Disney Just Quietly Confirmed It Is Changing More of EPCOT Park

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Performers in front of Spaceship Earth

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Amid an already bustling construction site, Disney World’s EPCOT is about to start more work.

Spaceship Earth st EPCOT in Walt Disney World Resort
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Traveling to Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, Central Florida) is most likely the dream for any Disney fan. The sheer volume of attractions and experiences is enough to boggle even the most diehard’s mind, which is often why visitors flock to the Disney Resort time after time, year after year.

And even then, the Disney World that a Guest encounters on one trip can be very different on the following trip. The Walt Disney Company is constantly changing, refurbishing, closing, and opening rides across all their properties — the theme parks, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom; the Disney water parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park; and Disney Springs, the recreation and shopping district.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at night with Spaceship Earth in the background at EPCOT in Walt Disney World Resort
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In recent years, Disney has opened the Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios, and attractions such as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT, and the soon-to-debut TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom. It’s not always theme park rides, though; Disney often updates Hotel Resorts, restaurants, and other experiences. Over at Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, Southern California) Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is currently being revamped into Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel, for example.

At Disney World, Guests can stay in one of over 20 Hotel Resorts across property. From Value offerings like Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort to Moderate options like Disney’s Port Orleans — Riverside and deluxe accommodations like Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a Guest’s choice is broad.

Disney's Contemporary Resort at night with a monorail running through the lobby
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Permits filed for Avenue of the Stars at Disney World’s EPCOT

The last few months have shown that there are whisperings of another Disney Hotel joining the already massive roster, this one, however, is rumored to be the EPCOT Future World Hotel. Originally appearing on plans dated 2018, the EPCOT Future World Hotel construction page was updated in 2020 and 2021, per plans shared by Ken Pozek in 2022, but there has since been no word on any development of this project from anyone at The Walt Disney Company.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts sign with Spaceship Earth at EPCOT
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Multiple permits have been filed for the planned area of the rumored Disney Hotel — which was allegedly slated for 1474 to 2000 Avenue of the Stars — along with other addresses in the same location. Avenue of the Stars runs around EPCOT Park, and permits have been filed for these addresses — 1380, 1400, 1474, 1780, and 2000,

There is no confirmation of what the planned work is for, but each of the permits filed lists Disney World’s in-house construction company — Buena Vista Construction — as the contractor. The permit is for Buena Vista Construction to “provide labor, material, and/or electrical for construction.”

Walt Disney World EPCOT's World Celebration Concept Art
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Construction continues at EPCOT Park

Construction has been going on for quite some time at EPCOT as Walt Disney Imagineering reinvents the theme park (formerly, EPCOT Center). What was once Future World became split into three neighborhoods — World Discovery, Word Celebration, and World Nature. World Celebration, which encompasses the Park’s icon, Spaceship Earth, will soon be home to Dreamer’s Point and the CommuniCore Hall and stage area, while World Nature will welcome the Moana-inspired attraction, Journey of Water — a scale model of Te Fiti could be seen at last year’s D23 Expo. These new neighborhoods joined the already existing World Showcase, which surrounds World Showcase Lagoon.

Te Fiti at EPCOT's Journey of Water Inspired by 'Moana'
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As for the planned Spaceship Earth rejuvenation, it seems Disney has shelved the project, at least for now, while work on the rest of the Disney World theme park is completed.

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