In celebration of Epcot’s 35th Anniversary, WDW Radio Blog writers are sharing their thoughts, memories and experiences from one of Disney’s most iconic theme parks.

The Shusterman Family in Epcot's World Showcase

Epcot is my favorite among all four Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks. I enjoy the attractions in Future World, but World Showcase is where it’s at for me. I could spend a whole week eating and talking my way around the world, and I’m not alone.


Outside the France pavilion in Epcot's World ShowcaseMy kids are just like me, anything but ordinary. While some kids want to be superheroes or princesses, mine want to travel the world. They are all still in elementary school but are already talking about wanting to participate in foreign-exchange programs in high school. My eldest—a fourth-grader—is learning Japanese. My third-grader is learning French, and is somewhat of the anti-Belle—she actually wants the provincial life. My son is learning Spanish, German, and somehow, Mandarin Chinese, as a second-grader.


The kids aren’t learning these languages in school, and they certainly aren’t going to master them anytime soon. They like to spend their hard-earned electronics time on apps such as Fun French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. Each of them can count to at least 10 in another language — a skill of which they (and I) are very proud, and they LOVE showing off in World Showcase.


I suppose they get that from me. I’ve made it my goal in life to be able to go around World Showcase, from Mexico to Canada, and be able to carry on a conversation with the Cultural Representatives from each country in their native language. I’ve got three down so far —The American Adventure, United Kingdom, and Canada — though they don’t really count, now do they?


Visiting the Japan pavilion in Epcot's World ShowcaseSo, World Showcase has become our favorite part of Walt Disney World, traveling around the world, trying new flavors, listening to new sounds, and talking to people in new (for us) languages. Happy Birthday/bon anniversaire/feliz cumpleaños, Epcot, here’s to many more years of bringing the world together!




(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)


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