May 9, 2014

The World Showcase That Never Was: The United Kingdom

Sure, World Showcase holds a particularly charming version of the United Kingdom, but we also know the Disney Imagineers would work through multiple versions of attractions and ideas that never make it past the storyboards.

One such idea for Epcot exists now in the annals of the past: Imagine a towering Big Ben, the common name for the Great Clock of the Palace of Westminster, shining brightly above it all..

Sailing on a simulated Thames River, guests would have toured the sights, enjoying the sounds of the cityscape, such as the recreation of the Tower of London, as well as the country. The required sites would include a pub, tea garden, and many of the elements that would make it past the opening plans. 

The beloved clock tower in scaled form could have appeared at the back of the pavilion a la the Eiffel Tower found just meters away in the France Showcase. But it was not to be. For now, the only place to see the sights such as these is the real London. Thank God it is not too expensive to get there!

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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