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RUMOR: EPCOT’s Play Pavilion Cancelled By Disney Execs

It is being reported by WDWNT, that the upcoming Play Pavilion at EPCOT in Walt Disney World has apparently been cancelled by Disney Executives and the project will be abandoned unfinished.

The pavilion was first announced at the 2019 D23 Expo where Bob Chapek revealed that the area was expected to open in EPCOT by 2021 and would feature a number of interactive games for guests, including an Edna Mode fashion game and a water-balloon fight feature Ducktales‘ Huey, Duey, Louie and Webby.

PLAY! Pavilion at EPCOT Concept Art
Image: Disney

The Play Pavilion was notably left out of discussion and announcements at the recent 2022 D23 Expo. The fate of the pavilion has seemingly been revealed and the project has been officially cancelled by Josh D’Amaro. This is no surprise, given a number of Disney execs are currently on a retreat at the resort in Orlando.

Additionally, WDWNT mentioned that the pavilion’s interior had already been installed and completed. They pointed out that it is possible things can change, and the pavilion could “certainly be restarted or revamped… but it seems like that is not even being discussed as of yet”.

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PLAY! Pavilion construction at EPCOT
Image: Bioreconstruct via. Twitter (September 2021)

ThePlay Pavilion was of course delayed in 2020, when the Parks had to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result the Parks and Resorts expenditure was reduced, pausing refurbishments and construction projects. Also, this is not the first announced project affected by the shutdown, with the United Kingdom Pavilion Mary Poppins attraction and a long-awaited Spaceship Earth refurbishment both being indefinitely paused.

It is currently unknown why the pavilion has been cancelled. Furthermore, Disney has yet to comment on the reports. Be sure to keep an eye out on the website, should any official news is released from Disney.

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