The World Showcase in Disney’s EPCOT provides guests a chance to travel the world in a single day, but in order to actually completely experience every pavilion, a day just might not be enough.
EPCOT, and more specifically the World Showcase, is know for its festivals and celebrations from the Flower and Garden Festival in the early spring to the Food and Wine Festival that occurs every autumn. Nevertheless, outside of those festivals, the World Showcase always offers guests a chance to really experience a snapshot of the cultures of each country represented.
In a recent article, I mentioned three new additions to the World Showcase, to read about them, click here. In addition to these three, however, a new exhibit has just opened within the Japanese pavilion.
The new exhibit, entitled Spirit Beasts: From Ancient Stories to Anime Stars, is located near the back of the pavilion to the right, just before you enter the store that sells candies and sake. The space previously held an exhibit entitled Tin Toy Stories: Made in Japan and a photography exhibit featuring pictures of famous landmarks of Japan.
The new exhibit features mysterious creatures from tradition Japanese artwork, stories, and myths. For those who are fans of anime and current Japanese storytelling, you will undoubtedly recognize some figures that still appear in graphic novels and television shows, today.
The exhibits on display in the different pavilions often come and go, but this exhibit, much like the TIn Toy’s exhibit before it, is expected to be on display for several years. This will give guests plenty of time to explore the history behind several of the key characters in the classical Japanese folklore and myths.
Overall, exhibits like these are often some of the most forgotten parts of the World Showcase. After all, Norway, Morocco, China, along with others also have displays that help to teach use about the history and culture of the country.
These exhibits offers a nice way for guests to get out of the heat and experience–and learn–something new. Whether it’s exploring the story behind the Toccata Warriors in the Chinese pavilion or learning about the Vikings in the Old Stave Church of the Norwegian pavilion, it provides a nice escape from both the weather and the crowds.
To read more about EPCOT and the World Showcase, check out all my articles on the subject, including those in my “A journey around the World” series.