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  1. On the backside of the Mexico showcase there is a large mural which looks like a bunch of oversized leaves. These leaves were actually painted as a test for the enormous murals painted on the outside of the Swan & Dolphin hotels which are located just outside of Epcot, across from the Disney-MGM Studios.
    REPORTED: Brian Collins 12 AUG 98
  2. The temple in Mexico was built to look like a Mayan pyramid.
    REPORTED: Ray Petti 23 DEC 96
    When I ate in the San Angelos Inn last year, I asked the server about the temple! He said it was Mayan.
    CONFIRMED: Lauren Spinnenweber 25 JUL 98
    The temple in Mexico was built to look like a Mayan pyramid.
    CONFIRMED: Jennifer Dubin- Future CM 31 MAR 02
  3. On the boat ride, as you first enter the temple, the spirit of an Aztec Chief appears in front of the boats in a cove. He's transparent and apperars and dissapers at will. Does that sound farmilar to anyone here? Well, it's the exact same effect as the Haunted Mansion ballroom..... the chief's ghost is a reflection on a sheet of (slanted) glass, with a dim light on a dummy that fades on and off. It's very simple and really neat looking. However, unlike in the Mansion, you can ruin the whole effect just by turning your head. As you're just about to pass the effect, look directly behind you and stare at that alcove. Keep looking. Don't turn around until you enter the 'Day Of The Dead' scene (AKA the Small World scene). You'll be able to see the dummy standing there. Once you see him, he's really cool. Lots of bright clothes and headgear.
    REPORTED: Foxx 11 FEB 99
    On the boat ride, as you first enter the temple, the spirit of an Aztec Chief appears in front of the boats in a cove. He's transparent and apperars and dissapers at will. Does that sound farmilar to anyone here? Well, it's the exact same effect as the Haunted Mansion ballroom..... the chief's ghost is a reflection on a sheet of (slanted) glass, with a dim light on a dummy that fades on and off. It's very simple and really neat looking. However, unlike in the Mansion, you can ruin the whole effect just by turning your head. As you're just about to pass the effect, look directly behind you and stare at that alcove. Keep looking. Don't turn around until you enter the 'Day Of The Dead' scene (AKA the Small World scene). You'll be able to see the dummy standing there. Once you see him, he's really cool. Lots of bright clothes and headgear.
    CONFIRMED: Jennifer Dubin- Future CM 31 MAR 02
  4. Just a small thing I remember seeing after IllumiNations was completed. In Mexico, next to the temple, on the walkway leading back to Future World, I saw one large box with a CD player and sound equipment, I saw the CD was playing and the after show music was still on. I guess this could have been the unit for the light, sound and pyro effect as well. All of it coming from one CD. I wish someone could confirm this. It also could have been used in case the main system had problems.
    REPORTED: Barry Eytcheson 12 JUL 96
  5. The control room for Illuminations is actually located at the top of the Mexico pavilion.
    REPORTED: Rob Hamilton 11 JUL 98
  6. Between 92-93 I worked in the UK pavillion as a J-1 cast member (the College Program thought they had fun- we out did them on all occasions...even being stopped by the National Enquirer one night and asked to give background info on being an international cast member....no way!!) My Roomie at the time was a Mexican who worked on the boat ride. On his last day in the pavillion he came home with no shoes on, explaining that when a cast member leaves that particular pavillion they leave one or both of their shoes hidden on the ride. Obviously these must be disposed of every now and then otherwise we would have the great shoe mountain, but check out the bases of the animatronics for errant footwear!! A J-1 Cast Member was (pre '93), a cast member from the international programme at World Showcase. J-1 refers to the Visa that was given to the various participants (I believe that it's actually a type of study Visa!!). This then changed, also changing the FICA tax status of the cast members on the new Q-1 visa and causing a large back-log in tax which meant that a few people (notably Canadians working in 'Le Cellier and earning no gratuities) could no longer continue working at EPCOT 'cos they had HUGE back-dated tax bills!!
    REPORTED: Phil 16 FEB 00
    About cast members in the Mexico boat ride leaving their shoes there on their last day, I must say I can't confirm this. I worked at the ride for a year (95-96) and the tradition was to get thrown in the river or the fountain on the plaza (I did!). I have friends (permanent staff) still working there and they haven't heard of this shoe tradition.
    UPDATE: anon 28 JUL 00
    Yes most of the cast members in the World Showcase are on Q-1 visa's. J-1's are issued to people who are intended to be learning while at Disney, this includes such people as foriegner's working as lifeguards in the water parks, and chefs working in the kitchens. As well servers in Le Cellier do earn tips as I can attest to having been one. And as far as taxes, several, but not all the countries in the World Showcase have tax treaties with the USA, and thus people from these countries receive all of there taxes back, and instead are suppose to pay taxes on their income earned in Disney to their respective counties.
    CONFIRMED: Jamie Sharp 08 JAN 01
  7. At Mexico there is a open bridge, like Tower Bridge in London, and it is opened for a short period to let the fireworks barges into the lagoon before the fireworks.
    REPORTED: Stuart Cowper 05 JUN 02
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