World Showcase FAQs
What is the order of countries in World Showcase at EPCOT?
When entering the main entrance of World Showcase and walking clockwise, the order of the countries is as follows: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure (United States), Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada.
If you arrive at EPCOT via Disney Skyliner, you’ll enter at World Showcase’s International Gateway, located between United Kingdom and France.
Which Characters are in EPCOT World Showcase?
You’ll find character meet-and-greets in many of the countries of World Showcase. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway is another excellent place to see multiple characters, where you’ll enjoy Disney character dining with several Storybook Princesses. Among the characters you can meet are Snow White, Cinderella, Princess Aurora, Belle, and Ariel.
Character Meets in EPCOT’s World Showcase include:
- Mexico – Donald Duck (as El Pato Donald from The Three Caballeros).
- Norway: Anna and Elsa from Frozen
- China: Mulan, Mushu, and Captain Li Shang
- Germany: Snow White and occasionally with one of the Seven Dwarfs
- Italy: None
- American Adventure: None
- Japan: None
- Morocco: Jasmine & Aladdin
- France: Belle, Aurora, The Aristocats, and the Beast
- United Kingdom: Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins
- Canada: None
Africa is not currently a country (or continent) at World Showcase.
When EPCOT opened in 1982, plans included an Equatorial Africa pavilion that was scheduled to open around 1983. Alex Haley (author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family) served as a consultant, and extensive planning was underway — but the pavilion never opened.
Some four decades later, the only sign of these plans is the “Refreshment Outpost,” a small snack stand that is lightly themed to the continent of Africa but serves Coca-Cola, beer, and hot dogs. To experience a true celebration of the culture of Africa at Disney, you’ll need to head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Is There a Russia in EPCOT?
Russia is not currently a country in EPCOT’s World Showcase.
Is Israel a Country in EPCOT?
Israel is not currently a country in EPCOT’s World Showcase, despite having originally been announced before the park’s grand opening as a future addition. An agreement was signed with the Israeli government, and “future site” signs were even posted inside the park in 1982. However, those signs were removed within a few years, and the pavilion was eventually canceled.
Is Greece a Country in EPCOT?
Greece is not currently a country in EPCOT’s World Showcase.
Is Brazil a Country in EPCOT?
Though long-rumored to be the next country to be added to EPCOT, there are currently no announced plans to add Brazil to World Showcase.
Is Norway Still at EPCOT? Did Arendelle Replace Norway at EPCOT?
The Norway pavilion remains in operation at EPCOT. Many elements of the pavilion received a Frozen overlay, but the pavilion remains themed to Norway. There is no dedicated Arendelle pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase.
When is the Next Country Being Added to EPCOT?
There are currently no announced plans to add a new country to EPCOT. Rumors of new countries have been floating around for decades, but there have been no official announcements.
What Were the Original Countries in EPCOT?
EPCOT opened in 1982 with nine countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States (The American Adventure). Two additional pavilions — Israel and Equatorial Africa — were announced at the opening as “future additions”; they were never completed. No country pavilions have been removed from EPCOT since it opened, though there are occasionally temporary booths that come and go as part of seasonal festivals.
How Many Countries Have Been Added to EPCOT Since it Opened?
Two new World Showcase Pavilions have been added since EPCOT opened in 1982. Both were added in the park’s first decade of operation.
Morocco was the first addition, opening in 1984. Norway followed four years later, in 1988.
No other nations have been added since then.
How Many Rides are in World Showcase?
World Showcase at EPCOT has three rides:
- Gran Fiesta Tour (Mexico Pavilion)
- Frozen Ever After (Norway Pavilion)
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (France Pavilion)
In addition to rides, there are many other “attractions” in World Showcase, such as Circle-Vision 360° films and an audio-animatronic stage show.
Where Are the Fireworks in EPCOT?
You can watch EPCOT’s nightly fireworks from any spot which offers a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon’s surface and the sky above it. Still, the best views are from World Showcase Plaza (between Mexico and Canada), or from the Mexico, Norway, or Canada pavilions. Another great choice is the Italy pavilion, which also has a pretty sweet view of Spaceship Earth.
A few of the restaurants in each pavilion may offer a view of the fireworks as well, but I find it hard to snag a table with a solid view. They don’t take table requests until you arrive at the restaurant and ultimately you’re at the mercy of prior diners leaving in time (which they won’t do if the fireworks are about to happen). It also makes for a really late dinner — usually around 9PM. I personally don’t bother; I prefer to just eat earlier and then get a proper viewing spot out on the Promenade.
One little-known tip that I love sharing: Take a look at the flagpole on top of the American Adventure pavilion and note which way the flag is blowing. That’ll give you a hint of the direction the smoke will blow, which is important because most of the fireworks will be shot from barges on the surface of the lagoon. Being downwind means that some of your view could be blocked by smoke!
Thank you for reading our “What are the Countries in EPCOT” article. Have a magical trip!