By Beth Skarp
does an amazing job when it comes to designing and implementing a theme
surrounding anything you see while on Disney property. This comes down
to the smallest and simplest of things.
said this, I wonder how much effort the typical guest puts into
admiring or fully taking in the sights that are around us. We are so
busy scurrying about. From our resort to our transportation. From our
transportation to a much anticipated ride or attraction. From one ride
to the next one. From the heat of the parks to the comfort of
air-conditioned buildings that offer a place to eat or simply rest our
tired feet for a moment. No matter where we are scurrying to or from,
chances are we scurry past so many things of beauty that surround us. I
know that I have done this.
of posting a photograph and asking you where in the World this might be
located, I have opted to use a descriptive picture instead. Here it
This place is a mountain of sorts, in an area where a literal mountain
might seem “out of place” compared to the other attractions or buildings
that surround it.
long pathway was built to represent a canyon. As you walk the
canyon, going up or down this great mountain, the sides of the canyon
afford you a look into the various layers of the Earth's core. Each
layer is rich in color, in beauty, and how it is displayed within the
from this brief descriptive, do you know not only what I am talking
about, but where this might be located? No...well let me give you a few
sides of this canyon surrounding this mountain are mirror images.
Over 150,000 meticulously cut pieces of marble, slate, granite, glass
and gold were used to create the deeply hued colors of the canyon walls.
The canyon walls are mirror images, images originally designed by
color stylist and background artist Walter Peregoy, a Disney Legend.
very careful investigation, or in my case being told by my tour guide
during a recent tour, you will notice one VERY SMALL difference between
the two walls of this canyon. The question or questions come down to
What is this new mountain or so-called canyon I refer to?
come I don't recall hearing about a new mountain or so-called canyon? I
mean, I know a lot about the World and don't know about this!
Do I need a Fast Pass or a special ticket to view this mysterious object?
Give up yet?
The mountain is actually the glass structure of the building which houses the Land Pavilion at Epcot.
of us are so preoccupied with getting into the air-conditioned building
to ride Soarin' or Living with the Land or to eat at Sunshine Seasons or
The Garden Grille restaurant that we walk right past the walls of this
so called canyon without ever bothering to take the time to observe the
beauty of the walls surrounding them.
glass structure housing the Land Pavilion is made to reflect a mountain
in keeping with the theme for the attractions inside. The canyon is
simply the rather long, 134 foot long pathway that leads you into the
building for the Land Pavilion. It really does look like a chasm or
canyon if you just step back a moment and look at it. Along the pathway
is indeed a beautiful mural made from the materials I spoke of above.
However, on the right-hand side of the canyon or pathway, as you enter
the building, you will find one small stone that is indeed out of place.
Walter Peregoy may have been the one to design or conceptualize what
the mural would look like, a husband and wife team actually built the
mural. I am sorry, but I just don't remember the name of the team of
artists. and doing a Google search did not give me the answers either.
artists painstakingly cut the over 150,000 pieces, carefully laying
them out , to not only create a mirror image on both sides of the mural
but to portray the conceptualized design that Walter Peregoy came up
team wanted to sign this beautiful work of art. Ah, but Disney does
not allow for an artist to “sign” their artwork, as it detracts from the
theme of the work. So, how does one go about “signing” their work and
get away with it?
this case, a small Emerald was placed into the mural. It was an
inconspicuous way to pay tribute to their handiwork while “signing”
their work. It wasn't until much later, after all was said and done and
the dedication ceremony concluded, that an eagle-eyed reporter noted
that something was amiss. Too late to remove the artist's signature, so
their signature stone remains to this day.
Here is a picture of the Emerald stone. If you look just above Jiminy's head, you will see the green stone.
you don't need a Fast Pass or special ticket to see this mysterious
stone. The question now becomes, where exactly is this at? I will not
reveal the exact location of where the Emerald is located nor tell you
which side of the so-called canyon to look. I will state that you can
find the Emerald just before you enter the glass doors to the Land
Pavilion. You can try looking for the Emerald on your next trip.
it not been for my wonderful Tour Guide, Robert, from the UnDiscovered
Future World Tour at Epcot, I too would have no idea about this Emerald
nor about the rich history of the Land Pavilion.
Take the time to look around you the next time you are at Disney.
Chances are, you may be walking right past something of importance, of
beauty, and not notice it.