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  1. One of the songs being played at the Japan pavilion was "Master of Puppets" by Metallica. It wasn't the Metallica version, but a version play on a Japanise guitar. I just thought that was pretty neat.
    REPORTED: Luke Smith 03 JAN 99
    Metallica was never an influence in Japan. They probably stole the song from a Japanese musican.
    UPDATE: anon 26 JAN 99
  2. The Japan pavilion was scheduled to receive a feature attraction in October of 1983. "Meet the World", a Carousel of Progress-type history show, which can today be seen at Tokyo Disneyland, but the Epcot version was never completed.
    REPORTED: The WDWGuide 16 JUN 01
  3. A ride much like "The Matterhorn" at Disneyland was planned for Japan at Epcot. The land was available for the ride, but the idea was scrapped.
    REPORTED: David Burch 04 SEP 97
    The "Matterhorn type" ride in Japan at World Showcase was to be called Journey to Mt. Fuji. It was scraped because of a copyright issue with the Fuji film Co. who wanted to sell Fuji Film in the Japan Showcase. Due to its relationship with Kodak, Disney scrapped the idea.
    UPDATE: jamccul 14 SEP 97
    Walk to the rear of Japan, cross the bridge, thru the doors into the fortress. This was intended to be an entrance into the roller-coaster ride Mount Fuji (similar to Matterhorn Mountain in Disneyland). Disney cancelled this ride due to funding. There was also a conflict of interest with a major Disney sponser, Kodak, who did not want a ride with the word "Fuji" (their main competitor).
    CONFIRMED: Mark Thompson 11 JUL 01
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