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I can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the pavillion. If there's a film I want to see that adds time. I always try to watch as many performers as I can. They add so much to WS.
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Each pavillion offers something different, from shows to shopping. I take no less than 30 minutes in each, more in the larger ones with more to do. I always find something new each time I visit. Your plan of two Epcot days sounds good!
I can spend a minimum 1 hr at each "country" looking in all the nooks and crannies. There are alot of hidden Mickey's to be found. My ex-DH & I used to eat our way around the world splitting things at each pavillon so that we could try different things -- gave us a good idea which TS rest we wanted to try..if we liked the CS then the TS was a go!
We spent three days at EPCOT! There is nothing like that in California so we loved it as it was all new!! We spent a lot of time in Norway and Mexico. At least two days is good. Our favorite movie there was Oh Canada!!! Loved it.
Check Steve Soares site for the times of all the performers and plan them out before you go. You can't just hit the first pavilion and expect to see each pavilion's performers one by one as you visit. You'll have to backtrack sometimes to catch them.
I LOVE the Chinese Acrobats, Japanese Drummer, Miyuki (Japanese candymaker), Off Kilter, World Showcase Players (they do 2 pavilions - different shows). Oh, my there's just so much to see in WS!
Aaaaaaaannnnndddddd... you can spend a lot of time in Innoventions down in Future World! (Let's see, 2 days... 3 days... hmmm)
We don't really pay attention to the amount of time spent in each pavillion, but the suggestions of the others, i.e. at least 30 minutes for each, with some taking longer, seems right. We do tend to spend more time in Mexico and Italy, but it will vary with your interests. The great thing about World Showcase is that there always seems to be some part or detail that we didn't notice the last time - it keeps the whole experience feeling new.
I could spend a whole day (or more) walking around, going in the shops, watching the performers, but it seems I never do. We're usually with other people (and now have a 2yr. old) so we've been doing the speedthrough lately, which gets me bummed. Sometimes it's fun and helps to explore if you decide to "do something" around the world. A lot of people have either a beer or glass of wine from every country. Last time I did chocolate bars (or candy) from the different countries. THere are also christmas ornaments. Once my husband collected a shotglass from each country. It's a fun way to explore them.
If you're talking simply walking around the pavilions to 'soak' it up, so to speak, I would plan no less than 30 minutes for each! As others have mentioned, take into consideration any shows/performers, shopping, eating and it will take longer.
Don't forget about the Kidcot stations - they're fun for adults too (and I know for me, with the kids, it has gotten me to wander around the pavilions even more!)
For my trip just me and my mom, we spent about 8 hours in WS, did all the movies, rides, shops, everything. We did not however wait around for shows/entertainment to start. If soemthing was going on, we stopped to watch. If we waited around for it to start in every country, I'm sure that would have added a good 4-6 hours to our time in WS.
Now when DH and I went with our 4 y/o DD....we basically did a walk through during Flower and Garden Festival to see the topiaries. It was our last day (a short trip too.....only 3 full days and then this half day that we spent at Epcot) I think we were only in there about an hour and a half to two hours.
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