[QUOTE=Turnwrench;1025634]Actually, there’s quite a back-story to the whole American pavilion. As Epcot was originally designed the US pavilion was supposed to be the flagship of all the World Showcase pavilions. There was to have been an elaborate ride/show, an upscale steakhouse restaurant on the 2nd floor, and a small counter service location at ground level.
To make a very long story short, both the ride and the steakhouse were scrapped due to budget concerns, sponsorship issues, as well as concerns voiced by other countries who were being asked to fork over large sums of money and who didn’t want to be overshadowed by the American pavilion. The counter service restaurant then grew substantially in size to take up the excess floor space from the canceled features.
I’ve always thought it quite displeasing to have the American pavilion to be so anti-climatic compared to those of the other countries. I’m at a loss to explain why a better eatery has not been built there, especially considering the dining capacity issues that constantly plague Epcot.[/QUOTE]
Hey now, that’s an interesting story, but Epcot is 20 some years old now and it’s time to do a little revamping in there. I was in the restaurant part of that pavilion only once because one of the CM’s next door saw our anniversary buttons and dragged us all the way over to the restaurant to get a special Mickey rice crispy treat (my first rice crispy treat ever)