Yet another country in Epcot’s World Showcase is Germany. As you enter the quaint little German village, you are greeted with cobblestone streets, a gorgeous fountain and beautiful architecture, including a chiming clock tower.
The shopping in Germany consists of several shops connected together. Der Teddy Bar is mainly a toy shop that has Engel Puppen dolls, finger puppets, medieval toys and, of course, stuffed bears and Smurfs. Volkskunst is one of the most popular store that sells felt hats and famous Cuckoo clocks, beer steins and books. In Die Weihnachtscke, it is Christmas year round. Nearby is the Glaskunst. This is an outdoor store that sells glassware with engraving. The Weinkeller offers up tasty German wines and spirits. My favorite shop in the German pavilion is the Karamelle- Kiche!! Here you can find gourmet caramels, brownies and other candies. You can even watch as cast members make fresh caramel corns and caramel apples, my favorite.
While on the topic of food, I’ll talk about dining. Sommerfest is a counter service option offering brats and hot dogs with sauerkraut, soft pretzels and drinks. A very popular restaurant at Epcot, located in the German pavilion is Biergarten. Here you will celebrate Octoberfest with a traditional German buffet featuring kraut, brats, German salads, Schnitzel and various German desserts. Tables are communal style and entertainment includes bands in lederhosen, music and dancing. This restaurant is a table service establishment using one dining credit and ADRs are recommended.
No rides or other attractions are available in the German pavilion but be sure to check out the fine architecture and scenery for Hidden Mickeys.
Shannan is a mom that was born and raised in rural Tennessee. She tells us: “I live with my husband and 3 of our 5 children. Travis is 24 and is father to my grandbabies, Emma and baby Judson. I can’t wait to start sharing Disney with them. Dusty is 22, Clay 12, Zachary 10 and Erin is 8. I clean houses to make money to fund my magical trips. I went to Disney the first time as a teen and couldn’t wait to start introducing my own children to the magic. We took our 3 youngest in 2004 and that started it all. We have been 3 times since then and have our first Christmas trip planned for this December. Usually my parents accompany us on the trip and I have to research and plan for things that will suit various ages in our party of 7. Each time I go, I try new experiences in lodging and dining so I can share it with friends and family that seek my advice on trip planning! Disney is definitely my first choice in vacation destinations. Hopefully there is a Disney surf and turf vacation in our future!“