Roman Ruins Attraction: Epcot Center's Canceled Attractions Part 41

Epcot Center's Canceled Attractions 

When unfinished World Showcase Pavilions are discussed typically the first one mentioned is Germany, but its neighbor also remains unfinished to this day, without its major attraction and left in a state of partial construction.

Welcome to Epcot Center's Canceled Attractions where we discuss the never built attraction in the Italian World Showcase Pavilion. Be sure to check out the rest of the series so far here and come back every week for more entires in this series.

Italy today features most of its shops and restaurants on one side of the pavilion. This was not by design, but rather a lasting example of the cancelation of the phase two plans for Epcot Center's phase two in the World Showcase.

One side of the pavilion was left unbuilt with the intention of adding it on later. It was set to include a walkthrough attraction and an additional restaurant.

This extra section was meant to add on an additional building to the right side of the pavilion that would include both an elaborate restaurant and a walkthrough attraction based on ancient Italy.

This attraction would have taken place in the right and back half of the pavilion, taking you through a collection of ruins.

It is uncertain what exactly the ruins would have been, with different sources pointing to either Roman or Pompeii based ruins being explored in a walkthrough attraction. It is also unknown if any kind of story would attempt to be told through this attraction.

This would have given the World Showcase its first and only elaborate walk through attraction, which is something Disney would not actually attempt on a large scale in their parks until the opening of Euro Disneyland.

The ruins of Rome still remain featured in Epcot to this day as a scene in Spaceship Earth, most known for its scent.

There are so many of these little experiences that never happened because of the cancelation of phase two of Epcot, and it can fun to look at the mostly now empty locations where they were supposed to go in the park and wonder what it would be like to experience them had they been built as initially intended.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the rest of this ongoing series here. Also make sure you come back next week when we explore the never built Spain Pavilion planned but never built for Epcot Center.