United Kingdom — World Showcase — Epcot
The history of the United Kingdom is depicted through the U.K. pavilion’s architectural styles ranging from 1500 to 1800.
The buildings represented are Victorian, London, Yorkshire Manor, Tudor, Georgian, Hyde Park, Regency, and even a Shakespearean cottage design.
The shops and pub are the featured attractions in the United Kingdom. However, a Mary Poppins-inspired attraction has been announced. No details have come to light, but concept art shows several details from the films.
Click here for the announcement of the Mary Poppins attraction.
Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room – Fish and chips, bangers and Mash, Prime Rib and Sherry Trifle are among the regular items at Rose and Crown. The Rose and Crown is open for lunch and dinner, inside or outside.
Thirsty? Sit at the pub and enjoy yards of Bass Ale, Guinness Stout, Harp Lager or Caffrey’s Irish Ale.
Rose and Crown contains a varied history of pub styles, combining elements from three basic pub designs: the street pub, the waterfront pub, and the country pub. The exterior design was modeled after the Elizabethan period of the late 16th century. The interior decor was patterned after Victorian architectural forms of the 1890s.
Yorkshire County Fish and Chips – counter service and the best spot for this iconic U.K. dish.
The British Revolution – British rock group imitators (known as British Airwaves ouside park)
Quickstep – acoustic music group
Rose and Crown Pub Musician
Be sure to walk through the beautiful Butterfly and Knot Herb garden. And the traditional hedge maze is fun to walk through.
Explore both sides of the street. Take the path running down the side of the Rose & Crown Pub on the French side; there’s a nice little sitting area there right by the lagoon. This area is sometimes reserved in the evenings for private parties.
Check out the hand-painted smoke stains on the chimneys.
Chat with the Cast Members in the shops, they are among the friendliest in World Showcase.
The bright red phone booths are identical to those found in the United Kingdom.
Try the Milky Bar (white chocolate) at the Tea Caddy or the chocolate assortment box called Quality Street for a taste of genuine English sweets.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Highlights – In addition to the herb and perennial gardens that are here all year, there is a special penguin topiary. And don’t miss out on the U.K. garden tours, too!
There is an English children’s maze made of boxwood hedges in the back of the pavilion.
The United Kingdom is a great place to meet characters. You can sometimes find Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore as well as Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland.
Each of the World Showcase Countries has a special “KIDCOT” area that provides an opportunity for your child to interact with a native of the country you are visiting.
Epcot Passports are great fun for kids as they have them stamped at each pavilion around World Showcase.
Crown & Crest – Perfumes and potpourri.
Lords & Ladies – Health and beauty products
Sportsman’s Shoppe – Sweaters, knitwear, kilts, tartan fabrics.
The Queen’s Table – Fine china, florals, figurines.
The Tea Caddy – Specialty tea items, and you will find candies & chocolates usually only available in the UK
The Toy Soldier – British toys, games.
The crests of the United Kingdom’s four major schools (Oxford, Cambridge, Eton, and Edinburgh) can be seen in the upstairs window of The Queen’s Table.
Changes in garden style enhance the changes in architecture throughout the United Kingdom. Landscaping styles include rural England, an open square park reminiscent of Hyde Park, and a maze fashioned after the Somerleyton Hall Maze built in 1846 in England.
If you look up in some of the shops you’ll get an extra treat. In the Crown & Crest shop, for instance, you’ll note several suits of armor, as well as shields, swords and a huge wrought-iron chandelier.
The Tea Caddy structure is representative of the 1500’s architecture style – Anne Hathaway cottage near the perennial and herb garden.
The Cantalier Buildings, next to the Toy Soldier, represent the 1600s. If you look at the second story of the building, you will see how it comes out over the street level. In the 1600s, taxes were based on ground floor space. Creative folks built structures with larger second floors that would not be taxed.
Mini Hyde Park – the 1700s buildings were more plaster and wood. In the 1800s the buildings became stone in the Georgian Style.
There are two replicas of castles: King Henry’s Court and Sir Walter Scott.
The British Airwaves – Beatle imitators. Played their last set on April 30, 2011 after a 15-year run at the United Kingdom courtyard in Epcot.