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Orlando is best known as the site of the Disney Amusement parks and associated resorts. Of the four theme parks in Disney World, we preferred Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community) Centre which provided an entertaining view of the world of science and culture. (photo adapted from Jeff Christianson, Wikimedia Commons)   

Epcot is divided into two areas, Future World and World showcase. The iconic Spaceship Earth stands at the entrance.

Mission Space is a motion simulator ride of an astronaut's experience.

In Living with the Land, a boat tour takes visitors through the American plains, the rain forest and the African desert to explore how innovative technologies permit food growth while preserving the environment.


In the imagination! Pavilion, Jordan and Anthony tried out the Segways, tested robots and raced model cars.

The World showcase is a collection of pavilions that represent the attractions, culture and cuisine of 11 different countries.

Italy's pavilion resembled San Marco square in Venice, and contained a replica of Rome's Tivoli fountain.

The China pavilion is a spectacular replica of the Temple of Heaven, inside of which is a theatre where Chinese acrobats, dancers and musicians perform.

The streetscapes are intriguing (if stereotypical) reproductions of well-known areas such as this version of a British park.

Canada's pavilion was a fascinating mix of our cultural icons.

Norway, Germany, Morocco, Mexico, and Japan are also represented.

Artisans from the featured countries demonstrate their skills.

Entertainment includes music and dance from the featured countries. One of our favorite acts was this impersonation of the Beatles in the UK pavilion.

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