The World Showcase: How many of the countries have you been to? Which is the most authentic, least authentic.

Robbiem

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Interesting you say southern Italy as the pavilion is based on Venice up in the north. I think Italy is one of the largest disappointments in the showcase.

I agree. Italy could have been so much more. Disneysea does it much better where you travel across the country as you go from the entrance to Mysterious Island
 

Animaniac93-98

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I agree. Italy could have been so much more. Disneysea does it much better where you travel across the country as you go from the entrance to Mysterious Island

DisneySea does the whole World Showcase thing better, and their Italian section is the biggest improvement. In no small part because you can swim and stay overnight in it. :)
 

Giss Neric

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Not just World Showcase. Hollywood Boulevard at Hollywood Studios is an ideal representation. Hollywood Boulevard in real life is ugly and dirty.
 

Raineman

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If you're from BC. Then yeah, sure. Quebec and parts of Ontario would disagree with that assessment though. It doesn't even have a Tim Horton's for crying out loud.
It would make trips into Epcot infinitely better if I could walk around WS with a Timmie's triple triple or ice capp in my hand, and maybe a box of Timbits (no old fashioned plain, because 🤮)

I agree with this. I have only been to Ontario and I don’t feel that from what I saw there in the likes of the CN Tower and other more modernized looking things was a good whole representation of what Canada is. Maybe out west it is more log cabins and rodeos and stuff like that, but that is only a part of it.
Southern Ontario looks alot like Ohio-flat, alot of open areas, alot of farmland. Driving here is pretty boring, which is probably why I love driving through Tennessee on our trips down to Florida. Most of Canada, as far as the terrain goes, is very similar to it's counterpart in the US-mountains in the west, prairies in the central areas, forested coastal areas in the east. We, however, do not have deserts (well, we have a very small desert area in BC); we have arctic permafrost in the north instead, which is basically an ice & snow desert.

You guys totally missed it... Toronto is represented by World Showcase Lagoon being Lake Ontario! ;)
If it is truly like Lake Ontario, you wouldn't want to swim it in-at all. :D

Ironically, one of the best April Fool's articles I've ever read was the "announcement" of a Disney resort on the Toronto islands.
It took me quite a few minutes when I initially read that article before I realized what it actually was. Talk about getting your hopes way up just to have them crashing back down quickly. Just the thought of having a Disney resort/theme park within a two hour drive of my home....
 

The_Jobu

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Interesting you say southern Italy as the pavilion is based on Venice up in the north. I think Italy is one of the largest disappointments in the showcase.

Yes I agree. Not disagreeing with the poster's opinion, but for me the entire pavilion has no Southern Italian representation aside from the donkey cart, ha. Not that that's "wrong", they wanted to re-create the touristy parts of Venice that people would recognize. Come to think of it, I dont find any of the pavilions very "authentic", but I doubt they're supposed to be, they're stereotypes, but I dont think that's a bad thing. Like how Disney "Disneyfied" the West in Frontierland, they do that in Epcot, and it works well.

I've spent a lot of time in the US, Canada, the UK and Italy (and briefly visited France) and they all seem to be based off little idealized snapshots of a particular place at a particular time. I don't mean to sound negative, I love WS, its probably impossible to authentically represent an entire country in the size of an Epcot pavilion.
 
I'm thinking that BBQ grasshoppers and scorpions on sticks won't appetise most EPCOT visitors.
Yes but I would want to try them. Went to China with my daughter's school trip. We were with a tour and they told us NOT to eat the street food as they often re-use the oil, etc. We really wanted to try the unusual things on sticks but followed the rule they gave us.
 

Lilofan

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Well, I look at Canada everyday driving to work and been there many times. Can not say I have ever had a great steak there ;)
20 years ago Epcot Canada had a kiosk year round selling deep fried Beaver Tails. So good and only I've seen them also traveling in Canada.
 
The hotel is based on one in Ottawa ON, and the buildings across from it are inspired by Halifax, NS. So there is some representation of Canada East of Alberta, but they were obviously trying to capture the feel of this:

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Which, you can't really do with a postage stamp of land like in Epcot.
Also similar to Banff Springs in Alberta and Chateau Frontenac. All of these are the castle hotels built in Canada by railroad going across Canada. This was a good choice by Disney.
 
I have been to all the countries in Epcot except Morocco.
I feel all of them are idealized order versions. I think in general that was a good idea by Disney. I love Toronto but putting sky scrappers in Canada would have been less charming.

In terms of Italy. No question the food is American-Italian but then again Americans would expect that as there are so many Italian restaurants around the US. The same being true for Mexico.
The architecture in Italy is based on Venice but the food is much more Southern. We have traveled around Northern Italy and of course you can get pizza and pasta but that is not the regional food of Northern Italy. Pasta is southern Italy and Pizza started in Napoli. Do I wish the food was Northern Italy - YES that is so much harder to get in the US.

We love France the best because we think the quick service is the most Authentic.

Oh and someone said they never had a good steak in Canada. We have had WONDERFUL steaks in Western Canada.
 
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