10 Fun Facts about EPCOT’s World Showcase

by | Oct 4, 2023 | EPCOT, WDW Blog

We’re sharing ten of our favorite fun EPCOT World Showcase facts, diving into the details and history of the iconic area of the park.

One of the most iconic parts of EPCOT is the World Showcase. World Showcase features eleven different Pavilions representing different countries from around the world. These countries include Mexico, Norway, China, Italy, Germany, the U.S.A., Japan, France, Morocco, Canada, and the U.K. We’re sharing ten fun EPCOT World Showcase facts that you may not have known!

EPCOT World Showcase Fun Facts

1. The Walk Around World Showcase is Longer Thank You Think

You’ll certainly get your steps in taking a walk around the World Showcase! The distance around EPCOT World Showcase lagoon measures roughly around 1.2 miles. Because it’s so large, you can actually find boat transportation that will take you from Showcase Plaza to Morocco or Germany.

2. The Eiffel Tower is Shorter Than You Think

One of the iconic landmarks of the France Pavilion is a recreation of Paris’ famous Eiffel Tower. The icon of the area was done at 1/10th scale of the original, stretching up 103 feet in the air.

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Photo by Cliff Wang

3. Via Napoli Imports Water for Pizza Dough

Over at the Italy Pavilion, flour for Via Napoli’s famous pizzas is imported from Southern Italy. And water for the dough is sourced from a “spring similar to Italy’s Campania region.”

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Via Napoli – Photo By Cliff Wang.

According to sources like Eater, the source of the water is debated. Some sources say from Italy, while others say it comes in from Philadelphia.

4. The Morocco Pavilion Was Originally Owned by Morocco

The Morocco Pavilion opened in 1984, just two years after EPCOT. The pavilion was notable for being sponsored by the country itself, rather than. corporation. In fact, the country was in charge of the pavilion until just a few years ago, when Disney took over ownership of the pavilion in 2020.

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Photo by Cliff Wang

5. The Germany Pavilion Train Village Changes for Festivals

Next time you’re visiting EPCOT during a festival, head over to the Germany Pavilion train village. You’ll notice that the model village has little banners that get changed up to represent each of the EPCOT festivals.

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Photo by Laurie Sapp

6. Three Planned Pavilions Never Came to Be

When EPCOT first opened, there were a handful of new pavilions that were teased. These included Israel, Spain, and Equatorial Africa, which were all pavilions that never came to be. In fact, after EPCOT’s original opening, there were only two permanent pavilions added: Morocco and Norway.

7. American Adventure Uses Forced Perspective to Look Smaller

The American Adventure uses forced perspective for the building to look smaller than it actually is. The five-story building appears to only be two and a half stories. This was done by Imagineers’ use of forced perspective, scaling the upper windows to make the building appear smaller.

EPCOT World Showcase

Photo by Danny Shuster

8. There Was Almost a Ride in the Germany Pavilion

The Germany Pavilion was originally supposed to have its own ride, the Rhine River Cruise. The boat ride would have been a simulated ride down the Rhine and other rivers of the area. However, the project was shelved soon after EPCOT opened.

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The Germany Pavilion. Photo by Cliff Wang

9. That’s Real Grass on the Rooftops in the Norway Pavilion

The grass you see on the rooftops of the Norway Pavilion is real. In Norway, turf roofs made from birch bark and covered in sod have been a long-recorded tradition. The lush green roofs are kept looking refreshed throughout the year by the hard-working Horticulturist Cast Members.

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Photo by Laurie Sapp

10. Le Cellier Has Sections Named for Canada’s Provinces

In Le Cellier, you’ll find thirteen different sections, each of which are named for the provinces and territories of Canada. Look around and you’ll see different emblems that reflect each.

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Photo by Bill Sferrazza

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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