RUMOR: Mission: SPACE Getting Guardians of the Galaxy Overlay? More IP Attractions Coming to Epcot?

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This rumor is pretty far out there, but it seems to be gaining some traction, so it might be worth talking about…

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The latest rumor making the rounds says that the Mission: SPACE attraction at Epcot may be getting a Guardians of the Galaxy overlay. This does make some sense since it sounds like the Tower of Terror in Florida will be spared the Guardians of the Galaxy overlay coming to California, but probably makes little sense in the Epcot of today.The Epcot of tomorrow, well that’s a different story…

TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland on June 13, 2016 -  three days before the scheduled grand opening.   PHOTO BY JEFF GRITCHEN, ORANGE OOUNTY REGISTER
TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland on June 13, 2016 – three days before the scheduled grand opening. PHOTO BY JEFF GRITCHEN, ORANGE OOUNTY REGISTER

There has certainly been rumors of the TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction coming to Walt Disney World, even before it was announced for Shanghai Disneyland. Current rumblings place the TRON ride somewhere in Future World, while inside sources seem confident that the Ratatouille attraction from Paris will land in the France pavilion before the end of the decade.

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Is an Epcot riddled with IPs on the way? The addition and success of Frozen Ever After in Norway leads me to believe it is. What will this mean for the future of the park? Is there any life left in the original vision for the park? Not under the Iger administration which seems hellbent on installing all of the company’s most current Intellectual Properties at the Disney Parks around the world.

None of this is confirmed at this time, and some of it I haven’t really been able to even feel out with any inside sources at the company yet. Regardless, stay tuned for any further information on these rumors should more information become available.

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Disneyfan
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Disneyfan

You have the wrong pavilion for the Guardians of the Galaxy Overlay.

Matthew Aronin
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Matthew Aronin

I am a little behind. What’s an IP?

Cynergy
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Cynergy

Intellectual Property

Alex B.
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Alex B.

All three of these additions sound like a step in the right direction for Epcot. They haven’t kept up with the concept of it being a community of tomorrow for a long time. While Frozen doesn’t seem like a good fit for Norway, it’s bringing in guests that the park so desperately needs. TRON would probably be the closest in regards to newer technology, despite it being a computer fantasy, so to speak.

Andy
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Andy

Bite your tongue. That would be the final nail in EPCOT’s coffin.

Anthony Green
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Anthony Green

“While Frozen doesn’t seem like a good fit for Norway, it’s bringing in guests that the park so desperately needs.” Epcot is ranked 6th in the world for most visited park in the world. I always get annoyed when I see folks screaming about Epcot’s attendance. While I’m a huge fan of the updated Soarin idea, I greatly hate the shift from Norway to Arendelle. Maelstrom wasn’t the greatest ride, but it did have the spirit of Norway. That being said, Frozen has done amazing things for Norways tourism, and I do believe it was a smart move, but the… Read more »

Mike Pinault
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Mike Pinault

The tron ride for epcot maybe the wonders of life pavilion. I wish to have big hero 6 attraction and a jet packs like at shaghai’s tommarrowland at epcot.

Redo Epcot
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Redo Epcot

Do you mean Tokyo Disneyland, they are adding a big hero 6 ride there

Mike Pinault
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Mike Pinault

Yes at tokyo, well I was thought the big hero 6 3D at the imagination theater.

JimV
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JimV

The Tron attraction fit inside several unpopular locations for the indoor ride portion. The Energy or the Communicore/Innoventions buildings. I hesitate on the Tron theme since Test Track already looks similar. Maybe they can settle on a different color scheme like green or orange so the ride doesn’t look similar.

The park desperately needs some flat carnival rides for kids and new overlays for Imagination, The Land boat ride, and Energy. I suggest Inside Out for Imagination.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Do not suggest Inside Out for Imagination! It’s not gonna happen.

A new Dreamfinder and Figment ride is in the works.

JimV
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JimV

I hope not. Dreamfinder and Figment are in Imagination’s past. Actually, I thought they are rather insulting for insinuating their guests have no Imagination without these storytelling devices. Inside Out is quite popular and it would be better for the attraction.

Disneyfan
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Disneyfan

Tron isn’t coming to Epcot anytime in the near future. That rumor is false

DisneyIsLife
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DisneyIsLife

This won’t happen

Andy
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Andy

Nonsense.

kylorenz
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kylorenz

well gotg cant come to epcot because of friggin universal

ScobLy
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ScobLy

Actually it is not included in Universal’s contract.

Joe Gross
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Joe Gross

After reading this article (peppered with cynicism) I can truly say “Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” There’s no winning with hardcore Disney fans that tend to find more to complain about that to be grateful for. Think of how Disney was 15-20 years ago. Under Eisner, the company was pumping out animated sequels monthly, Disneyland was falling into disrepair, Pixar was almost lost, the film division was producing crap (with the exception of the occasional hit) while the entire company was being micromanaged. Iger comes in and turns all that around. Because of Iger we got… Read more »

wdwfan
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wdwfan

Thank you joe.you said it all.so tired of all these negative people.Disney is doing so much and all people do is complain about the construction going on and not about how amazing it’s going to be.

JimV
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JimV

I agree because “an Epcot riddled with IPs” is the future. It’s the reality like it or not. Disney’s Imagineering is out of ideas for designing unique attractions especially when they are outdated by the time they open. The latest Tomorrowland attraction won’t last 10 years. IP will save the attraction because characters and stories will never lose their power. People just get mad because they originated in a movie, which started out as stories and then get refined into a product that lasts 2 hours or less. The storytelling mediums have changed. People need to get up to speed… Read more »

Goofy213
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Goofy213

Not a fan of the gardians idea, but I do feel ratatouille would be a viable replacement for the French film. The imagination pavilion does need a new figment ride, perhaps use the ratatouille ride vehicle with visual graphics and technology from the new pirates ride in shanghai. As for the rest of the park. Inside out could save the life pavilion, so much potential with that film, besides the movie was somewhat based off cranium command. If you want big hero 6 I feel the best place for him would be the universe of energy, who knows baymax may… Read more »

Redo Epcot
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Redo Epcot

I agree 100% with you except I don’t know where you would put all these rides other than expanding the size of World Showcase itself if there is room. It is already full of shows and shops so finding a place for all of these ideas will be difficult but is needed for the future success of the park

Jeff
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Jeff

There’s quite a few open expansion pads in World Showcase. Check out Google Earth for a view from above.
This is one of the reasons the lack of any new Country Pavilions being added for so long is very frustrating.

Jesse
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Jesse

I would be the happiest person if that Ratatouille ride came to EPCOT

Matt
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Matt

I’m all for change despite the loss of Epcot’s original conceit. It hasn’t been that park in over a decade though. I would love to see Energy some how worked into Guardians but if its just Guardians, that’s cool with me too. Mission Space desperately needs an update. Make it different like Star Tours is. I’d love to see Big Hero Six take over inventions. Inside Out deserves an attraction whether that’s a Life update or Imagination. I also would really like to see Ratatouille in France. It would add life to that side of the World Showcase. Each country… Read more »