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Good Morning From The Japan Pavilion at Epcot

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Today we’re kicking off a week on the Disney Parks Blog with this early morning photo, snapped at the koi pond at the Japan Pavilion at Epcot.

This little stop is a must-see for me and my 7-year-old son, who loves to look at these fish and marvels at their size. (And, have you noticed the not-so-Hidden Mickey in the koi pond area?).

Looks like they’re hungry and ready for a new day.


  • I was just at WDW a couple of weeks ago and the KOI were not in their pond. Can you tell me what is going on with them? Thanks Ed

  • I could probably spend hours at the koi pond in the Japan pavilion and watching the trains in the Germany pavilion. Not that I ever actually have spent that long…there’s just so much to do! But when you need a break on your 1¼-mile trek around the world, both are fantastic places to relax (right up there with Impressions de France and The American Adventure — I’d include the CircleVision movies in the World Showcase, especially China’s, but…you have to stand in those, as relaxing as the atmosphere is during the film, and I’d include The Spirit of Norway film if it was still there; I know most people skipped this one, but I really enjoyed relaxing and sitting through a couple shows of this after disembarking Maelstrom before heading back out into the Florida weather).

    Thanks for highlighting something that doesn’t make it into the park’s map as an attraction, but to me certainly qualifies! I grew up watching the koi at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim when I needed to take a break from the crowds in the park, many years (a few decades, to be honest) before I finally got to visit Epcot and see the koi there, and the fascination with them never left me.

  • Seeing the koi in their beautiful pond area is actually one our personal favorite things do at Epcot. My husband and I also have a koi pond, though very small, unlike the massive one the fishies enjoy at the Japanese Pavilion, and appreciate very much the enormous amount of expense and expertise that goes into a pond such as this.

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