Epcot United Kingdom Pavilion

    The United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase

    Epcot UK The United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcots World Showcase

    As with other Pavilions around Epcot’s World Showcase, the United Kingdom stop pulls inspiration from many different real-life structures in the British Isles. Not only does it feature a variety of buildings, but it also carries Guests through different time periods as well. And when they work together, visitors experience a sweeping vision of living history.

    Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion compresses time and style into a brilliant rural/town/city progression and tour, sampling settings from the 1500s to the 1800s. Stroll down cobbled streets, wind through a knee-high hedge maze, laugh with the comedic improv troupe, or kick back, relax, and enjoy some Beatles rock-n-roll in this picturesque Pavilion.

    Entering from the France Pavilion or the International Gateway (the Park’s rear entrance), Guests experience the

    • 1500s – The thatched-roofed Tea Caddy is modeled after the home of William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway.
    • 1600s – The Queen’s Table, a two-story structure with an overhanging upper story, represents an era in which British citizens were taxed on the ground floor footage of their homes. Thus, they built the second level larger.
    • 1700s – The Queen Anne Room, rendered in plaster.
    • 1800s – The stone and columned façade of Lords and Ladies.
    • 1500s – The Pavilion wraps back around to this era to tie it all together with the Toy Soldier, The Crown & Crest, and The Sportsman’s Shoppe.

    Epcot UK Rose Crown The United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcots World Showcase

    On the waterfront, the exterior and interior designs of the Rose & Crown Pub represent four distinct eras and styles: Victorian, Elizabethan, provincial, and waterfront. This table service restaurant is tasty, and its patio dining is also a prime viewing location for the nightly IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks spectacular.

    Today’s Takeaway:
    The crests seen on the windows of the Sportsman’s Shoppe represent the four regions of the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Overlaying the first three creates the Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom. (Via Imagineering Field Guide to Epcot.)

    Today, research to see if your family has its own crest. If not, or if you cannot find one, create a crest of your very own. All Family Crests is a great place to start your search. While I did not find my married name there, I did see my maiden surname of Gilbert (which, btw IS of British descent). According to All Family Crests, “The Gilbert coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eighth and ninth centuries. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms.”

    gilbert coat of arms The United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcots World Showcase

    Fleur-de-lis Designs is another helpful site. According to it, the colors in my Gilbert crest represent generosity (gold), warrior/martyr/military strength (red), and strength/loyalty (blue). The helmet denotes wisdom and security in defense; strength, protection, invulnerability. The heraldic lion represents bravery, strength, ferocity, and valor. The spear means dexterity and nimble wit; readiness for battle, and the castle tower safety and grandeur. What does your family coat of arms say about you?

    Have your kids cut out and arrange pieces of felt to create your family crest. Then, frame and proudly display it in the entry to your home.

    SCHOOL SUBJECT: History, art
    SKILL LEVEL: Elementary, Middle Grades
    *To increase difficulty level, assign students to do further research into their family history.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/chelisee Chelsea Pulver

      I love your posts about the pavilion I always find something new! Thanks for the interesting facts and I will be looking into family crests!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Thanks! I’m glad you enjoy them!

    • http://www.facebook.com/maureen.f.collins.1 Maureen Feeney Collins

      Love the UK pavillion!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        I do too!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=769389185 Danielle Williams

      wow this looks SO cool! thank you :) I would love to visit sometime!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        You definitely should! :)

    • Erin Young

      The UK pavilion has always been one of my favorites!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Mine too!

    • http://twitter.com/rnurserh Jamie

      I remember making a crest when I was a child. Love the World Showcase Players in the UK pavilion. One of the best shows on property.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        I’ve only encountered them once, but they’re great!

    • Krystal Miller

      The UK Pavilion looks like such a fun place to visit! My dad has done some family research, and it turns out we are descended from Clan Gunn — I was able to find their family crest!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Very cool! I did find my married name on another site and was surprised to see it’s very similar to my maiden name’s.

    • Kathy Jo Horan

      I love seeing Mary Poppins come strolling through the gardens when we are visiting!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        She fits right in there, doesn’t she?

    • http://mousekatools.com/ Michaelyn {MousekaTools}

      The UK Pavilion looks just how I remember it….from a LONG time ago! I hope to be able to go back sometime soon and spend more time there. It was raining when we were at Epcot and my parents weren’t into hanging around, so we literally ran around the world showcase!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Oh no! You definitely need to get back to the magic!

    • D Schmidt

      This is entirely fabulous, I am actually British and I should visit this since it is probably the closest I will get to home for a while.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Ah, yes! It would be a great taste of home for you!

    • kaitlin

      One of my favorite countries to visit. I always enjoy the bands that play there! I can’t wait to show my husband around this coming fall :)

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Sounds like a good time!

    • orianagb90

      My kids learned so much in the UK! Epcot always rocks the homeschool.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Absolutely! It’s one of my fave stops!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661227630 Janine Solley

      We are going in Sept and I already made ADR for our first night’s dinner to be at Rose & Crown. My 5 daughter’s are so excited, they cannot wait to “feel” as though they are in the UK.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Oh how fun!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=593053882 Laurie Smith

      I love taking my laptop with me to the parks to see what I am missing. I never go down to the lock and never noticed the sundial. this article i am linking helps better understand how much educational stuff is in UK. You could add sporting events of UK such as the dart board in the public house, cricket, football, and the derby. There is the importance of the herb gardens, public houses, and the hearth in the tea shop.
      LOVE LEARNING WITH YOU.

      http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/2011/09/the_united_kingdom_pavilion_pa_1.html

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Good stuff, Laurie! Thanks!