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The Wonders of Life Pavilion has been used as the "Festival Center" in recent years for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival as well as the Epcot Internationl Food and Wine Festival. Beginning with the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, this area was not used as a Festival Center.
There are early rumblings that Disney is considering doing something else with this space with one possible rumor being that the area under the dome would become Wakanda from the popular Black Panther movie. The issue with that rumor is that theme park usage rights for Black Panther would need to be negotiated with Universal/Comcast.
August 16, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog posted an update on the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival that states that select events will be held inside the Festival Center.
March 17, 2018: WDWNT.com resported that a recent internal job posting at Disney with the following title:
Interior Designer – EC Wonder of Life
The report also indicates the following details:
Seeking candidates that have commercial design experience, primarily in the Retail or Hospitality sectors, and a minimum of 3 years of experience at Walt Disney Imagineering or another architecture or interior design firm. The candidate must also have an understanding of construction details, “particularly casework detailing,” according to the posting.
March 10, 2018: BlogMickey.com posted a photo update of the roof refurbishment at Wonders of Life.
March 7, 2018: WDWMagic.com user Disneyhead'71 is reporting that Doctor Strange was a consideration for the Wonders of Life Pavilion.
March 6, 2018: On Episode #149 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill discusses the possibility of Disney re-acquiring the Florida theme park rights for Black Panther and utilizing the existing Wonders of Life Pavilion as a domed Wakanda environment.
February 22, 2018: WDWNT.com is reporting that the Wonders of Life will not be used as a Festival Center for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The site also reported that Imagineers and executives were also spotted in the area this morning.
January 31, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that Disney is reconsidering the current usage of Wonders of Life.