Epcot remains our favorite Disney park in Florida. It certainly isn't as spectacular or fresh as it was in the early years, but it is still quite the crowd pleaser. The simple charms of World Showcase may begin with Mexico on one side and Canada on the other. The Eiffel Tower may beckon from across the lagoon with its extremely seductive personality, beautiful buildings, and tempting treats.
However, one of the most beautiful and serene pavillions continues to be China. The 360 degree film continues to impress me, making me long for a trip to the Great Wall and other delights. The architecture is a once stunning and subtle. The people quiet and gentle, the gardens intriguing (and unfortunately, the food very average). With each visit to the park, I increasingly appreciate and understand what the Imagineers have accomplished. It is the essence of China that is captured here- in a quiet corner of the World far removed from the Disney crowds- and from the oppressive politics of a real country still discovering how best to serve its citizens.
(Artwork copyright The Walt Disney Company.)