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It would have a Riverdance show, and a ride with Leprechauns.
Though, I might go with a South American Country or the Dominican Republic since those areas of the world are not exactly represented.
Personally, I want nations that have a uniqueness of culture as well as a rich history to them. I'm really not interested in any more Western European pavilions. 5 of them are already from there. IMHO, Ireland is so well done at Busch Gardens that it fells redundant to repeat it again at Epcot.
I definitely second Greece. It has the architecture and storied past that would work wonders at World Showcase. Greek mythology lends itself to an amazing ride and the food would be great.
Russia has been kicked around for so long by the Imagineers that I would feel cheated if it didn't eventually make its' way there.
Egypt seems like a no-brainer to me for the reasons I stated earlier.
India is the fastest growing country in the world with a fascinating culture. I could picture a replica of the Taj Mahal already.
A South American nation needs to be represented. Not entirely sure which, but I think Brazil or Peru have the most going for them.
Lastly, I have always been fascinated with Thailand. The temples, dances and food there have always captivated me. An elaborate Khon dance would be stunning.
Lots of choices there.
I'm assuming your Ireland comment was a joke. A ride with leprechauns? Really?
The boat ride at Norway has trolls, so why not have Ireland show their own mythical characters?
The food would be fantastic, you could have a few stalls selling somosas with chapatis and other Indian nibbles, there could be a stall selling lassis (like a thin milkshake drink) and then for a table dining option, a sit-down resaurant with a full menu. This could be inside the model of the Taj, which could be set-back behind a glistening (scaled-down) lake, just like the real Taj Mahal...
I supposed we couldn't get away with having cows roaming around, could we?
Sorry, was back on my travels then, getting a bit carried away :-D
Build a Colosseum theater and it's Disney Gladiators! C'mon, who wouldn't want to see Gladiator Donald versus Gladiator Goofy? :^)
Ha- I'd love to see something like Greece, Brazil, Russia or any of the ideas here really. Something that would fascinate a wider age range... more younger chirldren, would be nice. And it would definitely need a ride with it. Boat rides like the one in Mexico or even Norway are a great way to educate people without them knowing it. People like my sister closest to me hate to be educated when they pay $80 a day to get into the park, so in order for them to go along with the rest of us who DO want to learn we need to trick them. Thus, fun boat ride.
Let's look at what's missing from Epoct to try to decide what should be put there (in no particular order):
1. Middle East
2. Central Asia
3. Central/Southern Africa
5. South America
6. Eastern Europe
Also, I'd love an Iceland pavilion, because they have the coolest accents ever.
And they should take a stab at resurrecting the Wonders of Life pavilion while they're at it.
Every Brazilian dream to visit Argentina without argentineans!!
WS, in its' kitschy stereotypical way, was supposed to recreate a leisurely walk down the Champs-Élysées or St. Mark's Square. Every nation doesn't need a ride or major attraction. Especially at the expense of future expansion. I've spent hours in the Japanese pavilion watching performers, checking out the exhibits, and browsing the store. I think its' perfect as is. There is limited space around the lagoon and a whole new culture to explore would be preferable to a simple addition to an existing one.
Being generous, only 6 new countries can be built on the land remaining. That includes the spot that the old Millenium Pavilion sits on which is used for special events. If major rides were built for Japan and the UK, that would reduce the space significantly.
Having said that, Italy definitely needs work. It is the only pavilion you could see in about 15 minutes unless you have dinner reservations. It is blatantly apparent that more was originally meant to be done. There is more than enough room in the back to build the Small World-style, gondola ride through Italian history that Imagineers wanted in the first place. Do it.
Germany, Morocco and France also have available land out back, but for the life of me, I can't think of any need for improvement. The remaining pavilions have used up their space. The UK is pretty landlocked inbetween the International Gateway and the special events area. Something would have to go in order to expand. I'm not adverse to using some of the SE parking to add Scotland or an attraction based around King Arthur or Robin Hood. Not sure if its' a viable option though.
There are at least 12 countries that would make great additions to the Showcase. That's why I feel it would be a shame to not use the space for new pavilions. It's also why I would use the Animal Kingdom as a de facto secondary WS for areas like Australia.
Oh, and of course, all future pavilions should have a ride, show or both included in the design. :)
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