There is nothing I love more than spending an evening in the World Showcase: strolling around, enjoying the entertainment, shopping, eating and drinking, and watching Illuminations. It may be my favorite way to spend a Walt Disney World evening. I enjoy it in the daytime too, and I feel like there are so many things the World Showcase has to offer the entire family. Here are 7 things you must do on your next visit:
7. Take on an Agent P Mission
These are geared toward children, but can be enjoyed by all ages. You sign up to be help Perry the Platypus (from the popular Disney Channel cartoon Phineas & Ferb) stop the evil Dr. Doofenschmirtz from taking over the world. Using a cell phone you follow clues and go from place to place within a country’s pavilion and activate special effects to stop Doofenschmirtz and help Agent P. It is a great way to get your kids engaged in the World Showcase and give you some time to look around the pavilions if they would not be interested otherwise. Another great option for kids is to make or purchase a World Showcase passport that can be stamped by cast members in each country.
Around the World Showcase there is a lot of good shopping and unique merchandise. I like to browse around Mexico because of the marketplace set up inside the pyramid. In Norway I’ve found some beautiful sterling silver jewelry! Germany is always fun with the glass and the Christmas shop, and you can’t miss Japan’s Mitsukoshi Department Store. It is huge and has all kinds of Japanese merchandise.
5. View Illuminations, Reflections of Earth
While this is not my favorite nighttime spectacular show at Walt Disney World, others may disagree. Combining music, fireworks, water fountains, lasers and fire it tells a story of Earth from the chaos of creation (in this story) to life, adventure and celebration. To me there are some slow parts, but the music and the spectacle are well worth seeing the show. There are a lot of great viewing locations around the World Showcase Lagoon. Grab a snack, find a spot where trees aren’t going to block your view and get ready for a grand show.
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4. Visit the American Adventure
I have a very patriotic, history loving family—even my teen/tween sons. And this show is really spectacular. The audio animatronics combined with the artwork, the music, the narrative and the basis of the story itself—it is all very inspiring. Although it is a bit of a time commitment, I high recommend that everyone see it at least once. You should also take in the rest of the pavilion—come early and listen to the Voices of Liberty, walk through the gallery space, and take a look around (it is air conditioned after all).
3. Watch the Live Entertainment
This is one of my favorite elements of those evening visits. Most countries have some form of live entertainment that performs at various time through the day (pick up a times guide to make sure you don’t miss it). There is traditional music like the Japanese drummers and Mexican mariachi band. There are also comedic routines like Sergio in Italy and Serveur Amusant in France. One of my favorites to watch is the show that the young acrobats put on in China.
2. Drink a Grey Goose Citron Slush or Grand Marnier Slush
Or both—just not at the same time. I think the World Showcase is just as famous for these frozen adult drinks as it is for anything else. You can find these at a kiosk on the promenade in France. They are definitely worth a try and very refreshing on a hot day!
1. Eat a French Pastry
With your adult slush in hand, walk back into the France pavilion and visit Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie. There you can find delectable savory and sweet options. The variety of pastries is wonderful and they are all fresh and delicious (and I’ve heard they are free of calories). The best tactic here is to take a group and order several to share so you get a taste of everything.
I think it would pretty much be a perfect evening to watch a performance of the acrobats, walk over to France to get your choice of slush and pastry, and then find a place to watch Illuminations. Ahhh, I can almost taste it.
What is your must-do activity in the World Showcase? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.