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World Showcase is just that -- a showcase, and, as such, its country pavilions attempt only
to give visitors a feel for the countries represented, not a complete history lesson or
socio-political rundown. The architecture, shops, and foods are to be considered representative
of the country's spirit, if not a literal translation of its everyday lifestyle. The
approach is impressionistic, idealistic, and very compressed, just as the theming in, say,
Frontierland merely suggests highlights of westward expansion and is not to be
considered a faithful reproduction of any single time or exact location.
The details, on the other hand, are generally reproduced as faithfully as possible. The
architecture is often based on actual buildings, while the landscaping uses (where possible
in the Florida climate) native or look alike plants. Whenever possible, the Cast Members
and entertainers themselves here have been recruited from the countries on display and
are themselves a great source of information about the nations they represent.
One of the great features of World Showcase is the live street entertainment. You turn a corner and there's Chinese acrobats or a Moroccan belly dancer entertaining the crowds. Check the show schedule for the many musical groups of various styles scheduled throughout the day.
Disney's characters also sometimes make appearances in their country of origin: Pooh in The United Kingdom, Mulan in China, Snow White in Germany, Belle and the Beast in France, etc..
Traveling clockwise around World Showcase we encounter (click on name for more):
The American Adventure