Back in 2009, Walt Disney World held a competition for the rights to become Walt Disney World’s sister city. As expected, there were a lot of entries and field was narrowed down to 25 finalists. From those 25 finalists, the winning city was:
Swindon in England. Swindon is known for two things. It’s soccer team: Swindon Town FC and The Magic Roundabout (seen above).
The Magic Roundabout is at the intersection of five roads and has a central hub and five smaller roundabouts leading to the five roads. Very similar to the Magic Kingdom.
Not sure if The Magic Roundabout was the factor that put Swindon over the top and become the winner but the similarities between The Magic Roundabout and the Hub design of the Magic Kingdom are very similar.
Yesterday, it was reported by The Epcot Explorer’s Encyclopedia Facebook page about changes coming to the Norway Pavilion:
The international program Cast Members at the Norway Pavilion have been informed that attractions and merchandise positions at the pavilion will not exist beyond the end of September. CM’s with contracts in October and beyond are being offered transfers and training in Food/Beverage. Recruitment for Fall/Winter attractions/merchandise has been canceled.
Just word of this rumored change caused a spike in the wait time for Malestrom to 60 to 80 minutes as people assume the rumored changes going to convert the Norway Pavilion into the Kingdom of Arendelle with Anna and Elsa taking over the area.