Ivan and the Magic Pike: Epcot Center's Cancelled Attractions Part 28

Ivan and the Magic Pike Ride Epcot Disney Concept Art

Epcot's World Showcase has featured two main types of attractions, attractions that showcase the history and locations of the host country, and attractions that told the folklore and mythology of their host country. The proposed Russian Pavilion would have featured both of these types of attractions with one of them retelling the story of Ivan and the Magic Pike.

Welcome to Epcot Center's Cancelled Attractions where we take you through rides and attractions that were designed but never built for Epcot. Today is the second part of our trilogy of articles discussing the never built Russian/ Soviet Union Pavilion for World Showcase. Be sure to check out the first part here and the rest of the series here. Today we explore the ride through attraction planned for the pavilion.

Russia Epcot Center Ride Concept Art Disney World

It is unclear what ride system this attraction would have used. It appears from the above concept art that this would have used a boat for the ride vehicle, but some sources point at it being a more traditional dark ride. 

Epcot Never Built Ride Russia Concept Art

The basic story would have followed a story from Russian folklore about a lazy boy who gets a wish from a magic Pike to never have to work again, then sending him on a series of adventures.

Ivan and the Magic Pike Concept Art Disney World

The artistic style for this attraction expressed in the concept art really seems interesting and it would have been intriguing to see how it would have been translated into a ride.

Epcot Russia Ride Never Built Concept Art

This attraction would have added a much needed additional child-friendly attraction to the World Showcase. It would have stood alongside the now lost Malestrom as a wonderful Disneyfied version of folklore.

This ride never ended happening due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and unless Disney ends up making a film inspired by Russian fairy tales then it seems unlikely this will end up inspiring any future attraction.

Thanks for coming along with us. Next week we will be exploring the main attraction of the Russian Pavilion, The Bells of Change. Also check out the entire series here.

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