The World Showcase provides the opportunity to visit ten countries from all over the world in just one day. Each country is staffed by employees that were born in the country they represent. This, along with the rides, shopping and restaurants, give a person a real flavor of what the country is like. My favorite country was Norway (maybe because I'm Norwegian). The ride in Norway is aboard a dragon-headed Viking ship that takes you through time from the Vikings to present-day Norway. On your way out, don't forget to stop at the pastry shop which offers many gooey, rich, delicious pastries (you can tell I stopped here often). I also highly recommend the Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki restaurant in Japan. The food is prepared, chopped and cooked right at your table. It was fantastic.
Typhoon Lagoon is the ultimate water slide park. Besides having water slides, raft and tube rides and a huge wave pool, it also has a lagoon filled with fish and sharks (not man-eaters) that you can snorkel through. My little brothers especially like the kiddie area that had tiny water slides and a little tube ride.
If you're planning on going to Disneyworld, here's some helpful advice:
- Go off-season. This is not a place to be when it's really crowded or hot.
- Plan on staying at least a week, preferably ten days if you plan on seeing everything.
- Save lots of money, because it's really expensive. If you're over ten, you have to pay adult rates for tickets and food.
- Try to go to at least a couple of the nicer restaurants in Epcot and MGM.
- Get a opy of Birnbaum's Guide to Walt Disney World for a complete description of everything there is to offer.
- Leave some time for some of the minor attractions at Disney World such as Pleasure Island, Discovery Island and the Marketplace.
Hope you have a good time, and say "Hi" to Mickey Mouse for me.