On a related note, we expect Soarin' Around the World debut after the new theater has been completed:
Great update, so much color in The Land.
Could be the first row in the theater had a few too many crumb crawlers, literally crawling around. Or over eager patrons in general doing the "I'll just scoot out of my seat and kneel a bit closer to get my pictures" maneuver.
As a former Soarin' cast member, I suspect two theaters will be added. Building two theaters at once will cost far less than double the price of a single theater. The one improvement Soarin' needs most is digital projection. I cringe when I see the condition of the film image.
I feel that Epcot has lost its charm a long time ago. What was supposed to be Disney's ideal to the future is out of date and broken down. The elevators- the least futuristic of all never work properly. Sure the festivals are great, but they are prominently outdoors. It is really sad. They need fresh ideas and new sponsors. The international section is great for meals, but I would not spend money to go to Epcot if it wasn't part of the park hopper. Anything new, even a Frozen ride would be something!
Disney needs to go through all the pavilions and refurbish them. The Imagination Pavilion needs a lot of TLC too! and possible a new attraction.
And then finally construct a new pavilion where WOL was!
We loved EPCOT so much on our last visit that we decided to stay at BeachClub for our next visit to be in close proximity!
Missions change as companies adapt. Look at TV. The learning channel plays honey boo boo. Mtv doesn't play much music anymore and the weather channel does very little actual weather. epcot is stale, and needs to move in any direction.
I think the biggest problem is Disney got to many parks to always try to keep updating and fresh. Just look at the work that's been done at the Magic Kingdom park over the past 5 years. Now it's Animal Kingdom turn and downtown Disney. Then I'm sure they will move on to Disney Hollywood Studios but at the rate Disney work that won't start to 2016/17 where they will try to get Star Wars new area open and the park tidied up ready for the parks 30th Birthday then it be Epcot turn and by the time that happens parts of the MK will look run down again.
A few years ago, I actually wrote into Disney suggesting they do a "Soarin' Around the World" version since EPCOT is indeed the most international of the 4 theme parks. I'm really glad they decided to update the "California" version and I'm really looking forward to it