I hear all the time from families that Epcot is not their favorite park. I’ve learned that most people either really like Epcot, or they just don’t. Not much in-between. I’m going to focus today on those that say they “don’t”.
Yes, Epcot is a different type of theme park. And you know what? It was supposed to be! It’s original design was to be a fully functioning, working city. A city where people lived, worked, and played. Epcot actually stands for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tommorow”. Many people think of it as the educational park, as opposed to the fun parks. I beg to differ. Epcot can be BOTH educational AND fun!
Epcot is split into two sections: Future World, and the World Showcase. Future World is made up of pavilions that explore different aspects and applications of technology. The World Showcase is consists of 11 pavilions that are themed as 11 different countries: Mexico, Norway, Germany, Japan, China, France, Canada, United Kingdom, Morocco, Italy and America. My blog today is about making a family challenge of games out of the World Showcase countries!
Game #1: Scavenger Hunt
Game #2: Native Language
This game is really not for points, but more just for experience and FUN! Epcot’s pavilions hire cast members from the countries that the pavilions represent. Disney thinks that this helps to give it’s country pavilions a more authentic appeal. I agree. You should find no problem finding a cast member in each country that speaks the country’s native language fluently. Ask a cast member in each country to write a sentence in your autograph book in their native language. You can come up with your own sentence beforehand, and ask each individual to write the same sentence, or you can ask them to write their own sentences, and the English translation under it. Bonus fun! Ask the cast members in countries of China, Japan and Morocco to write your name in the characters of their native language! We did this and learned that my daughter’s name means “chicken” in Japanese! (Her name is Tori)
Game #3: Photo Game Challenge!
Split your family up into teams. Make sure each team has a camera. The goal here is to create a truly unique family photo in each country, using props or specific landmarks in that country. For a prop example, find hats or costumes in the country’s gift shops. Make sure you take one photo in every country. Then, have a friend or family member not playing the game vote on which picture for each country is most unique. Family team with most points in the end wins! Family can determine the prize to be awarded.
***For a really fun twist to this game, if your family has multiple smart phones and Facebook accounts, you can upload the photos as soon as they are taken, and ask your friends to “like” the photos on Facebook! At the end of the day, which ever photos have the most “likes” wins!
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