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|At A Glance
||The United Kingdom is the
tenth country in the clockwise tour around the World Showcase,
in between France and
The United Kingdom is the tenth country in the clockwise tour
around the World Showcase, in between France
Overall this pavillion will be pretty disappointing to the majority
of British visitors, and whilst it does have it's nice spots (mainly
as a result of the friendly Cast Members that work there), overall
it's probably best avoided, though this is a personal view. If
you want to try a more authentic feeling British Pub, check out
the Irish pub in Kissimmee on the 192 near the Travellodge Flags
and large K-Mart store instead!
The United Kindgom is one of the smallest of the World Showcase
pavillions, with very little to entertain visitors, and no major
attraction. Unlike most of the other pavillions there's also no
educational film on offer either.
My first impression of the pavillion was one of a traditionally
styled pub (The
Rose and Crown), a side street with a few shops, and nothing
else. This is only a first impression however, and there is a
little more to the pavillion than that hidden away, but not a
whole lot more....
The pavillion theming doesn't concentrate on any one particular
time period, and architecturally the pavillion is quite a mish-mash
of styles covering several hundred years, but with traditional
Disney style it all blends together so well that you'd hardly
notice the difference unless you were looking for it.
The Rose and Crown Pub with both indoor and outdoor seating
serves relatively authentic British Pub food and beer, (though
at Disney prices), and there's often a pianist in the pub who
will sing practically any request, and you certainly wouldn't
be the first to request that old favourite " Far Far Away"!
Of course it's a stereotypical pub as much as anything, but it
can be fun to call in.
Caddy shop is themed to resemble a Stratford cottage of Shakespear's
time, with heavy wooden beams and a large fireplace. It is sponsored
by Twinings, the tea company, and as you might expect from the
name and sponsorship, it specialises in assorted teas from around
the world, both loose and in bags, although also sells caddys,
teapots and various biscuits.
Magic of Wales is a very small shop, selling small collectibles,
including jewellery, pottery, and small Welsh handmade gifts.
Suprisingly, despite its dimunitive size it has the largest volume
of sales amongst all of the United Kingdom shops.
Crown & Crest is themed more as a fantasy Arthurian shop might
appear in the imagination, with high rafters a large chandalier,
large fireplace, with crossed swords! and decorative banners.
It sells a strange mixture of oddments and collectibles, such
as "Yard of Ale Glasses", coin and stamp sets, and limited
edition chess sets.
The Queens Table is sponsored by Royal Doulton,
and many think is one of the nicest shops in the whole of Epcot.
The Adams Room in particular is excellently themed with intricate
mouldings and pastel colours. Again in keeping with its sponsor,
it specialises in fine china, and particularly the highly expensive,
but very attractive fine porcelain figurines made by Doulton.
The Toy Soldier is a traditionally styled toy shop, which
externally looks like a 16th century small stone manor house.
Inside it sells a variety of traditional British toys, alongside
an extensive selection of Winnie the Pooh merchandise.
Finally Pringles of Scotland has a large selection of
Wool, Cashmere sweaters knitted by the Scottish manufacturer,
along with anything you can think of in Tartan.
Street entertainment is provided in the form of puppeteers, and
a street theatre, but other than that the only other amusement
in the pavillion is a traditional herb-garden and maze, although
characters do make occasional appearances in the gardens, particularly
characters from Alice in Wonderland, along with Mary Poppins and
Winnie the Pooh and friends.
Move swiftly along to Canada.