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Bob Chapek Confirms Disney Will Overhaul Epcot

jt04

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And he’s been there many times before that too... but kudos for finding someone to latch onto for generating new drivel.
We were getting plenty of hints in those days that a "Lucasland", as many here called it, was a strong possibility. Not many expected Disney to buy the franchise though. Or build something on the scale of Galaxy's Edge. Much less two of them. We were talking in terms of Skywalker Sound, a Cantina, and a Yoda interactive similar to Turtle Talk and maybe a d ticket dark ride.

It definitely predates anything Pandora as far as what our insiders knew.
 

Cmdr_Crimson

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Doing something with the WoL pavilion would not interfere with the daily park guest visit at all.
Waiting for a new movie to go into The Land pavilion theatre.
Reboot Figment and the imagination pavilion plus put in a new 3D movie (perhaps Figment)
Yeah but were now getting at 2 years since the D23 Expo announcement and nothing about the FW Layout has emerged not even a refurb wall besides at UoE...Let's hope that will hear anything else new at this years Expo and a RE-Designed layout....
 

trainplane3

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Yeah but were now getting at 2 years since the D23 Expo announcement and nothing about the FW Layout has emerged not even a refurb wall besides at UoE...Let's hope that will hear anything else new at this years Expo and a RE-Designed layout....
I got you covered:

I got a super sneaky peek at the future of Epcot. I had to watermark it so bloggers won't steal my insider info.
 

DoubleJ21

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Bullocks. If the issue was resources then Disney wouldn’t have reduced the ranks of Walt Disney Imagineering after the park opened.
And yet, WDI is bigger right now than its been in a long, long time. Certainly bigger than pre-Shanghai cuts. The only time its been this big is when DCA and TDS were being built.

Have you seen the TEA credits for Shanghai? The WDI credits are pages and pages and pages long. Shanghai clearly had an impact on development. Even if resources weren't an issue, risk was. A $5.5 billion development clearly entails quite a lot of risk, and as a business you don't want to overstretch in case things go wrong.
 
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AKL2003

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Doing something with the WoL pavilion would not interfere with the daily park guest visit at all.
Waiting for a new movie to go into The Land pavilion theatre.
Reboot Figment and the imagination pavilion plus put in a new 3D movie (perhaps Figment)
Can you imagine, if done right, how much just doing those few things would improve future world?? Bringing something back to WoL and updating the Imagination pavillion are my top two wishes for WDW...
 

lazyboy97o

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And yet, WDI is bigger right now than its been in a long, long time. Certainly bigger than pre-Shanghai cuts. The only time its been this big is when DCA and TDS were being built.

Have you seen the TEA credits for Shanghai? The WDI credits are pages and pages and pages long. Shanghai clearly had an impact on development. Even if resources weren't an issue, risk was. A $5.5 billion development clearly entails quite a lot of risk, and as a business you don't want to overstretch in case things go wrong.
Disney wasn’t paying even half of that cost.
 

DoubleJ21

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WDI was spread thin in 1981. Contractors ruled the roost in the 2010s.

Remember it’s a hire and fire environment now.
I definitely know they bring on more people for the sole purpose of a single project, but LinkedIn data suggests that the average tenure at WDI is more than 8 years which is extremely consistent with any other company. (In other words, most companies have an average tenure around 8 years.)

I'm also not sure that project based hires are anything new for WDI. I've found quite a number of former Imagineers on LinkedIn who were at WDI in the 80s and 90s for only a year or two, sometimes less than that. And they usually mention in the profile that they were hired for X project.
 
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