Vote of the week: A Brazilian pavilion for Epcot's World Showcase?*
Dora Kramer, an important journalist from O Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil's second biggest newspaper, posted a note on her column, that Disney's executives had a meeting this week with Brazilian authorities to inform that they will build a Brazilian Pavilion at Epcot, and asked for input (an probably for official money) about the project.
It seems that after many years Disney will finally improve WS.
Update: Robert here, hijacking this post to make it our vote of the week. (By the way, here's the link to the original article, which is behind a paywall and in Portuguese. If neither of those stop you, read away!
I have to admit some skepticism, notwithstanding my personal history with Brazilian journalists. ;^) Talk is cheap. And it's not unusual for third parties looking for a development deal to throw around Disney's name. I hope that Disney expands World Showcase, but for all we know Disney could be talking to multiple countries, not just Brazil.
Which brings me to our question this week. Which country would you like to see Disney bring to Epcot? We have asked this question before. This time, I'm limiting the responses to the top countries which bring the most visitors to the United States, but that are not currently represented with an Epcot pavilion. (Plus, I'm adding Egypt, the winner of our last vote on this topic.)
Brazil leads that list, sending more than 1.7 million visitors to the United States last year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. South Korea follows, with 1.1 million visitors. The final two slots in our ballot go to Australia, which sends more than 830,000 visitors a year to the U.S., and India, with about 650,000 visitors.
For context, Brazil ranks seventh overall among countries sending visitors to the United States. Canada leads the way, with almost 20 million visitors coming to the U.S. in 2010. Mexico's next and the United Kingdom is third, sending more than 3.8 million visitors a year our way.
I'm not suggesting potential attractions for each of these pavilions. But do think about attraction, and restaurant, potential when voting. (Personally, I'd love to see a Brazilian churrascaria or a great Indian restaurant in Epcot.)
I'd love to hear your attraction and restaurant ideas for these national pavilions, in the comments. As always, thanks for reading Theme Park Insider, and for spreading the word to your friends via Facebook and Twitter.
Update 2: We've got two new attraction openings happening today. The new Shamu show, One Ocean, debuted at SeaWorld Orlando, and the renovated Texas Giant opened to the public at Six Flags Over Texas. Those attraction's pages are now open for your reports, ratings and reviews.
Not trying to be disrespectful or anything, but does anyone care about World Showcase anymore? What decade do they live in? EPCOT'S World Showcase was good before the era of travel agents, social networking, and cheap air travel, but it is such an outdated concept nowadays. So what if there's a tacky Brazil pavilion? Why not search YouTube and see what the real thing looks like?
That will be fantastic if it turns out to be true. I think it would be the first country in the southern hemisphere represented there, right?... Being Brazilian myself, who visits WDW at least twice a year, I'm really curious about it now... Let's hope it is for real! Thanks for posting this.
Awesome! Hope this is something that doesn't fizzle out like so many other times we've heard expansion rumors for WS.
If true, that's an excellent choice for a new country to be represented. So far there isn't anything from South America and Brazil is, in my opinion, the biggest player on the global stage from that continent.
I voted for Egypt because there is potential for a great ride and for the architecture of the pavilion itself. The restaurant would be the only weakness.
it'll be excellent to have a Brazilian pavilion, they have soo many great beautiful natural areas: two that come to mind, the Iguazu Waterfalls and the Great Rainforest. Plus they have the Christ in that mountain, which is magnificent...it will be great a 360-degree movie ala China...or if you want action, a dark ride that goes thru the waterfall as if you are heading to fall, but stopping here and there to hear the sounds and sights around the waterfall, it will be fantastic!
I voted for Egypt, but I am reconsidering. While, on the surface I would like to see an Egypt pavilion, I also want to see something completely unique. And the more I think about it, Egypt would not be unique with what they have.
Heading over to Texas Giant today. . .
I'd love to see this happen but put me in the skeptic column. Disney hasn't added a pavilion in decades so I won't hold my breath that it's suddenly happening.
I voted for Brazil (because there aren't any South American countries in Epcot's WS), but I'd also love to see what they'd build for an Egyptian pavilion. Frankly, any of these except for Australia would be great. It's nothigg against Australia; I just think there are enough " safe white people" countries in the WS already. It's 2011. We don't need to be shielded from "dangerous brown people" anymore.
My vote is Israel!
I thought I'd see more votes for India- that was my vote, by far. I can appreciate wanting some South American representation, but the possibilities for India are so rich, and much more appealing to me.
I actually wanted Greece
EPCOT is the best theme park in florida and the best one i've been too. My family only gets 1 vacation a year anyways. So why not get it all?
Bring on Brazil! By the way, I want to see a Coffin Joe Haunted Boat Ride ASAP! (Bonus points if you know who Coffin Joe is!)
I would have voted for Russia, but it wasn't an option. Russia has great history & architecture so I think it would be a good fit.
@Rod - A blast from the past! I'm surprised you know/remember Coffin Joe! I wonder if he still has the long fingernails... And yes, a haunted dark boat ride would definitely be interesting! LOL!
@TH Creative - Brazilians love visiting the US, especially Florida! Unfortunately some bad apples do too, they cause problems and give the rest of us a bad name. But again, bad apples can be found everywhere. We just can't generalize, although that's really human nature...Glad to know you don't! :)
I say the more exotic, the more interesting. Since the criteria require that the pavilion represents a large segment of foreign visitors to the US, my first choice is automatically eliminated: Thailand. I think that people like to experience places that they most likely won't ever get to visit, countries that are exotic and represent cultures that are the most dissimilar to our own. Since Thailand isn't a choice, my vote is for India. I can imagine great architectural, botanical, and of course, gastronomic potential!
I agree that Israel would be a fantastic choice!
Planned on SF over Texas, got to Arlington 1.5 hours before close. Since we had Season Passes, we swung by the Texas Giant opening. Hearing of 3 hour waits earlier in the day, we were glad we went after dark. Waited about 55 minutes, then got on. Extreme smoothness, steeper drop and intense banking around corners made it well worth the hour wait. Probably would wait up to two hours tomorrow. Major upgrade for the entire park.
I love the Brazil idea!!
I went with Brazil, but India was a close second.
Brazil would be fine they can run a Carnival street party, build a water ride themed of the Amazon river and a Brazil BBQ with the meat on the stick like Ohanas.
@Ricardo K -
Personally I'd love a Swiss pavilion, selling swiss chocolates, with a toboggan ride or a wild mouse, with a big cuckoo clock centrepiece.
India got my vote but I think Australia would be good too. I didn't think the comment about "safe white countries" was very fair, what about the Aborigine people?
I stuck with Egypt. there was a wonderful film produced for them during the Mallium Celebration. Which was fantastic. And at the time it was runnung around the cast members that it was for a future povilian. ANd as for shows why not move build a theater there and bring Alaidden from DCA there. And move the flying carpets over as well. We could walk the streets of Acrabar and shop. See snake charmers. dine a kabobs on a stick..etc.
When I see it I'll believe it. Years ago there was a sign next to the Germany announcing a new pavilion was coming (been so long I can't remember what country). Nothing was ever built. Then I heard that a Swiss pavilion was going to be built with the Matterhorn ride. That faded away too. Would like to see a new pavilion whatever the nation is. Also reopen Body Works!
I think it would really be cool if it was Egypt.Disney would be able to represent Egypt really well with a pyramid type ride and a walkthrough exhibit of a sphinx. The imagineers would be very creative this.
To be totally honest, I don't care what Epcot adds as long as the restaurant is good. If they add a thrill ride, even better.
Personally India sounds like by far the best choice. It's exotic, has great potential for attractions, and most importantly it wouldn't be very similar to any of the existing pavilions. Brazil would be nice but wouldn't it somewhat resemble Mexico? Both Latin American countries with similar cultures and history. Egypt would be a great choice, if it wasn't for the fact that we already have Morocco. Modern Egypt, as an Arab country, has very similar culture and architecture to Morocco. That is unless the pavilion would somehow transport us to Ancient Egypt, which wouldn't really be in keeping thematically with the rest of the WS. As for Australia, it would be a nice pavilion but again it is a country of English settlers that just doesn't seem to stand out as something really new to the WS. And lastly South Korea is a very small country that was heavily influenced historically by both China and Japan.
I have to agree about India. If the World Showcase is mainly about food, then count me in as I am completely addicted to chicken tikka masala and many other Indian dishes, and a hot piece of naan bread is about the best thing in the world.
They are currently in the exact order I would have placed them. Australia, followed by Egypt, Brazil, and India. I'm not even sure that I would want to see a South Korea World Showcase area.
One more reason for a Brazilian pavilion; perhaps with it people would stop saying nonsenses like " Brazil and Mexico have similar history and cultures".
Mr. O'Neal, how was your visit to the Texas Giant? I will be visiting SFOT towards the end of May for the very first time, and while it is a huge step down from my vacation last May (WDW for ten days), I am very much looking forward to the Giant. I hope it is a huge success as this new hybrid steel/wood tech could bode well for the future of many old, painful woodies at parks across the nation.
My family is Korean and I live in Brazil. I have to say, a Brazilian pavillion would be great for foreigners, but I don´t think Brazilians themselves would rush to Epcot to see this pavillion. Maybe just for the food, when they got homesick!
@Flavio de Souza - Totally agree... You took the words right out of my mouth. I don't know how somebody could even had said that. One of the dumbest things I've ever heard here...
The current country selection is quite bad, very focused on rich western countries. Would be more interesting to represent the world and more exotic places people are unlikely to visit in the real version. India is by far the biggest miss, has a bigger population than all Southamerica or all countries already there ex China. Australia would be most boring, why add a third English settler colony with just 30 million inhabitants?
The concept of Latin america is an american simplification, a way to put apples, pineapples, lettuce and tomato together and call vegetables.
Can those who have voted for Israel please explain? What exactly would you put in that pavilion? What ride? What food? I don't think of any food as "Israeli". And no, kosher doesn't count. Kosher is nearly everywhere; it isn't unique to Israel. Although i wouldn't mind some kosher hot dogs and Coke (made with suger, not HFCS).
Egypt could be awesome, as well as a South Korea. South Korea is a surprisingly wonderful place that would be a fantastic addition to have.
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