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Bob Chapek Confirms Disney Will Overhaul Epcot

Kman101

Well-Known Member
Something doesn't seem right? Shouldn't we have started to see more construction walls throughout Future World besides just by UoE?
I mean...Were "Suppose" to see this.....Right?

And here we are a full year out after the D23 2017 announcement for this elaborate and amazing tree filled wonderland of the future and it's just......
Um, concrete is all you get. Look at Toy Story Land ;)

I imagine the hub re-do will be similar to the Main Street hub re-do. Areas for "viewing" and different, larger walkways, though Epcot's pretty large as it is.

It really needs more water and trees but not by sacrificing the buildings.

Very curious what they ultimately do. I'd take the tarps and tombstones and a new paint job. I'm not asking for much ...

Although sometimes I do wish they'd boldly re-do the entire area like they show above. I know that's a horror to some but often times I wish they'd just do it from scratch instead of trying to do what they usually do and it never comes together. Like current Future World. Yeesh, what a mess. More Fountainview designs and less kaleidoscope (which sounds like it was abandoned thankfully).

At least the Bob's now know what an Epcot is. Too bad they don't get it.

I know Guardians is considered "family friendly" but we have to be getting more IP tie-ins. Rat and Mary are great, but WS should have already been up two rides. So it's like New Fantasyland, making up for lost capacity or capacity that should have been met a decade ago.
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
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Maybe that's actually a good thing? lol (unless the plan was to restore the pavilion and dump Nemo but that'd be a dream and not under this regime)

It can't get any worse. The Nemo ride could really use a refresh though. But I guess "good enough" is still "good enough" for them. Weren't you thinking they'd update the Seas? Were plans on the table but now they're in limbo or something? I know you can't say much, just more or less wondering outloud. I imagine The Land is where the focus will go unless they cut that too.
There are still plans to update (or refresh) The Seas. Same for Land. Currently circa 2021.
 

jaklgreen

Well-Known Member
Something doesn't seem right? Shouldn't we have started to see more construction walls throughout Future World besides just by UoE?
I mean...Were "Suppose" to see this.....Right?

And here we are a full year out after the D23 2017 announcement for this elaborate and amazing tree filled wonderland of the future and it's just......
Concept art is NEVER what a project turns out to be. I mean just look at it, they would have to basically start from scratch. I would not go by any designer's concept art when it comes to renovations.
 

HauntedMansionFLA

Well-Known Member
Something doesn't seem right? Shouldn't we have started to see more construction walls throughout Future World besides just by UoE?
I mean...Were "Suppose" to see this.....Right?

And here we are a full year out after the D23 2017 announcement for this elaborate and amazing tree filled wonderland of the future and it's just......
Walls are up all over the place............for the Food and Wine Festival;)
 

Kman101

Well-Known Member
Anyone know if they're planning on readdressing the Epcot overhaul project at this year's D23?
Next year's D23?

I wish it were this year. We still have a long way to go :/ LOL

I'd imagine if they want it done by, say, a certain park's 40th, they'd sort of have to. But who knows? They seem to be having difficulty figuring out a plan (shocking, I know). I'm sure just think of the cheapest and least amount of work and that's what we'll get.

Epcot needs to have a slew of announcements, IMO. I know it's the MK's 50th (they'd likely have to announce something for the celebration, no? lol), and the resort as a whole, but they can't keep things the way they are. It's a shame things sound up in the air.
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
Anyone know if they're planning on readdressing the Epcot overhaul project at this year's D23?
In general, insiders won't know inside information about what news is going to break at D23. They know some 'secret projects' in the works that they have shared with us, but have no idea if management will use D23 to break it and confirm it except maybe within a week of D23 when presentations are being thrown together, and even then, last time, that kept changing.

And if they know secret stuff that hasn't been leaked yet, then they can't really say if it will break at D23 because they're keeping it secret.

TMALSS: Asking what will be addressed at D23 is usually fruitless.
 

Kman101

Well-Known Member
In general, insiders won't know inside information about what news is going to break at D23. They know some 'secret projects' in the works that they have shared with us, but have no idea if management will use D23 to break it and confirm it except maybe within a week of D23 when presentations are being thrown together, and even then, last time, that kept changing.

And if they know secret stuff that hasn't been leaked yet, then they can't really say if it will break at D23 because they're keeping it secret.

TMALSS: Asking what will be addressed at D23 is usually fruitless.
I see your point.

But I think we already know most of what *could* be announced next year. Anything else is either a bonus or a zonk! depending on how you look at it.

If you think about timelines they might have to meet you can sort of figure out what some of the goals could be. But like you said, things are always so up in the air no insider can ever say definitely what may be announced.

We've got a pretty good idea though, should they so choose to announce things then.
 

Bender123

Well-Known Member
There are still plans to update (or refresh) The Seas. Same for Land. Currently circa 2021.
I would honestly be fine leaving Land and Seas as they are for a few more years, if JII would get priority. Im under no delusions the original JII would come back, but any hope we see Imagination get a little love in the next decade?
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
I would honestly be fine leaving Land and Seas as they are for a few more years, if JII would get priority. Im under no delusions the original JII would come back, but any hope we see Imagination get a little love in the next decade?
There are still proposals to spend a not inconsiderable amount of money on the pavilion in the next decade.

(Said in my most honest yet vague way)
 

Kman101

Well-Known Member
There are still proposals to spend a not inconsiderable amount of money on the pavilion in the next decade.

(Said in my most honest yet vague way)
Hmm.

I imagine overlays are on the table. Or a quick refurb that does nothing to change the ride itself. Which would be a shame and a waste, but something they'd totally do. I imagine what happens with Figment depends on what budget plans they decide on for what may be overlayed there (Inside Out?). I'd like a really good refresh but I'm torn on whether or not I believe they have faith in the Figment IP or not. I don't trust them that they do. I'd love to be proven wrong.

Haven't they learned that they should just spend the money now? (I get it they are still spending the money but we know how they work) I know they have to get the money first, and that's always a problem, but man ... I keep saying it but they don't get it.
 
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