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

Apr 20, 2020 in "PLAY! pavilion"

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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Article Posted: Apr 20, 2020 / 1:00pm ET
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DVCakaCarlF4 hours ago

And GF grill patio.

DVCakaCarlF4 hours ago

They do at poly, bungalows, and club lounge.

HauntedPirate5 hours ago

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

UNCgolf5 hours ago

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

UNCgolf5 hours 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.

HauntedPirate5 hours 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?

marni19716 hours ago

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

MisterPenguin6 hours 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?

SplashZander6 hours ago

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

The Rocketeer9 hours ago

Agreed.

marni19719 hours 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.

The Rocketeer9 hours ago

Honestly I had never thought about it until now, but I think I would have rather seen WoL turn into a year round festival center and all of these play exhibits go into the Communicore buildings. I wonder if that was even a possibility. I guess they thought the table idea would be more profitable, it would've been a more centralized location for sure and they wanted to make money off of fireworks viewing, but I have got to imagine that refurbishing two-three existing buildings is cheaper than the route they ultimately took, now it definitely is because they will have to redesign that space again... or they won't and we'll just have a large patch of grass with festival booths for 10+ years.

MansionButler841 day ago

At least a delay will allow them to fully paint the dome 12 times to get the correct shade of mustard.

Bocabear1 day ago

Aside from the gridlock around the UK pavilion, EPCOT has always had an abundance of open space and walkways... The unbuilt Wonder Table will end up being a vacant lot event space as will most of the land where innoventions and Communicore West stood. The one thing they did right when they built EPCOT was design the hardscape of the park for throngs of people....there has always been an abundance of beautiful landscaping and open spaces... The park allowed their attractions to become dated and then shuttered them rather than replacing them... An additional football field length of dead space is not what the center of the park needed.