New Play Pavilion to replace Epcot's Wonder of Life

Feb 21, 2019 in "EPCOT"

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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Article Posted: Feb 21, 2019 / 11:06am ET
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Ripken102 days ago

While not all the dvc cabins at the wilderness lodge have a great view, there is a few that have incredible views. We got one with an incredible view and you get the music in the hot tub. It was the best fireworks spot I ever had...maybe because we were just sitting there not expecting it then the fireworks started going off. There is only a few cabins that get the view we got.

Brer Panther2 days ago

I remember being able to hear the music from Happily Ever After on the beach of the Grand Floridian. I assumed that was just because the music was really loud, not because they pipe in the music...

MansionButler842 days ago

And the WL pool area even though you can’t see it very well.

DVCakaCarlF3 days ago

And GF grill patio.

DVCakaCarlF3 days ago

They do at poly, bungalows, and club lounge.

HauntedPirate3 days ago

My problem with HEA - Too much to look at. It’s an ADD nightmare.

UNCgolf3 days ago

They still do that for HEA, at least at the California Grill. Don't know about other locations.

UNCgolf3 days ago

I don't think that's a very good comparison. HEA has the castle projections, and you do miss those (mostly) when watching from the California Grill or other similar places -- but I think HEA works better without the projections anyways. It's not that well designed because the projections and fireworks compete for your attention (other similar projection/fireworks shows don't have that issue). Anyways, the point is that the projections aren't an integral part of HEA. Although we don't know exactly what Harmonious is yet, it sure seems like the barges are an integral part of the show and you need to be able to see what's happening on them. If they aren't, it makes their decision to install them permanently in the lagoon even dumber. If all you care about is the fireworks then it wouldn't be a problem, but it looks like Disney wants you to care about more than that with Harmonious.

HauntedPirate3 days ago

Remember the good ol’ days when you could watch Wishes! from several spots, like at the Contemporary, and they’d pipe in the show music?

marni19713 days ago

Depends what sort of show you want to see. Or how much you understand what you’re looking at .

MisterPenguin3 days ago

Don't people go out of their way to watch the HEA fireworks from the Polynesian and the Contemporary? And aren't the rooftop dining rooms of Riviera and Destino also for long distance viewing?

SplashZander3 days ago

Wow, seemed like an exaggeration, but I checked it and it's almost exactly the same distance. Wild.

The Rocketeer3 days ago

Agreed.

marni19713 days ago

Honestly if I’d paid for fireworks viewing from the bar on legs I’d want my money back. Distance from that to the Stargate would be the same as from the castle to the Seven Seas boat dock.