News Big changes coming to EPCOT's Future World?

jmuboy

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am I seeing things ...... Or is it Martian rock on one side and lush and green on the other. The art work is vague.
 

jmuboy

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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.
It looks like Earth Station /Project Tomorrow is gone. ???? May just be the Vague art.
 

sedati

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I think Communicore was never a good design choice in terms of its effect on park layout and guest sightlines. Imagine getting to the end of Main Street and entering the hub only to have a pair of curving walls surrounding you. Future World is expansive, but was visually segmented. I could see this new layout being preferable visually, though Communicore/Innoventions was great for air conditioning and as a rain shelter.

What has me excited is some hints that they may be toying with some kinetic architecture. Do a search in youtube for "kinetic architecture" and you'll see something more future fun that a plaza surrounded by beige and glass.

As Martin said, this really looks like blue sky art- it hints more than gives specifics. What we get may be radically different.
 

NoChesterHester

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The fountains - all of them - I think will happen and should make it very, very pretty.
All that expansive open green space with great water features should be lovely.

We can't forget how big this park really is however. The walk from Imagination to the new GotG is really long and without interruption. This may end up making the park feel actually less hospitable in the hot summer months. It's like walking across a French Palace Garden - gorgeous but almost unendingly monotonous after a half hour.
 

Kman101

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They could always demo Mousegears and build a new shop in one of those donut shapes looking buildings ... I doubt they give up that kind of retail space. I'm sure some liberties were taken with the art and as articos said some things may stay and landscape and paths may be different.

I really like they're actually going to give Future World a makeover that includes, hopefully, more greenery and fountains. This has me more excited than most of what was announced. Can't wait to get more details on it.
 

Kman101

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All that expansive open green space with great water features should be lovely.

We can forget how big this park really is however. The walk from Imagination to the new GotG is really long and without interruption. This may end up making the park feel actually less hospitable in the hot summer months. It's like walking across a French Palace Garden - gorgeous but almost unendinging monotonous after a half hour.
+1

Epcot definitely needs more shade especially in Future World
 

NoChesterHester

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They could always demo Mousegears and build a new shop in one of those donut shapes looking buildings ... I doubt they give up that kind of retail space. I'm sure some liberties were taken with the art and as articos said some things may stay and landscape and paths may be different.

I really like they're actually going to give Future World a makeover that includes, hopefully, more greenery and fountains. This has me more excited than most of what was announced. Can't wait to get more details on it.
Agree!
 

willtravel

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Do they want to get rid of Communicore just because they don't what to do with it? Gone, less headache/expense?
 
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rocketraccoon

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Do they want to get rid of Communicore just because they don't know with it? Gone, less headache/expense?
The weird thing is that I'm moderately certain everything that closed in 2016 is still intact. Sum Of All Thrills is still there and clearly visible from the Colortopia area. Pretty much nothing has happened to it since it closed:


Taken 07/13/2017

I wouldn't be surprised if StormStruck was still around as well. Colortopia and the Nanooze area are still there and functioning, and the VISION House is used for passholder merchandise during events. It's weird just how much they aren't doing anything.
 

build_it

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The weird thing is that I'm moderately certain everything that closed in 2016 is still intact. Sum Of All Thrills is still there and clearly visible from the Colortopia area. Pretty much nothing has happened to it since it closed:


Taken 07/13/2017

I wouldn't be surprised if StormStruck was still around as well. Colortopia and the Nanooze area are still there and functioning, and the VISION House is used for passholder merchandise during events. It's weird just how much they aren't doing anything.
You don't invest in what you plan to take down or significantly alter. You just wait until you are ready. One capital expenditure all wrapped in one financial package. Bonus, you reduce operations in the meantime, and earn your bonus.

Not saying it's good show, just a typical business model.
 

clemmo

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It almost seemed like the WOL building has some light coming off of it. I wonder is there a long term plan for that pavillion yet.
Could just be artistic license but could be saying "hey we have a long term blue sky plan" or both I can't really tell. I still think it could be part of Epcot phase 2 along with spine other WS announcements and the updates to land and sea pavilions.
 

clemmo

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So if the spine buildings (innoventions) are gone where will the new shops and restaurants go? Very curious. This is the one announcement that leaves me with more Q's than A's
 

trainplane3

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A lot of this proposal doesn't make sense. The art is very ambiguous.

I do know there was a push from some quarters to open up the views of the pavilions from the spine. Conversely there was a desire from others to retain as much 1982 as possible. But I think we're in the wrong thread.
^Bringing this over from the restaurant thread^
The more I look at this art, the more questions I draw. The fact we didn't get a full quality version like the UoE Guardians and Tron concepts tells me that it's very blue sky.
-I see a building behind UoE I think? Mentioned by @raven as well
-What about the tunnels/storage under CommuniCore?
-Project Tomorrow/exit area for SSE?
-Maze by the land?
-Why is WoL lit up? I thought it didn't exist. (joking!)
I think they told the artist to go crazy with the concept. Although, I can see the new fountain setup at the edge of FW happening. Maybe the water features as well. This really makes me want to see the Tron-ish proposal, and if this is it then it's missing the cool (color-wise) blues, whites, and purples.
 

rogerrabbitfan9

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I like the idea of getting rid of the Communicore buildings. The concept is basically dead (no company wants to sponsor an exhibit) and the current buildings are super specialized for that one purpose (what else can you put in them?) I like the additional green space.
 

Captain Neo

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Do they want to get rid of Communicore just because they don't know with it? Gone, less headache/expense?
Heaven forbid guests actually learn anything while visiting a theme park. It's all about dumbing down the product and keeping people stupid and then people wonder why so few people are getting STEM degrees and why half the population doesn't believe in global warming.
 
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