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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fgmnt31 days ago

There are a lot of reasons for this that make sense. The joke one I'll choose to go with for my own entertainment is that TDO prides itself on how mid-to-bad all dining options are in MK. I have been in position to visit the resort ~10 days a year a year or more 2016-2019 and 2021-2023 and consistently go out of my way to not eat food served in MK because it's just so insulting compared to what you can get at the other main gate parks.

DisneyWall-E31 days ago

They finally gonna make the ALIEN movie themed attraction?

Purduevian31 days ago

It kind of blew my mind that they build Space 220 in Epcot instead of this location. I figured it could share an expanded kitchen with Cosmic rays and would be one of the best food options in the park immediately. EPCOT didn't really need another food location IMHO

Bocabear31 days ago

They cleared out all that space where the Galaxy Theater used to be ...they could easily build a cast member break area back there rather than use an attraction space in the very visible entrance to Tomorrowland for it.

fgmnt31 days ago

Yeah, that would be a higher use for the galaxy palace theater site than what it is currently.

castlecake2.031 days ago

The queue and pre show area are currently being used as a break area, but literally just tables and chairs thrown in there. It would take a couple hours and the area could be ready for guests again. It’s true the break area is small for Tomorrowland but just do like other areas and throw a trailer backstage somewhere to be a break room if they need it.

DisneyDreamerxyz31 days ago

I think the rumours about turning the space into a cast-member area are true and from what I know about the utilidors that tomorrowland side did not have much cast-member space compared to other areas like the frontierland/adventureland side

fgmnt31 days ago

It's definitely a prime location but the kind of attraction that can be built in that real estate is not something the company has seemingly wanted to build. It's gotta project outward "big investment" energy and fit with a merchandisable IP. It does kind of hide away in the way that WoL kind of hides away. It would be very obvious to the average guest to see a building like Test Track or Space Moumtain mothballed: it dominates the environment. Most guests probably never perceive WoL exists when they're facing it.

PurduevianOct 27, 2023

Stitch has been sitting there unused for almost 6 years and is in a super prime location right at the entrance to tomorrowland.

CJROct 27, 2023

I mean, it went much better than what's there today.

WondersOfLifeOct 26, 2023

New cupcakes.

WondersOfLifeOct 26, 2023

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DoleWhipDreaOct 25, 2023

"Boy, it sure is dark in here..."

Disstevefan1Oct 24, 2023

Logic does not apply in TWDC. We see it everyday with this company sadly.