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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M:SpilotISTC125 days ago

Probably for the next food and wine. As an event center...again.

DreamfinderGuy5 days ago

Indoor construction started like two and a half years ago lol

DoleWhipDrea5 days ago

Nothing is officially confirmed. Encouraging kids to touch things in a play area is not something Disney is comfortable risking right now when the little ones can't get vaccinated and delta is getting pretty bad. If things get under control and children can be vaccinated, I'd imagine the internal target is to open it alongside GotG:CR (sometime in 2022) to be something for the younger set to enjoy on that side of the park. If WDI doesn't run into any major delays, I'm thinking maybe Spring?

Mickeynerd175 days ago

My guess is 2023-24. Not from any info I've seen it's just speculation. It looks like nothing's happening from the outside, even though it's probably being worked on inside. So, who knows. 🤷‍♂️

atighe425 days ago

Indoor construction has started a while ago, from what I have heard.

Disney Maddux5 days ago


MisterPenguin5 days ago

When will vaccines be authorized for younger children?

TYOTimer5 days ago

Considering indoor construction hasn’t started and it’s more storage than anything right now… not sure there’s really an answer to this right now

Disney Maddux5 days ago

So uh... ...when the hecc is this opening

atighe42Jun 08, 2021

Indoor playgrounds are starting to come back online. Any activity here? Possible opening in the next 6 months hopefully?

DreamfinderGuyJun 04, 2021

Oh, interesting! The one on the lounge has always been there but the one on the sim bay is new. That whole area was a big empty room from ground to ceiling, so the addition of a seemingly random window would suggest they're at the minimum adding a new floor parallel to the 3rd level of the rest of the pavilion in the simulator bays. All guest facing areas of Body Wars are on the second level, so I'm curious to know what's happening there.

NaplesgolferJun 04, 2021

This is close to what I remember seeing. They added a new raised slat like skin on half the building and what looks like window openings. I could be totally wrong but this is what I remember seeing.

DreamfinderGuyJun 03, 2021

dreday3Jun 03, 2021

This is not close to being done, correct? Or the fountain? Help me for October - what will be ready is the new entrance, the lights on Spaceship Earth, Creation store, the cool club or club cool soda place, Harmonious and Ratatouille? Everything else is still a work in progress?