I still think neglect is the wrong word to use.
EPCOT is supposed to be all about learning, and growing, and technology, and innovation, right? So as much as I'd love a new thrill ride here, not any random thrill ride would do. We've got a lot of creative minds on here. Who wants to give it a go and come up with some possible ideas for a new EPCOT ride?
So I was just at Epcot on Saturday night for Extra Magic Hours.. which as long as I can remember, Disney has never offered Extra Magic Hours on Saturday nights. Was this another change due to Test Track being closed?
On the other topic at hand. I would love for Epcot to get some TLC. I haven't been in four years and it sounds like they have not done much besides some Innoventions changes and Captain EO (wooptie doo). That said, I cannot wait for the new Test Track and I'm sure Disney has more stuff up their sleeves, at least I would hope so.
Concerning the timeline of additions at IoA, you have to remember that right after IoA opened, NBC bought Universal and then spent 5 years trying to sell off the parks. During that time, they not only didn't add anything new, they let maintenance slide into an embarrassing state. The result of this kind of management was they saw their attendance numbers slide from 9 million a year to just over 5 million a year. A slide that even with Potter they have yet to have fully recovered from.
Now, on to Epcot. While Disney seems to be bullet proof in regards to this kind on management style. I believe that the "decade of resting on their laurels" is going to catch up to them and bite them on the ass.
Amusement Pics posted this photo where it appears that new cables of some sort are going in near the front of the park.
Looks like new cables going into the turnstile area at EPCOT