“So much of the infrastructure is already in place.”
BEIJING, CHINA — Preparations continue for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, the first Winter games to be held in China, scheduled for February 2022. And now organizers say that some or all of the competitions may be held at Epcot.
Cai Qi, president of the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, spoke with Uncle Walt’s Insider through a translator.
“Having the games at Epcot solves many problems,” Cai’s interpreter said that Cai said. “We already have a Chinese presence in the World Showcase, with many Chinese nationals working there. So much of the infrastructure is already in place. We could easily just use the All-Star Resorts for the Olympic Village — the Brazilians are used to staying there anyway — with Disney buses providing transportation.”
Many details to decide
What of the sporting events themselves, we wondered?
“Well,” Cai’s interpreter replied, hopefully still translating the words of the committee president, “obviously it might be difficult to host any events in the China Pavilion itself, given its size, but we could put the media there. The Canada pavilion’s hockey rink is a natural venue for curling and, well, hockey. And there’s lots of space available at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
“But can you imagine having the opening and closing ceremonies around the World Showcase Lagoon? That would be fantastic. Of course, we’d create them to showcase our glorious China, but I’m sure we could also use some of Disney’s talent. I hear they know a guy named Steve who does amazing things with sparklers.”
Let it snow?
One more detail we had to ask about: snow. After all, Florida is not exactly a frigid location, even in February.
“Not a worry,” said… whoever. “After all, Beijing is not exactly known for having snow in the wintertime itself. If we can make snow there, we’ll make it anywhere.”
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