The World Showcase is a section of Epcot that consists of 11 pavilions, each themed to a different country. The pavilions are situated around the World Showcase Lagoon.

Map of World Showcase

World Showcase is a celebration of culture, cuisine, architecture and traditions – infused with new magic.

History

World Showcase can conceptually trace its roots to 1955, when an International Street was proposed for Disneyland as a themed area that would be located behind eastern Main Street USA. A larger International Land based around European locations was also proposed in 1956 for the space between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, with a boat ride on the "Rivers of Europe" being a centerpiece. However, this would be dropped in favor of the Matterhorn Bobsleds.

An internationally themed shopping and dining district was proposed for Walt's original city concept for EPCOT, existing within the central hub of the city surrounding the central Hotel tower. When the city was dropped after Walt's death, the international shopping and dining district was planned to be repurposed into Walt Disney World's second gate in 1972 and took on the name World Showcase. Plans and models showcased in 1974 for World Showcase placed it on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon adjacent to the Transportation and Ticket Center. Two semi-circular structures, similar to the CommuniCore buildings, would house multiple international exhibitions in a neutral space, only varying in size and structure towards the back depending on how much space a country would want to use. Interest in this World Showcase was highly favorable in attracting international sponsors and in late 1975, Disney planned on moving forward with construction with plans to open in 1979. [1]

However, the energy crisis of 1976 and concerns of sinkhole troubles on the proposed site would result in the plans for World Showcase and the Future World Theme Center to be merged into a single park that would be placed further south on the property. By 1977, Epcot began to take on its current shape, with the World Showcase now being built around a lagoon and taking on its format of each pavilion showcasing its respective architecture. When the park opened in 1982, World Showcase featured nine pavilions, with Morocco opening in 1984 and Norway opening in 1988.

Pavilions

Other Areas

Current attractions

Upcoming attractions

Former attractions

Showcase Plaza

Dining

  • Refreshment Port
  • Traveler's Cafe
  • Promenade Reshments
  • Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot World Showcase
  • Espresso, Coffee, and Pastries near Disney Traders

Shops

  • Port of Entry
  • Disney Traders

Entertainment

Future

Former

  • Carnival de Lumiere (premiered October 23, 1982)
  • A New World Fantasy (premiered 1983)
  • Laserphonic Fantasy (premiered June 9, 1984)
  • IllumiNations (January 30, 1988 – September 20, 1996)
  • IllumiNations 25 (A) (September 21, 1996 – May 18, 1997)
  • IllumiNations 25 (B) (May 19, 1997 – January 31, 1998)
  • IllumiNations (98) (February 1, 1998 – September 21, 1999)
  • Surprise in the Skies (1991–1992)[1]
  • Skyleidoscope (1985–1987)[2] Planes were launched from the Epcot Center Ultralight Flightpark.
  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (October 1, 1999 – September 30, 2019), previously "IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth", created for the Millennium Celebration, ended on September 30, 2019 to make way for a new fireworks show called Epcot Forever.
  • Epcot Forever (October 1, 2019 – March 12, 2020)

Parades

  • Tapestry of Nations (1999–2001), a parade created for the Millennium Celebration
  • Tapestry of Dreams (2001–2003), a refurbished version of Tapestry of Nations replacing the Sage of Time, the parade's original host/narrator with three Dreamseekers

Map

International Gateway

The International Gateway, located between the France and United Kingdom pavilions, serves as an alternate entrance into the park. Guests staying at the resorts near the park and guests coming from Disney's Hollywood Studios can access this gate by walkway or by boat.

Unused Pavilions

Originally, a Russian Pavilion and a Sweden Pavilion would have been placed in World Showcase. The Russian Pavilion would use the Kremlin as its main attraction while the Swedish Pavilion would have a Matterhorn Bobsleds clone. Concepts for these pavilions still exist.

Gallery

Logos


Pavilions Poster


Old Attractions Poster


New Attractions Poster


Concept Art

Never-Built Countries Pavilion

References

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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)

Seasonal: Living with the Land: Merry and Bright Nights

World Discovery (Coming Soon)
Mission: SPACETest TrackGuardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Opening in 2022) • 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 2021)) • Germany PavilionItaly PavilionThe American AdventureJapan PavilionMorocco PavilionFrance Pavilion (Impressions de FranceBeauty and the Beast Sing-AlongRemy's Ratatouille Adventure (Opening in 2021)) • International GatewayUnited Kingdom Pavilion (Mary Poppins (Coming Soon)) • Canada Pavilion (Canada: Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360) • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (Opening in 2021)
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
HarmonioUS (Opening in 2021)
Former Attractions and Entertainment
Future World
Universe of EnergyImagination! (Journey Into ImaginationUpstairs Image WorksMagic JourneysHoney, I Shrunk the AudienceCaptain EOJourney Into Your Imagination) • Ellen's Energy AdventureHorizonsWorld of MotionWonders of Life (Body WarsCranium CommandGoofy About HealthThe Making of Me) • CommuniCoreThe Land (SymbiosisKitchen KabaretFood RocksCircle of Life: An Environmental Fable) • Splashtacular • The Living Seas • Innoventions

World Showcase
China Pavilion (Wonders of China) • Norway Pavilion (Maelstrom) • Mexico Pavilion (El Rio del Tiempo) • Canada Pavilion (O Canada!) • IllumiNationsIllumiNations 25IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthAgent P's World Showcase AdventureKim Possible World Showcase Adventure
Seasonal: Millennium VillageTapestry of NationsEpcot Forever

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