New Event Pavilion Coming to Epcot’s World Celebration

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    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 or cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    The information below assumes the project has not been cancelled, but the rumor is now classified as “In Development” instead of “Confirmed”.

    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.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    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.

    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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