I recently enjoyed Epcot and the Boardwalk area with my daughter, one of our most enjoyable outings since becoming locals. We only experienced two actual attractions within Epcot, Journey Into Imagination (my daughter loves Figment) and Spaceship Earth. Despite the lack of headliners and fastpasses or any set-in-stone plans, we had a ridiculously good time. I plan to post several articles born out of the fun we had that day, and this is the first of that series.
Today, I’d like to shine a spotlight on the World Showcase Players, a group appearing in the UK Pavilion. Their appearance times are listed on the back of any current Times Guide for Epcot, and I have seen them set up in a couple of different locations within the pavilion, though each place I’ve seen them has been near enough to the main walkway that it shouldn’t be too difficult to find them. They do tend to make a bit of a racket while setting up, and aren’t shy about asking people to gather ’round to hear their tale, so that should also help you find them.
I’m not sure if they do different presentations or change their act from time to time, but the last time we stopped to see the show, they told a tale of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, pulling three people from the audience gathered around them to help in telling the story. We were very lucky to have three very funny, very “game” people who were chosen to be in the act, but the World Showcase Players, despite giving out many of the main parts to parkgoers, still manage to steal the show.
I won’t spoil the most fun parts of the show, but if you stop by, be prepared to participate a little even if you are not chosen to join them as one of the story’s characters. There are several cues throughout the show for which you will be given audience reactions, such as yelling “Rubbish!” at the top of your lungs. There will be action, there will be bad puns, there will be lots of fun interactions with the players. The show lasts…well, I don’t know…ten minutes perhaps? (I was having such a good time watching that I’m not at all sure how much time passed.) Ten minutes won’t make you all that late, whatever else you’re headed to, and certainly you have a handful of minutes to spare over your entire day at Epcot to sample some of this show. Give it a try the next time you’re in the World Showcase.