Even though I work with him now, I still look toward Jack’s Tuesday and Thursday DSNY Newscast posts on YouTube with a heightened level of excitement. That’s mostly because he holes up, mad-scientist-like and I’m usually just as surprised as everyone when the newest DSNY Newscast subject debuts that evening.
Yesterday’s post, concerning the new Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster building being installed in Epcot was no exception and inspired me to do some extra reading.
Jack is really on to something as he compiled research and the latest rumors from WDW Magic Forums about the possible exterior aesthetic of the new GOTG show building, which he surmised will be reminiscent of the architecture of “Xandar” in Guardians and “Tomorrowland” in Brad Bird’s epic film from 2015.
There’s good reason for that, as both of those movies filmed in locations designed by the Valencia-based Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
IMDB lists those locations as:
- Liége Guillemins railway station, Belgium (Futuristic urban plaza in GOTG)
City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain (Tomorrowland exteriors and interiors)
Now, contrast those two photos with the concept art (including Epcot and GOTG images) modified by Jack:
And I don’t think it hurts to compare and contrast all of that with an actual Guardians building in Disney’s California Adventure.
And, finally, a still from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Integrating IP into an existing park is always tenuous.
But with already existing architectural connections, coupled with the “Future World” similarity noted by Jack in the video, I’m quite excited to see what Walt Disney Imagineering has in store for us in Epcot – especially if this rumor does come true!