Though there have been a lot of changes confirmed to be coming to Epcot over the next five years, including perhaps the most ambitious ride ever constructed at Walt Disney World and a new addition in the World Showcase, some interesting rumors have popped up in recent months that suggest even more, unannounced changes could be on the way for this park. From new attractions to the addition that recalls the original Progress City project, here are some of the most interesting rumors we've been hearing about the future of Epcot!
1. An in-park hotel in Future World
Earlier this week WDWNT reported that Disney may be looking at building yet another on-site hotel in addition to the Riviera Resort, which was announced this past summer and is now under construction. However, this new hotel will be rather unique, as it will be built inside some part of the Epcot theme park (not just the resort area, like the BoardWalk, Beach Club, etc.)
According to the report, the hotel could be constructed at one of two proposed sites: either between The Land and The Seas pavilions in Future World, or at the front of the park near Spaceship Earth (potentially taking advantage of the monorail line in this area as well). Though this wouldn’t be the first Disney hotel to be built inside a theme park (Disney California Adventure is a notable example inside the US, but many Disney theme parks abroad have hotels that are built at least partially inside a theme park), this would be a first for Walt Disney World, and could change this theme park forever, potentially bringing it just a hair closer to the original vision of Progress City that was envisioned over half a century ago.
However, while something like this could be several years off, there’s another change that could be happening MUCH sooner…
2. A new nighttime spectacular
Earlier this year it was announced that after a 12 year partnership, the company that sponsored IllumiNations would terminate its relationship with The Walt Disney Company. According to an official press statement, the sponsorship reached its mutually-agreed upon end date in October 2017, meaning that Disney is currently running this nighttime spectacular without a sponsor. And while that may work through the holidays and into early next year, Disney is probably looking at ways to retire this 15-year old show and inject new life into Epcot's evening entertainment lineup, as they have done at every other park over the past two years.
While we haven't heard anything about what kind of new show Disney could be planning for Epcot, if this rumor proves to be true we'd expect to hear something in 2018 about a brand new nighttime spectacular for this park.