RUMOR: “Next-Gen Larger-Than-Life Mystery Attraction” Opening at Epcot in 2016?

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Something BIG is coming to Epcot, and it will be here sooner than you think. Former Imagineer and now Disney consultant Jerry Rees recently updated his website bio to the following:

Jerry has Directed a record-setting 16 trans-media Disney Theme Park attractions in Anaheim, California; Orlando, Florida, Hong Kong and Paris, France. His projects span multiple formats, such as Showscan, Hi-Res Digital and in-theater illusions, and include the show “Cinemagique”which won a THEA Award for Best Attraction. His recent creation, “Animation Magic” which plays aboard Disney’s new cruise ships, won a THEA Award for “most innovative use of technology”. His 17th attraction is slated to open at EPCOT in 2016.

Meanwhile, on his resume…

“Mystery Attraction” / EPCOT -Next-gen larger-than-life interactive spectacle. Premiere planned for late 2015 or early 2016.

And then there’s these…

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When I spoke to Jerry in late-2013 for a book project, he was actually just a few days away from leaving for Florida to work on the project. While he wouldn’t say too much about it, he claimed it was “very ambitious” and that he “couldn’t believe Disney is willing to invest in something like this”, leading us to believe the project is something the likes of which we have never seen before.

Nothing links this story to the Frozen attraction opening next spring (so you can rule that out and deem that this is a separate project), but there are two possible scenarios for what this attraction might be:

  1. With Innoventions West closing at the end of the month, this could be the replacement for that attraction space; or Innoventions West could become the new Festival Center so Disney could put a new attraction in the Wonders of Life pavilion building.
  2. Rees could be working on a brand new nighttime show for the park to replace IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Based on Rees description of the attraction as a “Next-gen larger-than-life interactive spectacle”, this sounds more like a nighttime show than an attraction, but it really could still be an attraction as opposed to entertainment. We just don’t know enough at this time and there aren’t any very strong rumors out there for what Disney might be up to.

Regardless, it is nice to see that Epcot will not be forgotten in all of the expansions of the other three WDW theme parks, with now a Frozen ride, Frozen meet and greet pavilion, and this “larger-than-life” mystery attraction” on the way by next year. Now if Disney would only tell us what it is…

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Doug Reynolds
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Doug Reynolds

Could it possibly replace Captain EO in that theater? Heard it is on the chopping block and a “next gen interactive spectacle” could go in that already existing theater without major construction (so would fit that time frame). Also seems a lot of his past work involves similar type shows.

Timothy Hutchinson
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Timothy Hutchinson

With what is being stated above in this article, I too find it very difficult to believe that IF such a “larger-than-life” interactive spectacle” is indeed coming to Epcot in 2016, then certainly no ‘from ground up” construction is needed as we are as little as 9 months to no longer than 18 months away from this apparent new offering. I would absolutely automatically think of Innoventions as the timing seems perfect for an approx. 1 year overhaul of the building interior and introduction of a new experience. I could also say that of the current “old” Wonders of Life… Read more »

Totalorlando
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Totalorlando

With that kind of timing, surely it could only be the Frozen remodel going on at Maelstrom, or the remake of Soarin’ ?

Timothy Hutchinaon
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Timothy Hutchinaon

Thats an interesting point other than the fact that tom’s comments above – “When I spoke to Jerry in late-2013 for a book project, he was actually just a few days away from leaving for Florida to work on the project. While he wouldn’t say too much about it, he claimed it was “very ambitious” and that he “couldn’t believe Disney is willing to invest in something like this” This tells me that this is 1 – NOT the Frozen Norway Project as the movie response was not anticipated yet.. 2 – Soarin? No – The quote does not note… Read more »

Charles
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Charles

They’re putting the wand back and rebuilding the Sorcerer’s Hat atop Spaceship Earth. hahaha #Nightmare

Monkeypoopants
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Monkeypoopants

Let it go.

jeanylaser
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jeanylaser

I can’t wait what Mystery Attraction will be! I can’t wait to find out!

Julie
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Julie

Well I just got an email stating that my Captain EO fastpass in May is no longer avialable as it will be closed… (not sure if it is temporary)

Courtney
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Courtney

Julie- no big loss there I think. Much better uses for FPP.

Julie
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Julie

I was using more as a filler since you have to book 3 fastpasses and Epcot put anything worth fastpassing in the tier 1 column. I mean even Living with the Land is now a Tier 1

Jason m
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Jason m

Will they EVER do anything with the Odyssey & Wonders of Life buildings? We’re going on DECADES

DomIII
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DomIII

Odyssey is being used for private parties. I was just down there last week with 238 high school band and orchestra students for a dinner and character meet and greet. A parent not part of the group had to pay for it and it cost her $80.00.

So they are using Odyssey and making a good buck with it!

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joe flood
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joe flood

There is construction going on next to Norway on the left it looks like it will be Frozen land or castle we just saw it a day ago looks interesting at the least anyone else seen this area yet

Andrew O.
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Andrew O.

Any chance the writer accidently put Epcot but meant Animal Kingdom. I could easily see Jerry Rees designing the Rivers of Light show. They use drones and other new next gen items, and its slated to open in 2016.

andrew
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andrew

Any update on this?

Bernie The Bear
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Bernie The Bear

I think its canceled, there isn’t any mention on his site anymore.