  41. dawnyucuiscooking says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful day. Such a fun way to see the different countries.

  42. It’s been a long time since I visited Epcot – makes me want to go back the next time I am in the area 🙂

  43. Geek Goddess says:

    I really enjoy wondering around Epcot all day. Most people do not realize that the ‘host’ countries have absolutely nothing to do with this. At one time, Disney wanted the various countries to be little consulates (my wording) that would foster relations and trade, but the countries either did not participate or dropped out. I think Norway was the last country to make contributions, but that stopped some time ago.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Naomi, I agree with you about enjoying Epcot. It was our first visit but not our last. After Walt Disney died, a lot of what he envisioned for his new theme park didn’t materialize or was changed. I think it is nice that people from the featured countries work in each pavilion and you can visit with them to learn about their countries and hear what they think about living in the US. 🙂

  44. Summer Daisy says:

    Such a wonderful tour♥ Nice photos!

  45. hotlyspiced says:

    I have heard of Epcot but I did not know about the 11-country tour. I’m very impressed. What a great idea. I’m happy to report I’ve been to Hampton Court and to Anne Hathaway’s cottage but yes, there are plenty of places I haven’t been. I think they need to make it 12 countries and include Australia! xx

  46. Karen says:

    Hi Charlie, I’m glad that you found this post about Epcot interesting…thank you. There are a few small parcels of land left in the Epcot…perhaps one day Australia will be featured. Since your country is halfway around the world from us, I would love seeing it at Epcot…that would certainly eliminate the jet lag. 😀

  47. Cocoa & Lavender says:

    Mark and I are huge Epcot fans – loved your photos!

  48. reggiorif says:

    Thanks for bringing back great memories of past family holidays with your lovely pictures. Even looking at them from my home computer was fun! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      You are very welcome Didi, It is amazing how many of my friends from Europe have visited Epcot and this was my first visit and I used to live in Florida. 😀

  49. This brings make many happy memories of the trips to DisneyWorld that we took with our two daughters. Loved the light show in the evenings at Epcot too. Chefs de France and The Brown Derby were two favorites back then. It’s probably been close to 15 years since we’ve been there.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, i’m happy that you enjoyed the post and that it brought back memories of your trips to Epcot. We were very pleased with the lunch we had at the Chefs de France…probably as good as what you remember. Thank you for your nice comment.

  50. Karen, I am so envious when I look at those dazzling bright blue skies. Epcot sounds like the perfect way to ‘travel’. 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi B, We have had lots of rain in Florida since the first of the year but the weather was absolutely wonderful for our short trip to Epcot and it certainly was a nice way to “travel and see the world”. 😀

  51. ramblingtart says:

    What a delightful and fascinating place. 🙂 I’d really enjoy strolling through there. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Krista, I’m glad you enjoyed the little stroll with me on our visit to Epcot. It certainly is an interesting and fun place to visit.

  52. Juliana says:

    Oh Karen, you just brought me wonderful memories of my visits to Epcot…one of my favorite park. Awesome photos!
    Enjoy your week 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad I was able to bring back memories of your visits to Epcot, Juliana. Thank you for your nice compliment on the photos and your wish. I hope you’ve had a great week as well.

  53. What a fantastic trip without the travel fuss!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katerina, I must say that this was the easiest way to see a little of the world…we really enjoyed our day at Epcot. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, thank you.

  54. I believe it has been over 20 years since we visited Epcot, but your photos brought back fond memories of the two trips we took there and to Disneyworld. I hope to go again someday with my grandchildren when they are older. It really is a magical way to spend a vacation!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pat, I do hope that you get a chance to visit Epcot and Disney World again but this time with your sweet grandchildren. I know that all of you would have a great time. I hope you continue to progress nicely with your eyes…wishing you all the best.

  55. Cecile says:

    Somehow I’ve been missing your posts – and also the posts of several others of my favorite bloggers. It seems I’m going to have to be more thorough when scanning my emails… I’m so impressed with how excellent Epcot’s renditions of other countries are – its pretty amazing. I think I’d like to return to ‘Disney’ just for that !! ; o )

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cecile, I’ve seemed to have had a similar problem…please don’t worry about it. We were very pleasantly surprised with Epcot and had a terrific visit. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to return.

  56. Hi Karen, All these years–I’ve never been to Epcot, so I appreciate seeing it through your eyes and words. As usual, your photographs are stunning.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely compliment, Nancy. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of our trip to Epcot. I can’t believe that this was our first visit as we lived in Florida for many years before we moved to New England. I hope you get a chance to visit sometime…we really enjoyed our stay there.

  57. rozpaige says:

    We haven’t been to Epcot since the 90s when our youngest kids were little and all of your photos bring back such good memories. Someday, we’ll certainly have to return and traverse the numerous countries across the globe in one day as you too enjoyed, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Roz, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and photos…thank you. I hope you get a chance to return to Epcot and relive some of the good times you had during your previous visit.

  58. This is an absolutely brilliant post. I didn’t want it to end! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  59. Karen says:

    Hi Lis, Thank you for your visit and very lovely compliment. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post. I look forward to having you return for another visit in the future. 😀

  60. Looks like such a lovely visit and day, Karen! I am looking forward to your return visit in the spring 🙂

  61. I have not been to Epcot since it first opened. It didn’t have nearly as many countries nor was all the landscaping so well established, not to mention the other features like Future World, etc. It looks like a very worthwhile place to visit and enjoy. Thanks for the tour!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, I’m glad you enjoyed my tour of Epcot…it was our first time visiting and we really enjoyed it. It sounds like Epcot has changed a lot since your first visit. Perhaps you’ll get a chance to return.

  62. Sissi says:

    What an unusual place! Thank you so much for sharing with us your impressions I’ve never heard about this place before.

  63. Raymund says:

    Definitely a palce to visit when I am over the states! thanks for sharing the lovely photos, makes me wanna go there

    • Karen says:

      Hi Raymund, I do think you would enjoy visiting Epcot. My husband and I certainly did and are hoping to return in a couple of months for the garden and flower festival.

  64. Louise says:

    Thank you so much for taking us on your trip through Epcot, Karen. I can see already you are going to appreciate living in Florida so much more than you did before moving to New Hampshire.

    I’ve never been to Epcot so your pictures really gave me a feel for what I can expect when I finally do make it down there. After visiting Disney in California last year, I know for a fact I will not be disappointed!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Karen…I enjoyed my visit, actually both visits, lol (here and Epcot:)

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your nice compliment, Louise. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and the photos. I believe that you would really enjoy Epcot, we are already planning a return visit. We do think we made the right decision moving back to Florida, especially known that the low is going to be -12 degrees tonight. 😀

  65. Wow all the photos are just stunning! Looks like you had such a great time! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely compliment, Smiling. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photos. We did indeed have a very good time during our visit.

  66. Karen, thanks for stopping by my blog G’day Souffle’. I have only been to the west coast Disneyland(starting in 1957) but the Orlando site looks like it is HUGE compared to the Anaheim one. Looks like the visit to Epcot might save me some money by not having to travel to each separate country!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fran, I visited Disneyland years ago and yes, the Disney World and Epcot are is huge in comparison. Well worth a visit, I believe. There is so much to see…we are already planning a return visit for the garden and flower festival this spring.

  67. Sartenada says:

    Wow. What a great post and gorgeous photos. I have never been there and Your post gave an idea to visit it someday. Thank You presenting it.

  68. Karen says:

    Thank you for your nice compliment, Sartenada. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and photos. If you ever come to Florida, I believe that you would enjoy spending a day at Epcot.

  69. If you have a chance, next time you visit Epcot try the Segway Tour. It tours around all the countries in Epcot prior to it opening to visitors. It’s a pretty cool way to see everything! Love your pictures!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, Thanks for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photos. I appreciate the tip about the Segway tour as we are planning another trip this spring.

  70. megtraveling says:

    I was just there over the Christmas holiday and I really enjoyed visiting all the countries too! I enjoyed the pastries in France and I placed my order in French… Great pictures Karen – I wish it were that warm here. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meg, I can just imagine how pretty Epcot was decorated for Christmas, is it really crowded then. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, thank you. Believe it or not we’ve had a few cold days for Florida although today is lovely.

  71. nancyc says:

    Epcot sounds wonderful! I’ve never been, but after seeing your post I want to go even more now! 🙂

  72. Karen says:

    Hi Nancy, I’m glad you enjoyed the post…thank you! This was our first visit and we really enjoyed it. I believe you would as well.

  73. Mél@nie says:

    we visited it 3 years ago, otherwise, we did go to all those countries – for real, with one exception: Mexico!!! 🙂

  74. Not a bad way to travel! And about my speed these days. I was jet lagged just returning from the East Coast!

    • Karen says:

      Not a bad way at all, Wendy. Flying from the east coast to the west coast certainly does give you jet lag. Sorry to be answering so late but my husband was ill.

  75. Liz Berg says:

    We enjoyed going to Epcot a few years ago with our older kids—we actually ate some lovely meals! Much more memorable than our dining experiences in the rest of the park 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz, We were pleasantly surprised with the meals we had during our stay. Now as to the rest of the park, we’ve not been in years…hopefully there food is better. Sorry to be answering so late but my husband was ill.

  76. Thanks for sharing your pictures! Our kids are big enough to enjoy a big trip this summer and Florida is on our list of possible destinations. This amazing park just gave it an edge for my vote! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marcelle, Sorry to be answering so late but my husband was ill. Florida is a nice place for a family vacation and Epcot and Disneyworld are very popular. Wherever you decide, I hope you have a nice vacation with your children.

  77. Priya says:

    i am enjoying your post a lot and I would to like say thank you for sharing your journey with us… It seems like must visit place once in life

    • Karen says:

      Hi Priya, Thank you for your visit and lovely compliment. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. I’m very sorry to be answering your comment late…unfortunately my husband was ill.

  78. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Lovely photos and interesting post Karen. Definitely on our wish list. Our boys are Disney-obsessed after our trip to Cali Disneyland last year (actually, so am I)!

  79. Great photos! I loved what you had to say about Epcot! Thank you sharing! Huge Disney fan myself. Love to hear more!

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