Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fun In Germany! Epcot style.....

A visit to Germany in the World Showcase of Epcot is like a visit to Bavaria. Well, not really but it can still be a lot of fun. There are many shops here and the prices are in a more moderate range than those found in France or Italy. There is also a great toy store for the kids with many things to see or buy. The scene below is looking right at the main plaza area and the clock tower. In the far back is the entrance to the Biergarten Restaurant and to the right of that is the Sommerfest walk-up counter.This is one of the large gift shops. You can also get German Christmas ornaments here and they have a large variety of Hummel figurines as well. Need a beer stein? They have many to choose from.
We had made a dinner reservation at the Biergarten Restaurant for the 6 of us. We planned the time so that we could be seated before the show began. The restaurant is like a huge Octoberfest and you sit at long tables that hold 8 guests. You will most certainly have other people joining your table. The menu here is a large buffet of German cuisine. Sausages, roast chicken, pork loin, red cabbage, potato dumplings and many more great items. After we had all gone through the buffet, we sat down to eat and watch the show. The show features a band playing dance music, plus some entertainment with performers playing traditional German instruments like this giant horn below. We had a ring side table so the girls really got a great, unobstructed view.

When the band began playing, they invited people to come on stage and dance. Of course, we in our family are all too shy to do that.....except Zoey. Holy Smokers, the kid wanted to go out and dance with everybody else and nobody would take her. So good old Grandma went out there with her and we danced for about 15 minutes (if you could call it dancing). She had a great time and that is all that matters. Here is a photo of the 2 of us dancing. Double click on any photo for a closer view

Germany is like Italy in that it only has the restaurant and some gift shops. We really wish all the countries represented here had more to offer the guest to learn more about that country. Bruce and I had a second reservation for Germany later on, but we cancelled it. Too many buffets already!
Until next time.....see ya.

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