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One of the things I look forward to the most each trip to Walt Disney World is strolling through Epcot’s World Showcase and taking in all that each pavilion has to offer. Though I enjoy each Pavilion, I have always loved the Germany Pavilion. The shops, the snacks (and my husband would say the beer) and just the atmosphere make you feel as though you have entered a small German town.
As you enter the Pavilion, there is a fountain with a statue of St. George and the dragon straight ahead. During one of our very first trips to Walt Disney World, we met a Cast Member who had been outside near the fountain playing the accordion. We spent quite some time talking to him and learning how he came to be a Cast Member. I remember the music he played was festive and many people had gathered around to listen. Today, Oktoberfest Musikanten is the only entertainment in the Germany Pavilion, playing intermittently for diners at Biergarten from midafternoon to late evening. Take the time to enjoy their show! It is fun, upbeat and will make you want to get up and dance, which you are more than welcome to do!
Dining in the Germany Pavilion is a lot of fun, and being a fan of German food, I must say it is also delicious! Biergarten is the sit down dining option in the Germany Pavilion. It is a traditional German Oktoberfest hosted daily, which offers many traditional German dishes, such as sauerbraten, braised red cabbage and more. Because it is a buffet, it is an opportunity to sample many different dishes. The seating creates a festive atmosphere, since the tables seat anywhere from 10 to 20 guests. You never know who you will be lucky enough to be seated with. It can be a great place to meet new Disney friends. Sommerfest is the counter service option serving bratwurst and frankfurters with sauerkraut, as well as a few dessert selections. Whether at Biergarten or Sommerfest, I highly recommend you try the Bavarian Cheesecake. In all honesty, at the buffet, I could eat just that. It is so delicious! Of course, my husband’s favorite stop is the Bier Stand, where you can get traditional German beers, wines and schnapps.
During our last trip, I discovered my new favorite spot for a great snack at the Germany pavilion – Karamell Kuche. I have three words for you warm . . . caramel . . . popcorn. Of course, they serve many other delicious treats, but this just happens to be my favorite. Also, it is a great place to watch how they create some of these delectable sweets. On our last trip, you could watch as one of the Cast Members made chocolate covered strawberries. For me, this spot is an attraction in itself!
There is no shortage of shopping in the Germany Pavilion, from authentic beer steins in all sizes to wonderfully detailed cuckoo clocks to dolls and teddy bears. On your next trip, stroll slowly through the shops to take it all in. I hope someday to purchase one of the clocks! The intricate details catch my eye every trip. Of course, now with three children, my stops in this shop last as long as my husband can keep the children contained outside.
My final stop around the Germany Pavilion is probably my son’s favorite part of Epcot, the miniature train and village to the right of the pavilion. These model trains are constantly in motion. The details of the village are just tremendous, even reflecting the events being hosted in Epcot, such as the Flower and Garden Festival or the Food and Wine Festival. On your next trip, take the time to find the details of this village. Because it is Disney, it doesn’t surprise me how amazing it is, but I always find something new each trip I hadn’t noticed before.
As you can probably tell, the Germany Pavilion is my favorite spot along Epcot’s World Showcase. With so much to offer, we have always enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and the shopping.
Thank you so much, Jodi, for letting me participate! [Thanks for being our Guest!]
Cuckoo clocks originated in the Black Forest region of southeastern Germany in the mid-1600s. Most often made from seasoned walnut or linden wood, many designs are generations-old and continue to be passed down through clock-making families. Some designs are easily recognizable as belonging to particular clockmakers based on characteristic features or styles.
Follow this how-to from Crayola to create a paper cuckoo clock. This one suggests using a brass paper fastener to connect the clock hands. This will enable you to move the hands of the clock and teach young children how to tell time. As a variation, you could purchase a lightweight, inexpensive clock kit at your local hobby store and secure it to your clock face.
You will need:
Brass paper fasteners
Clock kit, optional
Follow these 6 steps to create this cute cuckoo clock!
*High school students studying wood shop may want to attempt to build a simplified cuckoo clock out of wood. Models and templates can be found at hobby shops and usually require adult supervision when handling power tools.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: History / Art / Wood shop
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary, *high school option