RUMOR: Epcot’s The Seas and The Land Future World Pavilions Set To Be Demolished

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While Phase 1 of Epcot’s drastic reimagining is well underway, grander changes are being envisioned for the park’s future after a new entrance, Project Gamma, the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the Play Pavilion, and the new nighttime spectaculars are all completed. The future may not include two of the staple pavilions of Future World if all goes according to plan…

As part of Phase 2 of the park’s overhaul, Disney would demolish both The Seas and The Land pavilions in favor of new offerings. This would not be a reutilization of the existing pavilions, rather, both would be completely bulldozed.

According to internal documents, both pavilions would be closed forever sometime between 2024 and 2026. What exactly will replace them in Future World is unknown at this time. All that we know is that the removal of both is already tentatively scheduled.

The Land pavilion is currently home to Living with the Land and Soarin’, with a new film called Awesome Planet debuting inside in January 2020. Soarin’ would most likely receive its own dedicated entrance and remain after the rest of the pavilion is torn down.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends houses a dark ride featuring the Pixar characters, Turtle Talk with Crush, and a number of sea life exhibits (including the beloved dolphins and manatees). These offerings would all likely go away at that point.

While plans can change (especially with many years left before Phase 2 begins), this is a disheartening bit of information about two beloved pavilions at Walt Disney World’s Epcot.

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Kat
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Kat

WHOA. I seriously, seriously hope not. That makes me sick to my stomach. Surely not.

Amanda
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Amanda

I sincerely hope this rumor is false. What will they do with all the sea life?! Unless they move them to Animal Kingdom, this would be terribly upsetting if it’s true.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

They could very well demolish Dinoland USA and build an aquarium there instead. It would tie in with “Finding Nemo” musical being in close proximity.

Drew C
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Drew C

Would like to see Australia replace Dinoland USA. Could (should) very easily be able to plug in a Great Barrier Reef/Ocean exhibit and relocate some of the sea life from Epcot – an expensive and highly regulated process, I’m sure. Nemo, as you said, fits perfectly in this new land.

What to do with Dinosaur, you say? IF Indiana Jones makes his way to the Australian continent in the upcoming movie…there you go.

Joey Kette
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Joey Kette

It’s not going to close.

Matt
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Matt

that would be one thing that would become very costly and very time-consuming would be to figure out who’s getting what animals and where they’re going and how they’re getting there.

Tim
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Tim

SeaWorld? Not that far away.

Ron Patterson
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Ron Patterson

The Land is one of my favorites, its a must go for dinner, and the Living Seas was ruined, when they put finding nemo in there

Kevin H Jones
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Kevin H Jones

I agree completely. Living with the Land, as a farm boy, was transformative for me. The greenhouse and alternative growing techniques blew me away. They still capture my imagination now, especially since I have inherited the farm. Future World, back before liberal SJW’s hated any company that turned a profit, was hopping. So many sponsors in electronics and robotics. Now it is no longer beneficial for companies to showcase their technologies on the Disney stage in Epcot when it has been made evident that the finicky American public is out to eat the rich. When I was a kid though,… Read more »

Hal Bowman
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Hal Bowman

Wow. While some good observations, maybe take a chill pill before sitting down at the keyboard.

Kevin H Jones
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Kevin H Jones

Hal, I don’t do social media anymore. Guess I was “pent up”. As a new DVC member, who now, after rebuilding my credit and financial circumstances thet resulted from the economic turndown, have been able to finally get back to see the Mouse. My kids just aren’t impressed with Future World like I was as a child. Our first trip back was just before Siemens left. That was the writing on the wall for me.

Brandon Burns
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Brandon Burns

Why? Is it because he called out Liberal socialists?

Ron Patterson
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Ron Patterson

That is a great observation, Frozen was the first step in Norway, EPCOT was always about learning and innovating, the Living seas was all about just that, the seas, i agree, GOTG belongs in Hollywood studios as does Tron, in fact Tron could fit into EPCOT but just barely

Jaime J.
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Jaime J.

Very well said, I agree 100% !

Joshua Ross-Waldman
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Joshua Ross-Waldman

Socialist Democrat here who’s loved Living With the Land since I was a child. What’s happening in Disney World isn’t about politics. It’s about a company trying to monetize their current intellectual products while forgetting how special some of its original offerings are. Soarin was a great example of modernizing a pavilion while preserving the core mission of educating people with Living With the Land. I ride that thing multiple times every trip. I’ve taken the behind the seeds tour. I’ve got a ridiculous collection of plants from “Mickey’s Garden”. And I’m currently designing an outdoor fish garden for our… Read more »

Edward
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Edward

They are just hellbent on ruining EPCOT. It was the best theme park in the world in the early-mid 90s and they’re dismantling it piece by piece.

Emily
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Emily

The original EPCOT model kind of fell apart when the Internet came out. Why would GE or Exxon give millions to a dark ride when they can PR out the Internet where basically everyone will see.

Not to mention, consumers are much less receptive to corporate preaching on a ride nowadays, big companies have a much worse reputation now than when EPCOT first opened.

Sure it’s sad, but nothing is “ruining” EPCOT except progress.

Edward
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Edward

EPCOT doesn’t need corporate sponsorship to have rides like Horizons. The rest of Disney’s dark rides don’t have corporate sponsorship, and they make plenty of money on their own.

Jen
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Jen

I don’t know if it is still the case, but in the not-too-distant past Rockin’ Roller Coaster was “presented by Hanes”, so it happens.

Edward
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Edward

Also, I would actually be okay with them demolishing the Land and the Seas if they planned to replace them with newer versions of the same idea. That seems incredibly unlikely, though, since they’re already putting in IP rides in Future World (Guardians of the Galaxy should not be there — especially since there’s a good chance it’ll be totally irrelevant in a decade or so, unlike the Disney animated classics). I’m fine with EPCOT changes, I would just like them to stay true to the vision of scientific progress. Instead they’re turning Future World into a themeless, generic blob.… Read more »

Fire
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Fire

I didn’t realize disney is in dire straits to need corporate sponsorships silly me. “It’s a small world, presented by the NFL.”

Patrick
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Patrick

You DO realize that It’s a Small World had a corporate sponsor when it first opened, right? The UNESCO Pavilion at the world’s fair was sponsored by Pepsi. Pepsi contributed to the funding of the ride.

AC Lover
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AC Lover

Too many people like it. Whenever that happens, Iger destroys it. Remember Pleasure Island, with the Comedy Warehouse, Adventurer’s Club, etc? Guests loved it, so Iger destroyed it.

Hilly
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Hilly

If this is turns out to be an accurate rumor, very very sad news!

The Mouselets
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The Mouselets

I of course understand why the sources/documents must be kept confidential, but I have to say I find this hard to believe. Not because I don’t think they would do it, but because it would dramatically change the park. The only “themes” left from opening day are transportation (sort of..), communication, imagination, the seas, and the land. You can add space to that if you want to include Mission Space. But, the body, energy, the future, and innovation are all gone. Lose the land and the seas, and you are left with almost nothing. How would they tie Future World… Read more »

Snow Mendoza
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Snow Mendoza

Please no. Please no. PLEASE noooooo MY CHILDHOOD 😭

Brandon Burns
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Brandon Burns

“My childhood”. Don’t be so dramatic. Yes, it will hurt if this is true, but everything must evolve.

Phillip Ratter
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Phillip Ratter

My son will be heartbroken. I think the main issue with both locations is how stuck in the past they are. I think a revamp and remodel is needed, but there is still life there. They just need to be modernized a bit. After all, it is “Future World”.

Brandon Burns
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Brandon Burns

Exactly. Both pavilions need some major freshening up.

Robert
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Robert

I’d be 100% OK if they got rid of the Seas, but leave The Land alone please. I never see people rush to go on the Finding Nemo ride, but Soarin’ is one of the most popular rides at Epcot. I’m not sure they’d get rid of the Land pavilion, seeing as how they’re installing a new movie for 2020 and that would be a huge waste of money to knowingly have a set date for demolishing before the movie even opens.

McKenna
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McKenna

Oy … Imagine if people read before posting comments.

Tcualum
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Tcualum

The article said they’re keeping Soarin. Please read the article before you complain.

Phil M
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Phil M

If you read the article it says Soren will stay but the rest of the pavilion will be torn down, which in my opinion is just as bad as tearing the whole thing down “Living with the Land” is one of my favorite things to do in Walt Disney World.

indizfan
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indizfan

Its just a new movie playing in the same theater. Not a big loss if it doesn’t run long they could just release it on Disney+.
I’d lament the loss of Living with the land, love the scenes at the beginning such a classic epcot boat ride.

Carl Maltzman
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Carl Maltzman

Yeah, great, and replace with what, an Aladdin ride?

Scrap Catastrophe
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Scrap Catastrophe

So disappointed, Horizons, Wonders of Life, Energy, Communicore East and West. Future World once was about visions of the future. It is only a shadow of that now. EPCOT should be know as Intellectual Property Pavilions…

C.C.
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C.C.

My guess is that the upkeep expense for both is enormous. It makes them an easy target for the wrecking ball.

Chris
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Chris

NONONONONONO if this is true I’m going to be so upset… this is the worst Disney rumor I’ve heard pretty much ever. I can get behind some of the other revamps, but if this happened there’d be nothing left of my favorite park.

Suzanne
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Suzanne

Well give them the imagination pavilion. Keep these two!

Chrissy
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Chrissy

NO. The Imagination pavilion is MY childhood. It’s one of the few memories I have with my maternal grandmother before she passed away when I was six. It’s where I fell in love with Captain Eo and Figment (and, of course, the great Dreamfinder). I just want the old Imagination ride back (and maybe Captain Eo, too). Also it’s where the DVC member lounge is, which is a great area for me and my mom to get out of the heat and hang out at for a bit (and for me to plan dream vacations).

Kirsten
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Kirsten

This just seems a bit off. I can see updating exhibits and such or maybe demolishing to re build if there are structural concerns but there are 2 popular restaurants in those pavilions along with living creatures. Expanding the Land and Seas to create more attractions would be the smart choice so we can curb the crowd control since they won’t build a 5th gate and keep building resorts.

Rick
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Rick

best guess is that this is one of many proposals, but nothing that has been set in stone. I’d wager large refurbs for these pavilions before demo

Kerri
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Kerri

If anyone that has any say over anything at Disney world sees this PLEASE note that all of these changes you are doing are ruining why so many of us love Disney world! First the Great Movie Ride and now this??

Lulwa
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Lulwa

no no no no NO NO

Vicki
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Vicki

So The Living Seas (The Seas with Nemo) and the Land are being demolished but Journey Into Imagination stays? Really???

Gordon D
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Gordon D

Journey was once great, also longer, and had an amazing activity area back in the 80s. I think all 3 are cornerstones, as well as Spaceship Earth. I agree that its current form could go… but there is just so much untapped potential there. Imagination is the spark behind all progress, after all. I generally hate tie-ins, but I honestly wouldn’t have minded a Bing Bong (the imagery friend from Inside-Out) to be the mascot, with a completely redone ride. It honestly makes much more sense than Guardians and even Nemo, to me.

Phil Meagher
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Phil Meagher

Hopefully they warn the divers before the demo.

Hydro-later
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Hydro-later

We were warned, but only of some major, major refurbs in store;)