Germany Pavilion at Epcot
Entrance to the Pavilion
|Opening date||October 1, 1982|
|Attraction type||Themed Pavilion|
The Germany Pavilion is a German-themed pavilion that is part of the World Showcase, within Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, United States. Its location is between the Chinese and Italian pavilions.
The original design of the pavilion called for a boat ride along the Rhine river. At the time of designing and constructing the pavilion in the mid- to late-1970s and early 1980s, Germany was split into West and East Germany, therefore the pavilion was intended to focus on shared Germanic traditions and folklore, not focusing on one nation or the other, in a similar manner to Norway's Maelstrom. (German reunification didn't occur until 1990.) According to the Walt Disney Company's 1976 annual report, the ride was to be " ... a cruise down Germany's most famous rivers — the Rhine, the Tauber, the Ruhr, and the Isar. Detailed miniatures of famous landmarks will also be seen, including one of the Cologne Cathedral."
Additionally, although not necessarily meant to accompany the Rhine cruise, the other idea for a ride at the Germany pavilion was the Matterhorn Bobsleds (even though actually located in Switzerland) just like at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland.
Though the pavilion itself was built, Disney never constructed the ride section behind it. It was announced to be part of a future expansion, but never received the funding. Remains are the ride entrance gate and foyer (to the right of the Biergarten entrance) which are now also used as a dining area. A mural covered wall closes off the small space behind it, originally for the ride load and unload areas, which is now used for storage, a workshop, and as a cast member rehearsal space.
The Germany Pavilion is designed to look like a German town, but with architecture from different eras and regions. The Platz (square) is decorated with a statue of St. George and the Dragon inspired by the statue in the medieval Bavarian town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and a clock tower. The Biergarten, at the rear of the courtyard, sells traditional German food. The pavilion also has numerous small shops selling German goods, including dolls and cuckoo clocks. The area near the pavilion is decorated by an extensive model village with working model trains.
Characters from the Walt Disney animated feature "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", which was inspired by the version of the tale attributed to the Brothers Grimm, make appearances in and around the pavilion.
Attractions & Services
- Agent P World Showcase Adventure (June 23, 2012 – present)
- Biergarten Restaurant, a buffet restaurant designed to look as though Oktoberfest is being celebrated there. Schnitzel, strudel and beer offer a taste of Bavaria at the Biergarten Restaurant. It features live entertainment and beer served in one liter steins. The dining hall is actually in the entrance area for the never built boat cruise down the Rhine.
- Sommerfest, a quick-service restaurant
- Das Kaufhaus
- Der Teddybär
- Die Weihnachtsecke
- The Romantic Road Miniature Train Village: A small outdoor model garden railway. It was originally created for the Flower and Garden Festival, but was kept due to its popularity. The trains used in the exhibit are LGB and Piko.
- Glockenspiel: The clock that overlooks St. Georges Platz.
- St. George: A large statue of Saint George slaying a dragon.
- Characters - Snow White
- Jim Hill blog Archived July 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- "Rhine River Cruise Mysteries - Imagineering Disney -". www.imagineeringdisney.com. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
- "The Rhine River Cruise". www.disneyavenue.com. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
- "Visit an Inspiration for Epcot's Germany". 365daysofmagic.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Germany, Epcot.|
- Walt Disney World Resort - Germany Pavilion at DIS
- Video tour of the Germany Pavilion at Epcot
- Walt Disney World Resort - Biergarten Restaurant
- Walt Disney World Resort - Sommerfest Take-away with Oktoberfest musicians