Disney confirms multiple EPCOT projects are paused

Jul 15, 2020 in "EPCOT"

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Disney has announced to Cast Members today that several EPCOT projects will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing uncertainty about the future.

Both the Mary Poppins addition to the United Kingdom and the new Spaceship Earth redevelopment are currently paused.

In the center of the park, work will resume on the new neighborhood of World Celebration, which will bring new dining, retail and entertainment. But the company says it will be taking a different approach to the previously announced festival location.

Although not confirmed, it is speculated that the multi-tier structure originally announced will no longer be built. When originally announced, Disney outlined how it would provide an elevated view of the entire park and an ideal spot to witness Epcot’s nighttime spectacular. The three-level structure was to feature a plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park that sits in the sky on the top level.

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Article Posted: Jul 15, 2020 / 5:53pm ET
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LdnoOct 09, 2020

The walkway could be setup to resemble a big carnaval themed entrance with floats

DCLcruiserOct 05, 2020

If that's the case, hopefully they look into better beers than Peroni.

castlecake2.0Oct 05, 2020

Very big area, there’s a merch cart that was formerly Kim possible back there. Italy doesn’t have an outdoor beer/wine cart does it? Maybe something along the lines of that?

RSoxNo1Oct 05, 2020

Wakanda confirmed.

Make-Epcot-Great-AgainOct 03, 2020

The Fantastic Four and especially Doctor Doom are the biggest missing pieces in the MCU in my opinion... Reed Richards would’ve been a great fit for Future World since he’s an expert in chemistry, biology, space, engineering, physics, etc etc etc

SpaceMountain77Oct 03, 2020

Bathrooms Chase Disney Visa kiosk DVC kiosk Overpriced beverage location

MisterPenguinOct 03, 2020

Well... they *could* do that. But why would they when they still have some full pads left to use?

J4546Oct 03, 2020

unless they saw my brazil pavilion idea and are using it!!!! but probably not

WEDway Inc & Company LLCOct 03, 2020

A new pavilion would be on the other side of Italy.

HanSoloDoloOct 02, 2020

That’s where the old Kim possible cart was. Duck tales??

griffin ferrariOct 02, 2020

Do we have any idea what this is for? Paving? I doubt its for a new pavilion.

WDWtravelerOct 02, 2020

Photo update as of Friday, October 2, 2020. While multiple EPCOT projects were put on hold, a new construction wall has appeared between the Italy and American pavilions.

FigmentJediSep 24, 2020

Black Panther also made his original debut in Fantastic Four and did some occasional temp work for the team.

RSoxNo1Sep 12, 2020

I think a realistic approach would be to negotiate for individual characters as opposed to everything. Universal signing off on a Wakanda could put a pile of money in their pocket without doing anything. The counter argument is that a fully fleshed out Wakanda area could be a major hit to Universal's attendance.