For those of you who have been following my blog for the past year, (Wow! A year already. Thank you to everyone!) you know that my favorite Walt Disney World theme park is EPCOT. And my favorite part of EPCOT is World Showcase. I’ve always loved to travel and around World Showcase you can visit 10 foreign countries all in one afternoon.
To pay tribute to those countries around the lagoon and to give you a taste of what those countries are really like, the Disney Imagineers did a beautiful job of recreating the architecture of each country when they designed the different pavilions. I’ve gathered some photos from both EPCOT and the countries to give you a comparison. EPCOT photos on the left, real places on the right.
Canada is patterned after a 19th century French chateau in Quebec City.
The toy store in the United Kingdom pavilion is designed to look like Hampton Court Castle.
And, of course, there’s Paris, France’s iconic Eiffel Tower.
Morocco features a replica of the Koutoubia Minaret in Marrakesh.
Japan’s pagoda is representative of many pagodas of the Far East.
The US pavilion’s colonial-style was inspired by Independence Hall, Boston’s Old State House, Jefferson’s Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg.
Italy looks just like the Doges Palace in St. Mark’s Square in Venice.
Germany’s architecture pays homage to the German town square, or Platz, from the 16th century.
The centerpiece of China is the Temple of Heaven. The original is in Beijing.
Norway harkens back to the days of Vikings and includes a Stave Church.
And Mexico was designed to look like the Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl.
I’m sure a lot of people don’t really consider the architecture of the theme parks, but when these buildings were designed, as with all the buildings at Walt Disney World, a lot of thought was put into them to make them as realistic as possible, giving park guests a truly immersive experience.
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