Epcot’s World Showcase is easily one of the crown jewels of Walt Disney World. The collection of eleven pavilions situated around World Showcase Lagoon provide some of Walt Disney World’s most stunning architecture, experiences, and (of course!) food and drink.
But just because we love World Showcase doesn’t mean it’s perfect. The primary issue we have with this internationally-inspired area: Disney hasn’t added a new country to the Showcase since Norway opened in 1988, and the Park is long overdue for a new addition.
But we’ve got six possible new pavilion additions that we think could give World Showcase new life!
Anyone familiar with Disney concept art has likely seen the rendering for a potential Russia pavilion that was nearly built in the early 1990s. Dominated by a recreation of Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, the area would have boasted an animatronic show detailing the nation’s history, a possible boat ride, and the requisite Russian food, drinks, and shops.
The pavilion was abandoned when the Soviet Union fell, and it has yet to be officially revisited. While diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Russia are still… frosty, we think the country would offer an entirely new take in the World Showcase.
If World Showcase nations must have an instantly identifiable icon to serve as their centerpieces, Egypt would have a great case for its addition to the World! How exciting would a recreation of the Great Pyramids complete with a fully explorable Pharaoh’s tomb be? Need we say more?
Of course, the argument could be made that World Showcase already has a pyramid in its portfolio (we see you, Mexico pavilion), and that could be a sticking point in the argument against Egypt.
World Showcase is desperately lacking in South American representation, and Brazil seems like an exciting country to fill that void. In addition to Brazilian food and drink, the pavilion could feature a Disney-fied Carnival celebration or an attraction that takes guests on a journey through the Amazon rainforest. This would even provide a natural opportunity for Disney to further explore its message of conservation.
Current internet buzz suggests a Brazil pavilion could be announced in the near future, but until anything is officially confirmed, we’ll have to keep daydreaming.
Honestly, we’re surprised there’s not already an Ireland pavilion in World Showcase. Concepts like an authentic Irish pub and restaurant, the recreation of an Irish village, and an attraction based around Leprechauns – done in a tasteful and respectful way, of course – seem tailor-made for Epcot.
On the other hand, the United Kingdom pavilion already represents Northern Ireland, meaning an Ireland pavilion could be redundant. Still, we do love the Ireland food booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and the Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs satisfies our craving for Irish-inspired cuisine, so maybe this one offers a little less new than some of the other concepts.
Rumors of an India pavilion being added to World Showcase have been around nearly as long as the Park itself, but speculation has picked up in recent years thanks to the success of the live action version of The Jungle Book. Some have even imagined that the pavilion’s centerpiece would be a massive E-Ticket boat ride based on the film.
We’d welcome an India pavilion for its food, too! And how exciting would it be to see the Taj Mahal flanking the Lagoon alongside the other recreated world landmarks?
An Equatorial Africa pavilion was scheduled to be added to Epcot shortly after the Park opened in the spot where the Refreshment Outpost is currently located. However, for political and economic reasons, the pavilion was never built. While many argue that Animal Kingdom’s elaborately-themed Africa negates the need for an Africa pavilion, we feel it would fill a glaring hole in the World Showcase lineup.
What nation would you love to see added to the landscape of World Showcase? Let us know what you think about our suggestions — or leave a suggestion of your own — in the comments below!
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