In this shot from 1985, it is obvious that we are inside the China Pavilion. Check out the construction on the Nine Dragons restaurant that opened on October 23, 1985. The workers on top have an interesting view of World Showcase.
So, the China Pavilion opened without a major restaurant?
Dave Smith writes:
It seemed a little odd that World Showcase opened with China but no Chinese Restaurant, because of the popularity of Chinese cuisine. The omission was remedied three years later, and the resulting restaurant has been honored with awards for its blend of Chinese cuisine from many of the provinces.
—Disney A to Z, the Official Encyclopedia. p 359.
The Lotus Blossom Cafe opened in September of 1985.
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