Pavilion is a Japanese-themed pavilion that is part of the
World Showcase, within
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida,
United States. Its location is between The American Adventure and
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Pavilion is one of the original
World Showcase pavilions and
had been in planning since the late 1970s. Many attractions have been
proposed for the pavilion and one show building was built, but left
Meet the World was one planned attraction and was a clone of
Meet the World that was once at Tokyo
Disneyland. But because management thought that the
Japanese film's omission of World War II might upset many
Veterans, it was dropped. The show was so close to opening that the
show building and rotating platform was built, but not used.
For years, Imagineers have considered building an indoor roller
coaster attraction based on
Matterhorn Bobsleds from Disneyland but
themed to Japan's
Mount Fuji inside a replica of Mount Fuji. At one
Godzilla or a large lizard attacking guests in their cars was
Fujifilm originally wanted to sponsor the
ride in the early 1990s, but Kodak, a major
Epcot sponsor, convinced
Disney to decline the sponsorship. Luckily, the Matterhorn derived
design elements survived to be incorporated into
Expedition Everest at
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. Another proposed
attraction was a walk-through version of "Circle-Vision", in which
guests would board and walk through a
Shinkansen (bullet train) and
look through windows (actually film screens) that showcase Japan's
changing landscapes. The train would have shaken and moved like a
train traveling through the countryside.
Pagoda at the
Pavilion is made up of buildings surrounding a courtyard.
The entrance to the courtyard features a Japanese Pagoda. A torii gate
decorates the water in front of the pavilion. The area is filled with
Japanese pools and gardens. At the end of the courtyard is the gate to
a Japanese castle, including a moat, which leads into a display of
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Bijutsu-kan - An exhibition gallery hosting long-term exhibits on
Japanese art and culture. Its current presentation, "
features a look at Japan's "Culture of Cute."
World Showcase Adventure (June 23, 2012 – present)
Teppan Edo: Formerly called "
Teppanyaki Dining Room," chefs prepare
stir-fried foods right in front of the guests, just like other
Tokyo Dining: Originally occupied by two separate restaurants, Tempura
Kiku and the Matsu No Ma lounge, Tokyo Dining is now a traditional
sushi restaurant. They serve sushi, tempura and some other grilled
items (such as steak, grilled chicken and so on).
Katsura Grill: A counter-service restaurant located on a hill adjacent
to the pagoda.
Kabuki Cafe: Kaki-gori
Garden House: Sake
Mitsukoshi Department Store: The store is separated into four zones:
Festivity, Silence, Harmony, and Interest, and sells many Japanese
items, including clothing, jewelry, books, manga, anime items (such as
posters), and toys. It has been expanded in recent years to include a
far greater variety of items than before. More specifically, a greater
portion of the store sells
Japanese pop culture
Japanese pop culture related items,
presumably to take advantage of the growing interest in these types of
products in America. To date, this is the only remaining branch of
Mitsukoshi located in
North America following the closure of
Mitsukoshi's New York City location.
Taiko drummers at Epcot's Japan
Matsuriza are traditional
Taiko drummers and a Japanese Storytellers
located at the base of the pagoda.
The show "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Epcot", seen from the
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