Friday, January 13, 2012

My Favorite World Showcase Pavilion in Epcot

My favorite World Showcase Pavilion is, and always has been, Germany.  There is so much here that I love - from the shopping to the food to the atmosphere.  It has always been my favorite, but a new addition to the pavilion, well new to us, has made it even better!

As you may know from my previous post, Favorite Disney Shopping Spots, one of my favorite shops on Walt Disney World property is Volskunst in the Germany Pavilion.  I could spend a lot of time in here taking in the intricate details of the beer steins and cuckoo clocks.  I have yet to purchase one of the clocks, but I hope to one day.  Of course, these days my time spent enjoying the details lasts as long as my husband can keep the kids at bay outside of the shop!

Here we are at Biergarten,
October 2008
Biergarten is the table service restaurant in the Germany Pavilion, and our family loves it!  The atmosphere is festive as it is an Oktoberfest celebration everyday.  The buffet has plenty of options for everyone, even the kids.  The tables seat 10 or more, which is perfect for us since we usually travel as three families.  It is one of the few dining spots we are sure to be able to sit together as a family.  There are many dishes I enjoy along their buffet, but the Bavarian Cheesecake is one of my favorite Disney desserts.  I have found the recipe online, but I think it may be dangerous to my diet to actually know I can make it anytime I want!  The Oompah band is great entertainment and though I have never hopped up and danced, plenty of people have and there is plenty of room to show off your moves!  It is really a great dinner with a show.

The newest thing we discovered on our latest trip is the addition of Karamell Kuche.  They have a lot of amazing looking treats, including one of my personal favorites - fresh caramel popcorn.  I could have purchased a bag of this everyday of the vacation.  Even better, the way the shop is set up, you can watch them work to create some of the delicious sweets they sell.  The day we were there, a woman was hand making chocolate covered strawberries.  It was fun to watch the process that goes into each and every one of these!

One of the houses in the train display decorated
for the Flower and Garden Festival, March 2010
Finally, our trip to the Germany Pavilion would not be complete without a stop to watch the amazing trains on display next to the pavilion.  I think Joey could spend a significant amount of time here.  There are so many details that go into this village, including decorations for the different seasonal events that happen around the park.  If you haven't taken the time to appreciate this display, I highly recommend that you do!


What's your favorite part of the Germany Pavilion?  

12 comments:

Distherapy said...

YES!  As said over at Meet the Magic, my boys thought the spot by the trains was their second home for many years!  Germany has so much to offer...

Eric said...

Awesome!  Beth, next trip you're gonna have to get up and dance at Biergarten.  And we must have pictures.  :)

Capturing Magical Memories said...

John loved Biergarten on out last #Disney trip.  So fun to watch the little ones 'dance' to the music!

Beth D. said...

I didn't mention the etched glasses they have too.  Just beautiful!

Beth D. said...

LOL!  I wouldn't hold your breath on that one!!  :-)

Beth D. said...

Last time we ate there, a grandmother was dancing with what looked like her grandchildren.  There are about 7 or 8 of them.  They were having so much fun.  You couldn't help but enjoy the moment with them!

Eric said...

My son and I have glass steins from there with our names on them.  Boo yah.

DisneyDonnaKay said...

We've never tried Biergarten, but I am always up for cheesecake!! This trip on the Blogorail is making me hungry!

Kristen Hoetzel said...

I have to say that I find it hilarious that 4 of us picked Germany. What are the chances? There is one thing that you, Natalie and myself can agree on... Karamell Kuche is the best. I can't help but sing along when the Oktoberfest Musikanten perform "Ein Prosit!". 

Beth D. said...

I guess is we ever have an MB meet up we know where a majority of the Blue members would like to go! :-)

Beth D. said...

Same here!  Makes me wish I were there now! 

Heidi Strawser said...

Germany seems to be the Pavilion of choice this week!  I have to confess, it's never been a pavilion I've spent a lot of time in.  I need to pay more attention, I guess.