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This year's Food and Wine Festival see's Puerto Rico going all out with an extravagant kiosk complete with food, drink and entertainment. However if rumors (and our own sources) are to be believed, Puerto Rico could become the newest World Showcase Pavilion since 1988!
Metro, a Puerto Rican newspaper reports (translated) that not only has a $700,000 investment been made to keep the Food and Wine Kiosk appearing until 2017, but that talks with Disney are in process to invest $100 million into building a permanent Puerto Rico pavilion in the World Showcase.
There have been attempts to add more countries to the World Showcase in the past, however none have managed to get past the initial planning stages. This time however things are looking fairly good. Disney officials are seemingly extremely interested in adding the new pavilion to the park, and if the $100 million investment from Puerto Rico is able to happen, will mean very little in the way of costs for Disney, who these days does seem extremely focused on cutting costs, and less on bringing new attractions to parks.
All going well, it's estimated that construction on the pavilion would start in 2017 and would be completed within 2 years. However additional work would continue up until 2027, as the investment would be spread over several years. This could theoretically mean the pavilion opens as a fairly small location with a restaurant, but expands to offer a table service and counter service restaurant as well as some form of attraction to promote Puerto Rico.
We've got our ears pressed hard against the door on this one and will report any additional information we recieve. The prospect of any update to Epcot is a welcome one!
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