It’s clear that big changes are coming soon to Epcot. What’s not been entirely clear is what changes Walt Disney World guests can expect when the dust finally clears.
Disney has already announced that the entrance to Epcot would see some major changes soon. Other rumored changes have included the demolition of Innoventions West, and a new hotel at the park entrance. And don’t even get us started on what could happen to Spaceship Earth.
But adding fuel to the fire is WDW News Today, with alleged insider information that not only will Innoventions West be demolished soon (and with it Club Cool) but that the Fountain of Nations will also be removed to make room for a permanent “beer garden”, a water maze and more.
Replacing Pin Central and the Fountain of Nations will be an Epcot Garden area, accompanied by a permanent Beer Garden. Speaking of permanent, a new custom-built structure will be home to the Epcot Festival Center, a place for various events that are part of the now four annual events hosted at the park. With the popularity of the festivals, a dedicated bridge over this side of Future World will extend from near Spaceship Earth to the main entrance of this new Festival Center.
New, stand-alone structures will also be erected for Starbucks and various character meet and greets. This particular meet and greet facility should be a new home for Mickey and the gang, while Big Hero 6 and Inside Out characters will go elsewhere.
The final component is a trail called Journey of Water, leading down towards The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion. This trail will reportedly consist of a number of water features and will also be a child-friendly maze experience.
Again, nothing has been officially confirmed by Disney at this point, but it does seem like nothing is really “sacred” at Epcot these days. Even bigger changes are likely in the works as we close in on the park’s 40th anniversary in 2022 if the 2017 D23 concept art is accurate.
What do you make of this rumor?
[Source: WDW News Today]