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While enjoying an afternoon at EPCOT today, we stopped outside of Mission: SPACE for a little while to grab some photos of the panel removal taking place at the future PLAY! Pavilion. Announced back in February 2019, the PLAY! Pavilion will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the former Wonders of Life pavilion. In the concept art, we can see quite a bit going on. From what appears to be a centralized show area complete with stadium-style seating, to a variety of facades that could either contain an attraction or not, there is a lot to dissect here. At the 2019 D23 Expo, Disney released another piece of concept art, this time of the exterior of the former Wonders of Life building that will be repurposed as the Play Pavilion. While the interior concept art had a lot to look at, the exterior is probably less interesting. One thing that the exterior art did confirm is that the name of the pavilion will indeed be: PLAY! As you can see in the photos below, the exterior of the pavilion is showing some scarring where crews are removing some of the panels. Here’s a look at the process, followed by some speculation as to why this work might be occurring. After taking a look at the Space 220 construction, we returned to find what appears to be a temporary tarp material installed where the hole was. So,
Space 220 has resumed construction at EPCOT recently, and we have a look at some newly installed futuristic lighting elements and courtyard landscaping. Space 220, as you might remember, is slated to be an out-of-this-world dining experience next to Mission: SPACE. The general concept of the restaurant is that guests take a space elevator up to the International Space Station as guests experience “The Height of Dining”. There have been a couple of pieces of concept art put out for the Space 220 Restaurant. The first, and perhaps most popular, is of the dining space. This piece of concept art shows a couple of interesting things, including tiered dining (like Coral Reef), and an out-of-this-world window into space. This window will be comprised of screens, or perhaps projections, that will simulate the vastness of space as guests orbit above the Earth. The idea of this restaurant plays nicely with the very close neighbor in Mission: SPACE. Building a bit on the idea of a space elevator, we can see the Space 220 Restaurant and space elevator included in the Epcot overhaul concept art. Not only does the “wire” seem to be reaching towards the sky, we can make out what looks like the elevator chamber traveling up to the International Space Station. Ok, back to today. We dropped by EPCOT to check out the new entrance fountain work and then made our way into the World Discovery (Future World East) portion of the park. While we can’t see inside
Scott Gustin has noticed that Disney has removed references to the Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge project from their D23 Expo announcements. This is another nail in the coffin, so to speak, for the project that we reported is rumored to be canceled. NEW: Disney has updated its 2019 D23 Expo announcements blog post and removed Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge. BEFORE and AFTER screenshots attached.It’s worth noting the original EPCOT plans that have since been modified are still in the post.https://t.co/uy25DWjo9M pic.twitter.com/juP9F7nw5g— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) August 10, 2020Friend of the site @bioreconstruct flew over the construction site and photos show very little progress (if any) on the site in the months since construction came to a halt. The cancelation of the project doesn’t come as too much of a surprise though, as Disney has defunded a few projects where construction hasn’t gone vertical, even canceling some of the EPCOT expansion plans. Disney has not officially announced that the project is canceled, but the quiet removal of the project from official announcements was the same thing they did with the Main Street USA Theater project that never got off the ground. The post Disney Removes D23 Expo References to Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge Project appeared first on Blog Mickey – Disney News.