United Kingdom - Epcot

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The history of the United Kingdom is depicted through the architectural styles ranging from 1500 to 1800. In United Kingdom in Epcot you will find buildings representing Victorian, London, Yorkshire Manor, Tudor, Georgian, Hyde Park, Regency and even a Shakespearean cottage design. Look out for the hand-painted smoke stains on the chimneys.

You will see the Tea Caddy structure, which is representative of the 1500's architecture style; this is Anne Hathaway cottage near the perennial and herb garden.

The Cantalier Buildings, next to the Toy Soldier, represent the 1600s. If you look at the second story of the building, you will see how it comes out over the street level. This is because in the 1600s, taxes were based on ground floor space. To avoid this some people built structures with larger second floors that would not be taxed!

Mini Hyde Park - the 1700s buildings were more plaster and wood. In the 1800s the buildings became stone in the Georgian Style.

Changes in garden style compliment the changes in architecture throughout the United Kingdom. Landscaping styles include rural England, an open square park reminiscent of Hyde Park, and a maze fashioned after the Somerleyton Hall Maze built in 1984 in England. Children have great fun walking through the maze.

Try to walk through the beautiful Butterfly and Knot Herb garden. The butterfly garden also has a Chrysalis Box; and here 35 butterfly chrysalis are pinned for display each week.

If you go along the path down the side of the Rose & Crown Pub on the French side you will find a lovely little sitting area right by the lagoon. However this area is sometimes reserved in the evenings for private parties.

The Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Rooms combine a varied history of pub styles, blending elements from three basic pub designs: the street pub, the waterfront pub, and the country pub. The exterior design was modelled after the Elizabethan period of the late 16th century. The interior decor was patterned after Victorian architectural forms of the 1890s.

The Rose and Crown is open for lunch and dinner, inside or outside but it can be very busy and difficult to get seated at holiday periods. Here you can eat Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Prime Rib and Sherry trifle. However if you just want a drink you can choose from yards of Bass Ale, Guinness Stout, Harp Lager or Caffrey's Irish Ale.

You may also get Fish and Chips at an outside counter service and find somewhere convenient to sit and eat them or even eat them as you stroll along!

You will see the bright red phone booths identical to those found in the United Kingdom and at various times during the day the you may see a performance of the British Invasion who are Beatle imitators.

The United Kingdom is a great place to meet characters. You can sometimes find Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore as well as Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, and Alice in Wonderland.

Our girls love to visit the Tea Caddy, which sells chocolates and sweets sold only in the United Kingdom as well as going to the Toy Soldier where you will find British toys and games.

You will enjoy the shops in United Kingdom where I find the cast members are amongst the friendliest in Epcot.

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Page added on: 17 July 2007
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