Disney made a number of announcements at its annual D23 fan convention.
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Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure will be transformed into San Fransokyo from Big Hero Six.
They better not get rid of the Karl Strauss beer truck...
That last bullet point and no news on the projects at Epcot that were announced pre-COVID and have been shelved seem to have conjured up quite a bit of butt hurt on social media.
Which projects were those? Other than the re-do of the center of the park, I guess I wasn't paying attention. I mean, they added two high capacity rides in the last two years, which has made a huge difference in things to do that aren't food and/or wine.
Spaceship Earth remodel, Play Pavilion, and whatever was going to happen with Mary Poppins in World Showcase.
Oh yeah, that vaguely sounds familiar. They don't have infinite resources, and they're already fundamentally changing Epcot. I think some of those ideas are better, especially if they improve the capacity at MK and AK. When I think about how different the parks are compared to when I moved here, I'm being beyond satisfied. I would think the annual and every few years folks would be too.
I would think the annual...folks would be too.
Wasn’t there at the center of the park supposed to be a large, raised viewing/event space allowing exclusive visual access to the nightime spectacular? Did it get built? Is it scrapped? Is it still on the way?
I sound this way because I thought it was a good idea but I haven't heard or seen anything.
The western part of that area is set to open next year with Communicore Plaza, Communicore Hall, and the Moana walkthrough. The eastern half of that area opened in the spring with a refurbished quick service and gift shot and a relocated Club Cool and Starbucks. The Communicore areas look to follow the previous plans in spirit with a stage and an indoor event space. I don't recall seeing or hearing anything new about the elevated viewing area. May have just been lost in the shuffle. The renderings really make the new area look great.
I don't see what's to complain about with Epcot. Something came out recently about new permits for the Play Pavilion and absolutely no details were released about the Mary Poppins attraction, which means it could have been nothing more than a juiced up character encounter. I've seen grumbling about Spaceship Earth being in bad shape recently, but it clearly wasn't that way during my April trip. Dated, yes, but that's part of the appeal to me (and I ride it every trip). Even if none of that happens, Epcot is still badass.
Is it scrapped?
Scrapped---or maybe more accurately, modified. Instead of a big elevated thing (which would have been expensive to build and difficult to maintain) they have a stage/festival area that is more ground level.
Yeah, I think you're right based on the evolved artist concept images.
I'm surprised that they're already developing another nighttime show. Is the Stargate-Floating Taco Experience not cutting it?
I didn't see the live version but I watched the "broadcast premier" on Disney+ and I wasn't that impressed. I suppose if they had a live orchestra and vocalists each night (like in the special) it may have captured me but the actual "show" was underwhelming. And, frankly the equipment is a distraction/eyesore.
The current taco-barge-gate show is hot garbage, and I'm glad it's going back where it belongs. EPCOT needs something that's not a Magic Kingdom show for its nighttime spectacular.
Honestly, the difference in nighttime atmosphere in World Showcase between IllumiNations and this... thing are astounding. EPCOT/World Showcase used to have a certain vibe at night. The warm glow of the lights and torches, along with the smell of restaurants and the general laid-back feel made me want to spend every evening I could there. Now, it feels like cramming onto Main Street in front of the castle to see the latest, loudest production possible.
I have to agree there. Illuminations was a thing that never got old after literal decades. I think there have been four or five MK shows since I've been here, and they're all basically the same, and once is enough. I think it's good that at least they're doing fresh recordings and arrangements from their jukebox for these shows, but there's something to be said for a piece that's purpose-built for the show. I mean, when they did the new Avengers stuff for the Disney Wish restaurant, they didn't make a clip show of other movies, they shot new stuff of Paul and Brie doing superhero stuff.
There have been a few DVC after hours events at EPCOT in the last few months where they pulled out music from Reflections of Earth, and there was much rejoicing.
I can't even watch the We Go On one without getting all kinds of feelings.
Pretty sure this meme is going to come true for a March 2023 Tron opening (and my AP renewal)
I might be one of the only people who liked Harmonious, but I liked it. It was fun in a way that Illuminations wasn't, and a couple of the segments brought up the "my cheeks hurt" smile. Illuminations was more classic EPCOT to be sure, but still.
Different strokes I guess.
I just happened to land on a blogger site that declared Moana or Zootopia a done deal at AK. I love how blue sky possibilities fester into certainties among that crowd.
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