It was announced, last week, that EPCOT will be getting a facelift. It is rumored that the majority of this facelift will be occurring in Future World and hopefully turning the Experimental Prototype Community of the Past (EPCOP) back into the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) I talked about this topic some time ago when attempting to fleshing out Walt Disney World’s long-range plan leading up to the 50th anniversary in 2021 (less than five years away). Today, I’ll attempt to figure out what is safe, what will get “a new coat of paint”, and what is “on the chopping block.”
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking you on a virtual tour of Epcot’s World Showcase.
Our neighbors to the north, Canada, have one of the most visual pleasing (at least in my opinion) pavilions in the World Showcase. It is full of great architecture and a stunning garden.
With no meet and greets, or quick service restaurant and only just the O Canada! film to capture people’s attention, most people consider Canada to be just a “pass through” pavilion. But it’s not. There is so much to see, do, and photograph in this pavilion.
First, O Canada! film was updated in 2007. This is a recent upgrade by EPCOT World Showcase standards when you go to France and see the same Impressions de France that debuted when EPCOT opened in 1982. Martin Short narrates the journey through Canada and Canadian culture and even includes a Winter Olympic sport which I participate in on the recreational level….curling.
Canada did have one of the top music acts in the World Showcase, Off Kilter. But their contract was not renewed and Disney has had a hard time finding something to replace them. Originally, a Canadian Lumberjack show replaced the musical act but faced a lot of resistance from guests who did not approve of the change.
Then another musical act, Canada Holiday Voyagers, came in for the 2015 Christmas season but their run just came to an end so Canada is left without any entertainment.
So let’s leave the negative behind and focus on the positive of this pavilion. The Victoria Gardens are a mini year-round Flower and Garden Festival as they provide a majestic sight as guests walk down to Le Cellier for lunch or dinner.
Guests at Le Cellier are treated to one of the best meals, in my opinion, in one of the World Showcase’s most intimate settings. The restaurant has one of the smallest dining capacities at Walt Disney World making reservations hard to get. A few years ago, Disney increased the number of Disney Dining Plan table credits that Le Cellier costs from one to two. This has alleviated some of the pressure on getting a reservation but not a lot.
The building which houses Le Cellier, Hotel du Canada, is modeled after the iconic Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa, Ontario and the Victoria Gardens, in front of Le Cellier,
This is a pavilion that is definitely worth walking around and exploring. There are plenty of things to see and photo opportunities to get. There are three 30-foot high totem poles in the pavilion which make wonderful photo opportunities. Guests have used these poles to “measure children’s growth” from Disney vacation to Disney vacation.
Now, if Disney could add a quick service restaurant to this pavilion which could make guests stick around the pavilion a little bit longer that would perfect. If Tim Horton’s could work out a licensing deal with Disney to create that quick service location that would be even more perfect.
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Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Green | Tour of Epcot’s World Showcase Loop:
- 1st Stop – Superheroes and Teacups | 3 Reasons to Love Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion
- 2nd Stop – The Disney Chef | Why You Need to Say Kon’nichiwa to Epcot’s Japan Pavilion
- 3rd Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | My Favorite Epcot World Showcase Pavilion – Morocco
- 4th Stop – DISTherapy | Italy Pavilion
- 5th Stop – Dad for Disney | O Canada!
- 6th Stop – Rolling with the Magic | Fall in Love with France in Epcot’s World Showcase
- 7th Stop – My Dreams of Disney | Mexico Pavilion
- 8th Stop – The Delightful Life | Epcot’s Norway Pavilion: the Past, Present, and Future
- 9th Stop – Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze | Come To Visit Mulan And Stay To Get Canto-Loopy: A Guide To EPCOT’S China Pavillion
- 10th Stop – Disney Mamas | Epcot Spotlight – Germany Pavilion
- 11th Stop – What’s the Point? | The American Adventure
Walt Disney World brings a lot to the table when it comes to Cinco de Mayo. The most obvious is the entire Mexico Pavilion within the World Showcase. But don’t forget the Coronado Springs resorts and one of Disney’s dining hidden gems….Maya Grille. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, we will take a closer look at these locations to get into the Mexican spirit.
We are just one week away from the 1st anniversary of the Dad For Disney blog. While there will be no special celebration (sorry, no cake and ice cream for our followers). There will be a round-up of the articles from week and the most popular articles of the year. Here, though, is this week’s round-up:
Dad For Disney has some big news which will be announced on the Facebook group later today.
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Today’s question is pretty straight-forward. Will we ever see a new country added to EPCOT? The World Showcase has not added a new country to its lineup of nations since Norway joined in 1989. And NO, the Frozen additions to the Norway pavilion do not count as a new country. At times, the World Showcase can feel very stale as many of the movies have not been updated in many, many years. It is also very light on attractions with just two countries: Mexico and Norway that have attractions. Yes, I know Norway’s attraction is become Frozen-ified. Yes, it’s sad but things and times change and we have to adapt.