Vote of the week: Which way do you walk around Epcot's World Showcase?
With the annual International Food & Wine Festival opening today, many theme park fans will be visiting Walt Disney World's Epcot
over the next several weeks. Drawing more than 11 million visitors per year, Epcot is one of the world's most popular theme parks anyway, special of event or no. But almost every one of those 11 million visitors a year faces the same question when visiting Epcot:
Which way to turn when entering World Showcase?
Decision time: Left (clockwise), or right (counterclockwise)?
Do you turn left and go through the national pavilions clockwise, starting with Mexico? Or do you turn right, and move counter-clockwise, starting with Canada? (Okay, "anti-clockwise" for our European friends.)
Coming in through the back, from the Boardwalk? Same question. Do you head left, clockwise, toward England, or right, counter-clockwise, toward France?
Years ago, I always went through World Showcase in the clockwise direction. But I've noticed that since I've moved back to California, I always start with Canada now, instead. Perhaps it's because I just want to get to France more quickly. Or I just get my fill of Mexico at home.
Which way do you go around Epcot? If you're not consistent with your choice, select the one you take more often.
Tell us in the comments why you go the way you do. Is it for the scenery? The food? Drinking around the world? Habit? Thanks in advance for voting, for commenting, and just for hanging around here being part of the Theme Park Insider community.
I like the rides, so I go that way first. Also, I prefer eating dinner in England, and lunch either in Germany or Morocco.
I think the answer to this is simple: Test Track. Since there is that walkway between Test Track and Mexico, it is the easiest path. That and generally we skip Journey into Imagination (though next time we might have to hit it, it will be my wife's first trip and she wants to see everything.)
At first it was habit. My parents always went clockwise...now in adulthood I kept the tradition because of Mexico's margaritas!! Its nice to start the walk around the world with a refreshing beverage in hand. The only exception I make is during the food & wine festival. That way if I am not satisfied with my tastings of the day I will finish the day on high note ;-) Ole'
We normally go 3 times to food and wine - 1st time to Canada, 2nd time to Mexico and 3rd time to re-eat what we liked best
I go towards mexico because that's the direction all the rides are in, and that way you get to England just in time for fish and chips, and Canada in time for Off Kilter!!!!!
I have been to Epcot twice, once as a kid and once in my 20's in 2010. I don't remember what way I went when I was a kid, but in 2010 I went the route of visiting Canada first as approaching the area from the main entrance through Future world is seemed the logical and easier way to turn.
Tradition since opening day in 1982, clockwise, and to get to the only remaining original attraction, Impressions de France.
We also enter from the Boardwalk and if drinking around the world...
I think the reason I go to Mexico first (and this could be just be perception), but I feel Test Track is closer to World Showcase.
Clockwise. The main reason being that I only go to Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival, and my favorite kiosk is Argentina which is to the left. On other occasions I also start left out of routine. I once did it counter clockwise, and it was nice since one gets to relax on the Mexican boat ride after a long walk.
Canada wins every time to watch the amazing film they have.
Viva La Mexico!!!! I live the atmosphere in there plus the great boat ride within it. Then there's the acid trip called Malstrom right next to it followed by orange chicken at China. Beautiful way to end my vacation at WDW every time. And of course Illuminations as the goodnight kiss
Clearly, only crazy people would go counter-clockwise ;).
How about "(c) The opposite direction of whichever of the above options gets the most votes"???
I usually spend 2 days at Epcot, so I go clockwise the first day, then counter-clockwise the second day.
There should have been a third option for me: Neither Way.
I've always gone counter clockwise. It feels natural to me since the Pavilions seem to build in grandeur and attractions that way. Mexico is my favorite of all the pavilions. I think it's just really beautiful inside and out, and I've always been partial to exotic lands and themes, to for me it's saving the best for last. The inside market place is just stunning, I love dining at the San Angel Inn and a pack of wild dogs couldn't keep me away from partaking in a nice, strong frozen strawberry margarita at the end of a long hot day as I watch Illuminations.
I was there on Friday and Saturday and I go counter-clockwise. F&W just gets so crowded and the Canada pathways are wider and easier to walk through. The path from Mexico to China seems is narrower and gets so crazy crowded which tends to put me in a bad mood. I want to enjoy my visit. Also, getting the pork slider at Hawaii then maybe something at Greece and a fisherman's pie at Ireland is a great dinner. The rest of the time is devoted to strolling and snacking and drinking at a leisurely pace.
The above anonymous comment (I was there Friday and Saturday...) was mine, didn't notice I wasn't logged in. Oops!
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