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News Big changes coming to EPCOT's Future World?

MisterPenguin

President of Animal Kingdom
Premium Member
Wasn't the removal of CommuniCore not the favorite route?
CommuniCore is just stores and M&Gs at this time. Anything worthwhile can be done in new buildings better suited for their purpose. Otherwise, any new idea will be constantly having to be altered to fit the CommuniCore buildings. Although, new buildings are costlier and may cause cutbacks elsewhere...
 

DC0703

Well-Known Member
I am SHOCKED. Wasn't the removal of CommuniCore not the favorite route? Where are all of the secondary buildings (merch, food etc.)??? @marni1971 is this the proposal that you were dreading? I am cautiously optimistic, but it seems rather.......extreme.
This was my initial reaction as well - that they are tearing down communicore, the fountain, most of the spine and replacing it with empty green space a la the MK plaza. However, looking more closely at the fuzzy, vague art, it does look like there are a bunch of small buildings amidst the trees. Hopefully a higher res version of this will show up at some point for us to scrutinize more closely.

I am worried that this looks like a scenario where no new attractions/shows/exhibits will be added to the area formerly known as innoventions - that it will just be shops and food kiosks.The recent exhibits and Sum of all Thrills weren't the greatest, but they were better than nothing.

I do like the aesthetic of the FW revamp though.
 

MerlinTheGoat

Well-Known Member
Some things will change, but the end should resemble what is here, give or take some buildings and landscapes and paths and fountains. SSE may retain its ground floor, or it may not. One side of CommuniCore may stick around, or may not. For the most part, it should end up pretty close to this.
Do you know whether SSE (the ride) is safe? I fear they might gut it, IP overlay it or something similar. Especially with the sponsor gone...

The Future World concept art is actually pretty, new fountain looks nice. Though I would have preferred they actually do something with the buildings instead of getting rid of them outright. Though as they are currently, the biggest loss will be the nice air conditioning they provide while cutting through to get to The Land (hopefully LWTL is also safe).
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
@marni1971, since you posted somewhere else that you are a tad more comfortable talking about some of these things now that they have been announced, can you decipher some of what is going on in this blue sky concept art photo of FW? It is so hard for me to interpret most of it - especially the side with The Land, The Living Seas and Imagination.

Again, I always understand if you can't. And thanks for all that you can share.
This isn't the version that made me optimistic. And I believe it's still a blue sky concept.
 

articos

Well-Known Member
If that's the Odyssey the bridges to it are a bit different, that area though resembles this early Epcot model from the 70's though, which didn't include the Odyssey but had a lot more water features in Future World
Looks like the artist took some inspiration from various incarnations of proposals for Epcot over the years and other projects.

I'll put one caveat in here. If they stick with this design concept it should end up mostly like this concept. There are a few concepts, but there's a reason they put this out to show. If budget or design choices change, elements of other concepts can be mixed in and things will look different. For now, if based on this art, this is what it should turn into, give or take. The final choices are still be worked on, as Bob indicated.
 

articos

Well-Known Member
Do you know whether SSE (the ride) is safe? I fear they might gut it, IP overlay it or something similar. Especially with the sponsor gone...

The Future World concept art is actually pretty, new fountain looks nice. Though I would have preferred they actually do something with the buildings instead of getting rid of them outright. Though as they are currently, the biggest loss will be the nice air conditioning they provide while cutting through to get to The Land (hopefully LWTL is also safe).
I don't know on SSE. If the load/unload building is removed, the ride will have to go down, but that's a part of the concept art I'm not sure will make it out of concept. It looks neat, but that's a lot of work. I'm doubtful. But who knows if they want to make a statement on a new Epcot, it's a good way to do so. We aren't at that point yet, though.

The fountains - all of them - I think will happen and should make it very, very pretty.
 

danlb_2000

Well-Known Member
I'm also amazed at the, apparent, removal of MouseGears. Unless it's moving into one of those donut shaped buildings
I would think certain things from those buildings would need to remain in this area in some form. I don't see them getting rid of MouseGears entirely, and I think there would still be a need to restroom and some form of quick service dining in this area.
 

stuart

Well-Known Member
@marni1971 Would you expect more information on re-design and new attractions to be given around the 35th as part of marking that occasion?

Obviously a lot of the new attractions and projects being announced are with the 50th and as part of a wider celebration, but do you expect (know if) there is to be anything held back to be pushed as for Epcots 40th?
 

Horizonsfan

Active Member
Do we have any idea with this "goldilocks" option what the attraction/exhibit count would be like? All I see are restaurant and retail sized structures in a forrest.

Tangentially, do we have any idea what's going to happen to the BOH built underneath Communicore? Capped and covered with landscape? Demo'd and relocated?
 

MCast

Well-Known Member
This isn't the version that made me optimistic. And I believe it's still a blue sky concept.
Was there more than two versions? Not sure if you're neutral to this one or dissapprove.

Also, if it is considered blue sky concept art, do you think they could transition back to the version that made you optimistic?
 
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