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World Showcase for Children
As our girls started to out grow and therefore not want to make so many visits to Magic Kingdom we started taking them to Epcot a Park they always thought was boring when they were little.
I will always remember the first day the younger girl who had had to be cajoled into going one evening went around World Showcase with her Father. When we met up a couple of hours later she could not stop as she was in a hurry to go to more countries before the Park closed to get additions to the flag she was compiling!
On a subsequent visit we encouraged them to enjoy and appreciate the countries more by buying them a World Showcase Passport costing about $10. These passports were sold at most stores and carts throughout Epcot, and included a set of country stamps and a big " I’ m a World Showcase Traveler" button. As the children visited the World Showcase pavilions the Cast Members at the KIDCOT stations stamped the passport and wrote something in his/her native language.
Each pavilion in World Showcase (and a few in Future World) featured a KIDCOT station(you could recognize these by the brightly coloured KIDCOT sign) especially for children. At these stations, which usually operate only in the afternoons, there is a small table manned by Cast Members from the various countries. They will talk with children about their native land, engage them in a craft, stamp their World Showcase Passports if they have one, and sign a personal message in the language of the country.
In the rear of the United Kingdom pavilion, back by the gazebo where the Beatles-inspired group British Invasion performs, is a small park with a hedgerow maze. Take the children as you sometimes find the Pooh characters here, we have been lucky enough to see them twice. See if you can find the Mary Poppin’s topiary to show the children.
Our girls especially enjoy the Miniature Train and Village set up next to the German pavilion. This was originally put up during a Flower and Garden Festival years ago, the village proved so popular it was made a permanent fixture.
Then grown ups can even buy a glass of sweet wine in the Germany Pavilion and they will let you keep the glass!
We usually end our evenings with the girls at the American Pavilion self service restaurant. Fast food and long queues but they move very quickly. You can have the usual burgers, chicken etc and either sit inside or on a nice evening it is lovely to sit outside under cover.
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