The Hotel du Canada façade in the Canada Pavilion at EPCOT has been undergoing an overall repainting since earlier this summer. Now, a new shade of paint has covered the previous primer-covered bricks, bringing this project one step closer to completion.
Hotel du Canada Repainting
On a recent visit to EPCOT, we noticed that the structure’s previous stark-white paint had been painted over. Now, the walls are more of a light beige and gray in color.
Scaffolding up around the Hotel du Canada has been present since June. In our most recent update, we reported that the roof of the façade had received new green paint.
This was done presumably to match the shade of patina, should it form on the roof again over time as it has in the past.
In this photo, you can get a closer look at both the patina-colored roof, and the new shade of paint on the brickwork. Prior to this update, the bricks were painted a bright shade of white, which was likely a coat of primer to prepare for this new color scheme.
The windows at the top are still covered with plastic, so it seems that there is still some work to be done on this repaint.
Hotel du Canada is inspired by the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario, which opened in 1912. The outside of the hotel, now operated by Fairmont, is a bright tan, off-white color, perhaps indicating that the color currently enveloping Hotel du Canada is final. Interestingly, the roof of the Chateau Laurier is a dark hue with a few areas of oxidation where patina has formed; the Hotel du Canada’s former roof color is a closer match.
Hotel du Canada is the most visually dominant structure in the Canada Pavilion, one of two possible entry pavilions to World Showcase. Located underneath the building is Le Cellier Steakhouse, a popular restaurant that’s widely viewed as one of the Walt Disney World Resort’s strongest dining options. It remains open during this refurbishment period.
There’s a Circle-Vision 360° theater inside the Canada Pavilion, one of two remaining across all Disney parks (the other also being at EPCOT in the China Pavilion). Guests stand in the middle of a room as they’re surrounded at all angles by an immersive film; “Canada Far & Wide in Circle-Vision 360” is the film that’s currently shown, debuting in 2020.
The Canada Pavilion also houses one of the more popular booths during the annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, with its filet mignon dish consistently being one of the better food options available at the event. You can read our review of this year’s version of the dish here.
What do you think of this paint update to the Hotel du Canada exterior? Have you been following updates since this refurbishment began? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.