Last month we talked about construction permits that were filed in Epcot to fill in the canal and pave part of the forest behind the Universe of Energy attraction on the eastern part of the EPCOT parking lot. Those Epcot Construction Permits were approved and indicate another sign that the Epcot expansion rumors are close to becoming reality.
The permits that were filed are for the northeast end of Epcot, encompassing the Universe of Energy Pavilion and a large section behind it. According to the Orlando Sentinel the canal modifications that allow the construction of a new storm-water management system there that would “provide a more contiguous area for possible future changes to parking capacity and back of house areas within Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center,” according to a staff report included with the permit.
The permits also include to dry retention areas for water treatment “where future construction is planned,” the report said.
Of course Disney is being hush hush on the matter, and have only said that at any given time there are numerous projects in the works across the Walt Disney World Resort. The best guess at this point is the highly speculated Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster which could take over the current Universe of Energy pavilion area and include that section behind the pavilion.
While right now we don’t know exactly what is coming, we do know that a major Epcot renovation is in the works as Bob Chapek has said such at recent Disney events. A great time to announce some of those details would be at the upcoming D23 Expo in Anaheim next month. Stay tuned as it’s sure to be a wild month ahead!
UPDATED 5/9/18: More permits were filed today for the Epcot expansion, including the construction of a new Future World Hotel.
I want to know what you think about the Epcot Construction Permits being approved. What do you think is coming to replace the Universe of Energy? Is a Guardians Coaster a good idea there? Let us know in the comments section below!
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