What should be Epcot's next major Attraction?Walt Disney World: It's been too long without one.
From Tom RiggI was just commenting on the Test Track update and it made me think about how long it has been since Epcot got a new major attraction.
Posted January 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM
The Magic Kingdom is getting its Fantasyland expansion as well as getting the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. MK has also gotten some refurbs that made major changes including the Haunted Mansion and The Hall of Presidents.
Hollywood Studios has probably seen the most activity since '05: Toy Story Mania, "Lights, Motors, Action", and of course, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Which I would say is so much of an overhaul that its practically a new ride. Hollywood Studios even got a three new shows: Prince Caspian ( though its awful, it was still new), The American Idol Experience, and Disney Junior - Live on Stage.
Animal Kingdom received Expedition Everest in 2006 and got the Africa Trek this past year. not as much, but less than 15 years old and not nearly as much guest accessible park space as Epcot.
Since 1998 only three truly new attractions have opened at Epcot: Test Track, Mission:Space, and Soarin'. At an average of about 4 years apart, we are way over due for a new attraction. But instead we've gotten: The Seas with Nemo and Friends (Refurb), New Spaceship Earth(Refurb), Captain EO, and Turtle Talk with Crush, and The Gran Fiesta Tour (Refurb). While I actually enjoy all of these things, I would love to see something new.
So my question to you is: what should be Epcot's next major attraction be?
I say they look to the World Showcase and give us either the long rumored raft ride in Canada, or a whole new pavilion.
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From Giovanny CruzWall-e and a Phineas and Ferb show will be cool and with the new test track awosome.
Posted January 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM
From Orrin CarstarphenI think wen will see a Brazil pavilion before too much longer.
Posted January 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM
From Tim WA weather pavilion!
Posted January 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM
From TH CreativeBrazil.
Posted January 6, 2012 at 6:44 PM
From Carrie HoodThe Orlando Sentinel had something about Disney Execs being in Brazil for somekind of meeting, rumor is because all the Brazilian tourists they may well get a Pavilion at Epcot. Also South America really doesn't have a presence in World Showcase yet, so it would make sense.
Posted January 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM
From Nick MarkhamI would love to see some sort of TRON attraction take over the space currently occupy by the outdated Captain EO. A guy can dream...
Posted January 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM
From Giovanny CruzLove the Tron idea.
Posted January 6, 2012 at 8:27 PM
From Tom RiggI would hate to see Imagination go to a preexisting cartoon character. I like that figment is original to that ride, however this is one place I wouldn't mind a retrofurb and get back the original ride.
Posted January 6, 2012 at 8:34 PM
From Manny BarronSouth America isn't only neglected in World Showcase but Animal Kingdom as well. Brazil with sometype of ride attraction would be great. With the Amazon in Brazil something inovolved with the jungle would be nice. A also really like the idea of the weather pavilion.
Posted January 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM
From Randall PeekI could easily see the Imagination pavilion being scrapped for a weather pavilion. This would allow Disney to bring the Storm Riders simulator over from DisneySea to replace Captain EO. The show might be functionally similar to Star Tours as a simulator ride, but heck, they've used the Omnimover over and over, so why not simulators?
Posted January 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM
The ride that I'd like to see replaced completely is Ellen's Energy Adventure. As cool as the technology was thirty years ago, it simply does not stand up to current standards, and we already have an AA dinosaur attraction over at Animal Kingdom, so there is a certain amount of overlap already. I think the space could be used for a computer pavilion with some Tron attraction as its centerpiece.
From Tasia PPhineas and Ferb will definitely bring crowds. It's Disney's version of Spongebob. It has a huge following everybody I know watches and loves that show. I also think a Wall-E ride should come to Eocot. I was hoping the Tron cycle coaster idea could replace test track but I like the current refurb of tt so I can keep dreaming. I would also love to see more attractions in the World Showcases if possible. They should be based on the Disney Renaissance films.A Hunchback of Notre Dame dark ride in France. A new Greece pavillion with a Hercules thrill ride. A Mulan attraction in China. An Aladdin magic carpet ride that has Soarin and Spiderman technology in Morocco. You will either take a ride through Agrabah with Genie,Aladdin,Abu,and Jasmine or go through the scene with Aladdin trying to escape from Jaffar. The decision would be based on if Disney wants it a family ride or thrill ride. The other movies would fit better in other parks. Beauty and the Beast should get it's on section in either Paris park. Of course The Lion King and Tarzan belong in Africa. I've heard many people say a Pocahontas boat ride will fit nicely in Frontierland. Also a 101 dalmatians junior coaster in the UK. We could be trying to get away from Cruella it will be kind of like Crush Coaster.Totally not happening but I would love a Bueno Nacho(from Kim Possible) in Mexico. I still love that show.
Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM
From Tim HillmanI'm with Randall on putting StormRider in the Imagination pavillion. It would be a perfect fit for Epcot.
Posted January 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM
From Anthony MurphyIsn't EPCOT getting a new country? Brazil?
Posted January 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM
From Tom Riggthe Brazil pavilion is a strong rumor, but everything I have read has said there is nothing confirmed about it. I think another African Pavilion, say Kenya or South Africa, would be great, but so would an India Pavilion.
Posted January 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM
From Andrew MooneyI really want to see a Brazil, Australia or India Pavilion. Being European, I feel that WS is already bursting at the seams with European culture, so I'm not fussed about Greece, Spain or Russia. Whilst an African pavilion would be brilliant, I was under the impression that WDI thought of it but like the Movie pavilion, it was transformed into a fully realised land (Africa at DAK) and in the Movie case, it became DHS.
Posted January 8, 2012 at 2:32 PM
From Flavio de SouzaPlease leave the movies or cartoons outside EPCOT. This cross-seling thing should be only in MK and DHS.
Posted January 11, 2012 at 7:14 AM
No wall-e, Remy, Pongo, or Princess in Epcot.
Epcot should go back to what it was, experiencing the Future and knowing other countries.
From Daniel EtcheberryTear down the Universe of Energy, and build something new with the same theme. (And no Ellen please)
Posted January 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM
From David L.Flavio, Epcot shouldn't be completely cartoon/character free. They should be placed in appropriate and subtle places. An attraction like Turtle Talk is ok, but it needs to fit in better,(look up what Tokyo Disney Sea did for their one on Disney and More). A whole pavilion themed to a movie is not a good idea, but the Seas is Epcot's only major character problem. All of the others are fine (I haven't seen the new Mexican ride so I can't comment on that yet).
Posted January 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM
As for Epcot's next major attraction, 3 things:
Imagination needs to be completely redone, new theme maybe? Include great E-ticket dark ride, new exhibits and a state-of-the-art 4D show. Same goes for Energy. Keep the theme, but update it. A lot. Probably gut it, even though Disney would like to reuse the system, too much space is wasted and multiple attractions could fit. As for a world showcase country, Either Guatemala or Brazil would be my choice. Guatemala's population is primarily native, an attribute that is rare in the Americas. Brazil has a large culture and geography to use making it a decent choice. India or Indonesia(or Egypt or Australia) would be great too.
From Joe BrownWhat's the ugly, rundown, unused building on the water near World Showcase?
Posted January 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM
From Giovanny CruzFlavio ,Wall-e it's about the future,Phineas and Ferb make technologic stuff and Tron has a future theme so they would fit perfect at Epcot and they won't destroy Epcot's theme and Wall-e Tron and Phineas and Ferb would bring a lot of crowds so it's good.Tell me Flavio would you like to see a Tron ride or the boring Elle's energy adventure.Would you like to have captain EO or a Phineas and Ferb attraction.And for last would you like to see figment instead of Wall-e?
Posted January 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM
From David L.Giovanny, They fit the theme, but they should be subtle. At Epcot, if I had to choose between a Tron pavilion or the current Energy one, I'd choose Energy. I for one enjoy it(though it is very dated) and it fits the theme. Tron as an entire pavilion doesn't fit the theme. Tron can be incorporated into a pavilion, but not as a whole one. Same goes for any movie/book. If done well, a P&F attraction could work; wall e would work too, but as a whole pavilion, what kind of a pavilion would that be? It would be terrible. It would destroy Epcot. Subtle is the key.
Posted January 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM
From Maria de la Paz SackI agree on the South America Pavillion. I´m from Argentina and there´s so much to see here, visit and also eat! I know Brazil is a very nice and happy country, also Uruguay and Chile are lovely!
Posted February 1, 2012 at 9:15 AM
Anyway, does anybody know why Disney decided to put those countries?
From Caroline DavisI'd still prefer a Greece pavilion, in Epcot and a South American land in Animal Kingdom. But no way will they be doing anything in AK until after Pandora arrives.
Posted February 4, 2012 at 7:16 AM
As a preference I think I'd like Argentina to land in World Showcase, out of all the South American countries. South Africa or Australia would be a great addition too.
I'd love a new ride, especially a Tron ride, but I don't think it will happen for quite a while.
From Angry SaintI dont need to explain what I want to happen at EPCOT. I can show you! I have a "What Would Walt Build" website created with World Showcase ideas.
Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM
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