Let’s talk about rumors! No, we’re not talking about the famous Fleetwood Mac album, as that’s spelled Rumours. A great album for sure, and definitely worth a listen. We’re talking about rumblings around a Brazil Pavilion at Epcot. This is no new rumor, as we’ve been tracking it together for some time now. The idea of Brazil Pavilion coming to Epcot usually surfaces around D23 Expo (Disney’s bi-annual fan event), with last year many predicting we’d hear an announcement. Us included. With no event this year, why could it pop up again? We’re glad you ask. Let’s find our favorite marker and see if we can connect the dots!
Last D23 Expo
For years, the idea of a Brazil Pavilion at Epcot has enchanted many Disneyphiles. To say a Brazil Pavilion at Epcot would be welcome by everyone is an understatement. Leading up to last year’s D23 Expo it looked to be a foregone conclusion we’d finally hear Bob Chapek announcement the new project. As the event wrapped, and no word of a Brazil Pavilion coming to Epcot, many believed the project was being held due to political conflict within the country. But, could it have been something else? Could Disney be waiting to make another announcement first? Then, announce that there will be a Brazil Pavilion at Epcot.
Passholder Insights: At the moment, the only presence Brazil has within Epcot’s World Showcase is during the International Food and Wine Festival. If you’re there during the festival definitely try the Brazilian cheese bread. You’re welcome!
Thanks to The Dis Insider news broke on June 22, 2020, around a new Walt Disney Animation Studios film called Encanto (tentative title). The new animated feature centers around a young girl and how she is the only family member without magical powers. What’s interesting is the rumored location of the movie, Brazil. We’ve noticed the location of the film flip-flops back and forth between being set in Columbia and Brazil. However, Drew Taylor on episode 84 of Fine-Tuning (part of the Jim Hill Media Network), confirmed the details around the storyline and setting in Brazil. Drew is a former Disney employee, now animation media report with many ties within the Walt Disney Animation Studios. The only person referencing Columbia is Lin-Manuel Miranda, as he is writing the musical score. Additionally, information around the production is still being kept close to the vest.
Could an announcement around a Brazil Pavilion at Epcot be linked with Encanto?
Passholder Insights: The Dis Insider believes we could see Encanto in November of 2021 in theaters, as Disney has a untitled movie list in this release slot. A lot could change with movie release dates due to COVID-19.
We’ve seen this play before, right? Oh, yes we have! Do we remember the movie Gigantic? Back in 2015 at the D23 Expo Disney announced the animated feature called Gigantic. A new version of Jack and Beanstalk set in Spain. As the project moved forward we heard confirmation from many Disney insiders, including Jim Hill, that Disney planned to open a Spain Pavilion with a Gigantic attraction. Unfortunately, In October of 2017, Disney announced the movie was canceled due to a variety of complications around the script and production.
In the DVC Duo house, we believe we could see something similar happen as it related to Encanto and a Brazil Pavilion at Epcot. It is well-known that Disney is working to bring more Intellectual Property (IP) to Epcot’s World Showcase. For example, Remy Ratatouille Adventure within the France Pavilion. Many believe Disney would look to move the Three Caballeros from the Mexico Pavilion to make way for Coco, to a new Brazil Pavilion. Instead, we could see a whole new IP brought a Brazil Pavilion and the success of Encanto could be a key component in seeing a Brazil Pavilion at Epcot.
Passholder Insights: Adding Brazil to the World Showcase would help Disney reach its goal of having a country from each continent.
Strong possibility! There is a lot of runaway between now and next year’s D23 Expo. With many projects at Walt Disney up in the air right now, from hotels to attractions and even movie productions, we will have to wait and see. Traditionally, animated movies can take anywhere from 18 months to 3 years to complete. If Encanto is released to theaters and is set in Brazil, we would not be surprised to see a Brazil Pavilion at Epcot with an Encanto attraction. With it being unknown where Encanto stands in the development process we could see an official announcement at the next D23 Expo in 2021. For now, we will have to wait and see. In the meantime, we got the itch to listen to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac!
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