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The Germany Pavilion is designed to look like a German town, however the building architecture includes styles from different eras and regions mixed together. The Platz, or square, is decorated with a statue of St. George and the Dragon and a clock tower. The pavilions main attraction is The Biergarten restaurant located at the rear of the Platz.
Inside The Biergarten the fall leaves are a tell tell sign that it is always Oktoberfest—with a buffet of German foods and a traditional German band. Biergarten visitors can dance out on the dance floor in front of the stage, which the kids love. The pavilion also has numerous small shops selling German goods, including dolls, the traditional 'pickle' Christmas ornament and cuckoo clocks. Another feature of the pavilion—and one that kids really love-- is a large model village with model trains running through it.
The pavilion's original design included a boat ride along the Rhine river. It would have focused on German folklore, in a similar manner to the Mexico and Norway rides. The Walt Disney Company's 1976 annual report described the ride as "... 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."
Though the building meant to house the attraction was built, Disney did not complete the ride construction by opening day, October 1, 1982. Instead, it was announced that the ride would be part of the "phase two" park expansion. However Disney subsequently dropped all phase two attractions and decided that any expansion projects would only be allowed if a host country funded such. The large ride building sits behind The Biergarten. The space used by the restaurant would have been the entrance hall to the ride. Currently the building is used as a workshop, a place to store floats and as a cast member rehearsal space.
Pics: Top Left--Inside Biergarten, Top Right--Beirgarten Water Wheel, Bottom Right--Biergarten band, Bottom Left--Miniature village with model train