The tour is offered at 9:30 and 10:00 AM daily. You are advised to meet in the Guest Relations lobby in Epcot 15 minutes before the tour starts. Don’t be late because you won’t be able to join the tour. Lunch is at Restaurant Marrakesh and is included in the price.
There were only two of us for the tour the day I went. We had a great Legacy Castmember, Robert! He was happy to share stories and details every place we went. He asked the two of us some questions in the beginning. I am sure that was to see how much we knew about the World Showcase. This tour is great if you have been to Epcot many times or just several times. I thought I had heard all the trivia about World Showcase but I learned new things in every country we visited. I don’t want to say a lot about what we were told so you can experience it for yourselves. Let’s just say you will look like an expert when you visit Epcot with your friends the next time.
We started the tour in Canada and ended in Mexico. I did think 5 hours in the hot sun was a little much. When you visit this area, see if you can spot the difference in the totem poles. Did you find the hidden Mickeys in this area?
The Victoria Gardens were inspired by the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia. Our tour guide talked about how Mrs. Butchart was inspired to create the gardens in British Columbia.
If you walk into the Canada area back by the rocks and look down, that is where you enter for the movie, O Canada! There was also supposed to be a performance stage outside that area but they decided it would be too small if there was a large crowd.
Did you know the item there in the middle of the street in the United Kingdom is a sundial? It is supposed to be pretty accurate.
Be sure to look at the windows. They are the crests of the different schools in England.
Morocco brought over their craftsmen to build their pavilion. I had heard the story about how they didn’t make it perfect because only God is perfect. We were shown some examples of this.
The tea we were served in Restaurant Marakesh. This is not my favorite restaurant but I did enjoy the welcome we received and the tea we were presented at the table. You don’t order off the menu, they have a set menu for the tour lunch. Be sure to mention any dietary restrictions to the cast member when you make your reservation for the tour.
You can impress your friends when you tell them that this statue in Japan was donated by Japan to Disney before Epcot was built. It was displayed in a garden at the Polynesian resort while Epcot was being built.
Did you ever notice there isn’t a Roman numeral 4 on the clock outside the American Adventure?
Did you know there is a Hidden Mickey in this fountain in Italy ?
We did get to go to a backstage area to see the Illuminations fireworks barges behind a fence.
So do I recommend this tour? Yes I do, but I don’t think teenagers would enjoy it unless they are really into the details of Epcot. I do think 5 hours is a long time even with a lunch break in the middle. On a day where the heat index was over 100 it was brutal. I did learn lots of new things on the tour and for that I am grateful. If you are into the details, I do suggest taking this tour when you visit Epcot. You might want to bring a notebook to write down some of the facts because I thought I was going to remember them all and I am sure I forgot some of them. Don’t be afraid to ask your tour guide questions. Ours was very helpful in providing details.
The cost for the tour is $116.09 (tax included). You will also need a valid theme park ticket to enter the park. There are several discounts available for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Disney Visa Card holders. You will pay in full for the tour at the time you make the reservation. You must be 16 to take this tour. The tour is not recommended if you have high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or you are pregnant. The tour is ADA accessible but you must be able to transfer to experience some attractions. You can bring a camera but be aware you won’t be able to take pictures in backstage areas. Your tour guide will tell you when it is not ok to take pictures.
If you take this tour in the summer be aware most of your time is spent outside so be sure to use sunscreen and drink plenty of water. I also highly recommend bringing a cooling towel if the heat bothers you. You should also bring a photo ID with you.
‘Til next time, See you in the parks!
*The information contained in this article represents the opinion of the author, and not necessarily the opinion of the DIS.