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Rumors of a new World Showcase Pavilion have been discussed for years, but the strongest current rumors point to Brazil and India as the likeliest candidates. The speculation would have the Brazil Pavilion added between the Germany and Italy Pavilions. It is unlikely that any new World Showcase pavilions open prior to 2022.
Rumors for each of the pavilions are as follows:
- $450 million budget, of which a Brazilian company/sponsor would pay $250 million
- This could involve the Three Caballeros
- Boat ride based on the live action version of the Jungle Book and the boat ride would utilize the same ride system technology as Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure in Shanghai Disneyland.
Spain and Puerto Rico have also been rumored at various points.
October 29, 2018: On Episode 185 of the Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa reported that the train set between the Germany Pavilion and Italy Pavilion (Wurzburg - The Romantic Road) would likely be relocated if a new pavilion is built between Germany and Italy.
October 21, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 reported that Brazil would go between Italy and Germany and that the expansion pads around the African Outpost are "reserved" for future use. The implication is that there may also be additional countries on those expansion pads as well.
October 11, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that one proposal for a new World Showcase pavilion includes two table service restaurants and an E-ticket attraction.
September 19, 2018: WDWNT.com is reporting a rumor that an India Pavilion is in development for Epcot. The pavilion would be anchored by a boat ride based on the live action version of the Jungle Book and the boat ride would utilize the same ride system technology as Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure in Shanghai Disneyland. WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that while this is being discussed it is far from being approved.
August 13, 2018: On Episode 174 of the Dish Dish Podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa report that the Brazil Pavilion has not been green lit but Disney is likely meeting with potential sponsors. Additinoally, they discussed the possibility that the Three Caballeros could play a role in the pavilion, however that appears contingent on the unlikely scenario where the Coco overlay to Gran Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Pavilion takes place.
July 27, 2018: The Insights and Sounds blog shared a photo of the old concept model for an original Brazil Pavilion design.
July 21, 2018: WDWMagic.com user scuttle is reporting that the Brazil Pavilion has been approved with a $450 million budget. The expectation is that $250 million of that will be financed by a Brazilian company/sponsor. The poster is claiming that this information is accurate within the last year.
February 20, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that there are two Disney World parks competing for a single movie based intellectual property with the speculation being that the property is Indiana Jones and the parks are Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios. He also indicated that there are three Disney World parks competing for a single ride system. The speculation is that this ride system is the system used for Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean Battle of the Shrunken Treasure attraction. He acknowledged that the parks competing for the yet to be identified ride system are Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom.
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.