It appears that the “countdown to extinction” has begun for the Universe of Energy pavilion in Walt Disney World’s Epcot.
According to WFTV 9, plans have been filed with the South Florida water management district that could potentially see the removal of the long-standing pavilion.
The permit application filed by the Walt Disney Company seeks approval to fill in the canal and pave part of the forest directly behind the attraction on the eastern edge of the EPCOT parking lot. Plan maps show the roughly 1.2 million square-foot project area includes the attraction within its boundaries. According to drainage design documents, the purpose of the project is, “to provide a more-contiguous area for possible future changes to parking capacity and back of house areas.”
What the plans do not mention explicitly is the demolition of the pavilion. Rather, they’re looking at filling in the canal to make room behind the show building. So it’s entirely possible that whatever is next might use the existing pavilion and ride system, but add to it. Might.
It’s been long-rumored that Ellen’s Energy Adventure was due for a replacement, as many guests feel the attraction is very, very dull and horribly dated. The rumor that had gained the most traction was a Guardians of the Galaxy themed coaster, which admittedly seems like an odd choice for Future World.
Just how long has the rumor been around? Below is a PNP Podcast episode dating to last Spring talking about potential changes for Ellen, and other things we’d like to “fix” in Walt Disney World.
The Future of Future World: What’s Next for Epcot?
A replacement for Ellen’s Energy Adventure is one on a long list of rumored changes coming to Epcot’s aging Future World. Also among the rumors is a new attraction in the Imagination Pavilion (with or without Figment and Dreamfinder), new missions for Mission: SPACE and a possible update to Spaceship Earth (which hopefully restores the descent, but doesn’t add any IP.)
It’s likely that more light will be shed on what’s in store for Epcot at this year’s D23 Expo.
Stay tuned to The Kingdom Insider for more news and rumors as we hear them.
[Source: WFTV 9]