The Best Countries to Visit in the World Showcase

The World Showcase in Epcot is the only place that allows you to visit two countries in one day— all while walking just a couple of feet! From taking in the sights and sounds of the Italian pavilion to trying scones in France, the Showcase has a little bit of everything!

While each country has it’s own unique attraction, there are a few can’t misses while visiting the Showcase. 

France

France provides sights and sounds that make you feel as though you are actually experiencing the really thing! Not only does this country allow you to eat scones and pastries in front of an Eiffel Tower backdrop, but you can also buy authentic French perfume such as Chanel and Dior. This country also allows tourists to get their picture taken with Belle right outside the pavilion. The waterway provides a nice backdrop as you chat with Belle about her recent adventures with her newfound prince.

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Mexico

From the pyramid to the Mexican boat ride, this country prides fun for visitors of all ages. Not only is the pyramid stunning from the outside, but it is full of life on the inside! Those looking to escape the Orlando heat can go cool off indoors on a relaxing boat ride that allows you to experience the sights and sounds of present day Mexico all while singing along with the Three Caballeros!

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Norway

Make sure you bring warm clothes on your trip here, you never know when you might get stuck in a snow storm! This country has gained some popularity over the last few years after the Frozen ride was added (tip: if you want to ride Frozen at least one time during your trip, make sure you get in line first thing in the morning!) The buildings surrounding the frozen ride make it seem as though you have actually been transported to the Norwegian countryside.

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There are so many other countries worth checking out in Epcot, so make sure you have time to hit them all!

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Top 5 Best Rides at Walt Disney World

  1. Test Track

Located in the heart of Epcot, Test Track takes riders through their own simulated “crash course.” Your personalized car sends you speeding up a curvy highway, dodging an oncoming truck and much more, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the futuristic track. Each step prepares you for the final test, speeding around an outdoor track at speeds of 60 mph. The sound of cars racing along the track can be heard from anywhere in Epcot, and this ride always a must!  (Pic Credit: disney.com)

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2. Mine Train

While fairly new to the Magic Kingdom, the Mine Train brings the Seven Dwarfs to life as riders ride through caves mining for gold all while singing along to”heigh-ho.”  Mimicking a roller coaster, the Mine Train is family friendly and suitable for all ages. This ride encompasses everything that represents Snow White, from the seven dwarfs, to the architecture of the actual ride itself. ( Pic Credit: Only WDWorld.com)

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3. Dumbo

A simple ride that is the source of so much fun. Those who ride get to hop into their own Dumbo and soar through the air, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the Magic Kingdom. Dumbo gives riders the opportunity to control their own elephant by moving their lever either up or down to go as high or as low as the ride will allow. While it is not your high speed thrill ride, Dumbo is a Disney classic that still provides plenty of fun! (Pic Credit: Walt Disney World)

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4. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is a must when visiting the Magic Kingdom. This ride encompasses classic Disney as Brier Rabbit and Brier Fox accompany you on your way to the laughing place. Riders enjoy scenes of woodland creatures laughing and singing before they make their dreadful descent into the briar patch. While its seems as though you are flying down the hill for minutes, the actual drop doesn’t last but more than a few seconds. Splash Mountain can be found in Frontierland. (Pic Credit: Walt Disney World)

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5. Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania, located in Hollywood Studios, is one the best rides anyone in Disney could go on. This ride brings all your favorite characters to life as you are going up against your opponent to see who can shoot the most targets in the allotted time frame. Woody, Buzz and the Potatoes provide their own unique level to the game as they guide you swiftly through the ride. Located on Mickey Ave, this ride is a can’t miss! (Pic Credit: Walt Disney World)

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Tips for braving the crowds and making the most of Disney Vacation

It’s no wonder so many want to experience the magic of Walt Disney World at least once in their lifetime. Between the thrill rides and waiting in line to meet your favorite Disney princess, theres so much to fit into a day. Planning a Disney vacation might seem overwhelming at first, but the tips listed below might help make your trip just a little more magical!

Arrive early

No one likes to spend their day waiting in line for hours, especially at Disney. When planning a day in the Disney Parks, one of the most important things to remember is to always arrive early. Rides are much easier to get on earlier in the morning than they are in the afternoon, crowds haven’t begun to form yet and the wait times are not usually more than 20 to 30 minutes. During the summer hours, each park may have earlier opening times, so it’s always important to check with cast members before arriving. (Pic Credit: WDWLive.com)

 Use FastPass

When looking to skip to the front of the line on your favorite ride, FastPasses are your best friend. While booking your Disney vacation, you have the option to reserve up to three FastPasses in each park. These FastPasses allow you to get a seat on your reserved rides faster than you would if you were waiting with everyone else. Once you have used all three of your FastPasses, you have the option to reserve more on rides that are still available. (Pic Credit: Undercover Tourist)

Take Advantage of the Single Rider line

Single rider lines allow groups to split up and ride separately when you have more than the ride allows. Sometimes you are paired with people from your group, but more times than not you are with other random single riders. The single rider lines allow riders to experience the ride must quicker than most. Since most groups don’t want to split up, the single rider line is usually a lot shorter (Pic Credit: mickeytips.com).

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Plan ahead (plan for rain, heat etc)

It’s no surprise that Florida summers are unpredictable. One minute you could be standing in sweltering heat, and the next you could be in the middle of a monsoon. When preparing for a day in the Disney parks, it’s always good to pack for any occasion. Rain jackets and ponchos are a must. Ponchos can be bought in Disney Parks gift shops if you forget them (Pic Credit: Yesterland.com).

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A Day in Epcot

In my opinion, Epcot is one of the most underrated parks at Disney. There’s so much to do there, and so many people take it for granted. I may be biased though, it is home to one of my all time favorite rides: Test Track. I mean, who doesn’t love the anticipation of going through each simulated obstacle, only to find yourself speeding around the outside of the track minutes later. Epcot is also home to the World’s Showcase. Visitors get to experience the sights and sounds of many different countries without having to actually visit them. Disney has done such a great job with making each country seem so realistic, it feels as though you’re actually there! From the artificial Eiffel Tower to the sights and smells of China, the World’s Showcase really does have it all. The futuristic geosphere (also known as the giant golf ball) blasts through time as riders get a glimpse of what life was like for the ancient romans, all the way up to when the first computer was invented. Epcot allows visitors to experience worlds they never imagined. From blasting off on Mission Space, to flying over Niagra Falls on Soarin’, tourists will never be bored in Epcot!IMG_6248

First Blog!

Hi everyone, Thanks for checking out my blog! This past summer, my family and I visited the Happiest Place on Earth, and I am still having serious withdrawals. There’s just something about Disney that keeps you coming back for more. Between the early morning anticipation of the gates to the Magic Kingdom being opened, to the feeling of adrenaline running through you as you plummet down Splash Mountain, there really isn’t any other place quite like Disney World! My favorite part of first entering the park is walking down Main Street USA and seeing Cinderella’s Castle for the first time. If you’re like me, you get so lost in the magic that you almost feel as though you are a princess yourself! I love how it is the focal point of the whole park, you can see it from just about any ride in the Magic Kingdom. I love how the castle comes to life at night with the Wishes Fireworks show. My favorite part is when Cinderella, Snow White and Ariel start singing and the castle changes colors. I love how it changes from purple and pink to blue and green! I’m so sad that it’s ending, but I’m really excited to see the new Happily Ever After show! IMG_5108