Innoventions Demolition Permits Filed; Character Spot, Starbucks, and Club Cool Set to Close at Epcot
Project Gamma is about to get underway at Epcot, a project that will include the reimagining of the center of Future World, the park’s entrance, and a rumored multi-year refurbishment of Spaceship Earth. The first permits for the project have been filed, likely coinciding with the imminent closure of Innoventions West and the overhaul of the park’s entry plaza. The permits refer to a “Project G”, which is short for Project Gamma. The permits also cite Innoventions East in name, but that is likely based on the close proximity of all of these structures and such.
Regardless of what the permit may pertain to specifically, all of the Innoventions West building will be demolished in the not-too-distant future. Epcot Character Spot, the FountainView Starbucks, and Club Cool will all close before this happens sometime in the next year. Most of the Character Spot meet and greets are rumored to relocate to ImageWorks, where they will join Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope:
Meanwhile, Starbucks is rumored to take up the food service side of the upcoming Epcot Experience Center (temporarily), otherwise known as the Odyssey between Future World and World Showcase.
Most of Innoventions East is now expected to stay through the completion of Project Gamma, leaving the MouseGear and Electric Umbrella buildings in operation. MouseGear is slated for a major overhaul before Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021. It is unclear how much will change at Electric Umbrella during the course of the project.
As for what will be replacing Innoventions West, that remains unclear at this time.
Stay tuned to WDWNT.com for the latest on Project Gamma and the ongoing multi-year transformation of Epcot.