Welcome to “Trivia at the Movies” – World Showcase Edition!

One more day at the movies, my friends!  I hope that’s OK.  I didn’t want to leave World Showcase’s “travelogues” without one last parting shot.  A dose of trivia!

Reflections of China takes WDW’s Guests through the Chinese countryside as well as on a tour of historical structures and buildings.

China Pavilion

You will see The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City in Beijing, Hong Kong, as well as Shanghai.

The attraction opened on May 22, 2003 and replaced its predecessor …


Likewise, O Canada is on its second version.  In its case, it has always been called O Canada – a name derived from Canada’s national anthem.

The film showcases images of Quebec, Ontario, the Calgary Stampede, Vancouver and much more.

We know that the current version is the product of an update in 2007 and is narrated by Martin Short, but in what year was the ride originally opened?

Frozen Invades Norway! Are China, France, and Canada Next?

First, let me start with a personal disclosure.  It has been a really long while since we’ve taken the time to enjoy any of the three World Showcase films we “challenged” in this past weekend’s polls.

Why?  Well, basically, for us, they’re “been there, done that”.  As a result, our votes would have been for the full refurbishment of all three attractions.

And, as space would likely be a big obstacle on all counts, I suspect that the presentation of new movies would be the easiest course forward for our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Then, again, open your imagination a bit.  What type of “live show” could they fit into those relatively small spaces?

Would it be possible to design interactive experiences exciting enough to successfully replace one or more of the films?  Hmmm.

I really wish I had the talent of a true Disney Imagineer.  But, as much as I would like to see something new in China, France, or Canada, I couldn’t begin to imagine what that might be.  Alas, that’s why I write about it … and not design it.

Here are your thoughts:

Reflections of China.

78% of you would like to see China’s movie “re-furbed” or replaced.  36% voted for Disney to “design an entirely NEW attraction!”

One reader suggested that a replacement of the movie would suffice as long as it has “… a narrator that is less of a caricature and more reflective of actual Chinese culture.”

Impressions de France!

This attraction is 32 years old(!), and it still gets a lot of “love”!  See?

“This film is my favorite attraction in all of Epcot, and its replacement would sadden me greatly.”

“Impressions de France has been running since 1982, and I don’t see a reason to replace it now.”


In spite of this, however, over 67% of this weekend’s respondents would like to see France’s centerpiece attraction “re-furbed” or replaced.  Of course, this means that almost 33% of you agreed with the adoring fans quoted above.

O Canada!

… is the “new kid on the block”, as it was already freshened up once … in 2007.  Maybe its “newness” is responsible for the fact that the “winning” opinion in the poll was to “Leave it alone!”

That wasn’t the majority view, though.  When it comes to Martin Short’s “travelogue”, over 62% would like to see “him” get “re-furbed” or replaced, as well.

In sum, there seems to be a fair amount of desire to see more change in World Showcase.  Across all three polls, almost 70% would like to see something new in China, France, and Canada.

“I never go and see the movies.  Eliminate and put in something more interactive.”

“I think a good ‘rehab’ would do well for all!”

With Frozen’s invasion of Norway on the horizon, could Disney be preparing to overhaul the rest of World Showcase?  I wonder.

If these polls speak for the multitudes, and the aforementioned thoughts are shared by most, Disney’s Imagineers should take note.  It might be time for more change in Epcot!

Your thoughts, folks?

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – World Showcase’s “Movies”!

Good morning (or, good day), my friends!  Welcome to the weekend!

So, what’s this “rehabilitation or elimination” thing all about?  Well, if your new to All in WDW, it goes like this …

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company!  Are you familiar with Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering?  It’s where all the action “lives”!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide.  Well, I’ve got great news for you!  They need our help!


Tap into your creativity, folks.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

World Showcase “movies”.  Reflections of China.  Impressions de France.  O Canada!

They’ve all been around for a while now.  In fact, O Canada! is the “freshest” of the three and it’s current version is almost eight years old.

Our task today is to determine whether or not we should rehabilitate or eliminate any or all of these long-standing attractions.  And, if so, what should we put in their place?

Now, folks.  You already know what is the most fun component of this little activity.  Your ideas!

If you choose “Eliminate! We need to design an entirely NEW attraction!”, then tell us what we should build.  After all, you are “re-imagineers”!

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