New Play Pavilion to replace Epcot's Wonder of Life

Feb 21, 2019 in "EPCOT"

Posted: Thursday February 21, 2019 11:06am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that a new Play Pavilion will be coming to Epcot's Future World in the former home of Wonders of Life.

This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the un-named pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life. The pavilion’s city will be bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment when it opens just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”

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MisterPenguin2 days ago

Just make it about space. That won't become old hat for about forty years when we finally realize that other planets are truly inhospitable, there is no other life out there, and our species will never colonize other worlds due to the constraints of engineering and relativity and we're doomed to die along with our sun. So, that'll be fun for awhile.

Brer Oswald2 days ago

Perhaps we just turn Tomorrowland into "Non Human Movie Land with Blue Lights".

UNCgolf2 days ago

World of Motion also gave a history lesson, although it had a different, more comedic tone. I think that's why Spaceship Earth and Carousel of Progress are two of my favorite attractions at WDW. I wish there were more rides with a history lesson! SSE is obviously a much broader history lesson about humanity as a whole, though (albeit with a heavily Western Civ focus). Carousel of Progress was just about 20th century technological progress.

MisterPenguin2 days ago

Well, it doesn't even really fit the them of where it is now. Just like Tomorrowland and Future World had misthemed rides that featured gas-powered cars (!), they both had an Edutainment attraction that gave a history lesson leading up to the present: Carousel of Progress and Spaceship Earth. And their scenes for the 'present' kept getting outdated. I realize CoP was dumped into MK's Tomorrowland because they wanted to save it from the World's Fair, and that was the closest fit. Don't know why SSE was then built as another history lesson in progress. It's Tomorrowland and Future World, not History of Progress Land/World. Maybe there needs to be a Yesterland somewhere.

TwilightZone2 days ago

I'm one who is in the belief that Play is actually a perfect fit for epcot, maybe the most perfect in a long time. It just has the wrong theming. If it had an Innoventions approach/classic epcot approach with as little IP as possible, with one or two IP experiences sprinkled in it would have been perfect.

Brer Oswald2 days ago

They could do a City of Future Living pavillion, with different exhibits and lavish set pieces. But honestly, I think they'd be better off sticking to the human body theming. I don't understand what was wrong with that? It is still an interesting topic.

DreamfinderGuy2 days ago

With all due respect to your idea, Carousel would be a horrible waste of the Wonders pavilion. Too large of a space to dedicate to one little show that doesn't fit the new theme of the park.

Rich Brownn3 days ago

The Carousel was just 1/3 of the pavilion though (It was on the second floor). It was HUGE. (There was a show in the dome, an atom splitter on the way down, and the usual "GE products of today" showcase on the ground floor).

JBIRDTO3 days ago

Love all these ideas! Lots of talent and passion here.

J45463 days ago

if they made PLay into a massive imax style theater using the domed ceiling that would be cool imo. If they played outer spcae stuff as well, i like outer space haha. 30 minute imax shows about outerspace would be awesome imo

networkpro3 days ago

The Drinking Dome!

Brer Oswald3 days ago

I've thought about that. The Progressland Pavilion was dome-like. All you would have to do would be a repaint and some lights to get somewhere close.

Brer Oswald3 days ago

Anyone that has actually watched both films (and paid attention) would be able to tell you that Three Caballeros has much more educational merit than Coco. Cultural dances, music, and real traditions are all covered in the film. The music in particular isn't even original. They are actual Brazilian and Mexican songs, some of which had lyrical tweaks to fit the scenes in the film. I am sure most of us here already know this, but even the titular song wasn't created for the film. It just so happens that, for the ride, they chose to base it on is the least educational and the most politically incorrect scene of the film, the scene where Donald chases after the women on the beach. Except the ride just has him touring the country instead of chasing anyone, which I guess makes it a bit more reflective of the pavilion. I have no doubt that, if they went with Coco, it would have as little educational merit to the actual country as the ride does now. Perhaps even less so if they made the backgrounds animated. It would probably be all about the film's music. At least now it is technically playing an actual Mexican song.

Epcot82Guy3 days ago

I still don't know why Imagination isn't sponsored by Imagineering. Redone version of the original, Blue Sky Loft being a redo of the Imageworks to focus on designing rides and similar tech and then a showcase of upcoming attractions and a behind the scenes film (updated regularly) in Magic Eye.