With all eyes on the D23 Expo coming in a few weeks, the rumor mill is buzzing about what Disney might announce at this bi-annual event. Over the past few months, we’ve focused a lot on rumors about a new ride coming to Epcot, potentially themed to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, coming to Future World in the area currently occupied by the Universe of Energy. However, even though we’ve been seeing some permits related to this project filed in recent weeks seemingly confirming this development, over just the past few days some other permits have been filed that seem to suggest that the back half of this park could also be getting a new attraction in the near future as well. And though nothing is definite, here's what we know for sure about this incredible rumor... 

The mysterious World Showcase permit

Just last week a permit filed by Walt Disney World surfaced online that has fans buzzing about what could potentially be the biggest project for the World Showcase since the addition of the Norway Pavilion in 1988. Officially titled Epcot France Back of House Modifications, this permit outlines a plan to add an "impervious surface" to a 5.70-acre area that covers the expansion pad between Epcot's France and Morocco pavilions (an area that is currently empty save for storage).

With such a large area covered by the permit, many are hoping that Disney is potentially going to be constructing the first truly new attraction (not a re-theme of an existing ride) to the World Showcase since the addition of Maelstrom in 1988. And while this permit on its own might not be enough to confidently say with 100% certainty that Disney is indeed going to be adding new ride to the World Showcase, it does lay the groundwork for such a development, which would make sense, as Epcot has been bleeding guests in recent years, and may be looking to reboot itself in the near future in the same way that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now.

World Showcase

While we're very much so squarely still in rumor territory here, we do have some ideas about what could potentially be coming to this area... 



I would love to see another country added to World Showcase. There are so many to choose from!!!

Spain or Portugal Pavilion

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