Permits filed for set areas at EPCOT's PLAY! Pavilion

Apr 20, 2020 in "PLAY! pavilion"

Posted: Monday April 20, 2020 1:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

A new permit has been filed for the upcoming PLAY! pavilion, part of the all new World Discovery area of EPCOT.

The contractor on the permit is Balfour Beatty Construction, a company that works on many of Disney's large projects. The permit description is vague - "Added information and detail for set areas."

It isn't clear when the permit was originally applied for, and the Notice of Commencement carries an expiration date of December 31 2021. We understand that the majority of Walt Disney Imagineering have been furloughed, and construction has been halted at the parks.

Originally planned to open for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, guests will discover an interactive city bursting with games, activities and experiences that connect them with friends, family and Disney characters – both real and virtual – like never before. As part of this new pavilion, guests will have the chance to help legendary fashion icon Edna Mode on her quest to rid the world of uninspired style, or make a splash competing in a water-balloon fight hosted by Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby.

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disneyC973 days ago


DisneyGentlemanV2.05 days ago

Wow - I could only imagine using one of the Body Wars simulators as a Food and Wine venue... ...they could call it "The Upscale Upchuck".

M:SpilotISTC1212 days ago

Probably for the next food and wine. As an event center...again.

DreamfinderGuy12 days ago

Indoor construction started like two and a half years ago lol

DoleWhipDrea12 days ago

Nothing is officially confirmed. Encouraging kids to touch things in a play area is not something Disney is comfortable risking right now when the little ones can't get vaccinated and delta is getting pretty bad. If things get under control and children can be vaccinated, I'd imagine the internal target is to open it alongside GotG:CR (sometime in 2022) to be something for the younger set to enjoy on that side of the park. If WDI doesn't run into any major delays, I'm thinking maybe Spring?

Mickeynerd1712 days ago

My guess is 2023-24. Not from any info I've seen it's just speculation. It looks like nothing's happening from the outside, even though it's probably being worked on inside. So, who knows. 🤷‍♂️

atighe4212 days ago

Indoor construction has started a while ago, from what I have heard.

Disney Maddux12 days ago


MisterPenguin12 days ago

When will vaccines be authorized for younger children?

TYOTimer12 days ago

Considering indoor construction hasn’t started and it’s more storage than anything right now… not sure there’s really an answer to this right now

Disney Maddux12 days ago

So uh... ...when the hecc is this opening

atighe42Jun 08, 2021

Indoor playgrounds are starting to come back online. Any activity here? Possible opening in the next 6 months hopefully?

DreamfinderGuyJun 04, 2021

Oh, interesting! The one on the lounge has always been there but the one on the sim bay is new. That whole area was a big empty room from ground to ceiling, so the addition of a seemingly random window would suggest they're at the minimum adding a new floor parallel to the 3rd level of the rest of the pavilion in the simulator bays. All guest facing areas of Body Wars are on the second level, so I'm curious to know what's happening there.

NaplesgolferJun 04, 2021

This is close to what I remember seeing. They added a new raised slat like skin on half the building and what looks like window openings. I could be totally wrong but this is what I remember seeing.