The time has come to finish up this pavilion imagineering so that I can move along to talk about some other things.
I know you are all screaming "Nooooo, we've loved the 10,000 words devoted to something that will never happen! Can we get 10,000 more?"
I'm pretty sure I can find a way to do that again in the future, but for now, it's time to address the thing that started this pavilion out in the first place: festival space.
A reminder. I've opined a few times on the fact that the festival space in Wonders of Life is wrong for so many reasons. Mostly because, well, ITS A FUTURE WORLD PAVILION THAT SHOULD BE USED FOR FUTURE WORLD THINGS!!1!!1!1!! I mean, is it too much to ask to have actual scientific and important content presented in a pavilion in Future World?!?
Ahh, I feel better. Thank you.
So, without going into it again (just look for my post on why I don't like festivals at Epcot for the non-short reason) I want to add some space in World Showcase to free up Wonders of Life so that we can tackle that pavilion and get some health content in there again. I've added some ideas for content to this World's Fair pavilion in the hopes that it can be a destination pavilion year round, with a classic attraction, a new small-plates restaurant serving world-fare (pun!), and a centerpiece that adds kinetic motion and Disney history all at once.
This is all great, but what about, you know, a space to hold the seminars and presentations that currently take up WoL space? The whole thing that started this in the first place?
The next space on my list takes the form of another '64 World's Fair building, the Tower of Light.
Created to celebrate the wonders of electricity, it bragged "The 12-billion-candlepower beam rising from the Tower of Light is brighter than 50 fully illuminated Yankee Stadiums."
Visually, it makes a fantastic focal point to the pavilion, this will be dead center in the new space. It will look great during the day, but at night is when it actually will be at its best. The colors of the pillars changing constantly.
Inside I envision two things. The main space should be devoted to the things that currently take up the space in Wonders of Life, namely festival information, merchandise, and seminar space. To compliment it, in order to ensure that the pavilion is open more than the (increasingly less frequent) times that there is no festival, would be a small museum space, devoted to a revolving series of exhibits on World's Fairs of the past. The World's Columbian Exposition (the White City), the Exposition Universelle that gave us the Eiffel Tower, the Crystal Palace of London from the Great Exhibition. Also, of course, the '64 fair and Walt's involvement. The museum space should highlight the importance of these world's fairs to expanding global culture and innovation.
To the West of the Tower of Light should be a small walk up snack service station, themed to the Belgian Village from the fair, because one of the food products introduced to America during the '64 fair was the Belgian Waffle, which would make a great snack.
Rounding out the area is the last space, a smaller version of the NY State pavilion at the fair, the roof being replicated to give this effect, only not nearly as huge.
This space, with a covered stage and seating area, can serve as a year round entertainment venue. Hosting cooking demos and musical acts throughout the year, it adds an extra dedicated entertainment space to the area. Rotating musical acts and other entertainment will keep the space continually renewing itself, appealing to the Season Passholders that like to revisit the park over and over.
In forced perspective "towering" over this will be the observation towers (yes, you recognize these from Men in Black).
Rounding out the details, the cast member uniforms should echo the mod-style of the time. Mad Men era suits for the gents, dress for the women like below:
As a recap, let's go over what we've done here.
We took a double expansion space and moved the off-stage boathouse, we moved a classic attraction in to give an attraction that is a draw year-round. We've added a new dining destination and a new snack location. We've added festival and museum space, and a small entertainment venue. We've done all of this with buildings that hold historical meaning and also echo the building style of some of the Future World pavilions. We've also freed up space in Tomorrowland and the Wonders of Life pavilion in Future World to allow for reinvention. All of this done with minimal impact to the guest. Some minimal detouring will need to be done to pathways near the end of the work, but that should be minimal and temporary paths can be created to bypass the work.
Phew. That was a lot of work. I do believe though that it would add a fantastic space, very needed additions to World Showcase, and it tees up a new Future World pavilion for us to improve upon in the near future.