35 To Epcot 35: Countdown Day 3 – Millennium Village

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Epcot Center 35th Anniversary on October 1, 2017

The Millennium Village

The Millennium Village was a 60,000 square foot pavilion, located between the UK pavilion and Canada pavilion.  It opened on October 1, 1999 and ran until January 1, 2001.  The pavilion still exists and is now called the World Showplace.  Currently it is used for special events or parties.

The Millennium Village pavilion hosted a pre-show area to many countries.   Several times a day there would be a presentation with international cast member introductions from the following countries:  Ethiopia, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Indonesia, South Africa, Israel, and Namibia.

The pavilion also included interactive exhibits from several other countries.

Brazil

Here guests could experience and overview of Carnaval, the native sounds of the Amazon Rain Forest and play a game involving soccer-their national sport.

Chile

In the Chile area the ambassadors would dress as huasos (Chilean cowboys) with their sombrero de huasos.  Guests were given a look at the countries vineyards, ranches, forests and crops and a look at how they harvest fog and convert it into water for crops.   Also on display for Chile was the Easter Island display.

Easter Island

This display was named the Moai of Peace and allowed guests a look at re-creations of the famous stone Easter Island statues.

Eritrea

A country known for it’s coffee, this display allowed guests a look into their traditional coffee ceremony.

Israel

The entrance to this display was paved in stones from Jerusalem.  It would take guests on a virtual trip though Jerusalem’s history.  There was also a demonstration of a pen that could translate Hebrew to English.  There was also a simulator style ride that took guests on a an “historic ride through Israel and Jerusalem.)

Saudi Arabia

This display allowed guests to take a virtual tour of the country and ambassadors would tell stories about the country.

Scotland

Here the ambassadors wore Tartans designed for the decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia.  Guests could play a round of mini golf while learning about Scottish inventions like anesthesia.  Like many other countries, there was also a virtual tour attractions.

Sweden

Here guests could enter and view four 27 foot eggs that represented the four seasons.    Around these eggs were displays from the 1998 World’s Fair in Lisbon. Here guests could learn about Sweden and their inventions.

Village Green

This area allowed guests to learn about renewability by following the life cycle of plants from seed to mulching.

There was also a 250 seat theater, where entertainers from around the world performed, and a food court called The Gift of Cuisine.  Here eight regional kitchens featured typical dishes from countries around the world.

 

Artisans from various countries were brought in to create and sell pieces.  They came from places like Lebanon, Peru,

Egypt, Korea, Greece, Thailand, and Venezuela.

During the Millennium Celebration there was a special parade called The Tapestry of Nations.  If featured 40 puppets.  They have various names like Aztec Man, Angel Girl, Bird man, Hammered Man, and so on.  They were very tall and very neat to see.  The parade was led by a stilt walker called the “Sage of Time.”

Did you get to see the Millennium Village?  What was your favorite part?  Comment and let us know!

Sources: Wikipedia, Disney Avenue,

Image Sources: WDW Magic, Inside the Magic, Frey Art, i5nomads,

 


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