Exploring Epcot’s China Pavilion in Walt Disney World

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The China Pavilion in Epcot is one that you won’t want to miss as you explore the World Showcase in Disney’s Epcot.  From delicious foods to a new, advanced film there is so much to see and do while visiting the China Pavilion.

1. Temple of Heaven

When first arriving, make sure to take in the beautiful triple arched ceremonial gate.  This is known as the Temple of Heaven and is a small replica of the one from Beijing.  The detailed and ascetic architecture is something to marvel at.  Take time to look at the 12 pillars representing the months of the Chinese calendar each uniquely designed.

2. Meeting Mulan

In the China Pavilion, guests are able to meet Mulan.  This currently is the only place guests can meet the fierce warrior on a typical park day.  This is an engaging and entertaining meet and greet that takes place in a beautiful setting allowing for some amazing pictures.  Make sure to check My Disney Experience app to see what times Mulan is meeting during your vacation.

3. Replica of the Terracotta Army

Travel inside the temple to see the Tomb Warriors.  This exhibit has statues that are modeled after the real ones from 210 BC and were discovered in 1974 by farmers.  Each unique soldier has a different sculpted face.  Pictures of the real version can also be found in this museum area.  A truly special experience that one can find in the China Pavilion.

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4. Delicious Food

Don’t forget to grab some food while exploring the China Pavilion.  There are three main options to choose from.  If looking for a sit-down meal, consider trying Nine Dragons.  For a quicker meal, Lotus Blossom Cafe offers some great meal options.  For a quick snack, think about an egg roll or spring roll from Lotus Blossom or visit Joy of Tea which offers not only tea, but slushies and ice cream.

5. Wondrous China

The newest entertainment in the China Pavilion is Wondrous China.  This new circle vision 360 film is replacing Reflections of China.  The new film will be a journey across the country featuring amazing sights of China.  In the film, new locations, new scenes as well as new music will all move audience members.  This is a great spot to get out of the sun, rain and relax a little.

6. Jeweled Dragon Acrobats

As you are enjoying the sites and food of the China Pavilion, make sure to catch the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats.  This show is performed throughout the day depending on the weather.  Men and women join together to create epic stunts in this unique acrobatic show.  Grab a snack and enjoy the talent of those in the show.

7. Shop

The China Pavilion offers two great shopping options.  House of Good Fortune and the Good Fortune Gifts provide guests with a unique shopping experience.  House of Good Fortune is one of the largest shops in the World Showcase offering a variety of goods from clothing to teapots.  Even if you aren’t wanting to buy something, check out the specialty items you didn’t think you’d find in a theme park.

8. Whispering Willows Gallery

Another item that guests can find in the China Pavilion is a gallery focused on Shanghai Disney.  Here you can find drawings, photos and artwork displaying the six themed lands, two hotels and Disneytown that make up the groundbreaking resort.  Disney Imagineers took great care to make sure Chinese culture was seen throughout the park.  Guests can see how this was done in this special display.

9. Gardens

Finally, when visiting the China Pavilion, take time to enjoy the gardens.  Throughout the pavilion, guests can find quiet, beautiful areas to relax and enjoy their surroundings.

The China Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase has so much to offer guests.  During your next trip, take time to slow down and enjoy this beautiful pavilion and all it has to offer.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.