Disney Releases Downgraded EPCOT Plans, Spaceship Earth Refurbishment Seemingly Shelved

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Walt Disney World EPCOT's World Celebration Concept Art

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How time makes a difference. Disney has released a new, updated — and modified — look at the current World Celebration overhaul and it seems some plans have been shelved with others scaled back. Let’s take a look at the new concept art released by Disney Parks recently.

Spaceship Earth with fireworks
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There have been many changes across Disney Parks. From the extension of Disneyland Paris to the reimagining of Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Resort, the House of Mouse is heavily integrating updates across its portfolio.

And the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Central Florida, is no different. Disney’s BoardWalk is currently being renovated while new attractions like Magic Kingdom Park’s TRON coaster and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind are inching closer to operation. The Marvel-themed attraction won’t be the only new thing to arrive at EPCOT Park in the next few years as The Walt Disney Company move forward with its World Celebration overhaul.

spaceship earth
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The former Future World at EPCOT was recently transformed into three new neighborhoods, creating a more cohesive Guest experience. Joining World Showcase, Future World became World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. The latter will be home to the new Wonders of Xandar pavilion which houses Disney’s newest coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

cosmic rewind
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It was years ago, pre-pandemic, that Disney announced its renovation of the EPCOT entrance area and in that time it seems that Disney Parks has modified its major reimagining project. Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) reported:

Disney has released new artwork for EPCOT’s transformation, including the festival stage area, Journey of Water (the Moana-inspired attraction), CommuniCore Hall/CommuniCore Plaza, and World Celebration.

The Disney Resort has scaled back its plans for the Festival Center area, reducing it down to a festival stage location, while the highly anticipated, and much-needed, Spaceship Earth plans appear to have been shelved; Disney Parks did not release any updated imagery of the iconic attraction, in fact, some features seem to have been removed from this most recent concept art release. Below you will see the current rendering and then the original image.

Walt Disney World EPCOT's World Celebration Concept Art
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Spaceship Earth concept art
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The Walt Disney World Resort is currently experiencing its 50th anniversary celebration AKA The World’s Most Magical Celebration, and despite the introduction of new experiences like Cinderella Castle’s Disney Enchantment, and Harmonious, the Floridian Parks have been met with significant backlash over their increasing prices, lack of Park Pass availability, crowd levels (even with the essential Park Hopper option), and the arrival of the FastPass+ replacement, Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Individual Lightning Lane Selections.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom
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With so much change to the Disney magic, and Guests seemingly more irate than ever before, the modifications to the World Celebration plans are possibly another thing that could cause distaste for Disney fans who have long-awaited this Disney Park change.

What are your thoughts on the newly released concept images of EPCOT? Let us know in the comments down below!

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