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Speculation Galore! The Latest Rumors

As far as rumors go, this past week might have been one of the most rumored filled in quite some time. With good feasible rumors as well backed by patents, permits and official documents. So let’s dive right in.

Starting with the Disney park that has been neglected in terms of new additions, let’s head over to EPCOT Center. We’ve got two big ones to discuss. First, more info has begun to pour in regarding a “Guardians of the Galaxy” attraction taking over the Universe of Energy pavilion in Future World. Last month permits were discovered that detailed the overhaul of this pavilion. This rumor has been circulating for awhile but it’s looking more and more like Star Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Drax and the rest of the gang might have a new home in Florida in the future. Reports heated up this week and a number of outlets have reported that it is almost guaranteed that Guardians will be moving into the pavilion. As far as the ride itself, the layout and style of the attraction remains to be seen.

Now many are wondering if this means that the also rumored addition to EPCOT of TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster from Shanghai Disneyland will now be put on the back burner. My money is on yes. If we get a big e-ticket attraction from Guardians of the Galaxy then this coaster might not come to fruition. Especially if the Guardians attraction turns out to be a coaster as well.

Moving onto World Showcase, permits were filled showing work to be done to the backstage area of the France pavilion. To be fair the permits themselves give us minimal info and could be interpreted as simply expanding a storage area behind the pavilion itself. But many are saying these permits signal the creation of a new attraction. More specifically a sister version of “Ratatouille: The Adventure” attraction that can be found in Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Paris Resort. The exciting part of this rumor is the fact that this attraction in Paris takes place on a trackless ride system which is a new innovation in the theme park realm. If you are unfamiliar with this ride system see it in action here.

Now while these rumors are still just that, rumors, we do know that EPCOT will be receiving an overhaul in the not-too-distant future as confirmed by Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, Bob Chapek, late last year. Plan on hearing some big news come out of the D23 Expo next month regarding this expansion to EPCOT as well as other big announcements and WDW Opinion will have coverage of the event for you as well.

Making our way across Orlando we arrive in Universal Studios Florida. Last month construction began on Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan but we have yet to receive any announcements of Nintendo additions coming to the California or Florida locations. Well recently leaked images show that we might be getting a Nintendo addition to Universal Studios Florida. With the expansion taking place behind the area of Springfield, this would mean Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone would most likely be taken away with the lone exception of opening day attraction E.T. Adventure remaining. These rumors have a lot going on and the team at Universal Newscast did a great job breaking it down so give them a watch here and listen to Will break down the latest rumors.

Phew! Now that’s a lot of rumors. While none of these have been confirmed, what we can guarantee it that as long as Disney and Universal keep duking it out we continue to see some amazing new attractions and experiences in the future. So what’s your opinion on all these rumors? Are you excited for them? Or would you rather see something else? Let us know your opinion in the comments or on social!


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