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The arcades have been designed to provide weather-proof passages within Main Street U.S.A. These arcades are not simple passages, they are also true treasures of History.

These arcades, inspired by the Palais Royal of Paris, replace the covered “Main Street” of Tokyo (giving the look, in my opinion, of giant market halls), World Bazaar.

By Rob Young from United Kingdom (World Bazaar, Tokyo Disneyland) [CC BY 2.0]

Liberty Arcade relates the link between France and the United States through the Statue of Liberty and its construction since 1865, and leads to Frontierland, the American Wild West. It can be nice to re-experience the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty in New York at the Statue of Liberty Tableau!

Discovery Arcade leads to Discoveryland and its futuristic world, through the History of 20th century inventions, whether they have changed our lives, or whether they are silly, all reproduced in miniature centuries ago.

In 1790, George Washington created the American Patent Office, which in 90 years received more than 175,000 miniature reproductions. Due to lack of space, in 1907, these reproductions were sold or destroyed.

70 years later, Cliff Petersen went looking for these reproductions, and managed to recover 40,000 of them, some of which are now on display at the Discovery Arcade. Discovery Arcade also features many references to Jules Verne, which can be found in more detail within Discoveryland.

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