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RUMOR: Epcot Adding Future World Hotel That Will Stand Over the Park’s Entrance In Front of Spaceship Earth

Imagine walking into Epcot from the parking lot and walking under or through a giant hotel before you reach Spaceship Earth. If plans are approved, this may very well be the scene at the entrance area of Walt Disney World’s 35-year-old vision of the future.

If approved, the resort will stand at one of two proposed sites (seen above), either between The Land and The Seas pavilions in Future World, or directly over the entrance to Epcot, most likely connecting to the preexisting monorail station in some way. If the design located in front of Spaceship Earth is approved, it shouldn’t block the view of Spaceship Earth completely, but rather be used to frame the famous structure between towers or something of the sort.

It is no secret that the Walt Disney Company sees a lot of promise in the idea of resorts connected to or inside of the theme parks. This isn’t a new concept as Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Hotel Miracosta are already in existence (both opened way back in 2001), as well as the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris, which is sprawled out in front of the park’s entrance, requiring guests walk under it to enter the park. Disney has also already announced a Star Wars hotel that would in theory be connected to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, home of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Guests pass under the Disneyland Hotel in Paris to enter Disneyland Park.
Guests pass under the Disneyland Hotel in Paris to enter Disneyland Park.

The resort would be part of the ongoing expansion and re-imagining of Epcot, which is already announced to include a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, a Ratatouille family ride, a space restaurant, and a new seamless Circlevision film for the China pavilion.

The hotel is still in the very early stages of development, which means it could end up in front of Spaceship Earth or off to the side, or maybe not even happen at all. Either way, should it happen, it will offer quick and easy entrance into Epcot from the front of the park and offer unparalleled views of Future World.

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Ghost_host
Ghost_host
2 years ago

I would like a room with a nice view of the future world graveyard with the face tombstones for eternity! Hahahaha

Kimberly
Kimberly
2 years ago
Reply to  Ghost_host

This is funny!

nancyburke
nancyburke
2 years ago
Reply to  Ghost_host

Oh my goodness- I never once thought of those monuments as headstones until you said this. But ya know, they DO look like them now that I think about it! Great- I will never look at them the same way ever again! Thanks for that, btw. Hahaha!!!

Mr. Monorail
Mr. Monorail
2 years ago
Reply to  nancyburke

You won’t have to look at them for long, as Disney has decided to remove them prior to the 50th anniversary celebration.

Anonomouse
Anonomouse
2 years ago

I’m not on board with this idea until I see a Polaroid.

Andrew
Andrew
2 years ago

I’m pretty sure this is just a charging station for Bob Chapek

Nikki
Nikki
2 years ago

Sounds gorgeous!

Walt
Walt
2 years ago

When I said I wanted people to be able to live in EPCOT, this wasn’t what I had in mind.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

When I’m walking up to Epcot, I don’t want something blocking the view of Spaceship Earth. That’s such a beautiful and amazing sight, the centerpiece of the park.

Jason Diffendal
Admin
2 years ago

Would love to see hotels on site A and site B!!!

Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago

At this point, I’d be fine if they put in a garbage dump as long as those horrible, concrete tombstones would be gone.

Ivy Vera
Ivy Vera
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Ohhhh!!! my…
totally agree with you..
they’re hideous.
remember 80’s EPCOT. the fountain at the entrance and flowers around.
just perfect

Mike H
Mike H
2 years ago

I don’t hate this idea. haha. But I do think it would be better served if it was on Site B. I don’t think you want to disrupt the visual of walking into Epcot with Spaceship Earth in front of you. I think it’s a great spot for a hotel though… surprised this idea wasn’t implemented years ago.

Victor
Victor
2 years ago

Ew. If this is true, I hope to God these plans fail miserably.

Kirsten
Kirsten
2 years ago
Reply to  Victor

Can you imagine how congested the front of the park will become if this goes through?

JFDisney
JFDisney
2 years ago
Reply to  Kirsten

If this does wind up happening they had better install parking garages to accommodate the extra cars.

Kirsten
Kirsten
2 years ago

I think they need to stop building so many hotels. It is overcrowded enough as is and with all the addition of more of them and more DVC…..more people are coming. When I became a DVC member 10 years ago the parks were manageable.
You could do a lot more with lower wait times. There wasn’t even fastpasses and we could get on most rides in 20 min. So I’m not for this at all. They are going to get too big and things are going to start getting sloppy.

Kirsten
Kirsten
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Of course people are going to continue to come. But it’s proven that the more opportunity for additional resorts and DVC purchases it will increase more than if you didn’t have the DVC. I love being a DVC member. But let’s face it if I wasn’t I would probably come once every 4-5 years versus the once a year I do now. I could never afford it if I wasn’t a DVC member. And there was less people before they started adding all these extra resorts. I even spoke with a cast member about this one time a few years… Read more »

Pat
Pat
2 years ago

More rooms, and less and less to do. No wonder my Disney stock sucks. Horrible idea until they refurb the parks, consider a 5th, and staff their existing parks appropriately to reduce huge crowds and lines.

Pat
Pat
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

I would call the additional area Disney has added to their theme parks in the last 10 years barely a drop in the bucket. The increase of square footage of park space for guests to enjoy versus added rooms for revenue is what, 1 to 1,000,000? All they’ve added lately is mostly taking out decades old stuff, for newer promotionally related rides. Our family enjoys the parks, but the cut backs are glaring, and the interest to have a bunch of rooms with less for people to do is getting silly. Just learned at Epcot, they’re opening all the holiday… Read more »

Kirsten
Kirsten
2 years ago
Reply to  Pat

Very true. The ratio of added attractions versus attendance isn’t equal.

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Matt
Matt
2 years ago

I have a source that this is true and likely site A. Renderings were seen from someone on the inside.

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Kim Kowalczyk
Kim Kowalczyk
2 years ago

SO if they were to put it over the existing entrance, how would you get into EPCOT until it was finished?

Lisa C.
Lisa C.
2 years ago

Site A could have direct monorail access, effectively making it a monorail resort. It could also mess up the view of Spaceship Earth and where would the parking be? Unless they plan on taking some lots and making them hotel parking and building new lots (or actually using Wonder for parking) out by Imagine and Wonder to replace them, there will be parking issues. If they do that, they sure as s**t better start running the trams in the morning as the walk from Imagine/Explore (for some reason they park early folks in the farthest lots rather than closest) is… Read more »

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