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Rumors of a new World Showcase Pavilion have been discussed for years, but the strongest current rumor points to a new Brazil Pavilion being added between the Germany and Italy Pavilions. If this rumor comes to fruition, it's possible the new pavilion doesn't open until 2022.
There is some speculation that any new pavilion would have to a ride tied to an existing intellectual property in order to make it a viable addition.
The addition of more than one pavilion is also possible with potential pavilions being Spain, India or Puerto Rico.
January 5, 2018: WDWMagic.com user Magic Feather reported that there may be as many as three World Showcase pavilion additions with Brazil and Spain being the most likely. He also indicated that any additions would also be already represented by Food and Wine Festival booths.
January 5, 2018: WDWMagic.com users Magic Feather and marni1971 are reporting that Disney is planning on site prep for the Brazil pavilion in 2018 which would require the demolition of the performing arts building between Germany and Italy.
The closure of Circle of Life will allow that facility to be used for performing arts.
December 6, 2017: WDWMagic.com user Magic Feather is reporting that paperwork for a Brazil Pavilion is being finalized with a goal of opening by 2023.
October 10, 2017: The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Disney has canceled their planned Gigantic movie. The movie was based in Spain with some speculation that if the movie was successful it could be used as part of a Spain pavilion.
July 20, 2017: On the latest episode of The Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa discussed that any new pavilion added to World Showcase would have a ride tied to an intellectual property.
July 11, 2017: On the latest episode of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa mentioned that Brazil has three different possible pavilion designs for Epcot.
July 3, 2017: WDWMagic.com user Lee posted additional pieces of Brazil concept art but these pieces of art appear to be related to an older version of this project. It is unknown if any of these ideas would be utilized in a new pavilion.
July 3, 2017: WDWMagic.com user TheVisionarySoul is reporting that the Brazil Pavilion will debut in World Showcase in 2022.
July 3, 2017: BlogMickey.com is reporting that Brazil is likely the next pavilion that will be added with the location being between the Germany and Italy Pavilions.
June 17, 2017: On the recent episode of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill mentions that because Gigantic has been delayed, it has hurt the plans for the Spain Pavilion.
May 26, 2017: On the latest episode of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill discusses the permit for work taking place behind the Ellen's Energy Adventure Pavilion and describes it as the first move of a $2 billion investment into Epcot. The project is expected to take at least 5 years extending beyond 2021.
March 26, 2017: WDWMagic.com user MansionButler84 is reporting that Brazil is the leading candidate for the next World Showcase Pavilion.
March 21, 2017: WDWMagic.com user MagicFeather is reporting that the expected likelihood of projects taking place in Epcot is as follows:
- Mission: SPACE update/refurbishment
- Ratatouille attraction in the France Pavilion
- Guardians of the Galaxy attraction replacing Ellen's Energy Adventure
- Small attraction addition to the United Kingdom Pavilion
- First new country in World Showcase (Likely Brazil)
- Living with the Land/The Land Pavilion refurbishment
- Second new country in World Showcase (Likely Spain)
March 19, 2017: On Episode 123 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill, Jim and Len discuss the possibility of a Spain Pavilion being added to World Showcase. The pavilion would include an attraction based on the upcoming animated movie Gigantic.
March 14, 2017: WDWMagic.com user MansionButler84 is reporting that Disney is considering two new country pavilions being added to World Showcase.
February 16, 2017: On the latest episode of the MiceChat podcast, Dusty Sage indicated that a new pavilion was in development for World Showcase. While he did not explicitly say Brazil, he indicated it was in South America and Disney receives a significant amount of tourist traffic from this country.
September 29, 2014: Metro.pr has reported that Puerto Rico is discussing a possible World Showcase pavilion to begin construction in 2017. The English translation of the article via Google Translate can be found here.
May 11, 2014: WDWMagic.com user Lee posted a piece of concept art for a Brazil Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase. This was an older piece of concept art, but acknowledges that the concept existed on some level.
April 21, 2011: Inside The Magic posted an article indicating that Brazil would be the next country added to World Showcase. They posted this as an unconfirmed report.