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United Kingdom Pavilion
This architecturally detailed pavilion opened along with E.P.C.O.T. Center on October 1, 1982. And while there is no large attraction here, guests will often run into some familiar friends as they explore the pavilion. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Mary Poppins, and Alice frequent the shops and alleys. There is also the World Showcase Players comedy troupe that would love to make you part of their lighthearted, pun filled telling of legend of King Arthur and the Holy Grail.
As with many of the other pavilions, the U.K. has a town square. Commonly, town squares have a central feature in the center. For the U.K., several statues were considered for this prominent place, among them, statues of: Lord Nelson, Lord Byron, Robert Burns, and William Shakespeare, along with several kings and queens. In the end Imagineers decided on a sundial, an object with no political or social tie.
The United Kingdom pavilion is designed to look like a British town, but from no certain time period, as the buildings within the pavilion feature facades from different eras and places woven together. A few things to note: the small cottage along the promenade is representative of homes in the 1500's that had thatched roofs, but here the roof is made of plastic to keep from catching fire; in the 2nd store windows of The Queens Table shop—done in Elizabethan architectural style--are the crests of the 4 major U.K. Universities, Oxford, Cambridge, Eton, and Edinburgh; the path through the Cottage Garden is lined with homes designed off of set drawings from the film Mary Poppins; toward the back of the pavilion, fronted by row houses of the 1800's and as well as stately manor home, guests will find a miniature Hyde Park complete with a hedge maze and gazebo where the Epcot band British Invasion could be heard playing Beatles favorites up until April 2011. In May 2011 a new band, British Revolution, began playing classic British Band hits. Be sure to step inside any and all buildings in the U.K. Pavilion to look at the architecture, to spot a royal vignette, or find British merchandise—like Paddington Bear.
No British town would be complete without a Pub—short for “public house.” Epcot's Rose & Crown pub sits at the water's edge and features 4 facades of prominent pub styles, each representing architecture of different times and places: the brick and wood paneling of the 1890s Victorian era is found at the pub's entrance; the 17th and 18th century provincial pubs with slate roofs, plaster exterior walls and stone-quoined corners, where the local magistrate would have to issue a license in order for the pub to operate; then there's the Dickensian-style pub with a slate roof, flagstone terrace and half-timbered walls; and finally the waterfront pub with its stone exterior walls, a clay roof, and decorative doorway. Just behind the Rose & Crown, down in the lagoon is a replica of the 137 mile long Grand Union Canal. The replica once had two locks, one at each end, which have since been removed; but none the less another piece that helps create a whole picture of the U.K.
Pics: Top Row--homes along the Cottage Garden designed from drawings for Mary Poppins, 2nd Row Left--Grand Union Canal, 2nd Row Right--U.K Pavilion from Promenade, 3rd Row Left--Gazebo and Hedge Maze, 3rd Row Right--'Hyde Park, Bottom Left--U.K. Pavilion Tea Cottage, Bottom Right--Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room.