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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TrainChasers1 day ago

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”

Epcot82Guy1 day ago

"Under foot activations", thank you...

MisterPenguin1 day ago

You'll need a new roof to match...

ToTBellHop1 day ago

It takes a long time to install new tile flooring.

Haymarket20081 day ago

Insiders have alluded to a 2023 opening. Which is…….frustrating to say the least.

djkidkaz1 day ago

So when is Play pavilion opening? I’m sure this hasn’t been cancelled as they need a place for parents to take kids on this side of the park that can’t ride Guardians, Mission Space or Test Track.

DisneyExpert1 day ago

The only show scene in the entire ride is a big burnt out logging operation.

yensidtlaw19692 days ago

You must really love trees, given how often you miss the forest for them.

egg2 days ago

Ah yes, the famous phrase Quality Will Out! I mean we also don’t need internet police clogging up the conversation with nothing to add. It was just mentioned as part of a larger point.

MisterPenguin2 days ago

The Mandalorian thread is already rehashing the hate for the sequel trilogy, we don't need another thread where it is even further off topic.

yensidtlaw19692 days ago

This is the exact importance of the phrase "Quality Will Out". A poor IP-based experience can't withstand damage to the brand's image. A great IP-based experience can. Rise of the Resistance defies the general distaste for the sequel trilogy on which it's based because the ride itself is so impressive. The property has already worn out its welcome, meanwhile the ride is an instant classic. This is part of why the trend where big-ticket IP get underwhelming representation in the parks is so worrying. Avengers Campus hardly lives up to the value of the Marvel franchise. Frozen Ever After is an underwhelming, misplaced D-Ticket for the highest grossing animated franchise ever. If Disney's going to commit to building for these properties, they should be building them institutions - high-quality experiences that extend the interest in the IP and stand for generations as a representation of their value. Instead they bunt, clearly fearful that the popularity won't outlive the facility. But if you build something amazing it will serve to sustain the popularity of the property. I'd argue the Indiana Jones Ride at Disneyland has done more good for the relevance and popularity of that franchise than its last movie did, and likely more than the next one will.

egg2 days ago

It’s crazy how when a lot of these ideas were being developed, Star Wars was their golden goose. Within about 2 years, that all changed completely. Now they’ve taken a step back on Star Wars, and Iron Man dropping a deuce would do bonkers in theaters. If the interactive hotel were announced today instead of 2017, I have no doubt it would be Marvel-themed instead. With that being said, regarding the play pavilion, things change quickly and I find it hard to believe the company is thrilled about their 2017 plans, especially given how reluctant they are to reopen their existing meet and greets.

MagicHappens19712 days ago

If Disney can legally build a Starcruiser like hotel, but Marvel themed and feature characters like the classic Avengers, it would sell like hotcakes

ToTBellHop2 days ago

They would convert the entire Contemporary (again...) before converting a hotel that charges a measly $200/night. No Iron Man for the poors.