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The Canada Pavilion is part of World Showcase in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

History

Prior to the construction of the pavilion, Walt Disney Productions sought financial support for the themed pavilion from the Canadian government. The company wanted the federal government to fund the cost of building the attraction; in return, the government would have input into the design and layout. The Canadian government was concerned about the stereotype of Canada that Disney wanted (i.e. lumberjacks). Funding was refused and Disney threatened to pull the exhibit, but ultimately did not.

At one time during planning, the pavilion was to have been divided by a main street of shops and restaurants, with one side representing French Canada and the other English Canada.

At the opening together with the park on October 1, 1982, the original musical talent for the Canadian pavilion was a trio called the "Caledonian Pipe Band", consisting of two pipers and one drummer. The performers were Robert "Bob" Proctor (lead drummer) and brothers Kenneth Mauchin (piper) and Robert Mauchin (also a piper). They were recruited by Ron Rodriguez (talent co-ordinator for Walt Disney World) from the Rosie O'Grady's Pipe Band of Orlando. Because all three had ties to Scotland, they also performed at the nearby United Kingdom Pavilion at various times.

In 2007, Disney updated the attraction O Canada!, a Circle-Vision 360° movie filmed in 1981. For several years, the Canadian Tourism Commission lobbied to have the movie updated, partly to remove outdated stereotypes of Canadian life. On August 31, 2007, the updated edition opened with a new host, Canadian actor Martin Short, and Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila reprising the original film's theme song, "Canada (You're a Lifetime Journey)".

Layout

The Canada Pavilion is designed to remind guests of the Canadian outdoors. It includes a canyon, a waterfall, gardens, a pool with fountains and totem poles. The main attraction is O Canada!, a Circle-Vision 360° movie that takes guests on a tour of the country, including its landmarks, cities, scenery, and people. The pavilion also includes Le Cellier Steakhouse and the semi-permanent home of the Celtic rock band Off Kilter, which was replaced by a show featuring a Canadian lumberjack competition.

Attractions

Current

Former

Entertainment

  • Canadian Lumberjacks Show

Former

  • Images du Canada
  • Off Kilter

Restaurants

Current

Former

  • Le Cellier Cafeteria
  • La Boutique des Provinces
  • Beaver Tails

Shopping

  • Northwest Mercantile
  • The Wood Cart

Transportation

  • FriendShip Launch-Canada

Other features

Totem poles

The pavilion has three native totem poles, up to 30' in height. Two are made of fiberglass, and one is carved out of wood. The wooden totem pole depicts three stories of the "Raven" tricking the "Sky Chief" into the release of sun, moon, and stars from a chest. It was carved by the British Columbia artist David Boxley, and was officially put on display in April 1998.

Gardens

The Victoria Gardens which are adjacent to the Hotel du Canada are inspired by the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia. The gardens are the largest (and most labour intensive) of all the national pavilions.

Hidden Mickeys

Main article: Hidden Mickey

The Canada Pavilion features three Hidden Mickeys, the Hidden Mickeys include:

  • Just outside Northwest Mercantile, there is the largest totem pole in the Canada Pavilion. The Hidden Mickey is just underneath the elbow of a set of arms near the top of the pole.
  • Inside the Northwest Mercantile shop is a roughly foot-long fish hanging from a crate. The Hidden Mickey is painted on the fish itself.
  • Just inside Le Cellier Steakhouse, there is a counter where you would check in for your meal. Behind that counter is a small wine storage room. In the very top center of the rack are three bottles of wine, a large one with two small ones on top of it forming a familiar shape.

Gallery


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New epcot logo
World Celebration (Coming Soon)
Spaceship EarthImagination! (Journey into Imagination with FigmentImageWorks: The What-If Labs) • The EPCOT Experience Center
World Nature (Coming Soon)
The Land (Awesome Planet Soarin' Around the WorldLiving with the Land) • The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Turtle Talk with Crush) • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana (Opening in 2021)
World Discovery (Coming Soon)
Mission: SPACETest TrackGuardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Opening in 2021) • PLAY! (Animation Academy (Opening in Summer 2021))
World Showcase
Mexico Pavilion (Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros) • Norway Pavilion (Frozen Ever After) • China Pavilion (Reflections of ChinaWondrous China (Opening in 2020)) • Germany PavilionItaly PavilionThe American AdventureJapan PavilionMorocco PavilionFrance Pavilion (Impressions de FranceBeauty and the Beast Sing-AlongRemy's Ratatouille Adventure (Opening in 2020)) • International GatewayUnited Kingdom Pavilion (Mary Poppins (Coming Soon)) • Canada Pavilion (Canada: Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360) • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (Opening in 2020)
Resorts
Disney's Yacht Club ResortDisney's Beach Club ResortDisney's BoardWalk InnDisney's BoardWalk VillasDisney's Caribbean Beach ResortDisney's Riviera Resort
Current Entertainment
Epcot ForeverHarmonioUS (Opening in Fall 2020)
Former Attractions and Entertainment
Future World
Universe of EnergyJourney Into ImaginationEllen's Energy AdventureAgent P's World Showcase AdventureKim Possible World Showcase AdventureHoney, I Shrunk the AudienceHorizonsWorld of MotionWonders of Life (Body WarsCranium CommandGoofy About HealthThe Making of Me) • Upstairs Image WorksCommuniCoreSymbiosisIllumiNationsIllumiNations 25IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthMagic JourneysMillennium VillageTapestry of NationsSplashtacularKitchen Kabaret • The Living Seas • Wonders of ChinaMaelstromEl Rio del TiempoFood RocksCaptain EOJourney Into Your ImaginationCircle of Life: An Environmental FableO Canada!Innoventions
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