Vote of the week: A Brazilian pavilion for Epcot's World Showcase?*
Published: April 21, 2011 at 11:21 PM
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.