Found in the World Showcase of Epcot in Walt Disney World is several pavilions dedicated to some of the countries from around the world. Not surprisingly, the first one you come across as you wander right into the World Showcase is Canada.
The theming of the pavilion is meant to place you in the heart of Canada. It is designed to emulate not only some of the impressive architecture found in the country, but also the awesomeness of the great outdoors there. You will see a canyon, a waterfall, totem poles, etc.
Many may only think of the Canadian pavilion for its signature restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, or the shopping offered in the Northwest Mercantile and the Wood Cart, or perhaps some think of the Celtic rock band which often performs there called Off Kilter. However, they would be wrong in assuming the attraction there known as O Canada! is not worth their time.
It is located in the heart of the Canada pavilion and treats guests to a 360-degree Circle-Vision experience. The film was updated in 2007 to better reflect the Canada of today and at that time comedian Martin Short was added as host (Short hails from Canada).
His comedic talent is put to good use as he first squashes everyone’s first thoughts of Canada – a cold wasteland. With the use of the Circle-Vision theater, Short introduces the audience to the wonders and scenery of Canada.
A word of caution about this ride a la “It’s a Small World,” the theme music, Canada (You’re a Lifetime Journey), can be quite catchy and hard to get out of your head. Other than that, it is an excellent way to past the time and introduce yourself to the possibility of taking a vacation in Canada.
Thanks to alorindanya who provided the video above.
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