The Japan Pavilion is part of the World Showcase in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
LayoutThe Japan pavilion is made up of buildings surrounding a courtyard. The entrance to the courtyard features a Japanese Pagoda. The torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine decorates the water in front of the pavilion. The area is filled with Japanese pools and gardens. At the end of the courtyard is the gate to a Japanese castle, including a moat, which leads into a display of Japanese culture.
Attractions and Entertainment
- There were original plans to build an Mt. Fuji roller coaster, but Kodak (who sponsored Journey Into Imagination then) opposed to the project due to name similarities with its main competitor.
- Another planned attraction for the pavilion was a clone of a pre-existing attraction: Meet the World from Tokyo Disneyland but was ultimately dropped due to Imagineering believing the omission of World War II would upset many veterans.
- Additionally, the show building for Meet the World was built, but due to miscalculations made during construction, it was decided to drop the attraction altogether. The show building is currently used for storage use.
- A Bullet Train Simulator attraction was also planned. It was even going to feature Japan's most iconic giant monster: Godzilla. However, Disney was unable to acquire the rights from Toho; who at the time was incredibly strict on the use of Godzilla outside of Japan.
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