/ Monday, May 28th, 2012

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Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #276 for the week of May 27, 2012. For those listening in the United States, this Monday is Memorial Day where we honor those who have served, and I ask that today and always we remember the fallen, the heroes, the sacrifices and the families.

On this week’s show, we’re going to take a unique tour around World Showcase in Epcot, as we encourage you to put down the guide map and take some time to explore, learn, discover and enjoy some of the many wonderful Nooks and Crannies of World Showcase. From tucked away corners, to little details, hidden treasures, educational opportunities, places to just get away and other opportunities to discover and learn, World Showcase has many experiences that you won’t necessarily find on a park map. I’ll also ask you to share your favorite out of the way spot or nook as well.

I’ll have the answer and winner for last week’s Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week, and pose a new one for your chance to win a Disney prize package.

Stay for a few quick announcements, before I play some more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week!

Information and Links from This Week’s Show:

Question for YOU: Where is your favorite “nook and crannie” in World Showcase?

Show # 202 – Exploring the UK Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase – Fantasy or Reality?

Show # 236– Virtual Tour of the Norway Pavilion in Epcot

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8 thoughts on “WDW Radio # 276 – Nooks and Crannies of World Showcase, Disney Trivia Contest and more!”

  1. kim jones says:

    hi i loved this week’s show. i only discovered wdw radio this weekend and have been listening quite a lot of pod casts, think this is going to brighten up my mondays from now on. i loved the show this week, and great link to the podcast about the uk pavillion and now i’m craving fish and chips and a pot of tea. thank you and keep up the good work.

  2. Daniel says:

    I love the great details in the France pavilion, but my favorite is the rose from Beauty and the Beast. It is so beautiful and just a great detail.

  3. megan says:

    who doesnt love world showcase! ill always be a fan

  4. Lindsay says:

    This show was great… made me feel like I was walking around the showcase!

    My favorite nook and cranny would be the cluster of bistro tables between France and Morocco. My last visit to EPCOT was on one of the busiest days of the year (day after New Years) yet hardly anyone was utilizing these tables. I suppose they are a bit small but ideal for couples or lone travelers. Anyway I was able to take breaks at this spot all throughout the day and enjoy the sights and sounds of WS. I even grabbed a spot here to watch Illuminations while I indulged in some Sake and Pocky.

  5. Dana says:

    My FAVE nook and cranny is in Germany. There’s a bench in the back next to Biergarten that I call “my bench” lol. Germany is my fave pavillion so when I get there, I get my beer and pretzel, sit on “my bench” and just people watch and enjoy the music and atmosphere.

  6. Anna says:

    I love going to World Showcase with a group of adults so we can enjoy the little details. However when I go with my children I make up a scavenger hunt in a notebook. I also add space for them to ask cast members questions. Example how to do say hello and good bye, they ask the cast member to write this down! My children really enjoy filling the book. Last time they asked a cast member in Japan to write the names of all the members of our family, that is a suvinier you can’t buy!

  7. Ellise says:

    I loved listening to this episode (although I may be a little late). I happen to be from Canada and I like that you brought up the gardens. I DO think Canada’s pavilion needs a major upgrade, though (Tim Hortons, something akin to our own hockey hall of fame located in Toronto, with interactive hockey activities, and definitely a poutine stand with REAL cheese curds would be welcome there. It is sad to see it so empty now, especially with that back section often being closed off for special events

  8. Chuck Zitta says:

    Oh boy. tough question. There are so many great little nooks and crannies in World Showcase. Let’s just go with a top 5, in no particular order:

    1. The Mexican Village (inside the pavilion. I don’t know how often we just go inside and wander around, look at the artwork and merchandise. And just kind of hang out/people watch, etc. It’s almost like we’re not even in WDW. Really love the wood carvers and their use of color. My oldest son bought a cool looking lizard our last trip down.

    2. Outside in the German Pavilion, near the fountain. Love to just grab a beverage and a brats and watch the people and admire the architecture. And if you wander up near the water at night, you can usually find a good spot to watch Illuminations as you snack on some caramel corn. One of our favorites.

    3. Not sure if it’s still there or not, but the tin toy museum back in the left corner of the Japan pavilion that Chuck mentioned is a nice little spot to check out some cool stuff. Usually not very crowded back there either. And of course, up by Katsura Grill is an awesome spot to relax and grab a tasty bite for lunch or a casual dinner.

    4. I think you guys are right about Morocco. We always go “back” into the pavilion where all the shops are and explore. Never crowded back there. There’s one area (on the right side) back in this pavilion that always gives me the sense that I’m in Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Arc. Just has a certain “feel” to it. Love it.

    5. Yes Chuck! The red phone booths in Great Britain. Don’t know what it is, but somewhere just past the red booth by the restrooms – as you’re on your way to Canada – is a nice little area to just take a break and people watch while enjoying a cool beverage from the UK beer cart and/or some fish and chips. Usually, another good spot to check out Illuminations.

    There’s so many more I could list…

    Thanks again for another spectacular show, Lou and Chuck!!!