Epcot's Innoventions West to close by the summer?

Mar 18, 2015 in "Innoventions"

Posted: Wednesday March 18, 2015 8:21am EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

Speculation is mounting that Epcot's Innoventions West will be permanently closed by the summer.

The past few months have seen a number of exhibits close, including  the Test the Limits Lab, and soon the IBM THINK exhibit. The remaining exhibits include The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, Where's The Fire, the Videogame Playground and perhaps the most popular of what remains, the Disney VISA characters meet and greet.

There is no word on what may replace Innoventions West should it close, but the timeline suggests May of 2015, with only the meet and greet potentially surviving in a new location.

Innoventions East, which has seen the bulk of recent new additions is not affected by the plans. 

As always, this information should be treated as speculation until confirmed. Disney has not made any announcement about the future of the attraction.

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LuckyOswaldAug 22, 2015

When I was there last week that's all it was. There was one lone sign saying the meet and greet was there

Cmdr_CrimsonAug 22, 2015

Just wondering if there has been any news lately on the closed side of Innoventions West? Has there been anything since they blocked up the exhibits and only have the Chase/Visa M&G And small section of PS3's to occupy the one wall?

Monorail_Red_77May 27, 2015

That could be a Weird Al song. Livin' in an armchair fantasy. LA LA LA-LA LA. We now return you to your regularly scheduled thread already in progress.

HauntedMansionFLAMay 05, 2015

I totally agree but Iger is under contract till 2018 and probably will get another extension since Disney stock is doing so well.

Kman101May 05, 2015

I'm just not sure why everything is a secret. No one is spilling the tea about a DHS makeover (if that's even still on the table), no one can say what's going on with Innoventions ... are they really just up and closing things with no plans otherwise? We used to have insiders actually drop some knowledge, now it's just a constant guessing game and armchair imagineering. Are they that much of a mess (and if they are that's not surprising). Why invest in either park when people keep flocking to them, even with lackluster offerings and closed buildings. Siiiigh. TDO needs a total overhaul. I'd imagine the Disney company MGMT needs a total overhaul.

WikklerMay 05, 2015

That isn't a real rumor, it's just armchair fantasy.

HauntedMansionFLAMay 05, 2015

There was a rumor floating around about moving WOP over along with IASW from MK. Is there anything educational showing how Walt wanted EPCOT to be if he lived? EPCOT is a shame. It really has the potential to be very special but haven't kept the park up. Disney needs to fix the three parks to take the pressure off MK.

yellowrocketMay 05, 2015

"After all, dear, what is idle prattle for? Come on, we're not all that impressed with conversation. True readers avoid it when they can."

Monorail_Red_77May 05, 2015

They really should just do an overhaul on EPCOT sooner, rather than later. 1. Would be nice to refurb both Innoventions.(maybe reduce Innoventions down to one side and put in an E ride in an old Innoventions Building. 2. Kick the festivals out of WOL and refurb WOL into an actual ride or two again. 3. Reopen 2nd floor of Imagination. 4. Move Festivals into unused Innoventions building if not refurbed per #1 above. Or move Festivals into Odyssey Building. 5. Carry on..... Thank You. Drops Mic. Walks away.... :hilarious: :hilarious: Resume Thread in 3. 2. 1.

SigmundoozeMay 05, 2015

So sad, I hope they know how bad this looks now along with the other closed pavilions. Hopefully something really nice goes in (not F&W related) but not holding my breath.

Cmdr_CrimsonMay 05, 2015

Perhaps it's just there if your too early for the M&G..

Monorail_Red_77May 05, 2015

I wonder if they will take them out later in the refurb process or if this means that they are not going to remove them at all. If not being removed then I am skeptical about how well this refurb will go. TDO Please prove me wrong. ;)

Monorail_Red_77May 05, 2015

I was wondering about that. I wasn't sure how far they would commit to closing it down. I wonder if the large waiting room style area across from the Piggy Bank is still open? Though they took out all of the new chairs in the past few months that they put in last summer/fall. :cautious:

Cmdr_CrimsonMay 05, 2015

Notice that they kept the game consoles still up on the wall....