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An Interesting Part of Epcot Quietly Just Became Off Limits

Though we’re still fascinated by the slow death of the Wonders of Life pavilion back in the early 2000s, this former attraction space hasn’t totally gone to waste in recent years as it has been used as a festival center for Epcot’s ever-expanding roster of annual events, providing space for classes, pop-up shops, and even upcharge events. However, now that we’re only days away from the kick off of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, this location looks like it will not be in use during this festival for the first time in over half a decade which is definitely a surprising development, since Epcot's annual festivals seem to be ever expanding. 

Fortunately, guests shouldn't feel too much impact from this loss, as seminars and classes will be relocated to a variety of locations around Epcot (including the World ShowPlace) and merchandise will be distributed throughout the park including regular retailers like MouseGears as well as several pop-up kiosks around the park.

However, though the consequences of not opening the Festival Center for this year's Epcot Flower and Garden Festival won't be too severe, we can’t help but wonder why Disney has suddenly abandoned this facility. And while Disney hasn't said anything for sure about this interesting development, we do have some ideas about why this is happening...

Construction related to the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster

Image: Disney

The most likely reason why this former Festival Center is now off-limits is because of construction on the somehow-still-unnamed Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster that is being constructed next door at the Universe of Energy building. Disney has gone ahead and confirmed that this upcoming attraction (opening in 2021!) will be an indoor roller coaster, and interestingly they have also said that it will be one of the longest in the world when completed. And while the Universe of Energy building is pretty big, a lot of expansion beyond just the land behind this pavilion could be required. And with the former Wonders of Life building right next door, it seems likely that the land that this structure currently sits on (or land very close to it) could be used for this new project, which would require Disney to keep this area off limits while this project is under construction.

And though we’re inclined to believe that this is the reason behind the sudden disappearance of the Festival Center from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, there are some other possibilities as well that we'd be remiss not to consider... 

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