Walt Disney World is a place full of magic — and much of that magic comes down to the details.
We love looking at the little details and intricate theming that goes into each and every part of Disney World, and EPCOT’s World Showcase is no exception. The World Showcase has some seriously amazing features; have you seen them all?
Have you noticed these three details in each World Showcase pavilion?
The Mexico pyramid is a blend of Mayan architecture, Aztec decorations, and Toltec artwork.
It’s always twilight inside the Mexico Pavilion because that is the time of day for gathering and socializing in Mexican culture.
In the lobby of the pyramid, the round stone tablet is a replica of the Mayan calendar.
The grass on the rooftops in Norway is real and meticulously maintained by the Disney horticulture staff.
There is a replica of the Kuli Stone near the Stave Church. The real Kuli Stone is the oldest written record of Norway as a country.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is inside a building that was designed to look like a real Norwegian fortress, complete with gun turrets.
The inside of the Temple of Heaven is acoustically perfect. You’ll be able to hear your voice echo right back to you inside.
You may spot motifs of a dragon and a phoenix in this pavilion. These traditionally represent the emperor and the empress.
The twelve pillars inside the Temple of Heaven represent the twelve months of the Chinese year.
On the hour, a giant cuckoo clock chimes in the back of the pavilion with two wooden children featured.
The painted coats of arms outside of Biergarten represent the 16 different regions of Germany.
Knocking on the mural-covered wall at the back of the Quick Service area will sound hollow. This was originally supposed to be the spot for this pavilion’s Rhine River Cruise ride!
One of the lighting features in Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is made completely from recycled bottles.
One of the kings adorning the pillars is holding a bowling ball. This is a nod to one of the Imagineers, a bowler, who helped work on the Pavilion.
The fountain represents the God of the Sea, Neptune. Hmm… he wouldn’t happen to be related to King Triton, would he?
The various scenes and animatronics in The American Adventure attraction are hidden underneath the audience when they’re not on stage.
The clock at the top of the building features colonial numbers, though 4 is represented as IIII rather than IV. This was intended to make the time easier to read from a distance.
The building is one of the few in Disney World that uses forced perspective to look smaller than it is. It’s actually five stories tall and looks to be about three.
The pagoda has five stories meant to represent the five Buddhist elements (earth, water, fire, wind, and sky).
The statue to your right as you enter the pavilion was a gift from the government of Japan.
Mitsukoshi Department Store is based on Japan’s original and oldest department store.
The walkway darkens between Morocco and France as a representation of the Strait of Gibraltar.
You can see the Tower of Terror in the distance behind the Morocco Pavilion. The attraction was painted the clay color to blend in with EPCOT’s existing structures.
Listen closely as you wander the pavilion; you may hear conversations between merchants and their customers.
The bridge across to the U.K. pavilion represents crossing the English Channel.
The Eiffel Tower features several bird-repelling techniques so that one doesn’t land on top and ruin the forced perspective illusion.
The green boxes along the river are designed just like ones that are displayed along the Seine in real Paris.
Look up at the chimneys in this pavilion. They were painted with soot to look more realistic. Someone call Bert!
The Toy Soldier features an umbrella rack addressed to Mr. Banks, 17 Cherry Tree Ln., London.
When Imagineers named the Rose & Crown pub, they chose the two most common names used in British pub names.
Only one of the totem poles in this pavilion is real. It was carved by Tsimshian carver David Boxley and weighs approximately 700lbs.
The Hotel du Canada is only three stories tall but appears to be five stories due to the use of windows.
The landscaping in this pavilion changes over the course of the year to represent the nature and climate of Canada during the four seasons.
What are your favorite EPCOT details? Tell us in the comments!