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  • [Question] The Crystal Palace in London

    Does the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom have any relation to the Crystal Palace in London? Have any Imagineers mentioned their sources for the design?
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    Re: The Crystal Palace in London

    The original one is in London's Regent Park.

    However I've also read that the Crystal Palace "takes its design inspiration from San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers and a couple of buildings in New York, rather than the Crystal Palace of the London Exhibition of 1851 as many people wrongly suspect."

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      Re: The Crystal Palace in London

      Crystal Palace in London is only the name of an area now. The original palace was erected in Hyde Park for the first worlds fair and then moved to Sydenham which became known as crystal palace. Profits from the original exhibition were used to found some of London's museums in an area of south Kensington called 'albertopololis' after queen Victoria's husband who had the idea for the fair. The palace was used until the 1920s when it burnt down although statues of Dinsoaurs which were made for the exhibition are still there in crystal palace park.

      Recently there have been plans to rebuild the palace

      BBC News - Crystal Palace's £500m replica plans unveiled

      I always thought it would have been nice to have a Crystal Palace at Epcot as a nice tribute to the original worlds fair

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