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World Showcase
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Epcot
Theme International culture
Opening date October 1, 1982

The World Showcase is a section of Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida that consists of 11 pavilions, each themed to a different country. The pavilions are situated around the World Showcase Lagoon.

As part of the park's massive overhaul beginning in 2019, World Showcase is a land in EPCOT themed of a celebration of culture, cuisine, architecture and traditions – infused with new magic, announced at the 2019 D23 Expo on August 26, 2019.


Current pavilions

Former pavilions

Pavilions for Brazil, Puerto Rico, Russia, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Spain, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, and Israel have occasionally been rumored as potential future pavilions but they've made it past the planning phases to date. The Israeli, Spanish, and an Equatorial Africa pavilion (blending elements of the cultures of countries such as Kenya and Zaire) were even announced as coming soon in 1982, but thankfully they took off. Now  a small African themed refreshment shop known as the Outpost currently resides where Equatorial Africa used to be. Israel, five African countries (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa), as well as eight other countries (Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, and Sweden), took part in the Millennium Village during the Millennium Celebration.

Atractions

Current

Former

  • El Rio del Tiempo (Mexico)
  • Wonders of China (China)
  • Maelstrom (Norway)
    • The Spirit of Norway (Norway)
  • O Canada! (Canada)
  • Millennium Village (1999-2001)
  • Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure (2009-2012)
  • Agent P's World Showcase Adventure (2012-2020)

Upcoming

  • Wondrous China (China)
  • Mary Poppins (United Kingdom)
  • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure

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 a walkway or by boat.

Entertainment

Current

  • HarmonioUS (2021-)

Former

  • Carnival de Lumiere (1982)
  • A New World Fantasy (1983)
  • Laserphonic Fantasy (1984)
  • IllumiNations (1988–1996)
  • IllumiNations 25 (A) (1996–1997)
  • IllumiNations 25 (B) (1997–1998)
  • IllumiNations (98) (1998–1999)
  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (1999–2019), 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 (2019–2020) (2021)

Other Shows

  • Skyleidoscope (1985–1987), Planes were launched from the Epcot Center Ultralight Flightpark.
  • Surprise in the Skies (1991–1992)

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.


Trivia

  • World Showcase pays tribute to Disney Parks and Resorts around the world, such as the United States of America (Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort), Japan (Tokyo Disney Resort), France (Disneyland Paris), and China (Shanghai Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland) as well as Adventures by Disney, Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruise Line.

Gallery

Pavilions

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