Rumor StatusBlue Sky
Land has been cleared south of the Japan Pavilion at Epcot. Speculation for what the cleared land will be used for ranges from a new resort to a staging area for drones for the new version of Illuminations.
July 7, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that he does not believe the Japan land clearing is for staging drones.
June 3, 2018: On Episode 165 of the Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill explains that the land clearing near the Japan Pavilion will be used for staging drones for the new Illuminations show.
May 19, 2018: Twitter user @bioreconstruct posted a photo of recent land clearing South of the Japan Pavilion at Epcot. It is unknown what this land clearing is for.
May 19, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 reported that there is a long term plan for a resort on this space but was uncertain if that's the reason for the recent land clearing.