The old home of Epcot’s Innoventions West is being prepared for new construction

Epcot purists should avert their eyes before we continue to talk about Innoventions West. The demolishment of one of Epcot’s original buildings wrapped up in March 2021. Now, aerial pictures show the site being prepared for new construction.

The always awesome @bioreconstruct took to the sky and provided an update on the site. The view is a bit shocking.

Aerial view of where Innoventions West stood at Epcot

Calling Epcot a construction site may be an understatement. The center of the park is a sea of construction walls, and the aerial view really puts that in perspective.

The site has been completely cleared and no trace remains of Innoventions West. Canopy tents have been set up on the footprint of the old building as plans move forward on new construction.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is expected to be built in the area closest to The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The walkthrough attraction will allow guests to “interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.”

Epcot's Journey of Water concept art
Disney’s concept art for Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana doesn’t have an opening date at this time.

Meanwhile, the section of Innoventions West that sat closest to World Showcase was supposed to be the location of the new Festival Pavilion. Plans for the three-story building that resembles a coffee table have reportedly changed several times. Last we heard Disney was planning a “festival area” rather than the planned Festival Pavilion, but their exact plans are unclear.

Now that Innoventions West is gone and it’s too late to go back, we’re eager to see construction move forward. Epcot has been a maze of construction walls for far too long and it’d be nice to see some come down.

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