Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion compresses time and style into a brilliant rural/city/town progression and tour across the British Isles, sampling settings from the 1500s to the 1800s.
• 1500s – Begins with the thatched-roofed Tea Caddy is modeled after the home of William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway.
• 1600s – The Queen’s Table, a two-story structure with an overhanging upper story, represents an era in which British citizens were taxed on the ground floor footage of their homes. Thus, they built the second level larger.
• 1700s – The Queen Anne Room, rendered in plaster.
• 1800s – The stone and columned façade of Lords and Ladies.
• 1500s – The Pavilion wraps back around to this era to tie it all together with the Toy Soldier, The Crown & Crest, and The Sportsman’s Shoppe.
Stroll down cobblestone streets, venture through a knee-high hedge maze, laugh with the comedic improv troupe, or kick back, relax, and enjoy some Beatles rock-n-roll in this picturesque Pavilion.
Guests who were fortunate to visit at the end of April were treated to a special celebration. The entire Pavilion was festooned with flags in honor of Prince William’s royal wedding day. This photo captures Cast Members who hail from the United Kingdom, posing to commemorate where they were on the historic day their future king wed. The Rose & Crown Dining Room featured Royal Wedding trivia throughout the day and surprised lucky diners with a Royal Wedding Reception Magical Moment, which occurred completely at random and involved complimentary wedding cake.
This past Saturday, Walt Disney Pictures released its latest animation, Winnie the Pooh. The movie is based on the beloved children’s stories written by British author A.A. Milne in the early part of the 20th century. A section toward the back of the UK Pavilion’s Toy Soldier store is dedicated to this “silly old bear,” and features photos of Milne and his son Christopher Robin. On the shelf below the photos are three envelopes. One is addressed to Henry Pootle, the books’ publisher, another to Mr. Alexander Milne (A.A. Milne), and a third to a Mr. Sanders, 100 Acre Woods West. [“Mr. Sanders” is the name above Pooh’s door – Pooh “lived under the name Sanders” – literally!]
Visit Disney’s interactive Winnie the Pooh website to find fascinating fun facts, quizzes, games, activities and more. Then, if you get a chance, go to the movies!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Literature/Cinema
SKILL LEVEL: Preschool/Early Elementary