Disney announced today that after 10 years of use, the Wonders of Life Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World will no longer be used as the park’s Festival Center. This obviously makes us wonder…What is Disney planning for this space then? Could a new attraction be coming to the Wonders of Life Pavilion? It sure seems like something big is coming.
This is no small change as it’s used year round during Epcot’s Festivals (Food and Wine, Flower and Garden, etc) as the center. Of course Epcot’s festivals aren’t going anywhere so where will the new festival center be also?
What do we know about what’s going on in Epcot so far?
We know that Disney has a massive Epcot renovation in the works, and Future World will be the focus of that. Right now we know the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster is coming to the old Universe of Energy Pavilion, and the France Pavilion expansion is fully underway, including the Ratatouille attraction. However Future World certainly needs more than just GotG. It’s been long rumored that Journey Into the Imagination is going away or getting totally changed, but we’ve yet to hear anything concrete lately.
It’s almost certain now after looking at recent permits filed by Disney that a new Epcot Hotel is coming somewhere in the front of the park, just outside the entrance most likely. There still will be a lot more.
— Backside of Magic (@BacksideOfMagic) February 21, 2018
While it looks like Disney will be changing the look and feel of Future World moving forward, the old Wonders of Life pavilion needs to be a stabilizing force in the re-shaping of Epcot’s Future World. It’s sitting on too good of real estate NOT to be put to better use than a festival center. That can go onto one of the empty lots in World Showcase if need be.
Furthering the speculation, yesterday @BacksideOfMagic posted some Disney executives from the park and Walt Disney Imagineering were seemingly entering the pavilion in a large group. Take that plus the roof refurbishment going on to the building and it sure looks like something big is going on to the Wonders of Life Pavilion. Hmmmmmm. While it might be nothing, it’s certainly worth keeping a strict eye on over the coming weeks to see if more info comes out.
I want to know what you think about the Wonders of Life Pavilion Rumors in Epcot. What do you think should go in that space? Let us know in the comments section below!
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