At the 2019 D23 Expo, Disney announced a new Event pavilion will become the base of operations for Epcot’s festivals. However, the project may be delayed, modified or cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The project is still being presented at the EPCOT Experience video presentation however the model of the pavilion has been removed. We are currently classifying this as “Blue Sky” as it may have been cancelled or heavily modified. It has been rumored that a heavily landscaped area will be built initially until such a time when Disney is willing to invest the money into the originally designed building.
The originally designed building will provide elevated views of the entire park including views of Epcot’s nighttime fireworks. The three-level structure will have a unique architectural design that features a plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park that sits in the sky on the top of the structure.
November 24, 2020: WDWMagic.com user Magic Feather is reporting that the Event / Festival Pavilion still has advocates within the company and may ultimately be built after a simplified treatment to the area is done in the short term. The simplified area would give space to Festival booths but would not include the building structure.
September 14, 2020: WDWMagic.com user TheVisionarySoul is reporting that the originally announced Event pavilion has been cancelled but a new concept is in development.
September 7, 2020: DisneyStore.com has released a series of posters that first debuted at the 2019 D23 Expo. The limited edition posters are released in batches of 4 on the first Monday of every month and a poster for World Celebration was expected to be released today. The poster featured the Event Pavilion, but it was not released.
September 3, 2020: WDWMagic.com user pheneix is reporting that the Event Pavilion has likely been cancelled.
August 27, 2020: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that he does not believe the new Events building will be constructed.
July 15, 2020: When EPCOT re-opened, the Event Pavilion was still featured in the EPCOT Experience presentation at the Odyssey Events Pavilion however the model that was outside of the presentation area was replaced. It is unknown if this project has been cancelled, modified or delayed.
May 5, 2020: On Disney’s Quarter 2 Fiscal Year 2020 earnings call, Disney Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy stated the company’s plans to reduce capital expenditures during the Covid-19 pandemic. McCarthy stated that capital expenditures for the parks and resorts would be reduced by $900 million by way of pausing refurbishment and construction projects.
Details of specific projects that may be subject to delay or cancellation were not stated, but construction on all ongoing Walt Disney World projects was suspended shortly after the park closure in March.
It is unknown if the new Event Pavilion will be cancelled or delayed as a result of the reduction in capital expenditures.
October 1, 2019: A model of the Event Pavilion debuted as part of the EPCOT Experience.
August 25, 2019: During the Parks and Resorts presentation at the 2019 D23 Expo, Bob Chapek announced a new event pavilion will become the base of operations for Epcot’s festivals. It will provide elevated views of the entire park including views of Epcot’s nighttime fireworks. The three-level structure will have a unique architectural design that features a plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park that sits in the sky on the top of the structure.
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