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Mike Rhodes

What next for WDW development?

Published: April 11, 2014 at 4:36 AM

Across several discussion threads and comments over the months, there does seem to be a general disappointment at WDWs limited new attraction development - or the speed of it at least. For me, and many I think, epcot is in dire need yet nothing seems to happen. I worked in the UK pavilion in 1993/94 and since then all we have had is sourin, test track and mission, and a few makeovers. Three great attractions, but that's not much in 20 years! What do people think, do they think big changes will be announced in the near future, or are we stuck with epcot just carrying along as it is? Any rumours that I have missed (other than frozen in Norway?)

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Replies (10)

Jaiden Cohen

Published: April 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I hope they don't do anything. I like universal better.
TH Creative
Writer

Published: April 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM. Edited: April 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

I hope Disney does a whole bunch of things. And I hope Universal does a whole bunch of things. Because I'm thoughtful enough to support both companies -- as well as Merlin entertainment. And because thousands of people (people with families) are employed by these parks, I hope attendance at Disney and Universal and Sea World and Legoland and Fun Spot and Old Town and I-Drive Live will grow and grow and grow.
Aaron Armstead

Published: May 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I hope so. There was so much planing in the 1990's for parks throughout the United States and around the world which continued through the end of the Eisner years into today with Shanghai, that Walt Disney World's changes were not too major with the exception of Animal Kingdom. Hopefully Epcot will receive some changes for the better.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: May 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM. Edited: May 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Disney Springs - under construction now through 2016.
New Lion King theater - under construction now for June 2014 opening.
Polynesian Resort refurb - under construction for completion in 2015, including debut of Trader Sam's.
Rivers of Light show at DAK - under development for possible 2017 debut
Avatar - under construction at DAK for first-phase debut in 2017.

We'll likely also get Soarin's new movie within the next two years.

luca ferracuti

Published: May 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Star Wars Land at Hollywood Studios
Phil B.

Published: May 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

I'm with Luca on this. Star Wars land should be a top priority at the WDW resort. With the new trilogy concluding in the next 5 or so years, it would seem like a smart move to go full steam ahead and have the land finished in time for the final movie. Honestly, I'm surprised they haven't made an official announcement and broke ground already, regardless of the magic bands fallout.
TH Creative
Writer

Published: May 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

'Star Wars' (Trowbridge) EPCOT Future World (Fitzgerald).
Tony Duda

Published: May 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Star Wars land cannot be at Epcot Future World because it takes place "a long time ago..."
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: May 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

For the record, Tom Fitzgerald, the Imagineer who has taken over creative direction for Epcot, is the person who wrote the famous "If you can dream, you can do it" line, from the Horizons attraction. If Disney corporate green-lights some cash to support Imagineering, Epcot is in excellent creative hands.
Mike Rhodes

Published: May 7, 2014 at 2:53 AM. Edited: May 7, 2014 at 2:55 AM

That's great news! If we do see some development now, what is the typical time-line - I assume we are talking 2 or 3 years+ in the future?

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