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Reflections of China – World Showcase – EPCOT

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Reflections of China Description

Experience the beauty of China in this Circle-Vision travelogue.

Ride Information

Opening Day: May 22, 2003

Type of Ride: Travelogue film

Age Recommendation: All ages, though probably more interesting for adults

Duration of Ride: About 13 minutes

Typical Queue Time: Duration until next show, usually 14 minutes

Single Rider Line: No

Chicken Exit Available: Yes

Baby Swap Available: No

Type of Vehicle: None

Type of Restraint: None

Attraction Open During Early Theme Park Entry: No. See our Early Theme Park Entry page for more information.

Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No

Ride Restrictions

Height Requirements: None

Flash Photography or Video Allowed: No


Shopping: A variety of China-based goods, including men and women’s apparel, silk shoes, jewelry, lanterns, miniature dolls, miniature panda bears, Buddha statues, and teapots, are available for purchase at the “House of Good Fortune” gift shop. Additionally, “Good Fortune Gifts” sell parasols and puppets.

Dining/Refreshment: The China Pavilion features three eateries: Nine Dragons Restaurant, Lotus Blossom Café, and Joy of Tea. A full service restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner, Nine Dragons serves potstickers, spring rolls, stuffed buns, sesame chicken, pork, beef, fish, duck, tofu, and lo mein. Meanwhile, the counter service Lotus Blossom Café offers orange chicken, beef soup and salad, rice, and a stir fry; and Joy of Tea serves egg rolls and assorted teas.

Restroom:  The adjacent Norway Pavilion has restroom facilities.

Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Epcot smoking areas can be found on our Walt Disney World Designated Smoking Areas page.

Reflections of China Fun Facts

Did you know?

  • Reflections of China is housed in a replica of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests which was originally constructed near Beijing in the early fifteenth century within the larger Temple of Heaven complex.
  • Disney’s Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is supported by twelve outer columns. These symbolize both the twelve months of the year and the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese calendar. Four inner columns represent the earth’s four seasons and support as many beams, which form a square, symbolizing the earth. The lobby’s domed ceiling features a central gold medallion embedded with a dragon and a phoenix, the dragon symbolizing power and the phoenix symbolizing peace and prosperity.
  • Reflections of China is a Circle-Vision film.  Therefore, screens along the circumference of the room display the production. As such, no seating is provided in the theater; guests stand throughout the presentation.
  • Reflections of China is one of two Circle-Vision films at EPCOT, the other being O Canada! in the Canada Pavilion.
  • Reflections of China replaced another Circle-Vision film, the 19-minute “Wonders of China: Land of Beauty, Land of Time,” in 2003. Wonders of China had operated since EPCOT’s opening day, October 1, 1982.
  • Reflections of China amalgamates scenes from Wonders of China with new footage, including vistas of Hong Kong and Macau.  These regions were under British and Portuguese rule, respectively, when the original film was shot.
  •  The an actor portraying the great poet Li Bai of the Tang Dynasty is the host for this attraction.
  • The visuals in Reflections of China include: The Great Wall; Shanghai from various angles; the Yangtze River; the Gobi Desert; Inner Mongolia; the Shilin Stone Forest; the Harbin Ice Festival in the Heilongjiang Province; Macau; Hong Kong; Terracotta Soldiers; and the Peking Opera performing “Havoc in Heaven.” In addition, the film features the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
  • Filming for Wonders of China occurred between 1981 and 1982.  The United States’ precarious relationship with the Chinese government complicated filming for Wonders of China. For example, initially China invoked major restrictions on filming and barred Disney Imagineers from taking aerial shots of the Great Wall of China and Tibet. However, the Imagineers acquired greater freedom after viewing Fantasia (1940) with Chinese officials.
  • Wonders of China is the only attraction from Epcot’s World Showcase replicated at another Disney park.  Disneyland Park featured Wonders of China from 1984 to 1996.
  • Disney opened Disneyland parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2005 and 2016, respectively.

Top 5 Tips for Reflections of China


Reflections of China World Showcase

  • While waiting to enter the theater proper, stand on the center stone in the lobby and say something. The design of the building projects your echo.
  • Enjoy Reflections of China at your convenience after World Showcase opens.
  • Take in the details of the Hall of Prayer.  Specifically, the colors are stunning.
  • Guests in wheelchairs or ECVs can remain in their vehicles during the presentation.
  • Consider watching Mulan (1998) prior to your visit.
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