September 20, 2013

Epcot's Future World Transforms to a Tropical Discoveryland

Looks like Disney's Hollywood Studios is fast-tracked to get the Star Wars treatment. It's not a bad plan, it's just very incomplete, leaving precious little for the rest of Walt Disney World and especially its wonderfully one-of-a-kind Epcot Center. Yet once upon a time, as the story goes, things were different.

Here's an old fan favorite that I think was first made available on the great WDWMagic website: the Imagineers proposed plan to convert Future World at Epcot Center to Discoveryland. The centerpiece of the redo seems to be the transformation of Spaceship Earth into a roller coaster attraction named Time Racers.

Admittedly, there wasn't too much to like about this plan, but I did appreciate the proposed addition of greenery. A lush Future World would have made a terrific counterpoint to the elegant and unique pavilions of World Showcase. What do you think?

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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