A showcase of Germany featuring a clock shop, biergarten, German toys, a Christmas shop, German confections, and the architecture is southern Germany Bavarian...

Germany World Showcase at Disney's EPCOT

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A charter member of World Showcase, the German pavilion is situated far enough from the French pavilion to keep them from being nervous.  So, welcome to Germany - land of clocks and beer!  To be painfully accurate, the German pavilion is better described as Bavarian; the focus is strongly on the decor of southern Germany and the overall effect is very oompah-liederhosen.
   Unfortunately, the German pavilion is also one of World Showcase's pavilions without attractions.  Whether this is because of some obscure clause in the Marshall Plan or because of cheap Disney executives,  it leaves aspiring Germans with little to do but shop and eat.  While the pavilion at least has more going for it than its neighbor, the Italy pavilion, it's still very disappointing that the intended Rhine River Cruise ride was never built.  The ride building still exists, with its entrance to the right of the Biergarten's, but it is used only for 'backstage' purposes.
   "Do not chase me! I am full of chocolate!" Now you too can stuff your face like a chubby kid named Günter in this buffet-style German restaurant.  In fact, you might say it's the BEST WURST you'll ever have! HAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh, I slay myself.  Anyway, you can gorge yourself on various sausages, cabbage, and potatoes in this pseudo-outdoor Biergarten.  There's usually entertainment of some sort, whether it be alpenhorns (you know, those RICOLA! guys) or Oompah bands.  And there's beer.  Lotsa beer.  At the later seatings it's almost guaranteed that people will wind up swinging steins back and forth to some old German drinking song.  The tables are large, so needless to say this restaurant is best experienced when you're part of a big group.
   This establishment is an outdoor cafe situated in the rear of the German pavilion.  Seating is available at outdoor tables for diners.  The fare is German food served in fast food form;  Becks beer and various Rhine wines are also available.
Das Kaufhaus
   This store, to the far right as you enter the pavilion, stocks steins and other German glassware.  Basically anything to do with beer.  Film and other items are available as well.
   Attached to the Kaufhaus is this small store, which features various German crafts. Chief among those featured here are cuckoo clocks.  Lots of cuckoo clocks.  Big ones.  Little ones.  Lots and lots of flippin' cuckoo clocks.  Arrive on the hour so you can be treated to a gigantic eruption of cuckoo madness.
Der Teddybar
   Sandwiched between Volksunst and the Biergarten, Der Teddybar features various types of German toys.  Dolls, Steiff stuffed animals, and various Lego-derivatives comprise the selection.
Kunstarbeit in Kristall
   To the left of the Biergarten, this store stocks crystal and various high-end glasswares as well as jewelry, wine and liquor glasses, steins, and other trinkets.
   An unsuspecting and modest building, the Sussigkeiten draws you in with little promise of the trap inside. German confections, chocolate, butter cookies, almond biscuits, chocolate covered pretzels... it's like sweet sweet crack.  Beware the Sussigkeiten!  Beware!
   If you escape the lurid temptation of the sweet shop, you serve only to find yourself in a parlour of alcoholic indulgence.  The Weinkeller, styled as an actual wine cellar, features bottles of various German wines.  The predominant brand is Schmitt-Söhne, and there are about 250 varieties available.  The wines range from everyday vintages to high-end bottles, and tastings are available daily.

Die Weihnachts Ecke
   After the candy and booze, what else is there left to do but celebrate Christmas?  The Weinachts Ecke (Christmas Corner) serves up Christmas 365 days a year.  The shop stocks various holiday ornaments and decorations of German manufacture, as well as the mandatory Nutcrackers.
Glas und Porzellan
   This shop, on the far left end of the German pavilion, features various glass and porcelain (how did you guess?) items from the Goebel firm.  Most famous of these are the highly collectable (don't ask me why) porcelain Hummel figures.  There are many of these here, as well as other examples of the art.  Often an artist from Goebel is present to demonstrate the art and techniques that go into creating their figures.
Biergarten, an indoor German "courtyard" featuring a German Oktoberfest buffet. At lunch and dinner time, yodelers, dancers and other lederhosen-clad musicians perform an Oktoberfest dinner show.
Several specialty shops featuring steins, cuckoo clocks, toys, wine, Christmas ornaments and German confections.


Inspired by the buildings of Bavaria and the Rhine region of Germany. Other details come from communities of the German north. Statue in the center of the plaza is of St. George, the patron saint of soldiers. A glockenspiel chimes to a melody specially composed for Epcot.
Geraniums are the general feature here. You’ll find them by the hundreds throughout the pavilion, including over-stuffed flower boxes.
Atmosphere entertainment ranges from strolling accordionists to a German trio band.

Cast Members:

Pavilion staffed by cast members from throughout Germany.
    Lining the front of the Germany pavilion is a row of sycamore trees, carefully pruned during the winter months. This style of pruning or “pollarding” originates in Europe and is used to control the size of the trees in urban areas. Closer to the water are flower beds filled with several varieties of Old World roses. Over the past 120 years, the evolution of the rose has concentrated on the importance of the flowers’ looks, rather than the strength of the scent. But Old World roses, like the ones found in the Germany pavilion, maintain a beautiful fragrance, are prolific bloomers and have a stronger resistance to insects.
In order to fill this pavilion with color, many container flowers and hanging baskets enhance and decorate shop areas. Ivy-geraniums, a flowering plant often used in window boxes in Germany, do not thrive in Florida heat. To create a similar look, Epcot gardeners combine two plants: English ivy and common geraniums. Few Epcot guests notice the difference.
Chef Christine Weissman recently unveiled an up-to-date buffet concept with "modern German" cuisine. It's a home-cooked dining experience, with guests served from skillets and crock pots surrounded by a lively Octoberfest celebration. Chef Weissman offers seasonal vegetables such as snow peas and green beans "to change the perception that Germany is only about sauerkraut." Fresh salmon and trout in light, flavorful sauces often are on the menu.

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