United Kingdom

by josh on April 15, 2010

Pavilion Setting: The United Kingdom Pavilion is one of the more architecturally diverse World Showcase Pavilions.  There are a variety of styles represented in the Hampton Court Palace, Anne Hathaway’s (William Shakespeare’s wife) thatched roof cottage, two castles, and a miniature version of Hyde Park.  You’ll see replicas of the red phone booths England is so famous for as well as a variety of beautiful garden areas.  There is a lot to see while strolling along the cobble-stoned walkways.  The more cynical amongst us will probably point out that there is very little to represent anything other than England.

Attraction Info: There is no main attraction at the UK Pavilion, but there are two shows worth seeing.  The first is “The British Revolution,” which is a cover band that plays popular songs by mostly English bands.  Expect to hear Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Beatles, and similar bands.  They’re a lot of fun to watch and play 20 minute shows throughout the day.  The second features the World Showcase Players in a variety of skits and gags.  They encourage audience participation so make sure you get up front and make your presence known.  The show lasts about 20 minutes and occurs throughout the day.  Finally, The Hat Lady serenades guests inside the Rose & Crown Pub in the evening, usually with four sets that begin between 5:20pm and 8:20pm.  Check your Times Guide for show times.

Dining Options: The United Kingdom has two excellent dining choices – the Rose and Crown Dining Room Restaurant and Yorkshire County Fish Shop quick service.  Joffrey’s coffee also sells tea, coffee, snacks, and pastries across from the Pub.

Drink Around the World: The Rose and Crown has a pub where you can order a wide variety of drinks without a reservation.  It’s an excellent location to relax with other adults and enjoy an alcoholic beverage, but it is small and does get crowded.  I would recommend the Welsh Dragon, made with Peach schnapps, melon liqueur, crème de menthe, orange juice, and pineapple juice.  Of course, any of the scotches would also do.  Yorkshire Fish Shop serves pints of Bass Ale and Harp Lager for $7.50 and there is an additional kiosk next to the check-in area for Rose & Crown that also serves Guinness and other beer.

Character Sightings: Look for the Winnie the Pooh and Tigger inside the Toy Soldier store. Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins make appearances out on the promenade in between the United Kingdom Pavilion and the bridge over to the France Pavilion.

Shopping Opportunities: Shopping is the main activity in the United Kingdom Pavilion and there are a variety of stores to check out.  You’ll find clothing, football (soccer) jerseys, toys, books, tea sets, food items, perfume, jewelry, band memorabilia, t-shirts, and much, much more.

Overall Ratings:

Setting: 7/10

Attractions: 5/10

Dining: 8/10

Drinking: 9/10

Shopping: 6/10

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mike April 8, 2013 at 6:25 am

Do you grade these on a curve maelstrom you can actually smell the mold on the ride and you give the norway attraction a 7. Cmon josh your beetter than that. You can ride it over and over during emh because it sucks and no one that not a first tiimer wants to ride it


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