What is Reflections of China at Disney’s Epcot?

Reflections of China is a short educational film that explores the history, geography and culture of China.

The Circle-Vision 360° film was shot using special camera equipment that captures a 360-degree view. The movie presentation is then projected onto screens that are mounted on the walls of a circular theater.

Specifically, the theater is a large open room. And there are rows of handrails in the center of the space. Viewers stand in the theater and can watch the film from any direction.

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Inside the Reflections of China attraction, you’ll find a theater featuring a 360-degree screen (photo by Kirby Russell/HeyOrlando.com)

Circle-Vision’s 360° cinematography

The 360-degree cinematography creates an immersive experience. Thus, it gives viewers the feeling of being transported across the globe. In truth, it is an impressive and unique film experience that highlights the natural beauty of China.

The film is narrated by the ghost of Li Bai. Li Bai was an ancient Chinese poet from the early fifteenth century. It is Li Bai who takes you on a far-reaching tour of his beloved homeland.

The trip begins atop the legendary Great Wall of China.

The tour highlights stunning geography, soaring architecture and ancient historical sites. It also highlights the diverse culture of the world’s most populous country.

Next, the tour takes you down the mighty Yangtze River. Likewise, you will explore Shanghai’s historic Nanjing Road and the nearby Haungpu River.

You’ll also travel to iconic cities like Suzhou, Hong Kong and the forbidden city of Beijing.

Tai Chi, an exhibition of one of China’s martial arts is on display as well.

Finally, you’ll enjoy a tour of the Chinese countryside, visiting the Shilin Stone Forest, the Gobi Desert and Inner Mongolia.

The 360-degree view gives you the feeling of being surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Huangshan Mountain Range. When Li Bai takes you to a busy market in a huge city, you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

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Reflections of China lasts about 12 minutes and is wheelchair accessible (photo by Kirby Russell/HeyOrlando.com)

How long is the Reflections of China show at EPCOT?

The Reflections of China film is 12 minutes long. Shows are played continuously throughout the day.

There are a few minutes in between to allow visitors to enter and exit the theater. But no matter when you arrive, the next show should begin within 15 minutes.

This attraction first opened with EPCOT back in 1982. At the time, Circle-Vision’s filming and projection technology was brand new.

At first, the original film was called Wonders of China. It took viewers on a tour of China’s most famous landmarks and historical sites. However, that film was replaced in 2003 with the current film, which was directed by Jeff Blythe. 

Walt Disney World also offers several services that increase the accessibility of this attraction for guests with special needs. Including, for example, audio description, handheld captioning, assistive listening and language translation devices.

Guests utilizing a Wheelchair or ECV will not need to transfer when experiencing Reflections of China.

Check with guest services or any cast member for assistance in taking advantage of these services.

There are also no height requirements for Reflections of China.

Reflections of China is not a popular attraction. Therefore, it’s typically not crowded. But it is a great place to cool off inside when you need a break from the heat during the hottest months of the year.

There’s another Circle-Vision film in the Canada pavilion called Canada Far and Wide.

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Reflections of China is, as the name suggests, located in the China pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

Where is Reflections of China in EPCOT?

Reflections of China is in the China pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase.

The eleven pavilions in the World Showcase are arranged in apparently random order. Or at least an order that is not related to geography. You’ll find the China pavilion between the Norway pavilion and the Germany pavilion.

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What else is there to do in the China Pavilion? 

Mulan makes appearances throughout the afternoon in the gardens of the China pavilion.

Also, in the House of Whispering Willows, you’ll find an exhibit showcasing Disney’s newest theme park: Shanghai Disneyland.

Follow the alleyway to the back of the China pavilion to discover the House of Good Fortune. In this labyrinthine gift shop, you’ll find authentic Chinese apparel, jewelry, housewares and other souvenirs. 

Finally, near the exit of Reflections of China, you’ll find a Kidcot Fun Stop.

There are Kidcot Fun Stops in each of the World Showcase pavilions. At each location, young kids and their families are invited to participate in a craft or activity facilitated by a cast member who is from that pavilion’s country.

In fact, kids can collect a memento from each Fun Stop. Taking a few minutes to visit a Fun Stop can give kids and families some amazing cultural experiences. My kids also love to ask the cast members to teach them a word or phrase in their language.

Touring the Kidcot Fun Stops might be my favorite thing to do at EPCOT with my family. In particular, it gives mom and dad a chance to drink around the world responsibly while feeling good about what your kids are learning.

Again, don’t forget to download the Play Disney Parks app for an interactive guide map and Puzzle Hunt.

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The nearby Lotus Blossom Cafe is a quick-service restaurant that serves popular Chinese inspired favorites like spring rolls, potstickers and plum wine (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

Are there any dining options in the China Pavilion?

EPCOT’s China Pavilion has several dining options for guests craving Chinese food.

Lotus Blossom Café is a quick-service restaurant. The menu includes egg rolls, potstickers, orange chicken, fried rice, and Mongolian beef. Wash it down with a Tsing Tao beer or some plum wine. For dessert, try ice cream with exotic flavors like caramel-ginger or lychee.

Nine Dragons Restaurant is a table service dining option with a more extensive menu. Dining reservations are required at Nine Dragons.

Joy of Tea is a kiosk beside the World Showcase lagoon. There you can get a variety of hot or iced teas, including the popular Bubble Milk Tea.

They also offer a couple of Chinese beers and several specialty cocktails. If you’re hungry, you can grab a couple of pork egg rolls, too.

During festivals, there is typically an Outdoor Kitchen kiosk near Joy of Tea. Outdoor Kitchens usually serve two or three snacks and a variety of beverages. These may include non-alcoholic specialty beverages, cocktails, beer, cider and wine.

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