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

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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
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Ghost_host

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

Kimberly
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Kimberly

This is funny!

nancyburke
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nancyburke

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
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Mr. Monorail

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

Anonomouse
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Anonomouse

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

Andrew
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Andrew

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

Nikki
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Nikki

Sounds gorgeous!

Walt
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Walt

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

Doug
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Doug

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
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Jason Diffendal

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

Jeff
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Jeff

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
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Ivy Vera

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
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Mike H

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
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Victor

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

Kirsten
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Kirsten

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

JFDisney
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JFDisney

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

Kirsten
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Kirsten

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.

Pat
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Pat

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.

Kirsten
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Kirsten

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

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Matt
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Matt

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
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Kim Kowalczyk

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

Lisa C.
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Lisa C.

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 »