Last year it was confirmed that Disney had some big plans for Epcot, but with no specifics to go on, fans were left to speculate about what could possibly be in the works for this park.However, with plenty of permits being filed and only a few days to go before the bi-annual D23 Expo event happening, we're pretty sure that these two projects are not only going ahead, but will transform Epcot as we know it.
A new attraction in future world
One of the leading theories was that Disney was planning on building a brand new attraction in the Future World area of the park, potentially replacing Ellen's Energy Adventure inside the Universe of Energy with something based on a Disney IP like Guardians of the Galaxy or Tron.
This speculation remained just that for nearly a year until last month when local news source WFTV reported that The Walt Disney Company filed a permit application with the South Florida water management district that covers 1.2 million square feet in the Future World area of the park, including the Universe of Energy attraction building itself and the area directly behind it. And now, the Orlando Sentinel reports that another permit has been filed in regards to this unannounced project that covers this exact same area.
According to the report, this latest permit seeks approval to reconfigure an existing canal to “to provide a more contiguous area for possible future changes to parking capacity and back of house areas within Walt Disney World's Epcot Center,” according to a report included with the permit. The project also includes creating two dry retention areas for water treatment at the park “where future construction is planned". This is certainly a big development, and seems to signal that whatever Disney is planning for this area is kicking off soon, potentially as early as later this year. However, this isn't the only secretive project in the works for Epcot....