Check Out All of the Exciting Changes Coming to EPCOT
If you’ve been following along with MickeyBlog you’ll know that yesterday, as part of D23’s Fantastic World celebrations Disney unveiled a whole host of awesome details about all of the incredible changes coming to EPCOT. There were so many delightful details to share with you that we decided to put them all in one place and give you a quick recap!
Exciting New Neighborhoods
EPCOT will be made up of four unified yet distinct neighborhoods. Each of them will focus on important aspects of the world and its people. These new lands are as follows:
- World Showcase
- World Celebration
- World Nature
- World Discovery
Each of these neighborhoods will be filled with new experiences with an emphasis on innovation, curiosity, discovery and the magic of possibility. Let’s take a closer look at each:
The World Showcase will continue its long history of being a celebration of culture, architecture and traditions but is getting an infusion of some new magic!
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – The France pavilion will feature the much-anticipated attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where guests will shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure
La Creperie de Paris – Joining this family-friendly experience in the France pavilion will be a delicious new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options and a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse.
“Beauty and the Beast Sing – Along” – Also in the France pavilion, the classic “Impressions de France” film is now joined by the new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along,” directed by Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action versions of this tale as old as time.
Harmonious – This will be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. It will celebrate the way Disney music inspires people the world over, carrying visitors away harmoniously on a stream of familiar songs reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of artists from around the globe. This dazzling nighttime spectacular will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.
“Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” – Now playing in the Canada pavilion with new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue – This new fast-casual restaurant at The American Adventure pavilion serves up classic American backyard barbecue and home-style craft brews. This awesome eatery takes its name from Sam Eagle who hosts a centennial cook-off – a salute to all cook-offs … but mostly barbecue.
This area which used to be the heart of Future World will no offer a range of new experiences designed to connect guests to each other and the world around them.
New Entrance Plaza – Welcoming guests will be new pathways, sweeping green spaces meant to beautify your arrival Bridging the past, present and future will be a brand new fountain that will sit at the base of Spaceship earth. It will feature the three majestic new pylons.
Dreamers Point – As guests pass Spaceship earth there will be a breathtaking new view of the World Showcase as well as a new statue that honors the legacy of the original dreamer- Walt Disney.
Story Fountain – Dreamers Point will also incorporate natural environments and global design elements filled with Disney magic and Surprises. This includes a brand-new story fountain that celebrates the power of music and story telling.
New Retail and Dining Locations – Surrounding this enchanted garden will be new retail and dining locations, along with a newly reimagined festival area that will be home to ever-changing events in a unique new environment.
This area of the park will be dedicated to understanding and preserving beauty, awe and balance in the Natural World. It includes the already existing The Land and Seas With Nemo & Friends pavilions.
Journey of the Water, Inspired by Moana – This will be the first Disney Parks experience inspired by the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film. This lush exploration trail will invite guests to meet and play with magical, living water. Just like Moana’s friend the ocean, water will have a personality of its own, helping guests learn how to protect the natural water cycle in a fun and engaging way.
Awesome Planet – ICYMI The Land Pavilion also has a brand new film that showcases the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of Earth. Coming it at around 10 minutes, it features in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award-winning® composer Steven Price.
World of Discovery:
In Word of Discovery stories about science, technology and intergalactic adventure come to life.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind – This brand new indoor coast starts off at the Galaxarium, a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. Guests will be invited to learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and adventures across the cosmos ensue.
The attraction will feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.
Space 220 – In an expansion of the Mission: SPACE pavilion, the new restaurant Space 220 promises to be a culinary experience offering the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up. Guests will board a space elevator for a journey to the Centauri Space Station, home to an incredible dining experience. Along the way, viewports will give guests real-time perspective as they travel high above the planet. Once they arrive, guests will enjoy fantastic meals and drinks while taking in views that are truly out of this world. Space 220 will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group.
If you’ll be at EPCOT in the weeks or months ahead, be sure to check out more details on the exciting EPCOT changes here:
Walt Disney Imagineering presents the EPCOT Experience – Located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion. Here they discover engaging and interactive exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy and excitement driving the park’s future throughout this unprecedented period of transformation. More information on other previously announced experiences coming to EPCOT will be provided at a later date.
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