Every large structure/machine needs various levels of maintenance at various times. Things may pop up everyday with just a small tweak. Every now and then, a more serious bunch of maintenance may need to be done, like a new motor or other component. Then, every few years, a major bunch of maintenance is needed, which actually shuts down the thing for a while. This would include deeper and larger components, and is usually done on a rotating basis at Disney, often shutting down the attraction for a few weeks or even months. No machine can function without normal maintenance, and no machine lasts forever without an occasional major rehaul. Your car will probably last ten or 15 years with normal maintenance, but it probably won't go 20 years unless an engine or transmission gets replaced (a major rehaul).You make it sound like Disney cannot afford to keep up their own attractions.
Hallelujah.There finally seems to be an admission from above that the park needs help. That and declining guest surveys.
Not For Epcot.
I would lower my hopes exponentially.Hallelujah.
It's about fluffin' time the insulated folks in those executive suites above have finally figured that out after the last 20 or so years.
Expecting big, positive, and thematically appropriate change if they take this seriously.
Epcot has yet to have one pavilion from South America, so I'd say it's about time for something like Brazil. Although, given the current political climate and state of relations we have with Russia (again...), a country like Russia would be a sign of good humanity and friendship. I've always wondered if that's why Germany, Italy, and Japan are directly next to USA in World Showcase, and not say, the UK and France.I'm assuming, as others have said, Brazil is the most likely? If so would that explain why there are so many Brazil pavilion concept art images going around.
I'll be honest, I'm a tad disappointed they aren't doing a cool European country like Russia (the dream). But an EPCOT worldshowcase with real rides in four pavilions and a brand new pavilion? Yeah, sign me up.
I think that political climate is exactly why Russia won't be considered anytime soon.Epcot has yet to have one pavilion from South America, so I'd say it's about time for something like Brazil. Although, given the current political climate and state of relations we have with Russia (again...), a country like Russia would be a sign of good humanity and friendship. I've always wondered if that's why Germany, Italy, and Japan are directly next to USA in World Showcase, and not say, the UK and France.
Can we get Antarctica with one CM and a restaurant staffed by penguins? They could use the old Ice Station Cool set.Political climate and social statements "should" have nothing to do with the decision making process on countries being added. China is in WS and there is a Disney park in China. That should tell you its about business and $, not politics or social views. Russia would be a great addition because of the culture and history alone. But, as has been stated, there is no South American representation and that needs to be addressed. I also would think for diversity purposes just to balance it out, eventually there should be an Australia/New Zealand/Tasmania but again, its about business and what fits with the Disney concepts.