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  1. The World Showcase water area is 185 acres and is larger than Disneyland!
    REPORTED: Rob Warden 25 JUL 97
  2. When looking at World Showcase from the Kiosk on the left side at the rail of the lagoon or from the pathway by Mexico from Future World, the Hollywood Tower Hotel at the Studios can be seen. It blends in with the architecture of the World Showcase.
    REPORTED: Dennis Dudek 04 MAY 97
    CONFIRMED: Jill Gavornik 21 AUG 97
  3. The office for the President of Epcot is behind Mexico and Norway in the Costume building. Many other offices are there also.
    REPORTED: anon 01 APR 98
    CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 01 APR 98

Mexico

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  1. On the backside of the Mexico showcase there is a large mural which looks like a bunch of oversized leaves. These leaves were actually painted as a test for the enormous murals painted on the outside of the Swan & Dolphin hotels which are located just outside of Epcot, across from the Disney-MGM Studios.
    REPORTED: Brian Collins 12 AUG 98
  2. The temple in Mexico was built to look like a Mayan pyramid.
    REPORTED: Ray Petti 23 DEC 96
    When I ate in the San Angelos Inn last year, I asked the server about the temple! He said it was Mayan. Plus, the Mayans were the only group of Indians who lived in Mexico and built pyramids! The Incans and Aztecs were from Peru.
    CONFIRMED: Lauren Spinnenweber 25 JUL 98
  3. Just a small thing I remember seeing after IllumiNations was completed. In Mexico, next to the temple, on the walkway leading back to Future World, I saw one large box with a CD player and sound equipment, I saw the CD was playing and the after show music was still on. I guess this could have been the unit for the light, sound and pyro effect as well. All of it coming from one CD. I wish someone could confirm this. It also could have been used in case the main system had problems.
    REPORTED: Barry Eytcheson 12 JUL 96
  4. The control room for Illuminations is actually located at the top of the Mexico pavilion.
    REPORTED: Rob Hamilton 11 JUL 98

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Norway

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  1. On the Maelstrom ride, as you pass the trolls and travel backwards in your boat look on the right-hand wall and you will see a golden castle on the wall.
    REPORTED: Scott and Chris Ferguson 16 JAN 96
    CONFIRMED: dennis dudek 28 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Joy Kovacs 31 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Diana Haninger 14 SEP 96
    CONFIRMED: Melanie Emmons 28 AUG 96

Germany

  1. The buildings were modeled after the medieval Eltz Castle on the Moselle River in Germany.
    REPORTED: Ray Petti 23 DEC 96
  2. A Rhine River attraction was originally planned for the Germany pavilion. A building was even built for it, but the attraction was never constructed. A pair of massive wooden doors at the rear of the Sommerfest outdoor cafe is the only indication of the show building behind the stone castle wall. (Taken from "Since the World Began")
    REPORTED: Robert Azzollini 29 JAN 97
  3. Germany also has room for a water ride based on the rhine river, but lack of money during construction never completed the ride. The planned entrance can be seen in the first gift shop on the right. They are hoping to build this in the near future.
    CONFIRMED: Matthew Mikulicz 26 FEB 98

Morocco

  1. When decorating the Morocco Pavilion, Disney designers went to Morocco to seek out craftsmen. They then brought back 19 of them.
    REPORTED: Ray Petti 23 DEC 96
    Morrocco is the only country in the World Showcase that the government of the country was involved in. The government helped with some of the artwork.
    CONFIRMED: anon 03 JUN 97
  2. If you look on the Morocco Pavilion walls there are no animated drawings, only squares or other lines,cause that is prohibited in morocco
    REPORTED: Adrian Ofman 06 AUG 97

The American Adventure

  1. I recently took a Hidden Treasures tour and found some interesting secrets. For instance, forced perspective is used on the American Adventure. It looks as if it is only two stories high but it is actually 5!!! They had to make it look like two stories because colonial buildings were not five stories. It is five stories because the Audio-animatronic figures travel under the audience chairs after they have done their piece on stage.
    REPORTED: anon 14 FEB 98
  2. Fact: For the first time with Disney, the audio-animatronics characters in the American Adventure are equipped with individual voices and speakers. Previously, narrations were played over a theater speaker system.
    REPORTED: The Crutchley Family 28 JUN 97
  3. Fact: Computers control the entire production. Once the button is pushed, the audio-animatronics actors move and speak, music (by the Philadelphia Orchestra) plays, lights brighten and dim, curtains open, sets rise, and motion-picture projectors roll. The motion-picture unit requires the longest single loop of film ever employed for a Disney show. The film, some 3,330 feet long, snakes up and down through rollers in seven specially made storage cabinets.
    REPORTED: The Crutchley Family 28 JUN 97
  4. Fact: The original plans for the show included three hosts, one from each century during which the country existed. Benjamin Franklin was chosen as a spokesperson for the 18th century and Mark Twain was selected for the 19th century. The show's designers considered having such luminaries as Will Rogers and Walter Cronkite speak for the 20th century, but finally realized that we were "too close" to this century's events to decide who should represent us. Thus, the decision was made to have only two hosts.
    REPORTED: The Crutchley Family 28 JUN 97
  5. When the men are talking at the gas station in the "American Adventure" one of them turns on the radio and there is a news flash about the war. But right before they say anything about the Japanese being a part in the war, the radio turns off and they go to a different scene. This happened because Disney didn't want to offend any of the Japanese that come to the parks every year.
    REPORTED: anon 06 AUG 97
  6. In the 1930s gas station scene ("Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?"), did you ever notice the two prominent signs on the gas station are for Coca-Cola and American Express? (If you didn't know, they are the two sponsors of the attraction.)
    REPORTED: Melanie Emmons 05 MAY 97
    CONFIRMED: The Crutchley Family 28 JUN 97
  7. From the Epcot Field Guide: Over 110,000 hand-formed bricks were used in the construction of The American Adventure. Pressed into fiberglass forms, the bricks were colored and aged to give them an authentic appearance. The roof of the building is constructed of slate. Marble and copper were used for the flooring and for the decorative artwork throughout the building.
    REPORTED: Melanie Emmons 13 JUL 96
  8. Take a look at the clock. The number 4 is represented by "IIII" not "IV" as you might expect. According to Jan our Hidden Treasures guide, this was typical of colonial America.
    REPORTED: John & Melanie Emmons 28 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Candice Ossowski 27 DEC 96
    Most of the clocks I have ever scene (all but 1 actually) that use Roman Numerals, use IIII instead of IV. I have never been able to figure out why, but this is a common occurence.
    UPDATE: Jeff Carter 16 OCT 97
    Regarding the use of the Roman numeral "IIII" on the clock at Cinderella Castle, this is indeed a very old convention but I was given a different explanation of it: IIII provides a better visual balance with VIII and XII than does IV, breaking a clock face into even thirds.
    CONFIRMED: Ken 11 JUN 00
  9. Before entering the Hall of Flags (to take the stairs/escalator to the second floor), there is a huge mural to your immediate right. The Imagineers created this mural to show the audience exactly who is portrayed during the program and who is paid tribute to at the very end when "Golden Wings" is playing. The errors we found were names missing from the list! Some of those missing are: Lucille Ball, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, the Challenger Crew (Krista McAuliffe, etc.), and the Indian, Iron Eyes Cody, with the tear on his face from the 70's Keep America Beautiful PSA (public service announcement). We pointed this out to one of the cast members and he was completely shocked to see the names missing! He said he would report the "error" right away. I'm curious to see if he did!
    REPORTED: Mary Glenn Crutchley 23 DEC 96
  10. We took a backstage tour and went behind the stage at The American Adventure. Our guide told us all the figures have real human hair wigs.
    REPORTED: Melanie Emmons 12 MAY 97
  11. We took a backstage tour and saw some of the sets from The American Adventure up close. Most of furniture and props are real antiques (although some are reproductions). In the opening scene, there is a teapot behind Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain that says "No Stamp Act" on it -- a real antique.
    REPORTED: Melanie Emmons 12 MAY 97
    The hair on the wigs is real human hair and some of the furniture is in fact antiques.
    CONFIRMED: Sara Colwell 22 DEC 97
  12. There is a painting of some colonists crossing the Missouri river. The river is shown flowing north. Or the colonists are going back home!
    REPORTED: Bo Lancaster 06 JAN 98

France

  1. At the France Pavilion, at the rear of one of the shops, there is a door that says "Door Must Be Kept Closed" or some reasonable facsimile. If you open it you'll see the Eiffel Tower from almost directly below, and a service road.
    REPORTED: Aaron H. 25 FEB 98

Canada

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  1. The "Hotel du Canada" is based on the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.
    REPORTED: Ray Petti 23 DEC 96
  2. One night after IllumiNations my wife and I sat on a bench past the English pub, near the Canadian pavilion. In front of us was a rock with a 12-foot-tall pole coming out of it, with a light display on top. All of a sudden the pole began to silently retract into the "rock" and as it did we notice that on top of the lights was a this, contoured piece of rock placed so that when the pole fully retracted there was no indication the pole had ever been there or that the rock was anything but solid! We surmised the lights were used in IllumiNations, that it retracted once it had cooled down, and that it was hidden so as not to look out of place in the park-like setting of World Showcase.
    REPORTED: Randy Bennett 10 FEB 96
    We watched IllumiNations at least twice from near that rock. We saw many people cross the fence and climb the rock to try to get a good view. On every occasion a Cast Member would come and ask them to come down. We realized why when the show started and the pole came out right from where they would have been sitting.
    CONFIRMED: Dean Blom 21 APR 96
    The lights on the Canada rocks are indeed part of the IllumiNations show. They are raised by the Canadian doing crowd control each night. They are lowered, however, right after the show by the computer that runs the show. The actual reason for keeping guests off the rocks is twofold. First to keep them from falling into the lagoon or the concrete beach. Second, to keep them from being burned by the pyro that is shot off that wall.
    CONFIRMED: Tim 04 SEP 96
    The poles the come out of the rock are actually lights and speakers for the illuminations show. The actual laser comes out of the middle building in the Canada pavilion, on the upper left corner window.
    CONFIRMED: Jill Gavornik 21 AUG 97
    We confirm that there is no sitting allowed on any of the rock areas. As a matter of fact, you can't sit on anything! We were sitting on a stone wall that lead down to the "O Canada" movie so we'd have a good view of IllumiNations and a Cast Member asked us to get off the wall. Not only are there lights within the rocks, but speakers as well!
    CONFIRMED: The Crutchley Family 28 JUN 97
  3. Only one of the three totem poles is real wood. The other two have two distict markings that show they are two large pieces of fiberglass stacked on top of each other.
    REPORTED: Justin Stone 08 NOV 96
  4. The 30-foot "Real" totem pole raised there in April, 1998, is carved by a renowned Tsimshian Indian carver, David Boxley. The totem pole is 3 stories of Raven, a traditional story amongst Northwest Coastal Indians. The top of the pole depicts the story of Raven tricking the Chief of the Skies to release the sun, moon & stars from a carved cedar chest (box).
    REPORTED: anon 28 JUN 98
  5. As you walk down the steps to see the Canada 3-D movie, there is a waterfall to your right, among several large (fiberglass) rocks. About halfway down the steps or so there is a small rock with a hinge on it. If you lift it up, there is the valve to turn off the entire waterfall! Our tour guide showed us on a behind-the-scenes tour of Epcot.
    REPORTED: Jill M. Miske 06 FEB 96

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