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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RSoxNo18 hours ago

Let's not pretend plateaus are bad. The current Wall Street mindset that profits must continue to rise and that no business can be successful with profits remaining flat is simply dumb.

HauntedPirate5 days ago

Streaming is an expensive line of business because you have to constantly provide new content that a great deal of subscribers want to watch or risk losing subscribers. Plus there’s always a plateau.

UNCgolf6 days ago

I wouldn't be surprised to see the parks surpass media networks in profit relatively soon. Most indications are that ESPN is still the largest driver of profit for the media networks, but it's producing less and less every year. ESPN+ will help, but I'd expect the parks profits to keep going up as they continually raise prices whereas the media network profits are likely to stagnate to some extent. EDIT: Actually I wasn't thinking about Disney+ as part of the media networks. That will obviously be a nice boost as well, but I still think we might see parks leapfrog ahead of media sometime in the next decade or two.

FerretAfros6 days ago

It's not just how the company operated back in the Walt Disney Productions days; the parks and resorts are still a massive part of The Walt Disney Company as it operates today. According to the 2019 financial report, the DPEP division is responsible for the largest share of the company's revenue (~37.7%) and second largest share of its profit (~45.5%). Even in FY2020, when the parks and hotels were all shuttered for varying portions of the year, and running at severely reduced capacity when/if they reopened, and consumers were stuck at home consuming their direct-to-consumer content, DPEP still managed to perform better than DTC. DTC's losses are were nearly 35 times greater than DPEP, which is really impressive when you consider how little overhead that division has. Parks aren't just a side business for Disney to make a little extra cash. They're the core product that has time and again allowed the company to ride out the fickle nature of the film and television industry. Even during recessions and other periods when tourism has declined, they still remain one of the strongest and most reliable parts of the company. If the parks weren't printing cash, why else would the company have treated WDW like the company's ATM for all these years?

HauntedPirate6 days ago

But... Streaming!!! Iger took a “tremendous risk” with streaming, and now as a result of such visionary leadership, it will bring in tens of billions in profits in the next 12-24 months, according to Grand Poobah Chapek. So, those old theme parks and antiquated ideals from some dead guy are out the door. Who needs those things anyway, they are stupid entertainment for stupid people who like non-descript coasters themed to India or something.

Mickeynerd177 days ago

Your right. I was just referring to how things are running currently.

lazyboy97o7 days ago

The people who added the parks to the business did not actually treat them as such. This is a far more recent change.

DoleWhipDrea7 days ago

Every time I see how filthy those beautiful pyramids are, my heart sinks. Basic upkeep and cleanliness is so important...far more important than building a brand new festival center. Disney's priorities are so skewed. And it's these parks that have been the rest of the company's lifeline when the rest of the company was losing money and incapable of entertaining large audiences in theaters. It would really behoove them to remember.

HauntedPirate7 days ago

One would think the pyramids could be cleaned during the night, when it wouldn’t affect foot traffic and wouldn’t affect those sitting in the DVC lounge. Such a radical thought. 🙄

Mickeynerd177 days ago

That's one of the biggest problems. Their core business IS film and tv. The parks were added later and are treated as such. In regards to figment, the entire pavilion looks like Horizons from 1998. The pyramids are seriously streaking with mold and gunk and the ride system sounds halfway dead with similar clunking to Spaceship Earth. I absolutely love figment and know Disney's done better, they just need to do it again!

Inspired Figment8 days ago

Actually, I believe the main culprit of the Imagination issue is the suppression/lack of allowing any free spirited creativity or non-film IP based ideas from WDI to be greenlit for the parks. Couple that with the fact that the execs somehow believe it was already fixed by shoehorning Figment in there, cause that’s what they genuinely believe was the only problem with it when they changed it. Nope, the problem was they made it a Film-IP based experience that has little to do with imagination or Figment whatsoever.. and then shoehorned him as the interference to the film ip ride as the character that supposedly proves his “upside down” way of thinking right in the end by making a big stink about Channing’s completely flawed concept of what imagination is .. it’s wild what happened to that ride. Absolutely nonsensical. And it’s especially insane just how clueless upper management truly is. They really think the only thing that holds any value to the Disney company is their film & television production facilities and that the entire company should be synergized strictly around that.. when it couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Inspired Figment8 days ago

That’s actually the story in the Figment origin story comics. The Chairman and the academy (aswell as chairman illocrant and the singular control bots) represent the current ugly state of the Disney company & Imagineering.

aladdin20078 days ago

and thats a big problem today more than ever, especially at Epcot...thanks to certain individuals they have been allowed to mutilate the park and undo it all with no cohesion and no common sense. :banghead:

atighe428 days ago

I believe the main culprit of the Imagination issue was Frozen Ever After.