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The story goes that when Walt Disney was having
built he would stroll through the park with an eye for every detail. At one point he saw a tree that was not
native to a certain area of the world and he ordered his crew to dig it
up. Walt Disney left no stone
unturned. Maybe his attention to detail
was his secret to success.
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Today we visited Disney World’s Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). Epcot just celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. While Walt Disney wasn’t there to see the construction of his prototype community, he did make sketches of it for others to follow. In the centre is a lake encircled by pavilions representing several countries. When we visited the Canadian pavilion we noticed maple trees. Around the Japanese pavilion grew neatly trimmed and sculpted Japanese trees and in the pond swam large orange Japanese fish. At the Japanese store they sold Japanese goods (Pokemon, Hello Kitty). At the Norwegian pavilion we rode a Viking “ship”. Native Norwegians manned the shop. At the Mexican pavilion we walked through a Mexican market and restaurant.
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Chinese trees grew outside the
pavilion. Mulan was outside greeting
children. Inside were replicas of artefacts discovered
by archeologists in China. German women served us at the German shops
where Rob purchased a Bayern Munich soccer shirt and I bought Werther’s
Originals. I didn’t happen to notice the
trees outside the German pavilion, an oversight that Walt Disney never would
have made. Moroccan music played at the
Moroccan pavilion which featured “A Taste of Marrakesh” restaurant. A belly dancer entertained the crowd outside the pavilion. At the Italian pavilion we saw Italian women
dancing and singing in a piazza. The
architecture was true to what you would see in Italy. Wine was for sale in the shop. The French pavilion featured a restaurant
with true French cuisine. Sculpted in
flowers were characters Beauty and the Beast from the French tale, La Beaute et
la Bete. The British pavilion featured Tudor-style shops where one could buy soccer items. Outside sat a typical British phone
booth. In a park under a gazebo a band called The
British Revolution started to play. As they strummed Paul McCartney's "Live & Let Die"outside, Jacqueline and I waited inside for the characters of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. When Jacqueline got to the front of
the line, the characters got a second wind, heard the band playing a jumpin’
tune, grabbed her by the hand and started dancing out the door towards the
band. That truly was the highlight of the day! At the Canadian pavilion, we were greeted by a man from , our hometown. In the Trading Post they sold Canadian products like maple syrup. Hamilton,
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May at Epcot brings the Flower Festival. How beautiful they were! Every character imaginable was
sculpted in flowers. Walt Disney would have been amazed!
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