Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Why I love Japan in the World Showcase part I

I have had a number of people tell me that they skip EPCOT because they think that their children will be bored.  Or tell me that they only do Future world because the World Showcase doesn't have much for kids to do.  Or tell me that they only go to Mexico and Norway because those are the only countries with rides.  So, I am here to tell you about some of the things that you are missing.

I have two girls - aged 14 and 10.  Their first trip to Disney they were 8 and 5.  And from the beginning - EPCOT has been their favorite park.  And the world showcase - their favorite part.  There is soooo much to do and see there.  And so much that your children will love.  But.  They are hidden treasures.  And I am going to tell you about one of them.

Japan is probably my girls' favorite country.  And one of their favorite things to do is to dress up in Kimonos (yes - even as a tween and a teen - they still enjoy doing this!).  At the back of the Mitsukoshi department store is a whole room of kimonos (for both men and women; boys and girls) and accessories such as obis (the part that goes around the waist), getas (the traditional shoes that look like wooden flip flops), ornaments for your hair and even parasols.

 (The girls in the beginning of the process - picking out the kimonos in the right size and color)

 (This is my daughter Madalyn and her friend Hannah on our trip last summer - aren't they beautiful?!)


 (This is my oldest, Katie - enjoying a moment of playing dress up.  I think she really liked the flowers in her hair!)

 (The back of Madalyn's kimono.  They didn't put the traditional Obi on her like they did in Katie's in the picture above, but used a pretty scarf)

 (This is Madalyn several years ago in full regalia - including her shoes!)

 (My girls a few years ago and the Japanese cast member who helped them to dress.  Please ignore my children's dirty feet :-) )

 (One of the hair ornament options in Katie's hair)

If you speak with one of the cast members there, they will help you to get fully decked out.  It's great fun.  So not boring.  And it's great experience for you and your children to embrace a bit of another culture.

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9 comments:

  1. Epcot is our favorite part too. My boys Love Test Track and I think the fireworks at Epcot are the best of the parks.

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  2. Great pictures! I love shopping in Epcot! Thanks for sharing and for linking up to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

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  3. I love Epcot! It's been years since I've been there - I really need to take Princess Nagger there while she's still young! :) Love all the shots - your girls are beautiful! :)


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  4. I didn't know you could do that! It looks so much fun, I'd love to try this! And they all look beautiful! :) x

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  5. I didn't know about this?! I'm with you on EPCOT ... I think it's amazing, and plenty of adventure and eye-opening experiences for kids, too.

    Great post!

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  6. Dress-up? I love it!! My 2 boys used to go bonkers over the Pokemon cards that they used to sell at the Japanese Pavilion...

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  7. I love World Showcase and luckily, my kids do too. We've been in the kimono room but never thought to try any on. Might have to do that next visit.

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