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World showcase is my favorite too about Epcot (Maybe even Disney World itself). Did you ride Splash Mtn., Tower of Terror, and Rockin' Rollercoaster? Those are my favorite rides.
Now I wanna go to Disney World again (for my 8th time)
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About the Japan pavilion at Epcot:
Orginally, there was going to be a Mt. Fuji ride -- in fact, World Showcase was to have a Mountain range -- Germany with their Rhine River ride (Actually, an attraction building for this is sitting there -- empty all these years, except storage), Switerland with the Matterhorn (an import/upgrade of the one at Disneyland), and Japan with Mount Fuji.
The concept for the ride was a ride on a bullet train through the scenery of Japan. And then, somewhere during the ride, there would be an attack by Godzilla. Unfortunately, that Godzilla idea got scrapped when Toho wouldn't negotiate rights to the character for theme park use. And then, the rest got scrapped because of a quarrel over film. You see, Kodak was the big film sponsor at Magic Kingdom at that point (Other companies, such as GAF, had been in their place previously), and they didn't like the sponsor of the Mt. Fuji attraction: Fuji Film. So, Kodak threatened to pull out if they went forward, everybody panics, and the entire ride gets scrapped.
Germany and Switzerland pavilions are a whole other story... Germany got VERY close to being built, as evidenced by a ride building being in place, and Switzerland didn't even make it into World Showcase in the end.
But, at least there's still a bit of Japan left. Hopefully someday, they'll put in one major ride per country as originally planned.
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