If I recall correctly (and excuse me as I have not listened to this week's podcast as yet), World Showcase pavillions are sponsored by the country represented.
Given the political turmoil, I doubt an all-encompassing Arbian pavilion would work.
Recalling Expo 67 here in Montreal, we had both an Iraqi and Iranian pavillion as well as one from Israel.
The Indian economy is not suffering as much as others by the U.S. originated economic turmoil, and could be supportive of a pavillion.
The South American countries should also be in better shape, so Argentina would be possible.
I would like to see Australia added to World Showcase. It's such a huge country and has a variety of terrain and climate. So few Americans get to experience a trip to Australia. I know some people might thing that Australia is too close to that of England, but having lived in both countries, I can assure you they are not any more similar than Japan and China.
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I think Australia would be a great addition.I can already taste the lamb chops ,grilled prawns,a wide variety of wines,and Fosters beer. Perhaps they could borrow the lamb slider sandwich from New Zealand. They could have a mini-zoo featuring koalas,crocs,kangaroos,emus and snakes. could showcase aborigine art and history. Pass on the Aborigine food.
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I bet they could make a killer ride with an Australia theme! Something that takes you from the Ayers rock, to the Barrier reef, etc. With singing kangaroos and koalas. Although, hmm, I guess technically a Great Barrier reef ride is out because they sort of have one . . .The Seas with Nemo & Friends.
On a similar topic, being part-Cherokee, I would like to see a little more of a Native American presence somewhere in the parks. I think that would make a cool pavillion somewhere. Especially something delving into Indian legend and lore. But then I suppose you get into the "which tribes" arguments, etc.
From a marketing aspect, maybe incorporate Brother Bear or something.
Added 'em all, but if I have to choose Australia gets my vote.
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I wish they would bring back the Millennium Village. They had 20-30 countries represented in one big pavilion. My kids still love looking at their "Passports" with all the stamps and greetings from each country. There were several attractions and food boothes in it so you could really get a broad sampling. Don't know if anyone remembers that, but I certainly thought that was a pavilion worth keeping. They could even rotate smaller countries in and keep it ever-changing.
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I vote for Russia. I lived there for two years and really enjoyed the architecture, art, and culture. I wasn't too hip on the food, but I'm not an adventurous eater.
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Listened to the podcast this morning. I think an Egypt pavilion would be amazing. When I was younger I was completely fascinated with the history of Egypt. I agree on how there could be an indoor ride themed as a cruise down the Nile. In that ride you could see the pyramids being built, a Pharoah's palace, see the mummification ceremony going on maybe even pass into the afterlife which could mean you see the Egyptian gods. Another option could be a maze inside a pyramid. Even the spitting camels from the old Aladdin parade could be used in Egypt.
After listening to the podcast and reading the posts i'd have to agree with most people i'd pick either Egypt or Australia. i think both of those would be great additions to the world showcase.
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