What’s new for Epcot? Plenty! To get ready not only for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021 but also Epcot’s 40th anniversary in 2022 Epcot will undergo a major transformation. The largest Disney has ever undertaken in its entire history. There will be more attractions and more familiar stories that your whole family can enjoy.
The park layout will change where before Epcot consisted of two different lands, Future World and World Showcase, it will now be comprised of four neighborhoods. World Showcase will remain mostly the same but with a few updates. Future World has now been split into three separate lands World Celebration, World Discovery, and World Nature.
The New Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth’s story will have fresh narration along with a new storyline. It will no longer be focused on technology but focused on stories that unite humanity. A “story light” will link the attraction to a nearby Dreamer’s Point where guests exit once their ride is done. Dreamer’s Point will present a sweeping, majestic view of the newly-redesigned park along with Epcot’s first statue of Walt Disney himself.
World Celebration will offer experiences that connect us and the world around us.
World Celebration, the park’s entrance, will soon brandish Spaceship Earth, a wishing tree, interactive fountain, lush greenery, and a new modern multi-level Festival Center building which will be home for the park’s various festivals along with a rooftop garden with spectacular views of the park alongside the best location for fireworks viewing.
World Discovery will tell stories about science, technology, and intergalactic adventures.
World Discovery will be the home of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians of the Galaxy thrill ride is well underway. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is where guests will learn about the similarities between Earth’s galaxy and Xandar that is until the real fun begins when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive. This attraction will feature a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees along with a reverse launch into space.
Also, located here is Space 220, this space-themed restaurant is currently under construction and is connected to the Mission: Space pavilion. Set in the panorama of a space station, with daytime and nighttime views of Earth.
Your family will discover an interactive Play Pavilion filled with games, activities, and experiences featuring Disney characters. Such as The Incredibles, Wreck-It Ralph, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The Play Pavilion will open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary.
World Nature will be dedicated to understanding and preserving the world around us.
The Journey of Water will be the first attraction inspired by Moana. An exploration trail will mix waterfalls, dancing fountains, and magical living water for all to enjoy.
The Land’s new film, “Awesome Planet,” will debut in January 2020.
The World Showcase will be a neighborhood that celebrates culture, cuisine, and traditions, with a touch of Disney magic.
In the United Kingdom pavilion guests will experience the first-ever Mary Poppins-themed attraction. Walk down Cherry Tree Lane, past Admiral Boom’s house, then enter Number 17, home of the Banks family – let the adventure begin.
In summer 2020, alongside the opening of the new attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a new restaurant will debut in the France pavilion called La Creperie de Paris. The France Pavilion will also be getting a new Beauty and the Beast sing-along. All the France offerings will open by summer 2020.
Other updates include Canada pavilion’s new film Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 and the China pavilion’s new film Wondrous China.
In 2020, after “Epcot Forever” finishes its short run, “HarmonioUS” the largest nighttime spectacular in Disney’s history will make its debut. This new show will celebrate how music connects humanity. You will hear familiar Disney songs being reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from around the world.
This nighttime spectacular will feature more than just fireworks and lasers. There will be massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains all in a Disney music-focused show.
You can follow along with Epcot’s transformation via a new “Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience” coming to the Odyssey Events Pavilion. This will include models, videos, and interactive exhibits that will showcase the story of Epcot from Walt Disney’s original vision to future projects.
I’m so ready to experience Epcot’s transformation. Are you ready to experience what’s new for Epcot?
Artist concept pictures from Disney.