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PLAY! Pavilion At EPCOT, Is It Cancelled, Paused Or Has Disney Pressed Play On The Project?

Does anyone remember that we were promised a brand new and exciting pavilion at EPCOT way back in 2019!


The pavilion should have been open right now, it was set to open last year, as a new headliner attraction celebrating Walt Disney Word's 50th Anniversary in 2022.



At the announcement, Imagineer Zach Riddley said “This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to EPCOT. Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for EPCOT – and another signature element of our transformation.”



Sounds good, too good to be true perhaps, and yes the awesome PLAY! Pavilion has since been quietly paused, scaled back, cancelled, or well... nobody seems to know, we don't even think that Disney know either, perhaps they have just forgotten about it, well it is hard to see that bright gold pavilion lurking in the corner of EPCOT hidden behind the massive Guardians Of The Galaxy building, housing a brand new shiny ride: that at least Disney delivered on that project!



Well, now it seems that all is not lost for the PLAY! Pavilion as the pavilion is actually listed on the shiny new EPCOT40 commemorative map given out to celebrate EPCOT's 40th Anniversary on October 1!


A close inspection at the World Discovery area of the park map reveals a tiny little dot above the former Wonders of Life Pavilion proclaims “Future Home of PLAY!,”



This would indicate that the project may still happen. It could be heavily scaled back as previously rumored, but at least it appears that Disney intends to actually open PLAY!


Perhaps sometime after Tron opens....




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