A Trip Around The World: United Kingdom

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Greetings from the United Kingdom! Can you believe we’ve already toured Mexico, Norway, ChinaGermanyItaly, America, Japan, Morocco, and France? We’ve almost seen the entire World Showcase, with only two stops left on our world tour. If you recall when we left off in France we were crossing a long bridge. At the end of this bridge you have two choices. You can head towards your right into the United Kingdom, which will look like the below photo.

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If you turn left, you’ll head towards the International Gateway, which exits the park towards the Beach Club, Yacht Club, Swan, Dolphin, and BoardWalk resorts. This makes it an easy walk to Beaches & Cream, which is one of the most fun restaurants on all of Disney property. (Seriously – if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click that link. You don’t want to miss this place! Okay – now back to our regularly scheduled world tour.)

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If you resisted the siren’s call of Beaches & Cream and headed towards the United Kingdom, the first thing you’d come across is a beautiful garden on your left. You can often find Alice in Wonderland greeting in this area. The arch below and the lush garden inside always make me think of The Secret Garden, though there’s nothing stating that the two are related.

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Just past this arch is an official Nikon Photo spot! I hadn’t noticed these were cropping up in the parks. I’m glad that the old photo spots won’t be going away and that they’ll get new branding. (Hopefully it will mean new photos on the signs, too, as this one was really faded!) You can see another view into the garden from here. There are lovely, winding paths tucked behind the building. It’s a tranquil spot to explore, especially before the shops open.

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Here’s what you’ll see once you’ve wondered back into the garden. Every season of the year it’s lush and beautiful. The view below is just behind the Tea Shop that I’ll show you in a bit. I can’t imagine how much work goes into maintaining these plants.

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I would say this area is quiet, but The British Revolution takes the stage several times a day, filling the area with lively music. You can often see couples dancing in front of this stage to the music while children run through the hedge maze. This was also the location of a pretty awesome New Year’s Eve party, which you can check out here.

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Heading back out to the main walkway by World Showcase Lagoon, the next thing you’ll come to is this amazing view of several different architecture styles of the United Kingdom. Down this road are the five shops found in the pavilion and another entrance to the bandstand.

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Let’s start walking on the left side of the road. The first shop you’ll see is the Twinings Tea Shop. The building, itself, is a thatched roof cottage inspired by one owned by William Shakespeare’s wife.

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Here’s a look inside the shop. Not surprisingly, you can find just about any flavor of tea. It also carries tons of tea accessories, including some pretty and high end teacups.

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Attached to the tea shop and carrying similar merchandise is The Queen’s Table. To be honest, from inside I couldn’t really tell where one shop ended and another began. Again, there is tea for sale but also some cookies and other British fare.

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One highlight is the awesome British chocolate available for purchase! Judging from the sign, I would also bet that you can use dining credit for these bad boys. I know when I was on the dining plan I had gobs of credits left over at the end – there was just more food than we could eat! I wish I would have known I could have cashed those in for candy. ;)

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Just next door is Lords and Ladies, which – as the sign claims – carries fancy goods. Notice the differences between the signs. The United Kingdom is a land with clearly marked shops and very different signage. I would also like to mention that the items in these shops seem to get shuffled around quite a bit. Your mileage may vary on where you find items or if they even still carry them!

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Here’s a look at several proud British flags on display in the shop. On the left you can see just a little into the next tiny area that carries sterling jewelry. I didn’t include close ups because I wasn’t very impressed with the selection. It was largely generic and overpriced.

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Here is the last little section of this side of the street before heading back towards the bandstand. This looks lovely, but I was surprised to see clothes and accessories on display. Does anyone else remember when this was a perfume shop? I picked up the nicest lavender perfume here. This isn’t a section of the park I frequent, so I have no idea when it changed. Anyone out there know when they made the switch?

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Now let’s head back out to the World Showcase Lagoon and start down the other side of the street looking at shops. The first one you will see is the Sportsman’s Shoppe. This is a great shot to point out how they just shove different styles together in this land and it somehow works. This building looks nothing like the two attached to it, but somehow they all look like they belong together.

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Just inside the doors on the right you’ll see what the shop is named after, tons of sports gear and jerseys. Also tucked away under the archway is a part of Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. (Has everyone played this before? Anyone interested in seeing a blog on it?)

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The other side of this shop is literally stacked to the ceiling with Dr. Who merchandise. Ironically, this was the one section in all of the shops that I just couldn’t catch without getting people into the frame! I stood there for quite awhile, and people just kept coming. Obviously there were more sci-fi fans than soccer fans! (Or should I say football?)

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Next up is the Crown & Crest store. There are several signs up around this store, but the below on is my favorite. Take a look at the detail on the building in the bottom right of the photo!

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Take a look at this! While the shop mostly just carries Guinness swag, the building, itself, is impressive! The detail and woodwork are just beautiful! This would a great spot to stop for family photos. I bet most people wouldn’t believe something like this exists at Disney World.

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Next door be sure to look up and take in all the decor added on the ceiling.

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A little closer to the ground you can find crests on all sorts of merchandise. There is also s station to get your own family crest put on a plaque. Very cool and unique souvenirs in here.

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Lastly, The Toy Soldier is tucked at the back of the street.

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Since this is the shop set the furthest back, it carries all the merchandise to go along with the The British Revolution.

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Other than that, this store is mostly generic toys you’d find anywhere else in the parks. In this case, there is Winnie the Pooh merchandise because he has a meet and greet nearby. I love getting photos of the plush toys first thing in the morning when they are still neatly arranged. At the end of the day, the shelves have been ravaged. It makes me think of all the work Cast Members do each and every night to put the shelves back in order.

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Since that was our last shop, we’ll head out to the World Showcase Lagoon again. On the water side is the very popular Rose & Crown Pub. Out front you can see the World Showcase Players putting on a show. Gosh, these guys are funny! If you haven’t stopped by to watch this act, then you’re due for a show. It’s always a good time.

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Here is one of the many signs marking the restaurant. The Latin on the sign translates to “Leisure with Dignity.” That seems like a fitting description of this restaurant, which has excellent food, even better drinks, and a laid back atmosphere.

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Here is a look inside the dining room. While the decor is fun, the chairs here are some of the least comfortable in the World Showcase. Does anyone else remember the trifle they used to have here? I’m wondering if it was as epic as I remember, or if I was just a kid. Boy, it seems like it was as big as my head (but somehow we always managed to eat it…).

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Here’s a look at the bar up front. I also snuck the barmaid into frame. Isn’t that a great outfit? I would love to wear that to work! Also worth noting is that there’s an outdoor bar out front that isn’t pictured here. When the restaurant gets busy in the evenings, it can be a lot faster to grab a drink out front and maybe mosey over to Canada for some Off Kilter.

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Next to the Rose & Crown you’ll find Yorkshire County Fish Shop. The menu is limited to just fish, chips, and ale. This isn’t a bad thing, though. The little but they do, they do well! This is an easy place to stop for a quick bite.

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Just beside the restaurant is one of the best views of IllumiNations in the entire park! If you can catch this spot on a night when it isn’t rented out, then take advantage and enjoy.

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Finally, this regal looking building is modeled after the Hampton Court Palace. I wish I had something more impressive to report, but you’re looking at the entrance to a bathroom. It still looks pretty good to me! During the Flower & Garden Festival last year, the garden in front featured Captain Hook and Tick-Tock the Crocodile, while Peter Pan was perched high atop the building. I hope they appear again this year!

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Lastly, one of the most photographed features of the entire World Showcase. You didn’t think I’d forget the phone booths, did you? Even at 10am I had to wait to get a shot of this spot without people in it!

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And with that we’ve completed our tour of the United Kingdom. There’s only one stop left! I hope you’ll join me next time for our grand finale. a tour of Canada. As always, thanks for reading and commenting!

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Posted on February 28, 2014

19 Responses to “A Trip Around The World: United Kingdom”

  • Great article Daisy, thanks! BTW the Fish Shop is pretty true to the traditional Yorkshire style – they really do just sell fish and chips although they would give you it with bread and butter and a cup of tea rather than beer.

    • by Daisy Lauren on March 2, 2014, at 6:15 pm EST

      Hey Karen! I wish they had tea somewhere in the UK. It seems like they should have an authentic cup of tea available somewhere! Thanks for the comment. :)

  • Great Article! Every trip we hit the Rose and Crown for Welsh Dragons and chips, which I recommend to everyone. A Must!

  • Hi Mike. I don’t recall Welsh Dragons at the Rose and Crown. Of course I had been drinking around the world by the time we arrived, so I may have noticed them and forgot to take notice. Could you take a minute to remind me about them? Thank you.

    • by Daisy Lauren on March 2, 2014, at 6:17 pm EST

      Haha – Robin, sounds like you had a great time around the world! ;) I’ve loved your comments on all the articles. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate you!

  • Thanks for the great article, Daisy! I have really enjoyed reading all of your Trip Around the World posts!! I would definitely be interested in reading a blog post about Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. We have never done it before and out family will be in WDW this June. My kids are 10, 8 and 5 so I think it would be a fun family activity at Epcot for us, but I don’t know much more than what I’ve read in the Unofficial Guide. I’d love it if you wrote a blog post about it!

    • by Daisy Lauren on March 2, 2014, at 6:19 pm EST

      Thanks, Erin! I really appreciate you reading and commenting. I put Agent P on the schedule. I know it’s “old news” but it’s so fun and not everyone gets a chance to play. I’ll put together a really fun post for you. :)

  • In answer to some of your questions:
    Yes, I seem to remember some nice Lavender perfume in the Lords & Ladies shop in October 2012 however, it appears from your recent picture that it’s now completely changed to clothes. When I was there before, the store was a mix with clothes and perfume.
    Yes, a blog about Agent P would be nice.
    Yes, Football it is for the UK but Soccer for us. By any chance did the store have “Sherlock” merchandise?
    Love this blog series…thanks!

    • by Daisy Lauren on March 2, 2014, at 6:21 pm EST

      Hey Robin! I’m glad you remember the perfume too.. I thought maybe I was nuts. I don’t remember any Sherlock merchandise but I’ll be over there this week working on Agent P so I’ll be sure to check for you. So glad you’re enjoying the series! Thank you for reading.

  • I enjoy the stops around the world! My wife was picked to be in the World Showcase Players comedy act when we were there last year. Those guys are a lot of fun! Very Monty Python-ish.

    • by Daisy Lauren on March 2, 2014, at 6:22 pm EST

      CJ- that is exactly how I should have described the World Showcase Player!! I couldn’t put my finger on it before but you described it perfectly. Thank you!

  • by Daffystardust on March 1, 2014, at 1:24 pm EST

    It is so easy to rush from pavilion to pavilion when you’re in Epcot. I’ve never had more than 2 days to spend in the park on any one visit. But I wonder if a person had an extended WDW vacation w several days at Epcot, how long could they spend in each pavilion without getting itchy feet. Obviously lunch or supper would take up some real time and each pavilion has its own entertainments. I’m tempted to say that adults committed to the relaxing enterprise could easily fill 5 days this way, hitting future world on the way in and on the way out each day.
    I must say I’ve always found the photo spot signs to be a little annoying. They stand up in the middle of good spots for photos and I’d rather be able to take photos from lots of locations without ever seeing them. A less prominent marker combined with the notation on the park map seems like it would work to me.

    • by Daisy Lauren on March 2, 2014, at 6:26 pm EST

      Oh, Daffy – I could spend ages around the World Showcase. Especially with Food and Wine Festival I think you could fill even more days. The best part is talking to the different CMs from all over the world. I’m sure some people would get bored but I bet you’d have fun! ;) Glad you’re still with me on the world tour!

  • I am surprised that you did not find a lot of Downtown Abbey merchandise. That is so popular right now.
    I would love to see a blog about Agent P as we’ve never done one or Kim Possible and are thinking of trying this next trip.

    • by Daisy Lauren on March 2, 2014, at 6:26 pm EST

      Hey Michelle – you know maybe it is there and I just didn’t notice? I’ll have a look for it this week while I’m hunting Sherlock merchandise and working on that Agent P blog. Stay tuned! :)

  • I loved seeing the tartan accessories instead of perfumes! Here in Scotland, brand names like Harris Tweed and Ness are very popular and have brought tartan bang up to date, with modern, bright colour combinations. I’d much prefer my home country to be presented this way than the idea that we eat haggis and drink whiskey all day, while playing the bagpipes!

  • Hi Daisy – wonderfull blog post as always. Being English I am always a little disappointed with this pavillion, I think Disney have done such a great job with all the other countries and trying to be true to each. But I do think the UK pavillion is a little bland. What would have made it better I think is if Disney had done a small section on each of the countries in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) instead of melding them together.

  • Hello, I worked at the UK pavilion as a Cultural Representative 1991-92. I worked at the Rose & Crown and remember the sherry trifles you mentioned very well. They were huge and very popular and disappointed they were discontinued when we returned a few years ago. I remember the fridge that held them in the kitchen was a huge glass fronted sliding door refrigerator. At the end of the night the inside had to be cleaned, and the only way to get all glass gleaming was to stand inside the fridge itself, close the glass for and wipe it down! Thank you for the photos, many happy memories for me and still have some great friends.